What are the best scissors for trimming weed by hand? What supplies do I want to harvest, trim, dry and cure? Run through the checklist to find out!
Table of Contents:
- Trimming Scissors
- How to Clean Trimming Scissors
- Trim Trays, Trim Stations
- Hanging Your Harvest
- Storage and Curing
- Humidity in the drying room
- Hand Cleaner
- Best Gloves for Trimming
- Eye Protection
- Seat and Back Cushions
- Bud Trimming Machines
Fiskars Micro-Tip Trimming Scissors
Fiskar micro-tip scissors are the most popular option for trimming herb by hand. Spring loaded. Sharp blades and easy action. If you dull the scissors by cutting stalks, resharpen them with a sharpening stoner or a Fiskars scissors sharpener. Avoid cutting thick branches with these scissors or they’ll lose integrity. Rather, use pruning shears(below) for cutting off limbs and branches, while using these Fiskar scissors for leaf trimming.
Curved Blade Trimming Scissors
For getting into little tight spots, these handheld curved blade trimming scissors are the one. Long, sharp curved stainless steel blades. Spring action. Cheap price for this highly reviewed product. Comes with a belt holster.
Small Scissors for Manicuring
If your hand is getting tired and sore using the Fiskar spring design scissors, these small sewing scissors may be your best choice. Great for people with small hands. Although the scissors don’t open up as wide as other models, the no-spring design is quick and effortless, letting you accurately manicure buds to perfection. Small scissors work well for the final manicure as well as dried untrimmed herb. PACK OF 12 SCISSORS.
When you have big limbs or plants hanging and you need to break them down into smaller branches, a good pair of pruning shears will come in handy. As mentioned above, using trimming scissors to whittle-cut branches will cause the scissors to lose integrity, so make sure you have some good pruning shears ready for harvest. Sharp pruning shears should be used to slice up all of the plant stalks and branches into sizes ready for trimming.
Big Scissors for Trimming
Trim sucker leaves and rough cut buds with these easy action 10-inch Fiskar scissors. It’s easy action design was awarded the Arthritis Foundation Ease-of-Use Commendation. Titanium blade coating. Soft grip handle.
How to Clean Trimming Scissors
Trimming scissors and shears will get black and gunky quick when working with dank resinous herb. Certain indica dominant strains especially are notorious for their gooey resin that sticks everywhere. That’s why you should always have extra scissors clean and ready to use.
Rubbing alcohol (91-99 percent isopropyl) should be on hand in good supply during a bud trimming operation. Submerge your gunky scissors in the alcohol then rub off any resin buildup, cleaning the blades and intersections. You can ‘rotate’ scissors in-and-out of the alcohol cup when you need to switch.
Hawaiian growers use citrus fruit i.e. oranges to clean gunky scissors. The citrus oil present in the fruit’s skin helps to clean off sticky resin. You can stick your scissors directly into the orange or even better grind your scissors in the skin.
Trim Trays, Trim Stations
Trim Bin Tray for Kief
This TrimBin features high walls that keep leaf from falling out the sides, plus it’s two-part design catches anything that slips through it’s 150 micron screen. Screen is replaceable and can be changed out with a 220 micron screen for finer kief collection. Highly reviewed model. Available from single units up to 8 unit packs.
How this one works is you trim over the middle “disposal chute”. What goes through the chute is collected in the screen beneath it. 2 separate bins for finished and untrimmed buds. This Trim station also holds a phone, cup, scissors and a sponge for wiping off scissor blades.
Cardboard Soda Flat Box
Most gas station convenience stores or supermarkets have loads of these cardboard flats and if you ask for them will often give them out for free. Lay down newspaper inside the box to keep kief and small pieces of bud from getting stuck inside the flaps and you got a free trim tray.
Hanging Your Harvest
Line for hanging
Set up lines for hanging. No matter how tight you get them, there’s always going to be some sag when you put on heavy branches. This is why you should not use a slippery line likes fishing line or metal wire. Rather, use braided cord or tight rope for that grip factor so that what’s hanging won’t slide all into the center. Also don’t use old ratty twine, the loose pieces will get onto your buds. Above: SGT KNOTS Twisted Mason Line
Herb Drying Racks
Screens racks can large amount of herb in a small area, plus air is able to flow all around the buds. Of course drying weed on screens will alter the shape of the buds i.e. make them flat, but placing buds on screens won’t cause too much alteration if they have already been hung for a few days beforehand.
Storage and Curing
After 6-10 days of hanging, buds are then moved into bags or container to cure. It takes about 4 weeks to cure buds in an easily burped container or bag before moving buds into final storage. It is important that the buds are able to gas off (release their chlorophyll gas), so don’t pack buds in too tight.
Question: What’s the best room temperature for drying?
Answer: 65-75°F (18-24°C)
Paper bags can be free or cheap to get and work decent in the beginning stages of plant processing for fresh dried buds that could a little more dryness. Place freshly dried buds in a paper bag for a day or two to gradually get them to a comfortable humidity level (buds at 55–65% RH) Paper bags are a short-term storage option to gradually continue the drying process.
Better than zip freezer baggies. Grocery bags are more airtight, and can keep buds at the same relative humidity level pretty good for at least a week. Double or triple them up for best results. Tie a single hitch as demonstrated above. Grocery bags are an early curing option that’s easy to open up, shuffle and let buds gas out evenly. Not for long term storage.
Whether they’re filled with just leaf trimming or full on buds, garbage bags are very helpful during harvest. Double up normal garbage bags or use heavy duty contractor clean-up bags for best results. Buds should be moved out of garbage bags and put into other final storage containers after a month of curing.
When your buds are about halfway cured (2/4 weeks) it may be a good choice to move them into more airtight storage. Don’t pack the buds in tight just yet. You”ll still want to burp(open) these jars regularly until the buds are completely cured. Once buds are cured, you can then vacuum seal the glass jars with a kitchen sealer and this jar sealer here.
Vacuum Sealer and Bags
Before vacuum sealing jars was the most popular long term storage choice, growers stored their stash in vacuum seal bags. You can buy a roll to cut and make the bags as long as you want. It takes a little skill to learn how to vacuum seal buds tight without crushing them. These bags do preserve weed well for a long time, although not as long as jars do. If you make the seal wrong the herb will get old quick! For best results in long term storage, keep loaded bags in a dark, dry (50% RH) location.
Scales are needed to record weights throughout the trimming process. See the best scales for weed here👇(opens in a new tab)
Humidity in the drying room
Question: What’s the best humidity range for the drying room?
Answer: 45-55% RH (relative humidity)
Hygrometer (Humidity Meter)
A hygrometer measures a rooms relative humidity. Good quality hygrometers sell for cheap online – it’s better to check and be safe (mold-free dank bud) than to guess and be sorry (moldy trash). Above: RockyMars RT36
A dehumidifier can drop the humidity in a room to the optimal 45-55% RH range. Nobody likes moldy buds; a dark closet may contain more ‘dank’ surprises than you expect. Dehumidifiers can be overdone, causing buds to dry unevenly so don’t go crazy with it. Above: The Frigidaire 70-pint dehumidifier
If you don’t use gloves while trimming buds, your hands will quickly get covered in sticky black resin. Use heavy-duty hand cleaner to clean the grimiest, stickiest hands. Above: Gojo Pumice Hand Cleaner
Best Gloves for Trimming
If you’re going to use gloves for trimming herb, be sure to use powder free gloves to ensure that nothing passes on to the buds. These black nitrile gloves are thicker and hold up better than cheaper options. The best choice of gloves for trimming sticky buds.
When you are looking up, working with hanging plants and limbs, there’s going to be stuff falling in your eyes. Most people don’t trim buds with safety glasses on, but if you are breaking down large hanging plants into branches or putting branches onto hanging lines they are helpful.
Clear Safety Glasses
These NoCry wrap-around clear safety glasses are anti-fog, scratch resistant, and protect from 90-100% of UV rays. A top bestselling product with thousands of positive reviews and a cheap price.
All the chlorophyll gas and chronic herb going off in a room makes many people’s eyes very red. These cooling eye drops give a cooling sensation while helping eye redness or dryness.
Organize and label everything with markers, from start-to-finish in order to record plant weights, keep strains and plants separate and avoid any mix-up.
Seat and Back Cushions
Trimming herb by hand for long hours makes your neck and back sore. Give yourself more time to trim in comfort with memory foam cushions for your back and butt.
Cushion for your back. Above: The LoveHome Memory Foam Lumbar Support Back Cushion (Black). A top rated bestseller.
Cushion for your butt. Above: The Kieba Coccyx Seat Cushion, Cool Gel Memory Foam Large Orthopedic Tailbone Pillow for Sciatica, Back, and Tailbone Pain (Black). Cheap low price and great reviews.
Bud Trimming Machines
Are you using a bud trimmer machine to help deal with your harvest? It sure can help save time. Click below to see our best bud trimmer designs of 2018.