Growing Gardens Manicuring


Manicuring Harvested Cannabis Bud

So you’ve harvested your precious garden of medical marijuana. Now what? If you want the buds to cure correctly, you’re going to need to manicure them properly. Manicuring is the process of removing large cannabis leaves and water leaves from the buds, while leaving the pistils, tri-chromes and flowers for the curing process.


  • Trays (or similar surfaces)
  • 2 black plastic bags
  • Rubbing alcohol (to remove resin from the blades)
  • 1 pair of small, sharp scissors
  • To begin the manicuring process, first take your freshly harvested bud and set it on the plastic bag. If you have more than one strain, it would be helpful to label each pile, as it can be easy to forget with strain is which. You wouldn’t want to smoke some Sativa that you thought was Indica when you are trying to get ready for bed. If you have more than one pile, cover the buds you aren’t going to be trimming right away, with another plastic bag. This is to ensure that light does not lessen the quality of your hard-earned harvest.

    Grab your first plant and remove by hand all the obviously large and excess leaves. Set these leaves aside, you may want them later. Then, separate all the individual branches by cutting them into smaller sizes for easier manicuring by hand. Do this process again with your remaining plants and place the buds on trays.

    Now, you are going to do a much more meticulous manicuring of the buds using your sharp, fine scissors. Cut away as much of the protruding stem as you can. Next, use the scissors to separate the Cannabis leaf from the bud and cut these leaves off at the base, without losing any pistils, calyxes, et cetera. When you are snipping close to the actual flower, try to just use the very tip of the scissors to cut the base of the leaf. This way you are far less likely to lose any of the actual bud. You may have to pour some rubbing alcohol on a rag and wipe the sticky residue off your scissors at this point. Save all of the leaves that you are removing, because they tend to be coated in tri-chromes and will make good hash or low-grade joints. Once you have repeated this process on the remainder of your harvest until all (or at least most) of the cannabis leaves and water leaves are gone, your harvest will be ready for the curing process.

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    Guest | Oct 2, 2013
    FYI you do NOT trim the fan leaves unless they are dying. the absorption of sunlight happens through the fan leaves, not the buds, trimming the lower leaves and little buds when they begin will produce larger colas at the top of the plant and is a process. trimming too much of a living plant at one time will stunt its growth, as for curing, hang dry until stems snap then put buds in mason jars, take the lid off until the nugs on top are dry, then stir buds and seal it for 12 hrs,then remove lid. if the nugs are moist leve lid off till its dry on top again , reseal, repeat. could take 2 weeks or 2 months but well worth it
    Guest | Apr 10, 2013
    I trim the few that block a lot of light. Sometimes I just clip the tip off part of the leaf. So it doesn't touch the CFL's I have on the sides.
    lindzzz | Sep 13, 2011
    I don't know who wouldn't take this advice after reading it. I considered the proper grooming when curing, but not the idea of clipping leaves to help with the shade and even distribution of your light source.
    | Mar 19, 2011
    I m sp glad i reaD THIS I KEEP LEARNING NEW STUFF. I am going to harvest soon so i will make sure that i manicure my babies properly.
    HolyKush | Mar 8, 2011
    Manicuring is quite a process. I agree with labeling your piles so that you know what is what. You might think that you wont lose track...but you will, haha. I have heard that if you wear latex rubber gloves while trimming, you can freeze them after and the resin from the trim will harden and can be smoked! I have yet to try it. I would get more than one pair of scissors too. The stuff gets REALLY sticky.
    Jewryan | Jan 31, 2011
    manicuring is a huge step of growing. as your plant gets older its going to produce lots and lots of different size leaves. some that shoot farther out then others. as your plant is going through the budding phase your going to want to remove some of these shade leaves so that the light gets to all your nugs. for mothers it is good to trim it up a bit about a week before you take clones so that the light can get down to those lower areas from ware your going to be taking you clones from.