Chopping Down Your Weed
Before you cut any kolas or branches, remove the larger fan leaves. This is often easiest when the plant is still standing. Some growers remove many of the smaller leaves at this stage too, but if you are not in a hurry it is beneficial to leave them on throughout cutting and drying. These little leaves will protect the trichomes and cause the buds to dry slowly, preserving more flavor, weight and potency.
It can be tempting to chop and hang each entire plant, but the buds will dry better if you do it in sections. Treat each branch and kola separately so they won’t touch each other when hanging to dry.
Using a sharp pair of secateurs or Fiskars cut each branch from the plant. Remove the large fan leaves if you have not already done so. Handle the branches very carefully; rough handling can cause the trichomes to drop off and that is something that we definitely do NOT want.