Its ok to trim wet–my personal preference. However, make sure to not be too vigorous in your trimming as this causes the plant material to expose lots of chlorophyll and this is what you are fighting in dry and cure, post-trim. Nick, has a great approach by going with a dry trim. We see this in most large facilities. Either way (wet trim or dry trim) the best approach to determine when to move from dry to cure, is to use a moisture content analyzer. This is a more scientific approach than the old “bendy snappy” routine. When using a MCA, make sure to take samples of large and small flowers so as to get a representative sample for the batch. Once you flower is below 11% moisture content, your flower is ready for cure. The cure cycle is our speciality. You should place your flower is glass or stainless steel containers, as plastic is bad news for trichomes and may lead to plastics leaching into your flower. If you choose to use glass, opt for the blue glass, as that will help block damaging UV from affecting your trichomes. When you burp, be gentle, so as to minimize trichomes breaking off your flowers. Cure for at least one week, until aroma has reached the level you desire.
Environmental conditions in your dry room and cure room should be in the 50 to 60 relative humidity range and temperature in the 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit range. This will help slow the dry cycle. A rapid dry can lead to vaporized terps and cannabinoids, especially the smaller molecular weight components.
When you are ready to move to an automated curing system, don’t hesitate to contact me. At Cure Advantage (https://www.cureadvantage.com) we supply curing systems to remove the labor component, improve product quality, while reducing cure time. Hope this helps.