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What Is Retting of Hemp?

Jenn Smith

Posted on October 10 2019

Retting of hemp is a steady 2-3 week long process that allows for the hemp plant to dry naturally and allow for the unity of fibers. 

There are three types of hemp retting processes: through field; water and chemical. Field retting can only be done on the farm for hemp growers. Field retting works with Mother Nature to  match air temperature with moisture. If there is excessive rain in August and September, then retting will be difficult to achieve early in winter and may require waiting until spring. 

Retting of hemp is accomplished on the ground using dry netting (recommended) and will be completed with hemp stalks turn color into a dark beige with moldy spots. 

Note: Hemp plants will need to be tested for <.3% of THC.