Six Must-Know Tips for Growing the Cannabis
If you ask most people, growing cannabis is easy. Plant your seeds, water the plants when they germinate, and enjoy your harvest when it's time.
Heck, if you have good weather, you may not need to bother about watering the plants. Low effort, high yield. Right?
It couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Yes, for the most part, growing your own cannabis is easy. The cannabis plant will survive in most conditions that aren't too harsh. The thing about most people who want to grow their own supply is that they also want to have quality yield.
If you're interested in growing your own high-quality supply of cannabis, there are some important tips to note. In this article, we'll be looking at some of them.
Know your strains.
Like all things organic, the strain of cannabis you plant determines everything, from the size of the yield to the taste, aroma, and even how fast the plant grows. With over 700 strains to choose from, you have quite the choice to make.
Each strain has a different concentration of cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the two most significant compounds in your cannabis. The effects of the strains are typically down to the concentrations of either. Strains with higher THC content usually induce a noticeable high, alongside some other psychoactive effects. If CBD is the dominant compound, one might still experience mood shifts, but nothing as extreme as when THC is dominant.
To learn more about what strains can meet your need, you can visit a seed bank like Green Relief. Seed banks are a great place to learn about the different strains available.
Provide enough light.
Remember photosynthesis? That's exactly how your cannabis grows. Plants require light to make their food; cannabis plants require a lot of light. If you're growing your plants outdoors, you may not have to worry about sunlight too much. Just ensure that your plant isn't in the shade, and you'll be fine.
Growing indoors, on the other hand, is a different kind of gravy. Indoor plants need artificial lights, but you can’t stick just any kind of light bulb. Powerful glow lights like LECs and LEDs can help fast-track the growth of your plant.
That said, be careful not to give the plants too much light. Too much light can cause tip burn, dying leaves, and nutrient deficiencies.
Control the temperature and humidity.
Regulating the temperature and humidity of your cannabis plant is only really possible if you're planting indoors. Outdoor plants are under mother nature's jurisdiction. There's not much you can do to control the conditions outdoors.
With indoor plants, you should try to get the temperature to mimic the outdoor temperatures. However, having internal temperature control also means you can play around and optimize your plant's growth conditions.
Try to avoid reaching cold temperatures. Anything below 60°F can be harmful to the plants. Chances of bud rot increase at low temperatures.
Humidity is more tricky to regulate. At low humidity, the plants will show the conventional signs of drying up. You may also need to vary the humidity based on whether the plant is in the vegetative or flowering stage.
Help the air circulation.
Air circulation is essential to the cannabis plant for several reasons. First of all, like all plants, it requires ample air to access the carbon dioxide it uses for food production.
It's even harder for pests and fungus to hang on to the plants with proper circulation. It's very easy to have mold indoors if you don't have good circulation. Once mold spores begin to spread in your nursery, they're difficult to fight.
If you're indoors, you'll need a fan to generate air circulation for your plants. However, it's crucial to put in perspective the amount of air that your cannabis trees can stand. Ensure that the fan isn't set to a speed that causes the trees to sway.
Keep the trees watered.
Everyone knows they should water their plants. Knowing the number of times and the volume of water you should spend on the trees is tricky.
If you don't give the plants enough water, they can wither and die. Too much water, and the plants run a higher risk for fungus infection, mold, or root rut - all unpleasant situations.
That said, under-watering is a better option. Even if the plants are wilting already, a little water can bring them back to life.
As for the watering itself, try to ensure that the soil dries up before you wet it again. You can also test the soil by putting your finger into it and testing the depth of dry earth. Once the top layer of the ground is dry, you should rehydrate.
Know the nutrients for your plant.
Giving plants nutrients can be tricky since the kind of nutrients you give them depends on their reproductive life stage. In particular, when the soil is good enough and pre-fertilized, you may not even need to get nutrients.
As mentioned, different growth stages require different kinds of fertilizers. If your cannabis is in the vegetative stage, you'll need more nitrogen than potassium and phosphorus. For flowering plants, you'll need to use more phosphorus relative to the other two elements.
You can achieve similar results and still save money with organic alternatives.
Planting your own cannabis can be a fun and rewarding experience. If not for anything, it keeps you busy and helps you burn some calories. You'll also learn a lot about basic agriculture and how the cannabis strains work.
If you want to produce the best cannabis around, there's a lot to learn. We hope that this article has helped you start on the journey to being a cannabis farmer.
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