Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Growing Cannabis
Have you ever considered growing cannabis but been concerned that you don’t have enough information? Are you growing right now and feeling like you could use extra help from others who have been where you are? I did when I first started cultivating cannabis!
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Growing Cannabis Outdoors Isn’t Difficult
You can grow some nice weed outside in most places during the summer if you start at the right time of year and give it the proper care and attention. You don’t have to live in the tropics, the Caribbean, California, or India to cultivate high-quality outdoor cannabis. Outdoor autoflower seeds outdoor buds and those produced in a greenhouse or polytunnel can provide some of the greatest quality produce.
Genetics will play a role in which strains are ideal for growing in the region and environment you live in, but the nice thing about cannabis is that people are breeding seeds worldwide. We have a terrific collection that you can search through to discover something you like that will live and thrive in your part of the world, whether it’s the northern or southern hemisphere. Some breeders have created super hybrids of landrace strains and provide critical information on where they are best suited for outside growing.
Keep a Grow Diary
Keeping a nootbook of each development can help you learn faster. So many of my friends and students have made the same error, believing they are doing the same thing they did last year, only to learn that they must have overlooked something. Our recollections can be misleading at times, and you may believe you remember everything you did four months ago. Still, it won’t be embedded in your memory until you’ve been doing it for a few years if you didn’t take notes on all the variables, such as temperature, humidity, feed adjustments, at what stage, and when you’re likely to have a few hitches as a novice.
Keeping notes and a notebook makes it much easier to prevent these problems. Examine the plant’s changes and reactions. pH levels in a runoff, how much feed you give them, and when you feed them. This data can help you reflect on and enhance your work as it progresses. This is especially useful if you’re trying to dial in a specific strain.
You may not be as good as you believe — you haven’t seen the competition. After a decade of producing and judging over a dozen cannabis cups worldwide, it’s safe to say some individuals think they’re better than they are. I did at one point, but it wasn’t until I witnessed what other growers were accomplishing in their space that I realized I needed to increase my growing methods and understanding.
Always remain humble; you may know a lot but never know everything. The best aspect about cultivating cannabis is that there is so much to learn! New strains can bring with them new issues. Growing one strain until you know it inside and out, then attempting something new and different, is a fun and honest approach to enhancing your talents. It’s easy to become perplexed when you’re chopping and changing strains every grow cycle when something doesn’t work with one strain but does with another. So much time, so many responsibilities. There are a lot of farmers to swap notes and techniques with.
Growing from Bag Seed can be Risky
It’s quite exciting. You crack open a bud you bought, and there’s a seed within. A gift! While this could be the next Cheese, Chemdog, or Wedding Cake, it could also be a ‘hermie’ — a flower that produces both male and female sex parts. An outcome is frequently a large number of seeds that are likewise hermaphroditic and do not produce enough active components to enjoy the results of your labor.
To ensure good fertile seeds, it is preferable to purchase some seeds that have been purposely created as feminized or ordinary seeds with stable mother and father plants. When you find something you like, you may learn to cut it and keep it around – or you can learn to make your seeds from it. You might even sell them here one day!? If you try just one bag seed in a room with your main crop, you could accidentally pollinate everything if the bag seed is a hermie or a straight-up male. Keep a watch on every bud site every day for small bananas — they’ll release pollen if you do this.
Perform a daily pH check.
Your plants will stop feeding if your pH is wrong. It’s quite straightforward. We want our plants to be regularly fed during the ‘lights on’ phase to guarantee optimal health, productivity, and potency. Cutting corners will only reduce the quality of your output.
It is worthwhile to invest the appropriate amount of money in your probes. It saves a lot of problems, heartache, and time. Learn how to handle them right and treat them with respect, and they will reward you with a bud that is noticeably superior in quality in terms of appearance, smell, and impact. When the pH is off during flowering, the bud is never totally natural and does not have the same amount of medical influence that the strain can provide.
Find Out More About Vapour Pressure Deficit
Understanding Vapour Pressure Deficit (VPD) can assist you in understanding the relationship between humidity and temperature. “Keep your temperature between this and that, and your humidity between here and there, and that’s good enough,” I was instructed for years. Yes, it’s adequate…but why settle for adequate when you can get dialed in?
A few simple searches will yield a slew of charts with humidity at the bottom and temperature on the side. There is a sweet spot in the middle. Either side of this is okay, and anything else is worthless. Essentially, it’s a terrific tool for ensuring that you can change the other to achieve the same goal and achieve the same results regardless of your temperature or humidity. It’s preferable to have two tools to play with than just one. You must ensure that your plant is not transpiring quicker than it can eat. Otherwise, you will suffer from dehydration. If the humidity level is too high, the plant will shut down and become vulnerable to infections and rot.
Purchase Dripper Systems
Dripper systems can save you a lot of time and stress. Watering once a day isn’t difficult, but if you give the plant the same quantity as that one drink in the morning as little trickles, you’ll conclude the grow cycle with a greater yield and, most likely, bigger, fatter, fuller buds. Plants, like humans, prefer to space their meals throughout the day, much as we don’t eat one meal in the morning and then forget about our energy needs until the next day.
This is now known as “crop steering,” and consultants charge thousands of dollars to grow facilities to effectively train cannabis growers to feed plants in the same way as tomato farmers did in the 1990s. It may necessitate some maintenance on the pipes and dripper heads, but for the time saved from hand watering to focus on the rest of the plant’s health and growth, you’ll be glad.
Make use of microbes
The use of microorganisms is the way to go. Our growing grasp of the symbiotic interactions between roots, growing media, microbial additives, and inoculants has only helped propel cannabis producers into the stratosphere. Organic bacteria and fungi introduced into soil and soilless growth systems have resulted in a stickier, more resinous product with higher terpene concentration.
They allow the plant to benefit from the breakdown of organic material in the growing medium as it grows through its various stages, rather than relying solely on N, P, and K to meet all of its nutrient requirements.
Extra Tip: If you seek someone’s advice and do not follow it, do not blame them!
When someone asks for your advice, the worst thing you can hear is, “but I just changed this one thing,” and then a month later, “I tried that thing you recommended, and it didn’t work,” when they altered what you told them on “novice logic.” It’s a certain technique to ensure that the individual never offers you advice again! Trust in their process if you are being guided by someone whose work you admire.
If you follow their advice and it doesn’t work out, you have grounds for complaint. Most likely, your lack of experience prevents you from seeing the big picture. Remember that you requested assistance because you appreciated what they did/had. Patience is a virtue in this situation. There’s still time to get better and attempt new things. You don’t have to attempt everything at once. Some approaches are incompatible. Others compliment you.