Top 10 biggest mistakes made by cannabis growers
There is an art to the science of growing cannabis herb. Cannabis is a hearty plant, hence the nickname "weed."
Cannabis, like most herbal plants is generally a simple and easy plant to grow, and experienced growers have learned to provide the best environment for their plants, and to not overwork them. Here are tips on how to avoid the eight most common mistakes that cannabis growers make.
KEEP IT PRIVATE
Growing herb is a private endeavor that should be conducted in a "need to know basis." Once the grower shares their secret, it can open a Pandora's Box of unnecessary drama.
Remember, growing herb is a two to three month endeavor, and a commitment to finish the project that begins with the sowing of that seed. The best way to protect the crop and oneself is to just keep it private.
START WITH PREMIUM SEED
Planting unknown seeds will bring unknown results. While it may be a fun experiment to grow a few seeds from a particularly tasty bud, it's best to know exactly what one is investing their time, energy, and resources into.
Royal Queen seeds are meticulously prepared to produce a dependable crop of the highest quality herb. Royal Queen seeds are feminized and 99.9% guaranteed to produce female plants with hearty buds. They come with detailed instructions for growing each particular seed strain according to the requirements of its genetic heritage.
Growers who work with Royal Queen seeds know exactly what to expect in terms of THC and CBD contents and can plan their crop to prepare for the height and aromas of their chosen varieties. They know the length of time that it will take for their crop to sprout, flower, and when to harvest.
This knowledge is essential for the grower, who can plan their crop with confidence, knowing where to plant taller and longer growing strains as well as shorter and quicker crops. If the plants will produce a "skunky" aroma in the garden, they will require more protection, with filtering systems for indoor settings and thoughtful placement in an outdoor setting.
It's best to start the seeds in their growing medium as opposed to sprouting them with paper towels that will require moving the tender seedlings into their medium.
Propagated plants put the grower at risk of introducing pests and diseases into their crop, and should be used with caution.
TIMING THE GROWTH CYCLE
Sowing the seeds in the first week of June provides the plants the perfect amount of time to complete their growing cycle in the least amount of time while producing the maximum harvest. After the summer solstice, the days start becoming shorter. This induces the plants to move into their flowering and budding stages without unnecessary excessive height growth. Indoor growing environments should mimic this example.
Cannabis plants are arid drought-resistant plants that require good air circulation, good drainage and suffer from too much water and food. In outdoor situations, sandy loam soil is optimal. They should be watered when the top two to three inches of soil are dry. A well-constructed hydroponic system will be less inclined to over-watering, as they are designed to provide good drainage. These plants grow best in full sun with temperatures between 24-27 degrees, and humidity of 30-70%.
FEEDING THE PLANTS
Organically grown cannabis plants taste and burn better, but time-released fertilizer is acceptable. Start with a 25% dilution and gradually increase the potency of the food. If the leaves curl or show other signs of malformation, flood the plants and spray the leaves with water.
Once the pistils start turning from white to brown, the grower can start picking them. Resist the temptation to harvest the plant until the pistils are mostly brown. Hang the plants upside down in a dark room with good air circulation until the stems are completely dry, then pick the buds, and begin the curing process.