5 Marijuana Growing Tips Every Grower Should Know
Are you looking to try your hand at growing marijuana? Maybe you’ve made a less-than-successful attempt and you want to take on board some tips for growers to ensure you do a far better job next time.
Attitudes to marijuana are definitely changing. Nowadays, you can do this research online or even visit a cannabis store and not have to worry about hiding it or whether you are breaking the law. Of course, it depends largely on where you live, but weed is likely to continue to become even more mainstream.
Always Grow Inside
A lot of crops grow better outside. It seems counterintuitive to decide to grow indoors, but actually, it’s a far better method for growing weed. For a start, it gives you a lot more control. Whether you’re growing in a greenhouse or grow boxes, you can control heat and humidity.
Growing indoors also helps you to keep your marijuana crops away from parasites, harmful pests and other issues that might lead to the crops getting ruined.
Have Proper Lighting
There is always some investment when you are looking to start out, and one of the areas you should spend on to get the right model is the lights. Outdoor plants would get light naturally but you have to create an environment with light indoors. You should get excellent grow-lights, reflectors and only use the best bulbs. They’ll last longer, and you’ll get far better results. Cannabis plants are pretty tolerant but they won’t grow without a good light setup.
Have Strict Bedtimes
Plants need bedtimes too! You might even have to take on the role of strict parent at times to ensure that your plants grow properly.
Plants still respond to a day and night cycle. For marijuana, this is best if you give them around 12 hours in the dark and then 12 hours of light every day. For your own personal reasons it might make sense to keep the daytime hours light, especially if your plants are somewhere the light might cause a distraction.
Cannabis strains might grow in a couple of months. However, giving them an accurate day and night cycle increases the chances of reliable and fast growth.
Luckily, we live in the age of smart technology, so you can connect your lights to your phone and control them totally remotely, or just set up a timer to ensure the work is done for you. You need to keep up the cycle, and a timer is the easiest way.
Be Careful With What You Feed Your Plants
There are a lot of gimmicky products out there promising miracle growth. Fortunately, these tend to be easy to spot.
All your marijuana plants need are the base elements, and you can find these pre-mixed or buy them separately yourself.
Marijuana requires nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) in large quantities. Plus, in smaller quantities, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur are required. You can buy fertilizer bags and soil that can make your life a lot easier and ensure your weed plants have what they need to prosper.
Water Quality Matters
All around the US, and the rest of the world, it is amazing how different the water that is coming into your supply might be. If you use domestic water you’re going to be inadvertently adding chlorine and fluoride. This is not good for plants and you will not get good results. Ideally, don’t use any water from your faucet without treating it.
Fortunately, it isn’t too hard to buy and maintain a filtration or reverse osmosis filter, and you may need one in your home or business premises anyway to ensure that the water is good for you and not full of heavy metals or other undesirable added extras that are bad for humans and plants alike.
Are you ready to continue your journey to learn how to grow the best weed? Luckily, a lot of the rules are very simple and can lead to beautiful plants, full of the good stuff, in just 8 weeks of growth. Follow these five tips and you can be harvesting a successful crop of weed in no time at all.
Ian Baker handles content marketing at Happy Leaf Collective. He has been been deeply involved in the cannabis field for the past 5 years, including 3 years as a budtender.