If you’re eager to grow Tahoe OG Kush, you’re in the right place. In this growing guide, we provide you with some quick and easy tips to help you enjoy a bountiful harvest. Some sources suggest that the strain was created by someone named Ganja Guru who lived in Lake Tahoe, California, in the late 1980s. It is one of the best-known OG Kush phenotypes and is renowned for its sedative qualities.
It is typically a balanced hybrid with a THC content of up to 25%, but its Indica effects are more noticeable. Its CBD percentage of 0.2% seems low but is actually relatively high amongst plants that are not specifically bred for cannabidiol. It is a cross of San Fernando Valley OG Kush, OG Kush, and an Afghani.
Users claim that Tahoe OG Kush is among the strongest OG Kush phenotypes, and it provides you with the classic OG high. Soon after using this strain, you’ll feel extremely relaxed, like you’re wrapped up in a warm blanket. As it is euphoric and uplifting but also provides a sedative effect, Tahoe OG Kush is used to treat insomnia and mood disorders. There is also enough CBD to help take the edge off pain. Now that you know what you’re dealing with, let’s provide you with a few growing tips.
1 – You Can Grow Tahoe OG Kush Indoors or Outdoors
While some strains provide greater yields either inside or outside, it doesn’t make much of a difference to this strain. However, it is normally the preserve of experienced growers because it needs an optimized growth setting, and it is also a tad sensitive. On the plus side, Tahoe OG Kush is resilient against mildews and molds.
If you grow it indoors, it has a flowering time of 8-9 weeks, and you can expect to earn a modest harvest of 11 ounces per square meter planted. In a sunny and optimized outdoor setting, Tahoe OG Kush is ready for harvest in the middle of October and yields an average of 11 ounces per plant.
2 – Keep Humidity Levels Low
Although this strain is resistant to mold, it tends to grow thick and dense, which means it should not be exposed to excessive moisture. You can still adhere to the usual moisture levels for the first few weeks of growth, but err on the lower side of each humidity range. For example, seedlings and clones need relative humidity of 65% to 80%. For the Tahoe OG Kush strain, it is best to stay in the 65% to 70% range.
Once your seedling reaches the vegetative stage, it is time to drop the humidity to 55%. We recommend reducing the humidity level by up to 5% each week at this stage. By the time you’ve forced your crop into the flowering stage, the RH in the grow room should be 30-40%. There is no need to reduce it any further.
It is also important to keep the temperature between 65- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. Although you can keep the grow room temperature in the mid to high 70s during the vegetative stage, you should bring it down to the lower 70s by the flowering stage. As the humidity is already quite low, there is no real need to reduce the daytime grow room temperature to below 70 degrees.
3 – What About Hydroponics?
Tahoe OG Kush flourishes in a proper hydroponics set up and is known for producing sticky, resinous buds. A lot has been written about hydroponics systems, but you shouldn’t fall into the trap of believing it is too advanced. It is entirely possible to grow ‘hydroponically’ by hand-watering pots containing an inert medium with added nutrients instead of soil.
If you decide to grow using a medium such as Rockwool or coco coir, bear in mind that you’re responsible for the nutrient intake of your crop. As such, we recommend keeping a detailed journal which outlines how much you have fed your plants. If you run into problems, a quick look at your chart will determine if you have overfed or underfed your plants.
As well as needing Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, Tahoe OG Kush grows well with extra Magnesium and Calcium. When purchasing a pre-mixed nutrient solution, make sure it also contains secondary nutrients and micronutrients such as Copper, Iron, Zinc, Sulfur, and Boron.
4 – Monitor the Electrical Conductivity Reading of Your Solution
While this is also a necessary step when using soil, it becomes even more important when growing hydroponically. The EC reading is a measure of how strong a nutrient solution is, and also helps determine the level of minerals in the water. The EC reading is higher when there are more minerals. As a rule of thumb, keep the EC reading between 1.0 and 2.0, although there are specific ‘ideal’ readings depending on the growth stage.
You can also multiply the EC reading by 500 or 700, depending on the scale you use, to get the parts per million (ppm) reading; another way to measure the strength of a solution. For example, an EC reading of 1.5 on the 700 scale equates to 1,050 ppm. As your plants grow, they need a more nutrient-dense solution.
Far too many growers make the mistake of loading up on nutrients in the early stages of the plant’s growth cycle. In reality, the maximum reading you want for seedlings is 250 ppm, while it is just 400 ppm in the early vegetative stage. By the time your plants are fully blooming, the maximum end of the ideal range says up to 1,600 ppm is acceptable.
5 – Don’t Forget to Prune!
Whether you grow Tahoe OG Kush indoors or outdoors, it requires a high level of care. Make sure all leaves are exposed to light and prune away any unnecessary outer leaves. The definition of pruning is the process of clipping off pieces of the plant. When you get it right, you will be rewarded with a stronger plant and a higher yield.
In general, marijuana’s life cycle involves the death of a few leaves, but since they don’t die quickly, they linger on and use up valuable nutrients. With Tahoe OG Kush, you may need to prune leaves earlier than with other plants because of how dense it grows. When new branches begin sprouting leaves, clip away the shade leaves from which they grew; these leaves are destined to turn yellow and die at a later date.
If you haven’t finished pruning by the third or fourth week of flowering, it may already be too late. Remember, when you prune your marijuana plants, their energy is focused on recovery, which means a slowdown in overall growth. As you want as much energy as possible to be focused on the buds, don’t prune your plants after the third week of flowering. Make sure you use sharp and sterilized clippers, and don’t prune too much at once or else you risk sending your plants into shock.
6 – Watering Your Tahoe OG Kush
Tahoe OG Kush is a hungry and thirsty plant that thrives when you feed and water it often. As exciting as it is to grow your own weed, a shocking number of novice growers still have no idea when to water their plants. The most common problem with newbies is unquestionably overwatering. Whether you overwater or underwater your marijuana, it will eventually suffer.
The best time to water your plants is as soon after first light as you can. Once plants gain access to lights for the day, they begin using the water and nutrients. If there is no water available when your plants attempt this process, it negatively impacts them. If you water plants at night, it increases the RH in the room.
The simplest way to water plants in a pot of soil is to place the water in a tray which you place the soil on top of. The roots draw everything they need through the soil. By doing this, you also encourage the roots to grow downward. After 30 minutes, remove any excess water. If the tray is empty, add a little more to see the plants absorb it. The process of osmosis ensures that the plant’s root structures only take the water it needs.
As for frequency, a basic approach is to water every 2-3 days. However, you don’t want your growing medium always to be wet as you encourage the growth of mold. Here’s a simple test to see if your plants need water: Push your finger into the growing medium until it is up to your knuckle. If the medium feels dry, and your plants are not a healthy green color, it is probably time to add some water. If the soil is moist, hold off on watering for now.
7 – Preventing Mold When Drying and Curing
You have harvested your Tahoe OG Kush; congratulations! However, the work of a cannabis grower is never truly done. Ideally, you will perform a full wet trim of your buds before hanging them upside down to dry in a special room. It can take up to a week for your weed to be dry enough to cure. You know your weed is ready for curing when you pick it up and find that the stems snap when you bend them. If the weed feels moist to the touch, it isn’t ready.
The most basic method of curing is to place the buds in glass mason jars which are airtight when closed. Fill the jars 75% full and open the jar a couple of times a day for a few minutes. After a week or so, you only need to open the jars every couple of days. If you have the money, consider investing in a humidity regulating product such as Integra Boost’s offerings.
The company sells 62% RH and 55% RH packets. You place them in the jars with the weed and replace them when the indicator tells you to do so. Also, there is no need to open the jars because the packets do the job for you. If you try the cheap and easy method, it can backfire if you live in an area with high humidity because opening the jars could increase the RH inside.
8 – How Much Will Growing Tahoe OG Kush Cost Me?
In theory, you could grow marijuana at home for under $50. All you need is a pot with soil, some seeds, and a space on your windowsill. You can try this basic method, but don’t be shocked when your experiment is a disaster. If you want a small grow room of say a meter squared (which would get you around 11 ounces of Tahoe OG Kush), you would need additional equipment such as:
- A grow tent.
- pH meter & thermometer.
- A timer.
- A small ventilator.
- Electronic ballast.
- A filter.
- Not to mention the increase in your energy bill.
The above would be considered a basic enough setup, yet you could be looking at $700+ depending on where you purchase your items. As for the amount you produce, the general rule of thumb is that you can produce a gram of weed for every two watts of light in the grow room. For example, using a 400W light should provide 200 grams of weed.
However, you have to take into account the marijuana strain. Tahoe OG Kush’s yield is on the low side. For the sake of argument, imagine being able to grow 11 ounces of this strain on a budget of $1,000. Let’s say the average cost of Tahoe OG Kush is $250 per ounce (please let us know how much YOU pay). 250 x 11 = 2750.
In other words, you could spend almost three times our hypothetical budget and still come out on top. Then there is the small matter of enjoying 3-4 harvests per annum. If you know that you’ll use at least 15 ounces of marijuana per annum, it could be worth growing your own.