Canada produces some of the finest weed in the world, and God Bud is one of its finest exports. This Canadian strain is a potent cross of Hawaiian and Purple Skunk, with a THC content ranging from 14% to 22%. Although it is officially regarded as a balanced hybrid, God’s Bud leans towards the indica side and is a popular medicinal strain.
It was created in British Columbia by BD Bud Depot and has won a variety of awards, including the High Times Indica Cup in 2014. Once you use God Bud, you will enjoy the cerebral yet calming high. You should feel completely relaxed, but the sensation is not heavy enough to cause couch-lock.
Its sweet, earthy flavors mean you can genuinely enjoy smoking God Bud. Those who use it as medicinal marijuana believe it is effective in the treatment of conditions such as chronic stress, headaches, pain, and even insomnia. In this guide to growing God Bud, we provide you with eight sections designed to boost your yield and ensure a healthy crop.
1 – Growing God Bud inside & outside
Before we begin, it is important to explain that God Bud is a difficult strain to cultivate. Therefore, we would advise novices to begin their cultivation journey with a marijuana strain that is easier to grow. God Bud is in hot demand because it requires an experienced grower’s touch, and its yields are on the low side.
God Bud is high maintenance, but you can use either a hydroponics or a soil setup. It also grows well both inside and outside, but if you opt for the former, the start-up costs will be higher. If you grow it indoors, the yield will be approximately four ounces per square meter planted. In comparison, a significant number of strains will produce four or five times that amount. On the plus side, God Bud has a fast flowering time of just seven weeks.
If you grow outdoors, you can get away with growing God Bud in colder climates, although it is essential to keep humidity levels on the low side. In general, keep the temperature between 65˚ and 80˚ Fahrenheit, and beware of drops in temperature. Although God Bud develops a purple hue when exposed to temperatures in the low sixties, you could shock the plant and hinder its growth. It yields just three ounces per plant and is ready for harvest by the middle of October.
2 – Pruning your God Bud
The plants and buds of this strain grow extremely dense, which means you need to ensure your grow room has excellent airflow and is not too humid. Otherwise, there is a risk of the crop developing bud rot or powdery mildew. Once your God Bud starts to look ‘bushy,’ it is time to get the scissors out and start pruning.
Typically, growers look to prune their marijuana plants a few days before forcing them into the flowering stage. Don’t prune more than three weeks into flowering or else you risk hindering the plant’s growth. As you know, high-quality weed grows where the plant gets the most airflow and sunlight, which is on the outside of the plant. Ideally, the plant’s energy will be focused on its top, and we recommend narrowing your pruning focus to the following three areas:
- Bud sites near the bottom of the main stalks.
- Leaves that are yellowing and dying due to lack of light exposure.
- Branches low down on the plant that receive minimal sunlight.
It is also a bad idea to try and prune everything in one session. It is best to work in intervals to prevent the plant from going into shock. Once you have successfully pruned your plants, you will be stunned by a sudden growth burst a few days later. When you get it right, your God Bud plants will develop a ton of resin during the flowering stage which you can use for high potency hash.
3 – Organic or chemical fertilizers?
God Bud requires heavy feeding, but the question is: Should you use organic or chemical fertilizers? The marijuana plant has been growing for tens of thousands of years, and up until relatively recently, it thrived without the need for chemical fertilizers. In fact, it wasn’t until 1840 that Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (The famed N-P-K combination) were championed as essential nutrients for a plant.
Although this notion, publicized by Justus Von Liebig, was an interesting discovery at the time, these chemicals were unaffordable to most farmers. In the early 1900s, a man named Fritz Haber changed everything by discovering how to fix nitrogen from the air and combine it with hydrogen to create ammonia. As a consequence, it became possible to mass produce ammonia which was then used as a low-cost nitrogen fertilizer.
Pros & Cons of Chemical Fertilizers
- You can use precise ratios which result in larger yields.
- Marijuana plants use these nutrients quickly, leading to faster growth and an increase in THC production.
- You can purchase chemical fertilizers anywhere, and they are relatively cheap.
- Chemical fertilizers do nothing for the quality of your soil. In fact, soil quality diminishes over time.
- It is easy for novices, in particular, to overuse fertilizer and kill plants.
- When soil quality is compromised, nutrient runoff occurs, which means wasted nutrients and contamination of the surrounding environment.
- Non-renewable resources are used to create chemical fertilizer. It requires a lot of energy to produce nitrogen, and it takes a terrible toll on the environment.
Pros & Cons of Organic Fertilizers
- The nutrients are released slowly, which reduces the risk of overfeeding.
- Not only do you improve the soil, but you also boost the quality of your plant’s flowers. It is common for growers to discover that their cannabis tastes and smells better.
- The process of organic fertilization can take place year after year. In other words, you should be able to use the same soil ten years from now without a reduction in quality.
- Organic fertilizers are sustainable and renewable.
This type of fertilizer also remains in the soil which means a lower risk of nutrient run-off.
- It takes time for plants to absorb organic nutrients, which is a problem if there is suddenly a nutrient deficiency during the flowering stage.
- Organic fertilizer needs microorganisms to break down nutrients. This is a slow process in cold climates.
- You could inadvertently attract pests that are harmful to your plants.
- Organic fertilizers are more expensive than their chemical counterpart initially, although you will see the financial benefit over the course of several years.
It is also important to note that organic fertilizer is probably a better option for novice growers. Chemical fertilizers rely on precision, meaning you can’t make alterations or mistakes without your crop suffering the consequences.
4 – Making the most out of bat guano
One of the most popular organic soil amendments is bat guano, which is bat feces! Growers collect the guano of bats that consume insects or fruit because it has several beneficial properties for marijuana plants including acting as a fungicide, inoculant, and fertilizer. As it contains enormous amounts of ‘fauna’ (decomposing microorganisms), bat guano is also filled with beneficial bacteria.
You can either add the guano to your soil when it is dry or else you can add it gradually by creating bat guano tea. Here is the recipe and quick instructions on how to apply it:
- You need 3.5 liters of water for every three tablespoons of guano.
- Mix four parts cold water to three parts warm water to help dissolve the guano.
- This equates to 2 liters of cold water for every 1.5 liters of warm water.
- Add the guano to the water and stir continuously while doing so.
- Leave the mixture for at least eight hours, and up to two days.
- Place a loose cover on the mixture, adding air holes if necessary.
- Feed your plants 3-4 times a week, although you can feed more frequently if the soil has good drainage.
5 – Answering the pH question
In general, you need to use slightly acidic water when watering marijuana plants such as God’s Bud. The rule of thumb is to ensure the pH of plant soil stays in the 6.0 to 6.8 range. If you are using a hydroponic setup, the pH level lowers slightly to 5.5 to 6.5. If you allow the pH of your soil to drift outside the ideal range, there is a strong possibility of nutrient lockout because your plants will be unable to absorb these nutrients correctly.
However, as more becomes known about growing cannabis, it seems that these pH levels are guidelines rather than strict criteria. In reality, watering without rigid pH regulation will not kill your plants, as long as these periods are short. It is FAR better to water your plants with an ‘incorrect’ pH level than to not water them at all.
This is especially the case when growing weed outdoors, because the high-quality soil has huge populations of microorganisms present. They are responsible for pH regulation in nature along with the management of nutrition, which means they get the job done. The picture changes when growing marijuana indoors. As there are a ton of variables and conditions are man-made, it becomes a lot more important to regulate pH adequately.
6 – Your grow room lighting options
When growing God Bud indoors, you are responsible for providing your crop with adequate light. By now, you should know the lighting schedule off by heart, but here’s a brief reminder:
- At least 18 hours of continuous light a day during the vegetative stage.
- A 12 hour of light, 12 hour of continuous darkness schedule when you want to force your plants into the flowering stage.
Here are the three most common lighting options.
High Intensity Discharge lights have been the gold standard for indoor growing since the 1980s. If you used weed 20+ years ago, the best stuff was grown using HID lights. Although the technology has improved, the basic premise is the same: An electrical arc is created between a pair of cathodes which hang within a tube that contains reactive chemicals.
When these chemicals are heated, they vaporize. The result is the production of a host of spectrums of light, akin to sunlight, which is ideal for growing cannabis along with many other edible plants. Although there are several HID lamp options, here are the two most popular:
- Metal Halide (MH): These lamps contain metal and mercury halides and produce 75-100 lumens per watt. If you use an electrical ballast, you get a power boost of up to 30%. The majority of light produced by MH lamps is in the green, yellow and orange spectrums. However, these lamps also produce a lot of blue and violet light which results in a pale blue light being produced. You can use MH lamps for the whole growing cycle, but they are most effective during the vegetative stage.
- High Pressure Sodium (HPS): HPS lamps are among the most power-efficient. They can produce an outstanding 100 lumens per watt, which occasionally rises to 150 lumens, for 600-Watt globes. HPS lamps produce a large spectrum of light, much of it towards the red end of the spectrum. You will notice that these lamps produce an orange light. The extreme power of HPS lamps means you should avoid using them when your plants are young.
Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
LEDs are ideal for the entire growth cycle. Although it is claimed that LEDs are expensive, their sheer energy efficiency means you will save money in the long run. Crucially, LEDs run cooler than their HID counterparts which means less chance of the temperature in your grow room increasing to a harmful level.
There are several types of fluorescent lighting tubes including short, curved, and compact (also known as CFLs). This type of lighting passes a charge through mercury vapor, which ionizes to produce light. The chemical coatings inside the tube modify the light. As fluorescent lighting produces just 17% of the light of other lamps, you are better off using them in a small grow room only.
7 – 5 mistakes novice growers must avoid
Although we don’t believe novice growers should begin with God Bud, we realize that some prospective marijuana cultivators will dive right in, so here are five common mistakes to avoid.
#1. Placing grow lamps at the wrong height
If your lighting is too high, your God Bud won’t receive enough light to satiate their enormous appetite. As a result, they expend energy and grow skinny in a bid to reach out for more light. The resulting plants will be so weak that they may be unable to support their own weight.
If your lamps are hanging too low, you could cause light burn and damage the quality and quantity of your yield.
#2. A failure to flush
In the marijuana community, some growers believe flushing should only occur as a desperate last-ditch measure. In reality, ALL growers should flush their plants a week before harvest. The process improves the quality of weed because it removes excess chemicals in the plant.
#3. Incorrect feeding
Do your research, and you’ll discover that some marijuana strains handle excess feeding better than others. For example, God Bud is classified as a ‘hungry’ plant, meaning you can feed it regularly with no ill effects. Overfeeding will cause nutrient lockout which eventually spells death to plants. Underfeeding is also deadly; a tell-tale sign is yellow, drooping leaves.
#4. Ignoring health & safety procedures
We have heard countless tales of grow rooms being destroyed because growers failed to adhere to basic health and safety regulations. Remember, you have heat, water, and electricity in the same area! Perform regular checks on the grow room and make sure the electrical cables are all safely stored away out of reach. Also, make sure you don’t overload power sockets with your lighting.
#5. Talking too much
Although medicinal marijuana is now legal in 33 states and recreational weed is legal in 10 states plus D.C., growing it isn’t legal in all of these states. Even if it is legal, there is no need to go around boasting about your crop. All you’re doing is inviting thieves to steal your bud. Remember, most marijuana sells for at least $200 an ounce and is a nice target for criminals.
8 – How much will it cost me to grow God Bud indoors?
There is no question that indoor growing is more expensive. You need seeds, pots, a growing medium, fans, a tent, a filter, lighting, a ventilator, a humidifier or dehumidifier, and a host of other equipment; not to mention the cost of electricity! As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to grow 0.5 grams of weed per Watt of light in the grow room, although you will produce less God Bud than this.
Let’s say your yield is 12 ounces because you have planted God Bud across an area spanning four square meters (three ounces per square meter remember). Although the price will vary, you could potentially get an ounce of God Bud for $300. This means you will save money if your setup and the total cost is less than $3,600. Of course, you should also take the time you spent cultivating the crop into account.
In other words, if you have a decent sized grow room, and follow our growing tips, it is unquestionably worth your while growing God Bud, or any other marijuana strain, at home (as long as it is legal in your state!). However, some people have grow rooms of approximately one meter squared. In that case, growing God Bud is more expensive than purchasing it in a dispensary because it is a low yielding strain.
Even so, you can’t put a price on the experience of growing weed at home. You will learn so much about cannabis, and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the herb. As a result, using it will be extremely rewarding. If you are a heavy user, it is almost always financially prudent to grow your own weed.