The art of growing quality weed takes time and patience. Although some might be naturals, most of us have to practice to get it right. If you are a newbie and thinking of growing a plant, take a look at these 10 tips. They are guaranteed to put you in the right direction.
Oh, and for those of you who class yourselves as weed growing pros, these tips are an excellent refresher course.
So here they are; The 10 Things Not to Forget When Growing Your Own Marijuana Plant
1) Use High-Quality Seeds
This one is a no-brainer, but we have to say it as it is the infrastructure of everything. Choose quality seeds! Not the ones you get from your local hook-up guy or the cheap stuff you’ll find in your shady dispensary. When choosing seeds always go for the feminine ones and purchase them from a reliable source.
2) Buy Good Equipment
Think of this as an investment. Once you start cultivating, think about how much money you are going to save. You want to get it right, right? So get good equipment that will allow you to grow some of the finest produce.
3) Invest in Soil
One of the major mistakes new growers make is that they use old or low-quality soil. You know, the stuff that sits in the basement for years until you remember that you need it. Bear in mind that your plant is going to plant its roots in the soil you provide and drink from the moisture in the soil. Think about this, you wouldn’t want to drink from a dirty glass, would you? So make sure your plant is drinking from healthy soil. It is always best to purchase around 1.5 times the amount of soil it requires to fill up your vase.
4) Let Your Seed Sprout
Some growers can’t be bothered with all the hassle and bassel of letting the seed sprout and after that planting it correctly. This is a mistake. Best practices advise to allow the seed to germinate, so that you can monitor the plant more effectively. The way to do this is by placing the seed in between two wet paper towels, in a dark place until it sprouts. Once you see a tail coming out, then plant it in the ground, tail first at a 45 degrees angle.
5) Water Your Plant
Noticed the first few leaves popping out of the stem? Congrats. Now you have to make sure that the earth is constantly moist. Don’t flood it with water. There is a little trick you can do to test the soil. Poke your finger into the soil. Around 1 centimeter down. If it is moist, then you’re fine! There is no need at this point for an automatic sprinkler or some other contraption. You can also spray on your plant some water, to keep it moist and shiny.
From the moment your plant starts drinking it is also going to need light. Don’t settle for fluorescent lights or some other cheap stuff. Get a high-pressure sodium light. Also, know the cycles! Your plant will need around 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness, a day. One thing is for sure, don’t think you will remember the routine. Purchase an automatic timer that goes on and off accordingly. After around eight weeks, shift over to 12 hours of light, 12 hours of darkness.
7) Use High-quality Fertilizers
This is not always a MUST, but handy to have. When purchasing fertilizers try to purchase ones that are good for the first two development stages of your plant. Purchase only American made fertilizers or ones from reputable brands.
8) Nurture Your Plant with Loving Care
This might sound a bit funny, but the more love you give your plant, the more it will love you back and provide you with some of the best buds. We heard that people sing to their plants, stroke them and tell them that they love them. Calm music can often do the trick. Most recommend classical music.
9) Let Your Flower Bloom
This part is the most important. Get it right, and you will have some quality weed. Get it wrong and trim your plant too early, you’ll miss out on some of its amazing potential. The blooming period can take around 8 weeks, depending on the strain. It is best to purchase a small magnify glass and to monitor the trichomes. At first, they will be transparent which means they are not ready. During the second stage, they will turn grayish. Then they will become darker. This is the best phase to harvest your crop, as afterward they will change color to brown amber. Then you know its too late.
10) Drying is the Name of the Game
You’re finally there. Your weed is out of the ground, your scissors are ready to cut away and you can literally smell that wonderful smell of weed. It is important to remember that the drying phase is the most important part of the process. During this stage, you will have to dry your plant so that excess water evaporates. Make sure the air where you are drying your buds is pollution free. The amount of time you need to dry your weed really depends on the amount of weed. Anywhere from a week or more will do the trick.
If you really want quality weed, its best to age it. This is done by placing it in a glass jar and letting it breathe once a day for around 20 minutes. There are lots of different techniques around this, but if you are looking to grow the best weed, then be sure to age it.