8 Tips for Growing the Maui Wowie Marijuana Strain: The Practical Growing Guide

All you need to grow this tropical strain at home


It isn’t always easy to find detailed information when trying to grow your favorite strain. Fortunately, it isn’t the case with the following strain because we have comprised an extremely detailed growing guide for Maui Wowie. It includes excellent steps and tips to ensure you grow this tropical delight expertly. Depending on how you use this guide, you may end up with a slightly different Maui Wowie strain to what online guides suggest; such is the nature of marijuana!

As you might expect from the name, Maui Wowie comes from the Hawaiian Islands and is known for its exotic scent, tropical taste, and relaxing high. It was created on the island of Maui and has the sweetness one associates with Hawaii. This strain has been around for decades and came from a Hawaiian Sativa. Without further ado, let’s find out how to grow this fruity delight!

Tip #1 –Strain Review: Maui Wowie – What to Expect When Using It

The sweet citrus and tropical scent make you think you’re in for a treat, and Maui Wowie does not disappoint, with flavors that make you dream of fresh pineapples. It is an excellent strain to use during the day because it heightens your focus and gives you a little motivational boost.

If you are feeling a bit down, Maui Wowie will boost your mood and begins by providing you with a sense of euphoria. This sativa-dominant hybrid has a THC content of up to 20%, so don’t allow the wonderful taste and smell to fool you. While we don’t advocate using marijuana at work, a couple of tokes of this strain could be the difference between a productive day and a miserable afternoon.

Tip #2 – Difficulty Growing Maui Wowie

Maui Wowie’s grow difficulty is best described as easy to moderate. It is highly resistant to pests and diseases so is an ideal strain for a beginner to try and cultivate. When you purchase your marijuana seeds, you should try to germinate them in sterile soil if you plan to plant them outdoors.

The paper towel method is one of the easiest ways to germinate seeds. All you need is four paper towel sheets, your Maui Wowie seeds, and two clean plates. Soak the sheets in distilled water to the point where they are wet, but water is NOT dripping off. Place two of the sheets on the plate, and put the seeds on the sheets. Make sure the seeds are at least one inch apart.

Cover the seeds with the other two sheets and cover with another plate. Do all of the above in a room with a temperature of between 70- and 90-degrees Fahrenheit. Check the sheets every so often to make sure there is enough moisture. It can take anywhere between a couple of days and a week for the seeds to germinate.

You know it has happened when you see a single sprout, known as the tap root, protruding from the seed. The next step is to transport the seedlings to the growing medium. We recommend using sterilized tweezers. Do NOT touch the tap root with your fingers.

Tip #3 – Best Growing Techniques for Maui Wowie

Maui Wowie is a plant that stretches a lot when it enters the blooming phase. It is a strain that responds well to the SOG method, which involves harvesting numerous small plants for fast bud production and a quicker harvest. Maui Wowie is a sativa-dominant hybrid, which means its flowering time is rather long.

It is probably a good idea to avoid topping this strain if your goal is a faster harvest. With Maui Wowie training, you can grow double, treble, or even quadruple the number of plants to get a massive yield. Invest in twist-ties to tie down the branches of this plant. Wrap a tie around the top of the plant, pull it over until it is bent to at least a 90-degree angle, and attach this part of the plant to the main stem which is lower on the plant.

Keep the branches in this position for an entire week. When you get this right, your Maui Wowie plants will grow bushy and take up less vertical space. It is an ideal technique for growers with a small amount of vertical space to work with.

Tip #4 –Yield Expectations for Maui Wowie

Maui Wowie’s yield is classified as moderate to high. You can expect a yield of 14 ounces per square meter when growing indoors, and 16 ounces per plant when growing outdoors. For those growing this strain outside, it will be ready for harvest by the middle of October, if not earlier.

You can boost the yield of this strain by adding more carbon dioxide (CO2) to the air. As you may know, CO2 is used by marijuana plants during photosynthesis to create the sugars used to build their tissues. When you elevate the CO2 level of your grow room, you boost production of these sugars, which significantly enhances plant growth.

It will cost a few hundred dollars for a CO2 tank setup, but if you have a large grow room, it may be worth the price for the boost in yield; it is certainly an economically viable option for commercial growers. According to growers who have spoken to High Times, elevated CO2 levels near harvest time actually lowers potency, so switch off any CO2 tanks you have about two weeks before harvest.

Tip #5 – Feeding Maui Wowie

Maui Wowie is a strain that prefers regular light feedings rather than large amounts spaced out. The three main nutrients are Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium, which are labeled on the front of plant food as N-P-K. For example, food with an N-P-K reading of 25-20-15 means it consists of 25% Nitrogen, 20% Phosphorus, and 15% Potassium.

Secondary nutrients include magnesium, sulfur, and calcium while micronutrients include copper, zinc, iron, manganese, and boron which are only necessary in trace amounts. You need to give your Maui Wowie plant lots of N during the vegetative stage. Although you can purchase pre-made food, there are plenty of simple ways to add nutrients. As it is used to the volcanic soils of Hawaii, it thrives in a soil with a healthy helping of perlite.

Believe it or not, fresh human urine is a potent source of N, although it must be heavily diluted before being added to the soil. A tablespoon of hydrated lime per gallon of soil is great for plants in a hydroponic setup because it contains calcium, magnesium, and nitrogen.

When feeding your Maui Wowie, begin by providing just 25% of the plant food recommendation to see how the plant grows. Add more if the leaves show signs of wilting, although there are various reasons for yellowing and limp leaves beyond nutrient deficiency.

Tip #6 – Should You Grow Maui Wowie Indoors or Outdoors?

Maui Wowie prefers being grown outdoors, but this isn’t always possible. One possible solution is to combine indoor and outdoor growth for maximum yield. For instance, you could use indoor space during winter for seedlings or cuttings which can be placed outside in Spring, assuming you live in the right climate.

The natural sunlight helps grow the weed, and you can enjoy up to three harvests per year in this manner. In fact, if you have enough space and are dedicated to growing your Maui Wowie on a commercial basis, it is possible to have a harvest every 10 weeks or so.

You need to understand the two growth cycles of Maui Wowie to benefit from all-year-round production. After you germinate the seeds, your plants enter the vegetative stage. At this point, offer 24/7 light, if possible, indoors. With no dark cycle, it means the plants will be in photosynthesis constantly and grow much faster than they would outdoors.

Assuming the weather makes it possible, transport the plants outside once they are 12-18 inches tall. They need to be exposed to 12 hours of continuous darkness a day to enter the flowering stages.

Tip #7 – Maui Wowie Flowering Time

Maui Wowie’s flowering time ranges from 9 to 11 weeks. If growing indoors, it would be ideal if you can have two separate rooms for this strain; one for the vegetative stage with almost constant light, and a room for flowering set up so that 12 hours of light are followed by 12 hours of darkness.

Depending on where you live, it should be possible to leave Maui Wowie outdoors in Spring or Fall because it will automatically send the plants into flowering due to the ideal natural lighting schedule. At this point, increase phosphorus intake. Although a plant food with an N-P-K reading of 10-20-10 is fine, you can go very high in P with a reading of 5-50-17; that’s 10 times more phosphorus than nitrogen!

Tip #8 – What is the Best Climate for Growing Maui Wowie?

Maui Wowie handles high humidity levels well and doesn’t allow heavy rainfall to affect it a great deal. It likes warm temperatures so keep it between 75 and 85 degrees during the daytime. This is only a rule of thumb, however, and does not take into account that this particular strain can absorb more light at higher temperatures of up to 90 degrees. Maui Wowie can even handle up to 95 degrees if there is an elevated level of CO2 in the grow room.

Do not allow the daytime temperature to go below 70 degrees for any significant period. Likewise, the minimum nighttime temperature is 60 degrees. Once it goes below that level, it has a severe negative impact on growth. Allow the temperature to dip to 55 degrees and your Maui Wowie plants will go into shock.

Repeated exposure to temperatures below 50 degrees will eventually kill your plants. Pay special attention to the roots to ensure they are kept warm. If you believe the ground is taking the heat out of the roots, elevate the pots. Although Maui Wowie likes high temperatures, allowing it to be exposed to excessively high temperatures during flowering can reduce the potency of buds.