For many people, growing their favorite strain of cannabis can seem like a minefield of difficulties. Whether it’s the inherent problems associated with trying to start your own cannabis grow operation, or just the individual techniques and tricks you need to learn for each strain, the whole thing can seem pretty daunting.
There are so many strains out there that it can seem difficult to choose the right one to get started with. If you’re looking for some steps and tips to try and grow a different strain than you might be used to, you’ve come to the right place.
Let’s take a look at some steps and tips for growing Afghan Kush and how we can make it as easy and simple as possible to grow some high quality Weed.
Tip #1: Afghan Kush Strain Review
Afghan Kush is one of those strains with a long history that traces back to long before there was even a cannabis industry, and is a strain that forms its own history. Hailing from the Hindu Kush mountain range, Afghan Kush is used as a base strain for a variety of different indica explorations.
Centuries of selective breeding have gone into creating different varieties of this strain, and now it exists as both an excellent strain on its own and as a great baseline for a myriad of experimentation opportunities.
Afghan Kush is a sight to behold once it is ready, developing into a huge nuggets absolutely full to the brim with resin, producing an intense yield and providing an excellent smoke experience.
Whether you want to smoke Afghan Kush as is or use it as a base for further breeding options is entirely up to you.
Here’s how to make the best quality Afghan Kush possible.
Tip #2: Afghan Kush Growing Difficulty
Despite the long and storied history of Afghan Kush, it is actually extremely easy to grow. It doesn’t really require any kind of sophisticated growing setups or other difficulties; after all, this strain is used to the harsh environments of the Hindu Kush mountains!
Afghan Kush is a great strain to just leave on its own and let it grow as best it can, but you can take charge of its growing and carefully cultivate it to ensure you get the highest quality, most intense weed possible.
Overall, it’s an easy to moderate difficulty strain to grow, depending on the level of effort you choose to put into it; care for your Afghan Kush and it will reward you.
Tip #3: Afghan Kush Growing Techniques
Afghan Kush is one of those strains that is best to grow from clones using the SOG (Sea of Green) method. Though it might sound complicated, Sea of Green is essentially just growing your Afghan Kush in many smaller plants, rather than a few large ones.
This makes it more space efficient for those without great access to a lot of room, as well as allowing you to cull those plants that grow too tall without sufficient bud production.
This method also increases the number of proper female plants that will be produced, allowing you to ensure you can get the highest quality (and largest amount) of buds possible.
Afghan Kush is perhaps best used in a hydroponic setup while using the Sea of Green method, as this allows you to both save space and also use minimal resources.
For maximizing Afghan Kush’s yield, you need to make sure your hydroponic setup is nutrient enriched, as well as making sure you have enough light to hit all the plants at once.
If they grow too small, trim the tops of the plant to keep this short plant small enough to encourage a good, potent yield.
Tip #4: Afghan Kush Yield
Afghan Kush’s yield is typically on the higher end, assuming you take the proper steps to ensure you’re going to get a top quality harvest.
This means you need to make sure you feed it right, as well as keep the light up to par.
Afghan Kush is very hardy, though, so if you ignore the plant and just let it grow on its own without much supervision, hydroponics or space adjustment, you can still expect a low to medium yield.
Tip #5: Feeding for Afghan Kush
Afghan Kush is a strain that requires heavy feeding. The power of this indica strain is reliant on you looking after it and giving it the delicious micronutrients that it craves.
Though this strain is especially strong and typically healthy, without significant feeding it can be susceptible to mold and pests.
To avoid these unfortunate consequences of natural growth, heavy feeding allows the plant to grow tall and strong, as well as extremely dense colas (the part of the plant that makes the bud!).
As you’re typically growing Afghan Kush in hydroponics, this is very easy to achieve using commonly sold hydroponics nutrient mix. Simply mix it into the water solution used as the base for the plant, making sure to buy “high nitrogen” hydroponic nutrients rather than any alternatives.
It might seem like a simple thing, but it is very easy to underfeed Afghan Kush due to its high requirements, so make sure you feed it enough so that it can achieve its true potential.
Just like using salt when cooking with meat, if you think you’d fed it too much, you likely haven’t fed it enough.
Tip #6: Growing Afghan Kush Outdoors/Indoors
The age old decision of whether to grow in or outdoors for Afghan Kush is entirely dependent on how much you care.
Due its hardy resilience, Afghan Kush performs well both indoors and out, but if it is going to be outdoors it needs to have a few extra measures in place to ensure it survives.
While outdoors, Afghan Kush can unfortunately become susceptible to moisture damage, as well as the ever-present threat of mold. Make sure you’re keeping your plant in the right temperatures while outdoors; otherwise you risk damage to your plant that could have been easily preventable.
If you’re keeping it indoors and in a hydroponics system, make sure that the temperature doesn’t fluctuate too much in your grow room – many hydroponic farmers have lost crops due to their micronutrient water solution freezing and thawing due to a temperature control failure.
Tip #7: Afghan Kush Flowering Time
The flowering time for Afghan Kush is quite short at roughly 5 to 7 weeks. This means that you won’t need to keep up that intense feeding schedule for very long – it’s actually pretty similar to the time period involved in home-brewing, so you might as well brew some beer to go alongside your weed!
This quick flowering time is more noticeable, and thus at the lower end of that 5-7 week range, if you use the Sea of Green method, as this promotes faster flowering times and overall faster progression.
Tip #8: Climate for Growing Afghan Kush Strain
Afghan Kush, while being exceptionally hardy, still has a comfortable temperature range.
Varying quite widely between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, Afghan Kush can stand a decent range of temperature before suffering any adverse effects.
As previously mentioned, the main enemies you need to watch out for when growing Afghan Kush are the risk of moisture and the risk of mold. Improper temperature control is usually the prime source of both of these issues, so as long as you keep it within its comfortable temperature range, you should be absolutely fine.
Monitoring moisture in your grow room can be quite difficult, so you might wish to buy yourself a dehumidifier so as to try and make the general air around your fledgling plants a bit drier and thus less damaging.
Can I Grow Afghan Kush?
Afghan Kush is, without a doubt, an incredibly versatile strain.
It not only has potential as an excellent, knock-your-socks-off indica for daily use, but it also has the great potential as a base pairing for breeding with other strains.
Due to its hardy temperature range and its ability to grow extremely quickly, Afghan Kush is perhaps best in the hands of the marijuana breeder looking to experiment with a myriad of different breeds. You can row a quick batch of Afghan Kush in no time at all, compared to the extremely long flowering time of up to 10 weeks with some other strains.
Able to be grown both indoors and out – as long as you monitor both the ambient moisture in the air, as well as your locality’s prevalence for mold – Afghan Kush can be grown virtually anywhere.
Though the prospect of setting up an entire hydroponics bay for one strain might seem daunting, it’s a lot easier than you might first think. For one thing, it’s a lot easier to feed a nutrient-hungry strain like Afghan Kush if it is in hydroponics versus if it’s in the soil.
Plus, no messing around with various pots!
Afghan Kush is a strain with a long history and a rich future, a future that you can begin to take part in thanks to these tips and tricks.
After all, with such a wonderfully short flowering time, what have you got to lose?