An increasing number of marijuana users are trying to grow their favorite strain to save money, and also simply to experience the joys of cultivation. The increasing availability of information on the subject means it is possible to grow an array of different strains in your home. All you really need is space, the right materials, a little know-how, and patience!
In this growing guide for Gorilla Glue #4, we provide you with eight steps and tips to help you care for your weed from seedling to harvest.
| “The ultimate growing guide for Gorilla Glue #4: Eight easy steps from seedling to harvest.”
Gorilla Glue #4 (also known as GG4) is one of the market’s most potent strains and is notorious for its sticky resin. In fact, it gets its name from the fact that trimmers routinely find their scissors are stuck together when trying to trim the buds!
The strain was developed by GG Strains and is a genetic cross of Sour Dub, Chem’s Sister, and Chocolate Diesel. Its THC content can hit the 30% range, and you will be astonished by the density of trichomes it produces.
GG4 has won numerous Cannabis Cup awards, and this highly coveted strain also received the High Times Jamaican World Cup. Almost every veteran user has availed of GG4’s earthy buds – if you want to learn how to grow Gorilla Glue #4, then keep reading this guide!
Tip #1 – Make sure you buy premium quality seeds
If you want to get the most from this balanced hybrid, you must find a reputable provider. According to the creator of GG4, Josey Whales, there are too many companies guilty of using the Gorilla Glue name to sell low-quality seeds.
As a result, we recommend getting in touch with high-quality seed banks, either here or abroad. In 2018, the best seed banks include Crop King Seeds and Sun West Genetics in Canada, Seeds Man in the United Kingdom, or I Love Growing Marijuana in the Netherlands.
| “Some of the best seed banks for Gorilla Glue #4 include places like Crop King Seeds, Sun West Genetics, and the United Kingdon’s Seeds Man.”
If you decide to purchase seeds online, be vary wary as the entire market is shrouded in mystery. If you live in the United States, you are sadly at the mercy of state-specific legislation, as cannabis seeds are illegal in every state under federal law.
However, even if you live in a state like California where marijuana is legal recreationally, there is still no guarantee that your seed package will escape the notice of customs officials, or that it will contain legit, high-quality Gorilla Glue genetics.
When an American resident tries to buy seeds from abroad, for example, United States Customs and Border Protection agents could confiscate it. Admittedly, you probably won’t get in trouble with the law, but you are reliant on your seed bank doing the right thing and either refunding your money or sending you a new package. If the seeds are sent from within the U.S., you can potentially get into legal strife.
Tip #2 – Beware of pollen sacs!
Did you know that GG4 originally came from a hermaphrodite plant? Also known as a ‘Hermie,’ a hermaphrodite plant develops both male and female flowers. Gorilla Glue #4 is more sensitive to hermaphroditism than other strains, which means you must take special precautions. For instance, you must do your best to eliminate all forms of stress during the flowering stage.
| “GG4 is especially sensitive to hermaphroditism, so special precautions must be taken to avoid producing plants with pollen sacs.”
This means pruning and staking the Gorilla Glue #4 plants during the vegetative stage. It is also imperative that you maintain ideal environmental conditions in your growing space. This means perfect hygiene, constant monitoring of your timers, and regular checks for mites and insects.
If you have a female GG4 plant, it is still possible for it to grow pollen sacs. If you uncover sacs, spray down the plant with water to contain the pollen, and move it into an isolated grow area to finish the flowering process. If you do this correctly, your plant can still make it to harvest and not produce seeds. If you fail to do anything about the pollen sacs, your entire crop could be ruined.
Tip #3 – GG4 growing techniques
Gorilla Glue #4 will perform well with a Screen of Green (SCROG) type grow because these plants grow rapidly enough to fill your garden space. This is a Low-Stress Training (LST) technique that involves the use of a screen. Rather than tying the plant down as you would with classic LST, you wait for it to grow through the screen.
| “Because of its rapid growth rate, Gorilla Glue #4 is a good candidate for a Screen of Green (SCROG) grow.”
After the branches begin growing through, tuck them back into the screen. In essence, you are ‘weaving’ the branches around the screen. At flowering time, you have a garden capable of producing lots of colas. SCROG helps ensure all the plant’s buds have the chance to get proper sunlight which means you could benefit from several large and potent buds per plant.
Hydroponic growing is an excellent option for those looking to grow GG4. This is a technique that involves the use of an inert growing medium. In other words, you won’t be using soil. Although soil is the classic growing medium, it is filled with disadvantages. For instance, you have to monitor soil pH constantly, it isn’t easy to determine nutrient levels, there is a heightened risk of pests, and the quality of the soil dictates whether the final product is any good.
In general, even a basic hydroponics system needs equipment such as a growtable, air pump, inert growing media like Rockwool, a reservoir tank, large buckets for each plant, a drip line, and plastic tubing. When you utilize hydroponics, your GG4 plants can grow at tremendous speed. As a result, you have to remain diligent with regards to pruning. A combination of hydroponics and SCROG is ideal.
Tip #4 – Understand flowering time & likely yield
Gorilla Glue’s flowering time of 8-9 weeks is fairly standard, and when grown indoors, you can get up to 18 ounces of weed per square meter planted. If you decide to grow outdoors in dry and sunny settings, you could benefit from a bountiful harvest of 21 ounces per plant. For the record, GG4 is normally ready for harvest in mid-October.
| “Gorilla Glue #4 produces a remarkable amount of resin, so only the best scissors will suffice when clipping and pruning the plants.”
When you’re harvesting the crop, make sure you bring several pairs of scissors because GG4 is sure to clog them up. These plants produce a remarkable amount of resin so once you get past the irritation of changing trimming devices regularly, you will love the potent high it offers. Also, Gorilla Glue #4 is known for being one of the easiest strains to grow.
Tip #5 – Best temperature & humidity for Gorilla Glue #4
We are living in a glorious age where marijuana is incredibly potent. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the average THC level of weed in 1978 was just 1.37%! By 2008, it had risen to 8.5%, but that’s nothing compared to the behemoths of today. GG4 strains can weigh in at 30% THC, and some strains of Strawberry Cough and Chiquita Banana have reached the 33% mark.
With Gorilla Glue #4, you have one of the strongest weed strains ever, so it is imperative to get the temperature and humidity settings correct. In generic terms, you should keep your GG4 strain at temperatures of between 68- and 85-degrees Fahrenheit. During the vegetative stage, we recommend keeping the plants at a temperature of around 80 degrees; you can drop it a little when it is flowering but keep it at 75 degrees. Also, make sure the night time temperature is no more than 10 degrees lower than the daytime one.
| “With Gorilla Glue #4, you have one of the strongest weed strains ever – hands down…”
As for humidity, most growers are guilty of keeping it too high. We’ve heard of growers keeping it at 70% towards the end of the vegetative stage. In reality, humidity levels should start at 60% when your GG4 is a seedling. Make sure it falls to 50-55% by the end of the vegetative stage and continue lowering gradually. A humidity level of 40-45% is perfectly fine during the flowering stage, so don’t panic!
Tip #6 – Feeding your GG4 plants
Every plant needs nutrients to thrive, and GG4 is no different. It follows the typical “use more Nitrogen in the vegetative stage” process, but it also grows well when you add a little extra Potassium. Make sure you focus on Potassium and Phosphorus during flowering. Other essential nutrients include Sulfur, Magnesium, and Calcium.
If you use a solution for feeding your plants rather than mixing it in the soil, please note that you won’t have to feed your crop frequently. In reality, a weekly feeding is fine if you use soil with good drainage or an inert growing medium. Above all, do not provide your plants with undiluted nutrients. It is best to dilute the solution to 50% or thereabouts. Otherwise, you’ll need to perform a soil flush.
Your Gorilla Glue #4 plants will exhibit different symptoms according to the nutrient deficiency. Here is a quick guide to help you spot whether your plants aren’t getting enough of a particular nutrient:
NUTRIENT GUIDE FOR GROWING GORILLA GLUE #4
|Calcium||Causes the soil to become acidic|
|Nitrogen||Small growth, red stems, and fast yellowing of lower leaves that spread up the plant|
|Phosphorus||Slow or stunted growth, with darker green lower leaves and yellowing leaves close to death.|
|Potassium||Curling of leaf ends as they die and the plant stretches out.|
|Sulfur||New growth contains yellowing|
|Magnesium||The leaves turn yellow or white, and the process begins in the plant’s middle before spreading to younger leaves|
Tip #7 – Watching out for pests & diseases!
Pest wise, aphids are a real problem because they suck out your GG4 plants’ nutrients and worst of all, are capable of producing a dozen offspring a day! These are pale, yellow insects that are found on the underside of the leaves. If you don’t check your crop carefully, aphids are capable of wiping it out completely. Aphids produce nectar that’s loved by ants, so if you see an army of ants near your plants, chances are aphids are nearby.
Typically, Gorilla Glue #4 is highly resistant to pests and diseases, but improper care of your plants can cause havoc. For the record, there are fungal and bacterial diseases that can damage your crop. In general, fungal diseases thrive in damp or humid conditions and spores float around the air, ready to find the best location.
| “Gorilla Glue #4 is typically resistant to pests and diseases, but improper care can still wreak havoc on your crop.”
Bacterial diseases are introduced by bugs, rain, humans and many other things. If left unchecked, one of these diseases can kill a healthy plant. Gray mold is one of the worst diseases because it infects every part of your plant. Make sure you keep your grow room above 70 degrees Fahrenheit and keep humidity to the minimum level.
Tip #8 – Don’t forget about carbon dioxide!
Better known as CO2, carbon dioxide is a must because plants can’t live without it! While humans don’t react well to areas with high levels of CO2, your Gorilla Glue #4 plants absolutely love it. They use it as their air, and as well as being necessary to breathe, plants use it to spur and maintain photosynthesis.
There are a myriad of ways to introduce CO2 into the air, but a CO2 generator is the most reliable. While it is almost impossible for plants to overdose on CO2, it can become a problem if you spend too much time in the grow room. For reference, the normal background concentration is 250 – 350 ppm.
Although you can boost it to 1,000ppm to help your Gorilla Glue #4 plants thrive, you have to be wary about human exposure. Once you reach the 1,000-2,000ppm level, it is normal to complain about poor air quality and drowsiness. At over 2,000ppm, humans can suffer side effects such as reduced concentration, sleepiness, and headaches. The workplace exposure limit is 5,000ppm for eight hours. At 40,000ppm, exposure can cause oxygen deprivation leading to permanent brain damage or death.
MarijuanaBreak.com Tip | Boost your CO2 levels to 1,000ppm to maximize Gorilla Glue #4 yieldS — but be extra careful about human exposure!
By maintaining a CO2 level of 1,200-1,500ppm in your grow area, you can also increase the temperature by a few degrees. When you do it correctly, adding CO2 to your growing room could increase your GG4 yield by up to 20%! Just make sure you don’t spend too long in the area when monitoring your plants.