10 Biggest Mistakes Growers Make....
1. Don't Over water
Over watering kills cannabis plants. Water once the top few inches of the soil
Hydroponics is harder to over water because rockwool has such excellent
drainage properties. As long as the rockwool cubes are not sitting in liquid it
is virtually impossible to over water a hydroponic setup. A hydroponic setup
could either be watered constantly as the drip method, or once to three times a
day as in the flood and drain method.
2. Don't Tell People
Why? They will only be jealous. People love to feel important and that is why
they will tell other people; because others will listen to them.
Keep it to yourself.
3. Touch/kill Germinating Seeds
Please have some patience. It sometimes takes 10 days for a seed to sprout.
The paper towel method is not recommended because you must handle the seeds when
transferring them from the paper towel to your growing medium.
4. Grow seeds from seeded cannabis
One of the greatest disappointments known to the growing man.
90% of what the final product will be is in the seed's genetics and has little
to do with the environment the plant is grown in.
Many get their hands on the seed and think they have a gold mine. They will
probably grow something like this: hermaphrodites, tall late flowering females
coupled with early flowering males. This is because the only pollen that could
have produced the seed was from a hermaphrodite or a very stunted and late
flowering male the grower did not notice. Unless you are prepared for possible
disappointment don't use "unknown" seeds. This is why people buy seeds
5. Don't Over fertilize.
Fertilize after first 2 spiked leaves appear follow the label. DON'T
FERTILIZE EVERY TIME YOU WATER!!!
Start with 25% and work your way up!
Leach the plants with lots of pure water every 2-4 weeks. Organic growing is
recommended. Its tastes better and burns much better.
If the leaves suddenly twist or fold under, Leach and Spray with pure water for
6. Don't Under fertilize
Under fertilizing is less common but it happens. If you are one of those
people that likes to give the plant just enough nutrients make sure you use a
organic soil mixture with blood meal and bone meal or some slow release
fertilizer with micro nutrients.
7. Don't Start with Clones. (I personally don't agree
with this, I use clones and cuttings)
Start with seeds. Bugs are a pain, So are plant diseases. Many growers are
able to grow indoors without pest problems for years. If they do get pests they
are probably not enjoying the change from their usual diet to cannabis resin!
But as soon as you come in contact with others grow material (cuttings) it is
almost guaranteed that its from a long time grower that has many different pests
all eating cannabis and bug spray (and surviving) for hundreds of
generations!... Think about it.
8. Don't Start Too Early Inside or Outdoors
For several reasons! If you are starting outdoors June 1 is perfect. But
if I start earlier I will get bigger buds right? Probably Wrong!
Its strange but usually true. ill explain. Plants started in early spring will
get big but they will take significantly longer to start flowering. This is
because at the peak vegetative period they sense the light cycles getting longer
and longer, until June 21. But they don't realize that its time to flower yet.
Finally in the middle of August the plant says "HEY" "time to
flower already" and it produces buds in August and September or later they
will be tall as trees but thinner buds due to the fact that the sun is not as
strong in September. Now if the ganja plants were put out later, as soon as they
get a foot off the ground they say "what's going on" I am just in
early veggie and the light hours aren't getting longer in fact SHORTER"
Then the plants go crazy and since the sun is so bright in July and August you
get amazing 6 foot trees that are heavier than the plants started in April!!!
in addition to finishing earlier the late started plants are not nearly as
Indoors is the same for different reasons. The light cannot penetrate more
than a foot or two. So flower when plants are a foot tall. If you wait longer
because you want bigger yields, you will get smaller yields and wait longer for
9. Don't Provide A Bad Environment.
Always provide air circulation and fresh air even during the night cycle is
fine. All the air indoors should be replaced every 5-10 minutes.
Humidity between 30-70% temp aim for around 75-85' Even seedlings need a
gentle fan to strengthen the stems.
10. Don't Harvest Too Early.
I know its hard. You see the buds and resin forming at a rapid rate. The buds
are potent and you feel tempted to chop em down! The only problem is that
another 25% of the weight will form in 2 more weeks. Wait until the plants have
totally stopped growing and the white pistils are at least 50-75% brown.
*NOTE: Outdoors if security is a factor make your own call on when to sacrifice
the fields. Also take buds continuously in case of thieves.
CANNABIS GROWING MISTAKES