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10 Things to Know Before You Grow
Some may think that getting into growing marijuana is an easy affair. That idea couldn’t be further from the truth. Cultivating marijuana successfully takes a great deal of detailed planning, skill and consistent effort. Each crop takes eight to 10 weeks to mature, so the grower will have to spend at least an hour a day while caring for them to ensure the plants live up to their potential.
Combating Nutrient Deficiencies
Not every nutrient solution on the market today will be able to cover all the bases when it comes to providing complete nutrition to plants. That’s why it’s so important to find a nutrient formula that has as wide a range of essential nutrients as possible. It’s a good idea to purchase different formulas for each stage from the rooting/cloning stage to the green foliage growth stage through the budding stage.
Five Reasons Why You Should Grow Your Own
Learning the art of marijuana cultivation can be a rewarding experience with a lot of perks, although growing at home can be problematic — especially if it’s done in a city. Many growers have learned a handful of tricks to stay discreet, unnoticeable and out of jail. For example, keeping the smell down can be a real chore, as a nearly harvestable crop has a strong odor to it. To combat this, some people plant some geraniums around the house because they have an odor that compliments marijuana and covers the scent well.
Growing Crops with LED Sheet Lighting
LED technology has become widespread, with many encountering it on a daily basis. They’re bright, use little energy and produce little heat. There are many companies that specialize in LEDs and many of them offer custom sheets of LEDs that can be used as grow lights for cannabis. These sheets of LEDs can be of any size or shape, but for growing purposes it’s best to have a uniform shape. A sheet of LEDs with dimensions of 2-by-4 feet will put out 5,200 lumens of light. A growing closet lined with 10 2-by-4-foot LED sheets will put out 52,000 lumens of light.
Guano is the Way to Go
There are lots of people who have tried their hand at growing cannabis with guano and there are many who have failed for a few simple reasons. Guano, especially bat guano, can actually be a deterrent to your crop rather than the great gift most seem to think it is. Most people make the mistake of growing in pure guano or using too much of it with another medium such as soil or peat, when guano should be used as an additive rather than a pure medium.
How To Battle A Critter Infestation
All outdoor cannabis crops have the potential to be destroyed by one or two of the various problems lurking in the wilderness, unlike indoor growing where plants are protected. In checking on the crop, make sure to keep an eye on the little details that will spell trouble later. There are a few different things to look for:
How To Reduce Odor When Growing Indoors
Everyone who has grown a substantial crop in their basement will attest to the strong odor the crop produces as the plant matures. Most people have been busted simply because of the strong smell of a mature plant permeating the air around the home in question. There are a few things that can be done to keep the smell of cannabis down both within and outside the house where it is being grown. Running a hepa filter in the growing area will stop a large amount of the odor, but not all. While the activated charcoal in a hepa filter will stop most of the smell, some ventilation to the outside will also be needed.
How to sex your plants
Cannabis cultivators the world over know the obsessive, purgatorial feeling of waiting for their plants to mature to discern sex – female, male or hermaphrodite. A male plant, while essential for reproduction, can also run rampant across a garden and devastate an entire crop of flowering female plants — intended for consumption — by inadvertently pollinating them and causing hermaphroditism. If culled and managed correctly, the male becomes a key part of this sustainable, perpetuating reproduction process.
Hydroponic How To Ebb & Flood
This is the method that I used to cut my teeth in hydroponics. The ebb and flood method, also known as ebb and flow, uses a growing medium of pea gravel, sand, or something like the two. Theres a lot of flexibility here, the idea is to allow room for the roots to grow through the medium unimpeded. Ive heard of people using everything from their childhood marble collection to aquarium gravel. Even rocks dug up from the driveway work, if you clean them good enough.
Hydroponic How To Nutrient Flow Technique
The Nutrient Flow Technique (NFT) is widely used in commercial operations because it is completely scalable and provides amazing results. You can expand your NFT system to cover acres of growing area if so inclined, but it is best to start small and get a hang of it first. The basic idea is that a nutrient solution constantly flows through a flat-bottomed tray or a wide, round pipe (PVC plumbing pipes work excellent for this). The nutrient solution is allowed to flow over the roots of the plant, delivering the nutrient efficiently.
Hydroponic How To Peat & Perlite
This most basic of hydroponic growing methods uses a common planting container filled with peat moss and fortified with perlite. It has the advantages of being the ultimate no-brainer, requiring little or no maintenance for the entire life cycle of your plants – you simply feed it some nutrient solution once or twice a day and watch it explode into lovely green foliage.
Pro Tips for Harvesting and Curing Your Cannabis
Before beginning, prepare a good, strong elixir of equals parts chilled vodka and water. The vodka (cooled to zero degrees celsius), will shock the roots into closing up and will actually make them stop functioning. This is exactly what you want, since the goal is to dehydrate the plant.
Re Coup Winter Costs Grow Outdoor
When planting outdoors, it’s highly probable that there will be problems that may leave plants in a less than perfect state. Even the best cocktail of nutrient and trace chemicals can still allow a nutrient deficiency. Grasshoppers may rear their ugly green heads or the nutrient will attract unsavory company, leading to an infestation that must be dealt with.
5 Tools That Every Serious Cannabis Grower Needs
Every serious grower has a set of tools that are used every day to monitor and tend to their crops. If you’re thinking about taking the step from curious cultivator to master grower, there are a handful of tools that will be essential to the plant’s success and using them on a daily basis will ensure that the next (or first) crop will be healthy and bountiful. Check out this list of suggestions below for resources to get you growing with the best of them.
The Cultivators Guide to Growing Mediums
The particular type of growing medium used to cultivate cannabis is of paramount importance to growing success. There doesnt actually have to be a growing medium – there are a few hydroponic methods that don’t use the technique, but many people still opt to use everything from pea gravel to rockwool to get the job done. While many growers have their preferred growing medium, the jury is out as to which medium is the best.
The Future of Indoor Lighting - The Sulphur Lamp
Invented in 1990, the sulphur lamp has almost become efficient enough to be a replacement for High Intensity Discharge lamps (HID) such as metal halide or high pressure sodium (HPS). With an output of 100 lumens per watt, the sulphur lamp exceeds the output of more commonly used HID systems. Although the sulphur lamp wattages start at 1000 watts, this is not uncommon – 1000 watt metal halide and HPS lamps are a commonly used wattage.
The Magnetic Induction Lamp
Those growers that have grown a crop or two will know firsthand that the stronger the light source, the better the green. This usually means that either metal halide or high pressure sodium lamps are going to be used to grow plants. The most common wattage for both types of lamps is 400 or 1000 watts.
Tools Every Cultivator Should Have in their Arsenal
All humans use tools. The task at hand decides which tools are to be used. When growing cannabis, there are a multitude of essential tools that will be used to end up with a crop of killer buds. From the most simple tools like a trowel to more complex tools like a digital parts per million (PPM) meter, tools make growing a healthy crop possible.
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