Are you looking to join the cannabis growing community? The first thing you need to do is decide on whether you want to grow cannabis indoors or outdoors. Each of these growth spaces has its challenges, and you should research on sites such as Production Grower to know what will work best for you.
Growing cannabis when done right is not as complicated as most people make it be. In this article, we look at what you should look out for when growing cannabis.
There are different growing mediums for a cannabis plant namely:
Deep-Water Culture Hydroponics
This growing medium works best with indoor growing systems and the plants are placed in a tub of water. Deep-water culture hydroponics encourages faster growth since the water has the nutrients for growth.
This growing medium combines the ease of soil gardening with the rapid growth of hydroponics. This method uses a fibrous coconut husk instead of using a potting mix. When compared to soil growing, Coco coir makes for easy moisture absorption, and so the plants can take up nutrients and oxygen more efficiently.
For outdoor growing, on the other hand, you will need to make organic soil for growing your cannabis plants.
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Plant Care and Maintenance
Over the years, we have seen a plethora of growing techniques. There are different care and maintenance techniques, and it is crucial that you know which one is the best for you.
Screen of Green
This is a technique where you bend and secure the cannabis plant. This is done to optimise the energy from the light source to create an even canopy. This technique forces the lower branches upwards and this in turn increases your yields.
This is high-stress training for your cannabis plant, and it can be used with any growing medium. It involves bending the tops until the inner tissues break, but the outer skin stays intact.
Super cropping will prompt the plant to produce more tops thinking that the current top has been cut off. However, the cannabis plant is resilient, and the bent branch can poop right back up. Therefore, it is best to tie the branch down. Super cropping is best done at least a week before the flowering stage begins.
Compared to super cropping, low-stress training does not involve the physical damage of the plant. LST involves the bending and tying of the plants to change the overall shape of the plant.
This technique will ensure bigger yields since the plants will have several colas instead of one. LST is best done in the early stages of the plant since the stems are thin and easy to bend.
Removing Parts of the Plant
Removing portions of the plant can help increase your yields. Some of the best techniques for removing parts of your cannabis plants include:
This is done when a cannabis plant is still a seedling by removing the newest node on the central cola completely. Topping splits the plant into two main stems, and this causes the plant to grow wider and be bushier.
This is a similar technique to topping, but you will be taking out 20% less of the plant than in topping. This is a less stressful technique, and the plant will recover much faster. FIMing allows the plant to grow up to four primary nodes in one pinch.
Preferably, you should pinch the plants when it has at least three nodes. However, you should never do FIMing during the flowering stage.
Pruning in cannabis growing ensures that every part of the plant will obtain maximum yields. Lollipopping is a popular pruning technique in cannabis growing, and it will maximise results especially in the indoor growing system.
Pruning should be done during the vegetative stage of the plant, and you should remove small branches that will produce little buds. However, this is a stressful process, and the cannabis plant will release jasmonic acid, which is a growth inhibitor.
The plant will focus on healing, and for this reason, you should avoid over pruning, or you will have cannabis plants with stunted growth and low yields.
Cannabis plant clones have the same genetic makeup as the mother plant, but they have faster growing times. However, you should ensure that you are getting your clones from a healthy mother plant.
Dealing with plant health issues is stressful, and so, you should start with high quality clones.
The most important part of growing cannabis is the community of growers around you. There are many forums and communities on the internet. However, you need to establish the qualifications of the so-called “experts.”
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