Mistakes That You Need to Avoid When Growing Your Own Cannabis
Marijuana has been used for centuries for both recreational and medicinal purposes. In recent years, the legalization of marijuana has led to a growth in the industry, with more people than ever before growing their own cannabis. Growing your own cannabis can be a very rewarding experience – not only does it get you a steady supply of your favorite buds, but you also get complete control over what strain of cannabis you get to enjoy. However, it can also be a difficult plant to grow, and there are some common mistakes that you need to avoid if you want to be successful in growing your own cannabis.
One of the most common mistakes that people make when growing cannabis is over-watering. This can be a particular problem in the early stages of growth when the plants are still small and fragile. As it’s explained in one of the articles over at The Highest Crop, over-watering can lead to bud rot and kill your plants, so it’s important to keep an eye on the soil and only water when necessary. How often you’ll need to water your plant will depend on several factors, the most important ones being the type of soil you’re using, the temperature and humidity of your grow room and the size of your plants. In general, just like with most other plants, you should wait until the top inch or two of soil is dry before watering again.
2. Not Enough Sunlight
Another common mistake is not giving your cannabis plant enough sunlight. Cannabis plants need a lot of light to grow properly, so it’s important to make sure that they’re getting at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. If you live in an area with long winters and short days, you may need to supplement the natural sunlight with artificial grow lights. There are a number of different grow lights on the market that will work well for cannabis plants, so do your research and find the one that best suits your needs. Cannabis is a plant native to the tropics, so it will not do well in cold weather either, which means that it might be a good idea to invest in a light that provides warmth as well as light, such as an HPS (high-pressure sodium) bulb.
3. Fertilizing Too Heavily
Just like with any other plant, it’s important to fertilize your cannabis plants properly. However, it’s very easy to overdo it when fertilizing cannabis, which can lead to a number of problems such as nutrient burn, leaf tip burn, and even death. When starting out, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and use a light hand when fertilizing. Once you’ve gotten a feel for how your plants react to fertilizer, you can start to increase the amount you use. It’s also important to make sure that you’re using the right type of fertilizer for your plants. Cannabis plants need a lot of nitrogen, so it’s best to use a fertilizer that’s high in nitrogen content.
4. Not Keeping Track Of pH Levels
One of the most important factors when growing cannabis is keeping track of pH levels. pH levels play a major role in how well your plants absorb nutrients, so it’s important to make sure that they’re always within the correct range. Cannabis plants prefer a pH level of 6.0-6.5, so it’s important to keep an eye on your pH levels and make sure they’re always in this range. There are a number of different ways to test pH levels, so find the method that works best for you and make sure to check your levels regularly. That said, one of the easiest and most accurate ways to test pH levels is with an electronic pH meter.
5. Harvesting Too Late Or Too Early
One of the most important things to remember when harvesting cannabis is to not harvest too early or too late. Harvesting too early will result in a lower yield and less potent buds while harvesting too late can result in mushrooms or other fungus growing on your buds. The best time to harvest your cannabis plants is when the buds are starting to turn from white to brown. This usually happens around weeks 8-9 of the flowering stage, but it can vary depending on the strain. Once you’ve reached this point, use a magnifying glass to take a close look at your buds and harvest when about 50-70% of the trichomes have turned from clear to cloudy.
Growing your own cannabis can be a very rewarding experience, but it’s important to avoid mistakes in order to ensure a successful harvest. Be sure to give your plants enough sunlight and water, fertilize properly, keep track of pH levels, and harvest at the right time for best results. As long as you avoid these common mistakes, you’re sure to have a bountiful harvest of potent cannabis buds.