👋Watch out for these 3 common mistakes beginners make when growing cannabis outdoors:
Passing around seeds and clones. While getting some OG Kush seeds from your bro may be a cheap way to get started, there’s no way to really know how stable those genetics are unless you get them from a breeder.
Are you counting on buds being ready-to-harvest by a certain date?
If you are growing from seed, using poorly bred, over-hybridized and unstable cannabis genetics can lead to varied and weak plants producing mixed growth structure – often times with undesirable characteristics such as:
- Wide-ranging harvest dates
- Weakling plants
- Susceptibility to disease and mold
- Airy and leafy bud formations
- Undesirable smell and flavor
- Disappointing yields
Clones on the other hand, can easily transmit nematodes and other soil predators packed with an assortment of fungal diseases right into your garden. Why risk an outbreak in your already healthy grow spot?
The best bet is get seeds and clones from breeders directly. This can be a seed company or cannabis collective that has grown their genetics time-and-time again, selectively choosing their best plants with desired characteristics for breeding.
Good breeders optimize strains for things like:
- High yield
- Vigorous growth
- High germination rates
- Full bud structure
- Resistance to molds/diseases
- Plant uniformity
- Stable genetics
- Fine-tuned flowering times
- Flavor & aroma
- and more..
High quality genetics are a cheap investment every grower should have.
The difference between slow-growing, yellowing plants and vigorous lush-green beauties may lie beneath the surface.
Soil regulates the availability of nutrients that a plant can feed from. Unproperly maintained soil will make it hard for a cannabis plant to get the nutrition it needs.
Testing the soil should not be taken for granted. A soil analysis will provide the framework for a hot rod growing medium.
The pH levels of your plant’s rootzone will control what nutrients are available at different ratios. Keeping a balanced, comfortable pH in the soil along with a flourishing microbiology can create a buffer, providing readily-available nutrients to plants as they need them.
A universe of microlife exists in soil, and reacts with marijuana plants in real-time as they grow together. Mycorrhizal fungi plays a big part in the nutrient uptake of a plant – Read more about mycorrizal fungi here :: True Living Organics
Big budded cannabis consumes a hefty diet rich in water and nutrients. Professional growers organic and non-organic always ensure the availability of nutrients to hungry plants, using a wide-range of amendments and additives. Eat big grow big.
Soil aeration is the key to giving roots a comfortable, easy place to grow. Without proper aeration, plants may experience weak, scrawny root structure – setting the stage for lackluster buds to arrive.
Integrating perlite to the growing medium increases aeration, working wonders for heavy, clay earth. Perlite is buoyant and full of air, in the ground acting as a virtual air bubble.
Remember, non-composted leaves and plant matter require nitrogen in order to decompose. Don’t mix brush directly into your growing medium or else it will steal the nitrogen from soil that your plant could be absorbing.
Common Soil Related Problems
- Nitrogen deficiency
- Heavy soil
- Lack of calcium
- Root aphids
- Fungus gnats
- Stem borers
- Off-balance pH
- Nutrient lockout
Letting soil get bone-dry will starve off the beneficial fungi and organisms that help a cannabis plant. Eventually the soil’s microbe population will come back with water, but our goal here is to endlessly grow pedal to the metal: Maximizing beneficial microbes, rapidly processing available nutrients for roots’ absorbtion
Dialing in the perfect soil is a constant action-reaction process requiring experiment and observation. Become an at-home soil scientist and pump up scrawny weed plants!
If you are riding on a harvest to bring in the buds, cannabis plants really must be exposed to at least 5 hours of direct sunlight per day.
Side-effects due to lack of sunlight:
- Stunted growth
- Lack of vigor
- Feeble structure
- Sparse bud-sites
- Fungal susceptibility
- Skimpy harvests
- Undesirable herb
Cannabis grows by a process called photosynthesis – taking what’s absorbed from light and turning it into usable energy for growth. More sunlight = more growth.
Of prime importance but never seen, healthy airflow helps to assure lively plants with clean harvests.
Too much wind can be devastating, but just the right amount acts strength training – improving the resilience of outdoor marijuana plants.
Forest cultivators should cut back any invasive species in an area as a first-step to securing good airflow.
Greenhouse cultivators may consider uncovering until the final few days of harvest. Shedding the greenhouse cover also increases the light intensity for plants inside.
Growing cannabis in open areas such as fields and mellow hillsides is an optimal choice, the sunlight and light-wind helps weed plants stack up ‘buds-down-to-the-soil’: potentially yielding large, plump marijuana buds on-level with top-shelf indoor chronic.
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