Growers eventually discover personal tips and tricks for a more productive yield and the best quality bud. There are, however, some details that will help anyone boost their chances for a great crop. Here are some of the most important tips for growers to keep in mind.
Do Not Harvest Too Soon
Know the expected length of growth time before harvest for the strain chosen. Use that information as a window of opportunity for when to monitor the readiness of the buds each day. Some ways to know definitively are when the pistil and the trichomes are ready.
The pistils turn brown as the plant reaches the end of the last stage of growth. When half or more pistils have taken on a brownish color, it is time to harvest. The trichomes also transition from a murky-looking drop to a yellowish-brown resin. Harvest the buds when about half of the trichomes have transitioned.
Do Not Over Fertilize
Too few nutrients will harm plants, but too many nutrients are just as dangerous. An overabundance of nutrients can cause a chemical burn to the plants. Always test the soil first, rather than blindly dumping in additives.
Buy the Best Lights Possible
Lighting affects so much of the ability of the plants to grow. Make an excellent lighting system a priority when building a budget for a growing area. It is possible to find affordable grow lights but make sure they offer reliability. No one wants to come home to discover their plants were in the dark all day.
Watch the Temperature Ranges
Cannabis plants need different levels of heat as they grow. The plants flourish during their earliest stages in rooms that stay between 70-75 degrees. Once cannabis plants reach their flowering stage, they can withstand a slightly larger variation in temperatures. Most mature pot plants still need the environment around them to be between 60-80 degrees.
Check the Humidity Level
Moisture has a significant role during germination and into the vegetative stage. During the flowering stage, there should be much less moisture in the air. Regardless of the stage of plant growth, a room that stays too humid for too long could cause mold growth and destroy the plant.
Aim for relative humidity levels of 60-80 percent for seedlings and during the vegetative state. Reduce the humidity to 40-50 percent at the flowering stage and make the room even dryer (30-40percent) during the last week or two before harvesting takes place.