Cannabis cultivation has emerged as one of the fastest growing industries in the world. Whether you’re cultivating for personal recreational use, medicinal purposes, or for a business endeavor like a dispensary, growing weed is more popular than ever.
Ontario cannabis cultivation is beginning to flourish since marijuana laws changed. Growers from across the world are beginning to share insights, helping each other reach the maximum yield possible. We’ve put together a selection of tips from the collective wisdom of successful growers. Here’s a look at nine cannabis cultivation tips that no one will tell you.
Concentrate on the Micro-Environment
Just because your plant is from the same strain as a friend or other grower who had success with certain conditions, this doesn’t mean that it is the optimal way for you to grow your plant. Even plants carrying the same genetics will perform differently under various conditions. Adjust your growing conditions by closely monitoring the growth and development of your plant. After each adjustment, analyze the yield or growing performance and determine what the next best change is for your particular type of plant.
Practice Super Cropping
Instead of pruning, try super-cropping. Bend the branches near the top of your plants so that each plant “thinks” there isn’t a top. Super-cropping will increase lower growth, making your plant wider. The lower you can get your crop the more colas will be able to develop. The basic process involves snapping the branches bearing buds at the section just beneath their flower cluster. At first, the plant may seem unsupported, but overnight it’ll recuperate leaving you with a boost to your yield when the time to harvest arrives.
Carry Out Low-Stress Training
Low-stress training is one of the lowest risk methods to increase the number of top colas. The basic procedure involves bending difficult to control branches and tying them in place using either soft ties or gardening wire. The best growers use a combination of super-cropping (high-stress training), low-stress training and pruning to maximize their yield.
Keep Your CO2 Levels High
Carbon dioxide levels need to be kept consistently high in order to maximize your yield. When CO2 levels are kept at roughly 1,500 parts per million, bud size and density will increase due to the optimal environment for photosynthesis.
Grow Towards the Canopy
The uppermost buds are the ones that will grow the best, getting the most light. The lower hanging buds are doing nothing other than taking power away from the top buds. Yes, they’re growing but their growth is limited in comparison to the top buds. What most good growers do is cut all the little bud sites away once about 80% have reached the shoot & stretch period. If a plant measures 5-foot, then everything below 1.5-feet gets cut away.
Avoid Hybrid Grow Systems (for Beginners)
If you’re growing hydroponically, stick to it. Similarly, if you’re growing in soil don’t dabble with integrating hydroponics. While it may be true that certain seasoned growers have achieved wonderful results from hybrid systems, they are far too risky for beginner to intermediate growers. Grow what you know and stick to one system at a time, mixing growing techniques usually causes problems.
Compartmentalize to Manage Pests
Make sure that your grow area is well planned with your plants compartmentalized. Should the worst arise and pests/disease end up ravaging your cannabis, you’ll at least only suffer damage to one germination/selection of plants.
Flush Before Harvest
Serious growers looking for the best yield and quality should irrigate using ph-balanced reverse osmosis water. Start flushing for at least two weeks before your harvest. You can even begin a week or two sooner. Flushing will give you smooth smoking cannabis without the need to cure for an extended period of time.
Dry & Cure Properly
Don’t make the mistake of being so obsessed with growing and yield that you forget to treat the buds properly once harvested. Even the highest quality cannabis in the world will be mediocre in its effects if you don’t dry then cure your marijuana. Keep your harvested marijuana in a dark room with a temperature ranging between 60 to 70° F. The humidity should ideally be between 45 to 55%, and there must be a fan of some sort to gently circulate the air. A dehumidifier will help preserve the flavor and aroma of your harvest cannabis. Install a small dehumidifier suited to the size of the room you’re growing in, or go for an air conditioner for larger spaces.
The Art of Cannabis Cultivation
Cannabis cultivation is an art and science that takes years of experience to shape and enrich your buds to the highest yield and quality. Always look towards new technology and improvements to your growing environment. While you’re waiting for your plants to reach harvest, consider giving a high purity product like Shatter CBD isolate or some high-quality edibles a try. It’ll give you a good idea of what to expect when you get your marijuana’s potency, flavor, and yield right.
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