There are many factors that can play a significant role in the final yield of your crop: things like the conditions of your grow room, proper maintenance of the plants or even strain genetics, can do a world of difference when it comes to the flowers that your plants will produce.
No matter how strong your plant production is, there’s always room to grow.
And it’s always worth it to try new techniques for maximizing your yields. After all, the larger your production, the higher your profits. The higher your profits, the more potential there is to expand your operation.
Perfect the Grow Environment First
For better yields, slow down and make sure every condition in your grow environment is perfect before you put the first plant in the room.
Lighting is Everything
Your budget will definitely be profoundly impacted by your lighting setup. This lighting setup should maximise available light with a direct and evenly distributed light source. There are vertical variations circling around a central light source. There are also rows of plants, sometimes tiered, around a light source from above.
Light spectrum and light intensity both have the power to tell plants how tall to grow, how many buds to produce, when to focus on rooting, when to grow leaves, and when to produce trichomes. If you’re not using variable spectrum lighting, you’re missing out on a huge opportunity to maximize yields.
Increase Container Size
One obvious way to increase yield is to scale up your production. This doesn’t need to involve taking on more plants than you’re capable of handling. With the plants you have committed to cultivating, you may scale up the equipment you’re using to grow them. For instance, growing in an 11-litre container of soil may produce good yields. Can you afford a 20-litre container instead? With more space for the plant to grow, a bigger yield can be expected. See if your budget can accommodate a boost to your setup’s capabilities. You are making a budget before you start any of this, right? Because that’s so important we hope it didn’t need to be mentioned.
Optimize Plant Nutrition
If you get the sense your plants aren’t producing to their full potential, the trouble might be in their nutrients. Always make sure your plants’ nutrients are compatible with their growth medium and their current stage in the growth cycle. During vegetation, you want high nitrogen and potassium and medium phosphorus. In the flowering stage, go for high potassium, medium or high phosphorus, and low nitrogen.
But even as you stick to this guide, keep a close eye on how your plants respond to the nutrients you give them. Adequate nutrition is essential for getting maximum yields, but at the same time, it’s all-too-easy to overdo it and give your precious crop nutrient burn. If you start to notice yellow tips on your plants, it’s time to back off on your nutrient levels. A key balance to get right is between the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium in your fertiliser. During the vegetative stage, there should be high nitrogen, medium phosphorus and high potassium levels. During the flowering stage, there should be low nitrogen, medium-to-high phosphorus and high potassium.
Use Low Stress Training (LST)
Your plants can be trained to grow the way you want using physical supports. If you’re dealing with interlocking branches and other messy, complicated growth patterns, some gentle plant training could be a game-changer. Low stress training typically involves the use of string to separate the main stalk from the side branches, encouraging bushy, outward growth and promoting an even distribution of light over the entire plant. One particularly popular system for low stress training is the Screen of Green, more commonly known as ScrOG. This method is especially effective because it guides each branch through a grid of string.
Try a High-Yield Strain
There is an extent to which your yields are out of your hands. You can always take steps to maximize production, but “maximize” means different things for different strains. If you’ve tried everything and still feel like you’ve hit a plateau, it’s possible that it’s not you; it’s genetics. It never hurts to explore new options, so consider testing a different, high-yield strain and see how it suits you.
There is definitely a science to getting higher yields. But that’s sort of the fun of it. The more techniques you test, the more you learn about your plants. That education in and of itself will lead you to higher yields in the long run. So don’t be afraid to try something new. If it isn’t working, your plants will let you know.
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