As a first-time home grower, it’s almost impossible not to let your enthusiasm get the best of you. Whether you’re planning on growing a single cannabis plant or set up a veritable cannabis farm, you’ll want to produce as much weed as possible as quickly as possible.
If you are growing cannabis for the first time, you will possibly have many questions. Don’t despair! Know that even the most experienced growers did not acquire their knowledge overnight. To make your life easier and help increase your chances for a successful grow, follow these essential tips.
So for those setting things up at home for the first time, here’s a quick rundown where most first-time cannabis cultivators go wrong.
Starting out with Bad Genetics
First up, you cannot and will not produce decent cannabis if you start out with poor genetics. This refers to the seeds or clones you use to get your grow underway in the first place. If the cannabis seeds or cuttings you buy are not of the highest possible quality, everything else is inconsequential. Do yourself a favour and ensure this is an area where you never cut corners under any circumstances. Seriously – you’d be better with six high-quality seeds than 60 low-grade seeds that won’t even pop.
Over or Underwatering
Perhaps the single most common mistake of all is that of providing too much or too little water. Contrary to popular belief, you’re actually more likely to kill your cannabis plants by giving them too much water than too little. The exact amount of water needed will be determined by the size and nature of your grow, but there’s no need to add more until the top layer of soil (a couple of centimetres) is nice and dry.
is harder to over-water than soil, due to the abundance of water roots.
Incorrect grow lamp positioning
There’s no point setting yourself up with decent grow lights, only to then go and position them inappropriately. If your grow lamps are positioned too far away from your cannabis plants, they will expend too much energy attempting to stretch towards the light, becoming thin and weak in the process. If your grow lamps are too close to your cannabis plants, they’ll overheat and perhaps burn. It’s a careful balancing act, but one you absolutely must pull off.
Don’t Tell People
Why? They will only be jealous. People love to feel important and that is why they will tell other people; because others will listen to them.
Keep it to yourself.
Harvesting Too Late or Too Early
Determining the right time to harvest is something that comes with experience. Not only this, but impatience gets the best of even the most experienced growers from time to time. Harvest your buds too early and they won’t have had enough time to produce all the precious cannabinoids they could have. By contrast, harvest your buds too late and the cannabinoids they contain could start to deteriorate. When your buds look perfectly sticky and the lower fan leaves on your plants are starting to turn yellow, this is usually indicative of a good time to harvest.
Ignoring Safety Rules
It may seem boring, but safety in your grow room is an extremely important factor to take into consideration. We have heard an untold amount of stories where grow rooms, even entire buildings, have been burnt down because of poor safety considerations.
You are going to have heat, water and electricity all within the same small area. It is very important that they do not mix!
Don’t Rush, Be Patient
As a novice, it can be easy to get impatient. Don’t get discouraged if things don’t seem to be happening as fast as they should. Sometimes it might seem as if your seedlings will take forever just to grow an inch. What you need to know is that patience can go a long way when it comes to cannabis growing. If you rush things and panic, there is a bigger chance to make mistakes that you might regret later on. The best thing you can do keep your cool and stay patient and relaxed. Let me assure you, your plants will know and reward you in time!
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