If you love pot, you’ve thought of it. Almost all cannabis enthusiasts, be it recreational or medical users, have considered growing their own plant at some point in their lives, so they can save up on expenditures while growing high-quality buds for private consumption, suitable to their needs. Cannabis plants are notoriously resilient, given that they grow all over the planet and in many different climates ―and it’s at this capacity that they are commonly thought of as “easy” to grow.
It’s not impossible to make it, but achieving the high-quality level of cannabis sold in today’s market can be rather difficult. Beginners make numerous errors on their first venture into the cannabis growing world, and their fruitless efforts often discourage them from future tries.
Below, we’ve listed the most common mistakes in the home growing of cannabis, so you can be prepared and avoid pitfalls.
Temperature and humidity are vastly important when growing cannabis plants. Whether you have your plants in a greenhouse, in your garden, or inside your apartment, you need to be aware and in control of your climate. Cannabis plants are resilient to extreme climates, but not for long periods of time. A proper temperature is around 75°F.
Cold temperatures can inhibit your plants’ growth or even kill them while having your plants in too hot a climate will make them develop heat stress. If you see their leaves curling as if hiding from the sun, it’s a sign that you should tone down the heat, as your plants are getting weaker. If you don’t, your plant will be producing unhealthy buds or even die.
It’s important to note that while seedlings, in general, need higher humidity levels. As the plants grow, the levels should decrease ―given that humidity facilitates the presence of destructive mold. Beginning with 60% should be appropriate, and then you can reduce the level down to around 40%.
Your plants’ growth and bud density, and quality are dependent on the light. Younger plants don’t really need that much light, but as your plant grows, the light levels should grow respectively: plants in the flowering stage, especially the tall ones, need intense light levels to make the best buds possible.
You can invest in small or medium-sized LEDs to deliver great light levels at a low cost, and then you’ll have to ensure that those hang at the appropriate height. If the lamps are too high above the plants, not enough light will get to them, resulting in loss of energy as the plants will strive to grow towards the light ―and eventually in thinner, weak strains. And should the lamps hang too low, close to the plants, the excessive heat will burn the leaves and buds and finally damage your plant.
Overwatering and Overfeeding
Are my plants getting all the water they need? This is a question people growing any kinds of plants ask themselves a lot, and most tend to over-do it. But giving your plants too much water will make their roots suffocate and rot, and eventually, your plants will die. Ensure that the surface soil is completely dry before you water your plants, or develop a watering schedule. As your plants increase in size, so should the water in quantity ―but always be careful.
Same is the case with feeding ―meaning the organic/non-organic nutritional boost your plants need. More feeding doesn’t equal more growth; overfeeding your plants may kill them. It would help if you started low (often lower than recommended) and gradually move up. Observe your plants daily and pay close attention to how they respond to the rate of feeding.
You can try non-organic nutrients, which require attention to detail regarding the measurements, as those are ready for the plant to uptake immediately. This means that using too much product on the plant can easily overwhelm it, resulting in its wilting or loss of yields.
On the other hand, organic nutrients come from the soil’s compost and natural minerals and are much safer for your plant. They are slowly absorbed through the ground, so they’re more difficult to take up in excess, and you’d have to try hard to really overfeed your plants.
Harvesting Too Early
If you’re not great at waiting, perhaps cannabis growing is not ideal for you. Cannabis plants require patience, especially after your strains have begun flowering. Waiting for the right time to harvest can be a real test, as harvesting too soon would reduce the buds’ potency, and you wouldn’t get to see their full potential. Fortunately, you have a wide array of seed options, like the autoflowering ones, which are suitable for those who want faster results ―and the drying and curing procedure is of great importance as well.
You may find yourself wanting to grow your own cannabis even if you’ve never taken care of plants before. And one of the most common mistakes for beginners is the idea that they can take on this process without doing the respective research and preparation.
There may be some basic factors you might not even think of, like the quality of the soil. You might assume that any outdoor soil will work, but not all soil features the necessary nutrients cannabis plants need, while it could also be too alkaline or acidic. Moreover, the pH balance needs to be as close to the middle (7.0) as possible, and you will almost definitely need to infuse the soil with fertilizer to achieve the best result.
Finally, if you think you can venture on your cannabis gardening experience with any seed you found mixed in with bought buds, you’re sure to be disappointed. Not all seeds are the same, and genetics are vastly important. So, make sure to invest in high-quality seeds sold specifically for growing ―or those advertised as best for beginners.