Everyone made many mistakes simply because of carelessness or overconfidence, when we first began to grow marijuana indoors. Today we will review some of the most common marijuana growing mistakes that most of the marijuana grower usually makes. This small guide that will help you make fewer mistakes and will transform into better performance and results.
There are usually many questions that come up when we think about indoor marijuana growing for the first time. There are many aspects to take into account for the crop to be successful.
According to our experience, these would be the most common marijuana growing mistakes indoor:
Do not plan the crop: it seems obvious, but you can not imagine the people who first germinate and then ask what to do with the seed. Minimum, you have to have lighting and substrate before you start, so that a newly germinated seed can start its journey.
Not having a suitable space: It is not necessary a culture cupboard, but a clean and comfortable space, preferably lined with reflective material that allows a better use of light. However, it has to be a space without light leaks and has to have a fresh air inlet.
Selecting an inappropriate variety: indoor height limits the crop and opt for very sativa genetics can make everything an odyssey. Plants that once passed to flowering, multiply by 5 or 6 their size can complicate the life of any grower, even if they have no experience.
Using poor quality substrates: A bad soil is like building a house on unstable ground. The substrate will support the roots throughout the crop. It has to be spongy so that it allows a good aeration and retention of liquids, and not count on a very high amount of nutrients. In addition poor quality substrates can bring from pests, fungi and seeds of other plants.
Do not regulate the pH: the ph or potential of hydrogen indicates the level of acidity or alkalinity of a solution. It influences the capacity of absorption and solubility of nutrients. A very low or very high pH value can be detrimental to plants. For marijuana cultivation It is recommended that it be around 6-6.5 for the correct assimilation of all necessary nutrients.
Do not use adequate lighting: cannabis is a plant that demands a lot of light of great intensity. If illumination is poor or inadequate, plants will grow slow, glean and may even have difficulty making photosynthesis. Low-energy lamps, metal halides, sodium vapor and LEDS are suitable for cultivating marijuana, always in spectra suitable for each cycle.
Do not respect photoperiods: The dark phase must be respected and avoid turning on the light to visit the plants, take photos with flash or even have inside the cabinet any equipment that can have lighting as a simple power strip with switch. This is a stress for plants and may cause the appearance of some white stonecrop or male flower with pollen.
Not having adequate ventilation: Cannabis is a plant that consumes large amounts of CO2. We must ensure that the air inside is renewed with fresh air from the outside with a simple extractor. A fan that slightly balances the stems of the plants will make them grow stronger and will have fewer risks of contracting fungi.
Over watering: It is also a plant that consumes large amounts of water but does not like to have the substrate constantly flooded. The ideal is to wait until the plant consumes much of the water from the substrate to water abundantly, until we see that it comes out a little by the drain, always repeat this process.
Overpaying: it is one of the most common marijuana growing mistakes, believing that by paying more, the plants will grow faster and we will most likely over fertilize them, and then take steps like doing a root wash. The plants will have a bad season recovering, in addition that the damaged leaves will not make to 100% of their function.
Little Watering: we should not stay short at the time of watering. There are many people who water several times a day with half glasses that do not get to moisten the whole substrate creating “dry areas” where the roots will not develop. As we said, we must water abundantly and wait to re-water when the substrate has lost much of the water.
To pay little: the phrase “I do not like to pay a lot” is like saying “I like to go hungry”. You should not deprive the plant of fertilizers, get 20 grams per plant when you can get 60 of the same quality is ultimately not profitable.
Use any type of fertilizer: marijuana is a plant with very specific nutritional needs. A fertilizer for geraniums or bonsai has the same macronutrients and micronutrients as one for marijuana but not in the same proportions and may be so decompensated that they do not cover all these needs. Some can be so concentrated that they can get to burn the plant.
Give too much growth: when you change the photoperiod to flowering, the plants experience an important stretch. it will not be difficult for a Plants of 30 cm to surpass the metre of height, which can already become a problem in confined spaces, besides that the production will concentrate in the high zones, leaving a bare stalk of 80 cm with the buds in the tip.
Give little growth: Go to flowering plants very early and finish with plants of 30 cm in pots of 11 liters. Depends on the variety or whether we start from seeds or cuttings, in principle it is usually not easy for the first time to achieve the ideal height but, with a little practice, it is easy to get it.
Use unsuitable insecticides: NEVER use spray insecticides, no matter how much they put “house and garden”. You can load the plants in a few hours. The first thing to do is to identify the pest, not to use any insecticide that we have at hand. If the plant is in flowering, avoid at all costs the use of chemical insecticides.
Do not do periodic plant check-ups: standing for a couple of minutes a day and checking the plant thoroughly can prevent many annoyances, from spotting small insect attacks before they become a pest, to fungi on stems or flowers, plants male, possible hermaphrodites … If possible, it would even be good to extract the plants from the pots to check the state of the roots.
Do not do root washing: It is always advisable to do a root wash to let the plant consume nutrients. This ensures that the crop scratches less when it is smoked and does not require a long curing time to degrade chlorophyll in particular.
Harvest ahead of time: it is also one of the most common marijuana growing mistakes for beginners and something that makes the difference between some buds of superior quality and others of average quality. Although it is often said “when 60-70% of the hairs are brown” is only orientative since the pistils can be roasted for many reasons that have nothing to do with the maturity of the bud.
Harvest too late: a plant cut very late is more narcotic as it begins to degrade the THC. The optimal point for harvesting is when trichomes or resin droplets are milky in color with some of them amber. For this we will need a microscope, but it is worth the small investment to cut the buds at its optimum ripening point.
Finally, a recommendation: Optimize your crop to make it pleasant to work on it. Keep the indoor clean, leave room for you to move easily and timed to fit your schedule. Invest in quality appliances and tools or install an irrigation system, in the end, it’s worth it.
Greetings to all. I hope you will avoid these Common Marijuana Growing Mistakes in future.