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It is easy to think that growing cannabis happens naturally. However, merely burying the seed in the ground and allowing Mother Nature to work her magic will not suffice for a good yield.
If you want to cultivate your cannabis seed inside or outside, you should understand the best practices so you will have the right cannabis plant with abundant yields. So, naturally, these mistakes commonly result in wasted efforts and a plant with a low yield.
Many people commence the cultivation of cannabis with much enthusiasm. However, when it’s harvest time, they are usually disappointed with the few buds they manage to get. The failed harvest, many times, is the result of simple and avoidable mistakes. For instance, the cannabis plant needs specific nutrients and pH, which many growers overlook.
To avoid a bad harvest and gain great results, we have put together five avoidable mistakes to be aware of while cultivating a cannabis plant.
Getting it Wrong with the Fertilizer
There are specific manures and particular soil types that are best for cultivating cannabis. There is a big chance many new growers are not aware of this. This means they buy whatever manure they think is best.
With this in mind, when getting manure, be sure you know the exact quantity of each nutrient your cannabis plant needs at the precise stage of their cycle. Bear the following in mind:
They need more phosphorus in their flowering stage.
They need more nitrogen in other stages.
When you get it right with the manure, you will have a healthy and high-quality plant. With this, you will be able to process other cannabis products like CBD pills, oils and edibles like the best tasting CBD gummies from the plant.
Wrong Garden Soil
Your garden soil might be ideal for your tomato, pepper, and maize but you can’t be too sure it is suitable for your cannabis plant. For your cannabis to thrive, you need a balance of nutrients that your backyard soil might not have. Your soil should furnish the plant with the right nutrient at every stage of its cycle.
The type of nutrient your plant requires will depend on the strain of cannabis you grow. People growing an auto-flowering strain will not need abundant soil nutrients as opposed to photoperiodic strains.
The right pH level is equally essential. With optimum pH levels, there will not be nutrient deficiency as the plant will be able to suck up nutrients from the soil. The right pH level can prevent you from underfeeding or overfeeding your plant. According to research from North Carolina State University, the pH for cannabis varies as it depends on the strain.
Be careful of the texture of your soil as well. This anchors the plant so it must be strong enough to hold it and facilitate growth. Avoid extremely dense soil that will not allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to penetrate.
Temperature and humidity are essential elements of the climate you should be aware of while cultivating
Your cannabis plant will not thrive with an extremely hot or cold garden. With freezing temperatures, it will not grow well and excessive temperatures will trigger heat stress. Should the heat persist, the plant could die. While cannabis can survive extreme conditions, you shouldn't take the gamble. Cultivate your plant at 23.9 degrees Celsius, if possible.
When it comes to humidity, keep it low. Molds thrive in the presence of moisture and could be extremely detrimental to your plant. At the initial planting stage, the moisture could be high (60 percent). As they develop, however, keep it down, around 40 percent.
Cultivating the Wrong Seed
Your friend offered you some cannabis seeds and without hesitating, you planted them. Well, this could be a horrible mistake considering the genes could be unhealthy. This is the wrong way to start cultivating.
You might find some seed in a weed you bought and the next thing that comes to your mind is planting it. This is not a good move.
So, get your seed from a trusted source. With a high-quality seed, all the effort and equipment you invest in will result in a tremendous yield and the outcome will be worth the effort.
Harvesting Too Early or Too late
Bravo! You have done everything right from planting to maturity. However, one final mistake you should watch out for is choosing the wrong harvesting time. When it comes to harvesting, chopping before it reaches a full peak and leaving the buds hanging too long are mistakes you want to avoid.
There is, however, a simple trick to know when it is time for harvesting. There are small mushroom-like trichomes on the bud. With a microscope, you can check the color, which will let you know when it is time to harvest. Take a cue from the following:
Clear trichomes indicate that you still have weeks before harvesting.
White/cloudy color trichomes are a good sign, which is an indication of the production of THC. However, you should wait a bit longer.
Cloudy white trichomes with small portions that turn amber-blue are the best time to harvest.
If most trichomes turn amber or red with few or no whites, it’s already too late to harvest.
Successfully cultivating cannabis plants is not rocket science. Cannabis is not the same as your everyday plant. An error, as simple as overwatering can ruin your effort and affect the yield. Guarding against those errors will go a long way in helping to get a bountiful harvest.