10 mistakes not to commit in cannabis culture
Growing cannabis is pretty straightforward, even for a beginner. Like any plant, marijuana needs light, soil, and water. However, due to prohibition, those who want to cultivate in secret are exposed to certain conditions which can lead to error. Indeed, these cultures are generally carried out without sunlight. Conditions that must be made perfect for optimum cultivation. It is therefore important to recognize the common mistakes of new growers. From lack of discretion to overwatering, here are 10 most common mistakes to avoid.
Growing cannabis requires investing in long hours and endless patience to get a good product. Many cycles that will consume time and energy. Without this, we will obtain a meager harvest and, moreover, of lower quality. Target your goals, and invest with love and enthusiasm.
2. Lack of Discretion
The novice grower is excited to implement their growing medium. Usually they will be tempted to spread the word among their friends, but this will greatly increase the risk of exposure. Stay in absolute secrecy, it will be enough for you to restrict as much as possible the number of people who know the existence of the plant. Beyond the legal aspect, cannabis cultivation is an issue that should attract little attention. Like any culture, it is personal and discreet.
3. Lack of a preliminary & orientation study
Most growers are not fortunate enough to be consulted by a grow veteran. But it is obvious that to begin with, he will have to refer to it. Do some preliminary research as soon as possible. Don't settle for just one informative video. Document yourself, take notes and get advice from the most experienced growers.
4. Use superior ground quality
Good potting soil (at each stage of the plant's life) will have a direct impact on the quality of the final product. The selection process is just as important as choosing good seeds. Ignoring such a step will lead to the spread of pests and other nuisances in the soil. Which will end in the total failure of your culture.
The soil must be able to properly drain water. For best results, the pH of your water should be maintained at 6.5 and 7.5 pH. Some will even say that a too acidic soil will lead to favor the males. But most experts disagree with this statement. Either way, don't let acidic soil let alone pests ruin your crop.
5. Lack of attention to detail
“The devil is in the details”. While growing your plants will give you many indications about their health. Take a good look at all the leaves, keep them healthy. No holes, no tears and no bugs. You will have to prune them but also keep them in the light. Ensure a good distribution of the canopy (the upper level of the foliage).
If the brightness is lacking, use reflectors, reflective material or an additional light source. Non-uniform and degraded lighting will negatively influence the quality and quantity of production.
6. Lack of familiarity with the strain
Some strains of cannabis may require other procedures, or even special treatment. It is important to ensure that your seeds are from a good seed bank. The good reputation of the seed, and therefore of its quality, will certainly lead you to use a specific and recognized method.
While the acquisition of a seed of “dubious” origin could lead the beginner to consider unnecessary risks. Indeed, an uncertified seed can come from any type of culture and its configuration will certainly not be known by the beginner.
Overwatering is the most common cause of crop failure. In fact, too much water will saturate the earth and mold will take hold. Eventually, the roots will rot in place and the plant will begin to wither. So don't “drown” your plant! Water your soil lightly, and make sure it is dry the next time you water. The drying out of the soil must be noticed in the following hours.
Medicinal cannabis plants need to be harvested at the right time and precisely. Be patient and wait until the flowering phase is over and therefore optimal. Indeed for some strains of cannabis, it will seem very tempting to harvest at times when your plant is resplendent. And especially in the case of medical cannabis, the “yield” will be attractive before its end.
Do not get me wrong, the information provided by your farmer is accurate and must be scrupulously respected.
9. A stimulating environment for plants
Just like all animals, even plants are sensitive to the environment in which they grow. Beyond the light and dark cycle, which must be respected by the minute; you will need to maintain a constant temperature. Improve the atmosphere in which your plant evolves. Some will tell you about hugs, about music; the main thing being that your plant lives in an atmosphere of joy and love… Be “communicating” with your plant and the fruits will only be better ^^
10. Use of cuttings
We cannot repeat it enough, “take cuttings”. Cuttings are a great way to preserve your plant's genetics. In addition, a cutting is efficient in terms of growth and yield. However, the cuttings can have the genetic disorders and the same sensitivity (to parasites) as the mother plant. When your seeds are reliable and growth is going well, don't hesitate to cut off the “right” plant.
And because of this, you will control virtually every aspect of your plant.