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What does growing your own marijuana involve?

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Many people living in states where cannabis is legal have chosen to grow their own crops. Growing cannabis can be a challenge even for an experienced grower, but with a little help, common mistakes can be avoided that reduce crop quality. Here you will find out what growing hemp at home entails.

Choose a reputable seed bank

Some start-up growers choose the cheapest seeds to save a few dollars, but this strategy can backfire. Selecting seeds with good genetics is important when growing your own marijuana. Do a little research and find a good seed bank, or start with clones from a trusted source.

Give seedlings plenty of light

Lighting largely determines the quality of the crop, as well as plant size and growth rate. While outdoor plants get natural light, indoor plants need extra care. Invest in HID (High Intensity Discharge) or Full Spectrum LED bulbs, which allow you to change the wavelength of light to suit growing plants.

Use high quality water

Minerals in the water can harm plant growth. When growing cannabis at home, consider installing a reverse osmosis or filtration system. Change filters frequently and check water periodically for mineral content.

Give plants lots of space

To grow top quality cannabis, be sure to leave enough space between plants. Techniques such as LST or low stress training where plants are tied up at a young age will provide good light dispersion and improve plant health. Other tools, including fans and filters, will improve air circulation.

Provide enough nutrients

An important step in growing cannabis at home is to provide the plants with sufficient nutrients at every stage of growth. These nutrients are essential for the nutrition of growing plants.

  • Nitrogen
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus

These are the main nutrients marijuana plants need, but others are important as well. Use magnesium, calcium, sulfur, manganese, sugar and amino acids to feed your plants well and give them the best chance of a healthy life.

Appropriate size

While LST and other methods do not require pruning, growers should prune their plants to increase yields and get rid of low quality buds. During the vegetative phase, consider removing low branches to reduce the risk of pest infestation.

Adequate humidity and temperature

Cannabis is a hardy plant that can grow in a wide variety of conditions, but indoor crops need to be grown at the right humidity and room temperature. Even the smallest changes affect plant growth, so precision is essential at every stage of a plant’s life cycle.

Harvest at the right time

This is the moment all manufacturers have been waiting for, because this is the moment when all that hard work pays off. However, early harvesting reduces the THC content of the buds and all your efforts will be wasted. The best crops are harvested based on the color of the trichomes and pistil, the shape and consistency of the buds, and the color and condition of the leaves.

Proper drying and curing

While most growers believe that the hard work ends after the harvest, this is not the case. Drying and canning are essential to the taste, quality and THC content of the crop. Follow these steps.

  • Cut the plants and place the branches on the dryer.
  • Remove large fan sheets.
  • Dry the buds slowly at about 50% humidity and room temperature 65-75°F.
  • Heal the buds by placing them in airtight containers with wide openings. Store containers in a dry, dark place and check regularly.

Although it takes about two or three weeks for the buds to be ready to eat, many growers have achieved better results by curing their crop for about two months. In short, the longer the buds dry, the better they will be.

Follow these steps for a high quality harvest

Home growers need to consider many factors when growing cannabis. By keeping these factors in mind and with patience, growers are more likely to produce buds they can be proud of.

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