Sure, it’s easy enough to grow weed. But what about those big beautiful buds that glisten with crystals and taste delicious? How do people grow those? Again, it’s easy when you know how. Follow these seven tips to improve your bud quality.
1. Start with quality, top shelf seeds
Top shelf buds start with top shelf seeds. If you’re not using top grade seeds to begin with, it doesn’t matter how much love and attention you spend on your plants and set up.
It has never been easier to access top grade seeds. There are so many excellent seed banks now that will ship to your door.
For everything you need to know about growing seeds, check out our seed series:
- How To Find And Choose The Right Seeds
- How To Germinate and Sprout Your Seeds
- How To Produce Your Own Seeds
- All You Need To Know About Sexing Your Sprouts
- Storing & Preserving Your Seeds
2. Nutrients and supplements
Over watering and providing too many nutrients are the two most commonly made mistakes by rookie weed growers.
It’s easy to dry out your soil, but it’s a little trickier to get your nutrient balance just right. Or perhaps you’re growing with a hydroponics system. Luckily, we have a whole series dedicated to making sure you have the perfect growing material.
- Soil vs. Hydroponic Systems
- How To Make The Best Soil For Marijuana
- All About Those Mighty Microbes
- How To Manage pH Levels
- Everything You Need To Know About Super Soil For The Best Buds
3. Lots of light
So you’ve made your soil top-notch and planted your excellent seeds. But none of that will matter if your lights are underpowered. Strong light is crutial for the highest bud density, potency, and yields.
Recent advances in LED technology have caught the attention of leading cannabis cultivators. Check out this article on how LED lights can help grow better weed.
5.Temperature and humidity
Cannabis like a nice warm environment that has a bit of humidity, but not too much.
- Seedling: Aim for a temperature of 65-75ºF (20-24ºC) with 60% humidity until the plant is 2-3 weeks old
- Adult, lights on: Aim for a temperature no higher than 80ºF (26.6ºC). For humidity, work down by 5% each week after seedling stage until you reach 40%
- Adult, lights off: Aim for a temperature between 62-72ºF (17-22ºC), though avoid major swings in temperature from day to night
It’s important to remember that your plants are at risk of mold if your temperature drops too low. Keep these pointers in mind:
- Ensure there’s never more than a 10ºC difference in day and night temperatures
- If you are still at higher humidities, avoid really hot temperatures
- Follows your humidity schedule if you need to increase your temperature
6. Air flow is essential
Air flow around your plants is essential for three reasons:
- Your plants will need to develop strong stems to support those big buds!
- A light, steady breeze will help do this and keep your temperatures in the right temperature zones
- Air flow also makes it harder for pests and mold to take hold
CO2 also helps the plant absorb more light and convert it into energy, which they need to grow. If your plants are outside, you won’t have a problem with Carbon Dioxide levels. However, indoor environments tend to be low in the essential gas.
You can easily build your own CO2 drip to correct your CO2 levels. The video above gives a more detailed explanation, but here are the basics:
- Fill a jug or bottle with white vinegar
- Poking a small hole in the cap, just enough for the vinegar to drip out
- Hang the bottle upside down near your plants
- Place a bowl full of baking soda beneath the vinegar
7. Pruning and topping
The more energy your plant has to spend trying to rid itself of a dying leaf, the less energy it’s going to put toward growing amazing, high-THC buds. So it’s essential that you regularly prune and maintain your plant, clearing off any dead or damaged leaves throughout the growing process.
Topping is a type of pruning. You simply prune back the top cola. When you cut away the top flower, you then have two main colas that develop rather than one. You do this during the vegetative cycle when your plant is still quite young. This makes it easier to train. As a precaution, you should never top a plant more than twice.