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Top 10 Tips For Growing Cannabis: Answers To Your FAQs

Growing cannabis is a process that requires attention to detail and a significant investment of time, effort, and money. If you want to optimise your resources and maximise your yields, check out the answers to your most frequently asked questions about growing weed below.

  • 1. How important is genetics when growing weed?
  • 2. What is the best cannabis growing medium?
  • 3. Do I need nutrients to grow cannabis?
  • 4. What are the best grow lights for indoor growing?
  • 5. Do I need a fan in my grow tent?
  • 6. How can I achieve the perfect climate for growing cannabis?
  • 7. How often do I have to water my cannabis plants?
  • 8. Will training my plants help me get fatter buds?
  • 9. When is the best time to harvest marijuana buds?
  • 10. Is drying and curing important when growing cannabis?
  • 1. How important is genetics when growing weed?
  • 2. What is the best cannabis growing medium?
  • 3. Do I need nutrients to grow cannabis?
  • 4. What are the best grow lights for indoor growing?
  • 5. Do I need a fan in my grow tent?
  • 6. How can I achieve the perfect climate for growing cannabis?
  • 7. How often do I have to water my cannabis plants?
  • 8. Will training my plants help me get fatter buds?
  • 9. When is the best time to harvest marijuana buds?
  • 10. Is drying and curing important when growing cannabis?

Truth is, while growing weed successfully isn’t necessarily difficult, it is a learning process, and mistakes can, and will, be made. To help you with your grow right from the start, and so you can look forward to a great harvest, here are the answers to 10 frequently asked questions about growing weed.

HOW IMPORTANT IS GENETICS WHEN GROWING WEED?

Genetics plays a significant role in the yield, taste, aroma, and overall growing traits of your plant. Seed selection is therefore a crucial part of the growing process as it will heavily influence the final outcome.

Every grower will have their own preferences when it comes to strains. Some may prefer a powerful, cerebral sativa that leaves them feeling energised and motivated. Others may like a stoney indica or a medicinal strain high in CBD.

The environment where you’re growing is another important factor when choosing cannabis genetics. If you’re growing in a small indoor space, an autoflowering variety can be optimal. Or maybe you’re planning an outdoor grow and want to grow a gigantic cannabis tree. Other factors, such as climate, will also play a role when choosing genetics.

WHAT IS THE BEST CANNABIS GROWING MEDIUM?

There are many ways to grow cannabis—from sowing seeds in a pot of soil to advanced hydroponic setups. There are different substrates (growing media) you can choose from, including soil, coco coir, and clay pebbles. Some techniques, such as hydroponics, don’t require a substrate at all. Let’s stay with growing in soil for now, as this is what most cultivators use.

What makes a great cannabis soil?

Light texture: Soil should have a light and airy texture. This way, roots can grow effortlessly with easy access to oxygen.

Water drainage: Water should drain well, as cannabis doesn’t like to have “wet feet” for long.

Water retention: Water draining too fast from the pot isn’t optimal either. The soil should be able to hold water (and nutrients) for a reasonable period.

Optimal pH: The pH level of your soil should be about 6.0. A little above or below (5.8–6.3) is okay, but if the pH is way off, your yield will suffer.

Nutrients: Soil made specifically for growing cannabis should already contain nutrients. Most store-bought soils contain enough nutrients for 3–4 weeks of growth.

If you’re new to growing, the best option is to source a ready-made cannabis substrate from a reputable brand. These already have the right structure and contain enough nutrients to get a grow going.

• Pro tip: If you want to grow organically, you can make your own super soil. Organic material such as compost or bat guano can support the growth of beneficial microbes that will produce nutrients for your plants. This way, you won’t need to give additional nutrients; you’ll only need to water your plants. Mother Nature will take care of everything else and reward you with juicy buds with a natural flavour.

DO I NEED NUTRIENTS TO GROW CANNABIS?

Unless you’re an experienced grower setting up a purely organic grow (see the previous point), the answer is: Yes, you will (likely) need cannabis nutrients. But don’t just go crazy, as many fatal mistakes can be made if you’re not careful.

More nutrients doesn’t mean more buds. Overfeeding can easily happen, and indeed it is one of the most common mistakes. Seedlings and very young plants don’t need nutrients at all. If you’re growing autoflowers, they will also need less nutrients than photoperiod plants.

If you’re getting soil from a store, chances are it’s already pre-fertilised: These nutrients normally last 3–4 weeks, which is also the average duration of the vegetative phase. Spoken differently, with good soil, you will likely not need to give nutrients until the flowering phase begins.

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