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how to grow cali weed

How to grow cali weed

Weed is not just THC, it is dozens of cannabinoids and terpenes working together to produce the strain effects. While some strains are rich in terpenes and have very particular aromatic attributes for this reason, not all strains do. In order to obtain a strong smell and taste with your bud, it is important to maintain an ideal grow environment and ensure your plants are properly fed and looked after. However, if you do find that the strains are somewhat lacking in aroma or flavor you can artificially add terpenes to your plant after harvest to improve these aspects.

Cannabis plants like a moderately acidic environment. Maintaining a pH level of 5.5 to 6.5 is ideal for plant success. Be sure to monitor and test your pH regularly, as pH in the soil will change as plants absorb nutrients. If these levels rise above 7.5, the plant will be unable to process many nutrients including copper, iron, zinc and manganese. On the other hand, if the pH level drops below 5 and stays that way, the plant will fail to absorb calcium, magnesium, or phosphoric acid.

Harvest Process

Terpene Power

The choice of soil as well as nutrition are key aspects when it comes to growing cannabis. If you have the ability, preparing your own soil before the planned season of growth (ie: August) and allowing it to fertilize on its own with compost and natural biodegradables. Over-fertilizing or providing too many nutrients can cause plant damage and result in poor quality weed. Testing your soil and ensuring you are feeding the appropriate nutrients in the appropriate amounts during each growth cycle will go a long way to producing top-shelf bud.

How to grow cali weed

You’ll also need an exhaust fan and activated carbon filter to reduce heat and eliminate odors. Be sure to get one that’s rated for your tent’s size with the proper ducting size. A clip-on circulating fan will keep air moving and stop it from being stagnant. A thermometer/hygrometer is also a must for keeping track of temperature and humidity.

Pruning For Higher Yield

A key part of learning how to grow weed is mastering drying and curing techniques. You do not want marijuana to dry too quickly or too slowly, as the ideal drying time for a healthy and flavorful marijuana plant is 10 to 14 days. In this video, you will learn the perfect temperature and humidity to dry and cure weed, as well as pro tips that will teach you how to grow weed and trim your plants like an experienced veteran, leaving you with a grade-A product.

Tips on How to Grow Weed: The Hydroponic Garden

First, you’ll need a growlight. I like HID (High-Intensity Discharge) lighting – HPS (High-Pressure Sodium) or MH (Metal Halide) systems with ballasts, bulbs and reflectors. If heat from these lights will be an issue, there are also LED (Light-Emitting Diode) and CFL (Compact Fluorescent) systems you can employ. Be sure to get a light that covers your tent’s footprint and invest in a decent timer to control when your light turns on and off.