The 9 best tips for growing weed

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Everybody who grows weed wants to get maximum results when it comes to yield and quality. Whether you’re a novice grower or you’ve already gained a lot of experience, it never hurts to read the following 9 tips for growing weed carefully. This way you can be sure you’re doing a good job.

  1. Buy feminized seeds
  2. Use the right nutrients
  3. Use a hydroponic system
  4. Provide sufficient light
  5. Monitor temperature and humidity
  6. Make sure you are prepared
  7. Use strains that you grow easily
  8. Know when the flowering phase begins
  9. Know when to harvest

9 Tips for growing weed

We have listed the 9 most important tips for you. This will reduce the chance of unnecessary mistakes and maximize your yield and weed quality. 

1. Buy feminized seeds for maximum yield

Feminized seeds are specially developed seeds without the male chromosome. A godsend, because male plants don’t produce buds and therefore no weed. They are superfluous and take up unnecessary space. Moreover, they distract the female plants, disrupting the growth and flowering process. 

When you buy feminized cannabis seeds you can be sure that no male plants will grow that slow down the growing process and destroy your crop. This way you will get the maximum yield from your efforts. 

Read also: Difference between feminized cannabis seeds and autoflowering seeds

2. Use the right (amount of) nutrients

The soil in which you grow your plants is important. It has a big influence on the quality of the weed and the success of the growing process. By providing your plants with fertile soil or potting soil you help them develop into strong, robust plants with lots of leaves and buds. 

Good to know, not every plant benefits from soil with added nutrients. Autoflowers need less nutrients. In fact, it has a negative effect when you give too much nutrients to autoflowers. You also want to avoid chemical nutrients, because they add chemicals to your plant (and ultimately to you). Therefore choose super soil or organic potting soil.

Read also: The best soil for cannabis seeds

3. Use a hydroponic system

A complicated term, but it’s actually nothing more than a connected pipe system that regulates the supply of water. You can make it yourself from PVC tubes or of course just buy it. Hydroponic systems are even available in the form of planters. 

With this tool you get more control over the water supply of your plants and it is also possible to add nutrients. 

Although setting up a hydroponic system seems a lot more difficult than it actually is, the system offers a lot of advantages. Because water and nutrients are added and reused automatically all the time, it saves you costs and time. Moreover, this method provides a higher yield and speeds up the growth process.

Read also: Hydro weed growing, how do you do it?

4. Provide your plants with enough light

Weed plants need light to grow. If you live in a country where the sun is almost daily in the sky, you don’t really have to do much. The growth process goes pretty much by itself. 

Unfortunately, this is not everywhere the case. For many growers it’s one of the reasons to grow weed indoors so you can influence the light cycle. If you’re planning on growing indoors then a couple of good grow lights are not a superfluous luxury. Ordinary incandescent bulbs are not recommended, but use suitable LED bulbs.

Read also: Grow indoor cannabis! Simple with our step-by-step plan

5. Monitor temperature and humidity

Marijuana plants generally like warm temperatures to grow, but their needs vary depending on their stage in the growing cycle. Young plants need more heat and humidity than plants in the flowering stage. On average, daytime temperatures of 18 – 25 degrees Celsius are ideal. But never expose your plants to temperatures below 12 degrees Celsius. This will affect the health of the plants and may even prevent them from surviving. Invest in a hygrometer for measuring humidity and a digital thermometer for measuring temperature. 

Read also: The best temperature and humidity for growing weed

6. Make sure you are prepared

Before you start growing weed, you should think about how many plants you want to grow and how much space you have available. This is especially relevant if you are growing indoors. Also find out if the marijuana plants will grow very tall and/or wide. When you buy cannabis seeds from us, you’ll find the size of the plant and whether they’re suitable for indoors or outdoors.

Also think about the growing technique you want to use, like SOG or SCROG or a combination of both. This will determine, among other things, what materials you need and the amount of space. So make sure you have the basics in order before you start.

Read also: How to grow weed. The basics

7. Use strains that you grow easily

To increase the chance of a successful harvest, you should preferably choose autoflower seeds which are easy to grow. This means they don’t need too much attention to provide a nice supply of weed. They are resistant to pests, overwater and less sensitive to temperature fluctuations. Especially hybrids autoflowering seeds with a short flowering period. Pure sativa strains are generally more difficult to grow. 

Our favorites are:

  1. Ak 47 Autoflower 
  2. Gorilla Glue Autoflower
  3. Northern Lights Autoflower

8. Know when the flowering phase begins

There is no fixed moment when the flowering phase begins. It depends on several factors such as the genetics of the cannabis plant, its size, nutrients and cultivation methods. The flowering phase is an important phase because it is during this period that the buds start to grow. Something you’ve been looking forward to as a grower.

Often a flowering phase takes 6 – 12 weeks depending on the variety you’ve chosen. To achieve maximum results you will need to keep a close eye on the light scheme. 

At the end of the flowering phase the moment is there: you can harvest.

Read also: The 4 growth phases of a cannabis plant

9. Know when to harvest

After three to five months the time has finally come. Your efforts will be rewarded and you can start harvesting. But of course you need to know when the buds are ripe. You can tell by the trichomes that grow on your plant. These are the small resin droplets. 

Use a magnifying glass to see it. Are they still transparent? Then you will have to wait a while. As soon as they are nice and white, you can put on the gloves and harvest them. 

Read also: Harvesting weed: how do you do that and when?