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Top Tips for Growing Marijuana

Top Tips for Growing Marijuana

We all need advice on how on how to do things that we’ve never done before. For instance, when starting a new job, you have to learn the company values, the technology being used, product and service knowledge, who to contact in certain scenarios, etc. Today, I want to answer all, if not most of the questions you may have when it comes to growing marijuana. I will give you the top tips so that when you do go to grow it, you’ll have little to no difficulty at all. The tips that I’ll go in depth to explain are the climate needed for growing, the drying and curing process, and the best time to harvest marijuana buds.

Climate

When it comes to growing marijuana, the temperature and humidity of the environment in which you wish to grow it is very important and plays a huge part in it being able to have the most optimal growing stage. While true, the optimal temperature and humidity varies at each growth stage. Below will be stages the marijuana plant goes through, and the correct temperature and humidity it needs at each individual stage (Royal Queen Seeds).

 

Humidity

Temperature: Lights On

Temperature: Lights Off

Seed

65-70%

20-25°C

4-5°C

Growth Phase

40-70%

22-28°C

4-5°C

Flowering Phase

40-50%

20-26°C

5-8°C

Late Flowering Phase

30-40%

18-24°C

5-10°C

 

Another note on the temperature: you do not, I repeat, do not want it to be too cool. If it is, you could risk the buds rotting and even worse, damaging/killing your plant and all of your hard work will have gone to waste. As far as humidity goes, while it is important and can cause issues if not optimal, there are small changes you can make to reverse those issues. Because of this, many new growers don’t even worry about humidity (Grow Weed Easy).

Drying & Curing

Drying & Curing are arguably the two most important steps in the process of growing your marijuana buds into healthy, smokable plants. Drying is exactly what you think it is: It is the process of drying the buds so that they aren’t as moist and are able to be smoked or vaped when the time comes. This usually take anywhere between 7-12 days, depending on variety of factors, including the size of the buds, how large the branches are, and the temperature and humidity. To know if your buds are dry enough to proceed to the next step, try to snap the branches. If it snaps, you are good to go. If it bends, you will need to let it dry more until it does snap. Curing however, is the process of putting your buds in a closed container or jar for approximately 2-4 weeks, which will help with forming and developing the scent and flavor of it. It also gives the marijuana optimal potency and durability. You want to fill the jar they are in about 75% to allow for more air, as well as so mold or mildew doesn’t destroy it. Place them somewhere dim and dry and check on them at least once a day. When checking on them, keep the container or jar open to allow more air in, and examine each bud for signs of damage. If any bud becomes contaminated with something that could destroy the rest, remove it immediately to avoid spreading (Grow Weed Easy and Royal Queen Seeds).

 

When to Harvest Your Buds

Heard of the saying “Timing is everything”? Well this applies when it comes to harvesting marijuana. You don’t want to start this process to early because the buds won’t reach its full size, it won’t be as potent, and the flavor you want will be nonexistent. However, you also don’t want to start this process too late because optimal potency doesn’t last forever, and you want the finished product to be as strong as possible. With that said, I’ll tell you how you will know when it is the right time to harvest. First, when the leaves turn yellow and the pistils turn orange or brown. A better way to determine if it is ready to harvest is closely examining the trichomes, which are found on the buds. They change color, letting you know that it is ready for harvest. If they are clear, they still need more time and will most likely be ready within a few weeks. If they are white, they also still need more time and will be ready within 1-2 weeks. When some turn amber or brown and the rest remain white, they are all ready to go through the next stage (Royal Queen Seeds).

Though this isn’t a step-by-step breakdown of everything you’ll need to do to grow marijuana, these are some of the top tips that’ll help you be successful if you decide to do so. Climate, Drying & Curing, and knowing when to Harvest are all very important, so do not skip any steps, and you’ll be on your path to growing the best buds you possibly can!

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