For everyone who wants to get the most out of his cannabis plants, we came up with 5 growing tips this summer. For the 5 tolerated plants, so to speak. And who doesn’t want that? Not many people, because our growing tips ended up on an honourable 28th place in our year-top 50. That’s why, and because you want to get the most out of your plants in the winter, here are our five growing tips for maximum yield. Happy growing everybody!
Growing cannabis is fun, educational and useful. Many growers enjoy their plants very much and have an incredible love for them. But no matter how much you love growing, in the end everyone wants to get the most out of their marijuana plants. That’s why the following 5 growing tips will give you more yield.
No matter which type of weed you grow, these 5 growing tips work to increase your yield. However, it is true that genetics, in other words the type of weed you grow with, has a huge influence on your yield. So choose your variety carefully, go for a reputable seed bank and don’t save on genetics.
Grow tip 1. Feed well!
Your mother used to say: you have to eat well otherwise you will never become a big guy / girl. This also applies to marijuana plants, they have to eat well too. So make sure you have the right nutrients for your cannabis plant, but don’t exaggerate.
Make sure you are aware of the nutritional needs of cannabis plants, so read and learn a lot. Unfortunately, many growers give their plants too much nutrition, and that may be due to that one sentence that mothers used to love so much. Especially when growers mix different nutrients and additives, without understanding what their plants need, things often go wrong. It is important that you learn how you can tell your plant what it is short of or what it is getting too much of. Marijuana plants tell you all kinds of things, so you have to learn to ‘listen’ to them. It is most common for marijuana plants to show signs of burning due to too much nutrition, the first sign is often yellowed leaf tips.
The real nutrition for cannabis plants is actually not a fertilizer, but light. Your cannabis plant converts light through photosynthesis into energy that is the fuel for growth and flowering. So what do fertilizers do? Well, your plant needs fertilizers for photosynthesis and growth, see them as vitamins for cannabis plants. We need vitamins for all kinds of processes in our body, but if we take too much of them we can also get sick.
Many growers try to give their plants as much fertilizer as they can handle, but you get better results if you simply try to prevent your cannabis plant from getting too much or too little fertilizer. As long as the leaves of your plant are nice and even green and don’t show any speckles or discoloured points, you’ll be fine and your weed plant will not be short of anything.
Just try to give half of the nutrition as your nutrition schedule indicates. If you see a sign that your plant is undernourished then increase the amount of nutrition a little. Usually you will see this on yellowed leaves on the underside of your plant (at the end of the flowering phase, when the plant is almost finished, however, it is normal for leaves to yellow). It is also a good idea to buy an EC meter, with which you can easily avoid feeding too much.
Grow tip 2. Provide more light and possibly CO2
In the first cultivation tip you could already read that the real food for plants is actually light. The more light you give a cannabis plant inside, the more it will yield. When you also add CO2 to your grow space, your plant can have even more light, and yield even more.
If your marijuana plants are always in good health, but still don’t yield enough, you can make the most profit by increasing the light intensity. The most important thing to do immediately after germination is to make sure your cannabis plants get enough light. A plant that doesn’t get enough light during its growth phase will start to stretch. There will be a lot of space between the nodes (where the side branches start) and your plant will become a long lanky. Such a plant takes a lot of energy to maintain the juice flow, because all substances have to travel a long way upwards.
In addition, it is difficult to provide a long plant with enough light inside, the light reaches the lower-lying branches more difficult than with a nice compact plant. Most hobby growers will be able to increase their yields the most by simply providing more light. When your weed plants are in bloom, it helps to ensure that more light can shine on the buds. It will make them bigger and heavier.
The further the lamp depends on the plant, the less intense the light will be. Because it is difficult to give all buds enough light if your plants have uneven heights, it is important to make sure that you grow weed plants that are uniform and equal in height. Good stable genetics are again important, but with growing techniques such as scrogging, budding, thieving and super-cropping you can also make sure that you can light the plant efficiently. It is important that you apply these techniques in the growth phase, once flowering starts you are too late.
Okay, so fertilizers can be seen as vitamins, and light as nutrition. In this way, extra CO2 can be seen as an augmentation of the stomach. It allows your weed plant to have more light (nutrition). CO2 also allows your plant to withstand a higher temperature. If you have less light than a 400 Watt HPS lamp, such as fluorescent lighting, it is unlikely that the light intensity is so high that your cannabis plant is limited by the amount of CO2 in the air. So you don’t have to try to add CO2, it’s a waste of your money. As long as you provide a supply of fresh air, your cannabis plant has enough CO2. But if your plant is at its maximum light intensity, CO2 can convert even more light into energy and thicker buds. But remember that a lot of light is needed before your cannabis plant can get enough CO2 out of the air.
Grow tip 3. Change the shape of your cannabis plants
By bending your weed plant, scrogging and snapping and so on, you can manipulate its shape in such a way that all the buds receive the same amount of light. The idea behind all these techniques, is that larger and wider plants with a good distribution of buds receive more light and therefore yield better. It is a free way to increase your yield.
Manipulating the shape of your weed plants starts when they are still small. If your weed plant already has the well-known Christmas tree shape with a large main bud, it is almost impossible to create a nice wide shape. In this article it is also almost impossible to cover all the different techniques, but we have already discussed most of them, so you can read them back. Use the search function on the top right to find all information about scrogging, tops, fimming, super cropping and more. Here are some links: That’s how scrogging works, Top your cannabis plant for more buds, Fimming cannabis plants, Super cropping, that’s how it should work.
Grow tip 4. Make sure you have a good temperature and humidity
Optimal conditions in your growing space help your plants to develop better and therefore to yield better. Always keep the temperature below 28 degrees Celcius and make sure that the temperature drops as little as possible at night. In any case not more than 10 degrees.
When the temperature or the relative humidity in your growing space is too high or too low, your weed plants will not grow well and whatever you do, your buds will not get very thick either. Too high a temperature at the end of the flowering phase can reduce the strength and smell of your weed by burning trichomes and terpenes. By keeping the temperature and humidity under control you can also improve the potency and smell of your weed.
At a temperature difference (between day and night temperature) of more than ten degrees, the plant needs four to six hours to recover from climate change. As a result, the plant only runs at half strength! In addition, you run a high risk of root rot because fungi thrive in a room with large temperature fluctuations.
Generally recommended temperature:
- Without CO2 addition: 21 – 26.5ºC.
- With CO2 addition: 26.5 – 32ºC.
- In the last two weeks of the flowering period with reduced CO2 addition: 21 – 26.5ºC.
- At night: at least above 15ºC.
- Feeding water: 23ºC.
During the flowering phase your plant prefers a somewhat drier air, it helps to prevent moulds and it stimulates the production of resin crystals in the buds! Provide an air humidity of about 45% during the flowering phase.
Grow tip 5. Do not harvest too early!
Most weed varieties have a period of two to three weeks in which you can harvest. If you harvest before this period, you will have less yield and the potency of your weed will also leave something to be desired.
By ripening your buds properly, you will get the most out of them, in terms of yield, taste and potency. Especially in the last 2 to 3 weeks before harvesting, buds grow enormously, they sometimes get 25 percent thicker in the last weeks.
In addition, you can influence the effect of your weed by carefully determining the moment of harvesting. If you harvest early in the harvestable period, the effect will be more active. If you harvest late, your weed will have a more relaxed and sleepy effect.