If you want big buds, increase the lighting intensity and the level of CO2 your plants receive. The trouble with indoor growing is that the air tends to have lower CO2 levels than outdoors.
There is no point in adding the ideal amount of nutrients if your plants cannot absorb them fully. You must check the soil regularly to ensure it is at the right pH level. Keep the soil between 5.8 and 6.5 on the pH scale; the perfect pH for cannabis is 6.0. The soil’s pH level impacts your cannabis plant’s ability to absorb nutrients. In most cases, a pH imbalance is the cause of toxicity or nutrient imbalance.
This article provides you with five helpful tips to grow healthy buds.
You won’t get healthy buds unless your plants are exposed to their preferred temperature and humidity levels. These levels vary during the different stages of a marijuana plant’s growth cycle:
4 – Lighting
For best results, make sure the buds are directly exposed to light. Most experts agree that you need to use HPS lamps when growing marijuana indoors. Remember, your plants need 16-20 hours of light during the vegetative stage. Switch to 12 hours light and 12 hours of total darkness in the flowering stage.
You can invest in a CO2 generator if you are growing lots of cannabis plants. Be careful, though, as excessive CO2 levels are harmful to humans.
In practice, novice growers encounter plenty of difficulties and often end up with substandard results. To get the most out of your harvest, you must identify the strains you want and understand the importance of growing enormous buds. If you didn’t know, a plant’s bud appears after the plant enters the flowering stage. While the female cannabis plant leaves contain small amounts of THC, the buds are significantly more potent.
2 – Achieving the Perfect pH
Growing marijuana at home is easier than ever. However, your plants still need plenty of TLC to produce healthy and potent buds. Follow the hacks above, and you’ll significantly increase your chances of producing a sizable yield.
Keep an eye on your plants during the growing season. Increase your feeding schedule if the plants have light green leaves. Cut it back if the leaves have brown edges and its tips start to curl back. Home growers can also add compost tea to plants to aid bud growth.
The length of the bloom stage varies greatly. The primary factor that determines how long a plant takes to reach harvest time is the strain.
Read Why Does My Weed Smell Like Hay? for more on what can happen if you dry your buds too quickly. I’m sure you can already guess one issue from the title of that article.
You also have to remember that your plants will approximately double in size from the beginning of the flowering stage to the end. This means you want to take them out of vegging when they are about half of the final desired size.
The bloom stage can be broken up into several distinct sub-stages. You can read about that in our article on flowering time, which also covers how to know when it is time to harvest your buds.
If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll need to get all of the necessary supplies together. This can take a few weeks, depending on where you source your supplies.
Choose A Fast Growing Strain
The amount of time it takes to grow cannabis can vary greatly, but there are things you can do to speed it up. Some, like shortening the vegging time, will have negative effects on yield, so you should always weigh the options carefully.
Here are a few things you can do to get your marijuana plants to grow faster.