An alternative growth option is to rely on the fluorescent lights for the early seedling growth, germination, and cloning on a top shelving unit, and then at a later point transferred to the HPS to help with flowering / heavy vegetative growth.
A solid and dependable shelving unit is all that is required in this type of set-up. An ideal size is likely to be in the region of 18 to 24 inches in width. The internal space is certain to benefit if covered with an aluminium foil (dull-side facing the room) or very bright white walls to help with reflecting the light back to the surface of the plant life. A white coloured shelf is also certain to help. Alternative options can include a space blanket, aluminized mylar, or similar materials. Avoid using mirrors since the glass is very likely to soak up the light.
A significant negative to shelf gardening is the requirement to adjust the lamp height on a daily basis in line with the development of the plants. This can limit having a break from tending to the plants. This is most likely to refer to the vegetative stage where you are likely to see that plants grow in spurts of approx 1-inch each day. A lamp isn’t likely to be adjusted as frequently once the flowering process is able to commence.
Usually, you want to look at keeping the fluorescent lights within approx 2-inches of the plant top. A set-up offering complete ease in progressively increasing the height of the lamps is certain to be highly desirable. If you are likely to be away from home for a short break, you want to look at adjusting the lights so that the plants aren’t likely to reach within 2 inches to the lamps while you are unable to provide daily care. Aim to completely saturate the shelving units with lighting to avoid creating plants that might appear spindly. A cannabis plant is certain to grow at a slower pace if the lamps aren’t kept within the ideal distance.
If installing the hang shop-style lights you might want to use chains and ensure that they are able to rely on a mechanism that provides easy adjustment to ensure that they are kept at the ideal height above the plants (one or two inches). Lights kept at a greater distance aren’t likely to provide as much benefit for the plants and this could result in the plants growing with spindly, long stems, and are likely to generate the desired bud at time of maturity. And that relates to the longer internode length, which concerns the stem length between the sets of leaves. A shorter length is certain to mean extra internodes, which means extra branches, so a plant is likely to offer a greater number of buds in limited space when it comes to harvest the plants.
A shelf garden set-up with the fluorescent lights is likely to offer a very cost-effective option for cannabis growing. Fluorescents are perfect for shelf gardening. A shelf garden is able to feature multiple shelves placed one after another, and the lamps are situated over the top of each of the shelving units. A shelving unit is likely to be set-up with either 12-hour lighting for the flowering process or 24-hour lighting for the initial growth development. Ideally, you want to set up two separate areas with a second area used for germination and cloning the seeds.
A shelf gardening design is likely to mean that plants are kept at 3-ft or less at full growth, so the shelving is likely to be installed at a distance of 3 or 4 ft apart. A lower light requirement is required in those situations where plants are kept short and pushed to mature quickly.
For a lot of cannabis cultivators, harvesting can be one of the trickiest things to do correctly. Flowering cannabis plants start to smell better and appear better prepared for harvesting when they aren’t quite there yet. It is easy to harvest marijuana plants before they are ready and there is a tiny two or three week time that is the right spot to harvest your weed during.
The trick is to dry your buds slowly and patiently and then curing them in glass mason jars for 2-4+ weeks. After harvesting, hang your trimmed cannabis plants upside down in a moderate temperature clean and well-ventilated are and allow them to dry for 5 – 10 days. Drying your weed too fast will result in them being harsh and smelling like sod that has just been mowed.
Growing top-shelf marijuana is the holy grail of horticultural pleasures. To grow top shelf bud is a craft that can be attained by following certain growing techniques and guidelines. To help you grow the best cannabis, we have compiled a list of eight highly successful growing tips. Follow these – and you’ll be harvesting top shelf bud with your next harvest!
6. Harvesting your Top Shelf Buds
By growing only with feminized and quality genetics from the get-go, you’re sure to get the effects and appearance you want from your buds at the end of the growth cycle. Even though other factors such as your growing skills may make a huge difference, a cannabis plants’ genes can’t be overcome.
A good way to keep your cannabis plants from drying too quickly, is to trim the branches only after they’ve been dried. You can also decide to trim your buds before you dry them. The cannabis can then be hung or put on a rack to dry them. We recommend leaving on as much stem as you can as it slows the drying process, and is easy to remove later. Try to dry your cannabis as long as possible, somewhere between five or ten days.
• Plenty of Phosphorus (P)
7. Drying Top Shelf Bud like a Pro
To increase bud quality and be the proud farmer of top-shelf cannabis buds, you need to make sure you’re giving your plant the correct nutrients in all stages of growth. Below is a list of the three most important nutrients to use:
Remember, harvesting weed before it is ready can result in ruining your crop to be. Harvest only when the bud hairs mostly gone brown and you can clearly see the ripened terpenes and trichomes.