HLG 300 – 270W draw, 9.34 oz yield
Note: These plants grew in too-cold temperatures (HLG models performs best at around 80°F/27°C) and were low-yielding strains, yet still produced better yields and bud quality than the equivalent ViparSpectra LEDs which had much more ideal conditions
2.) Force Extra Bud Sites
Buds are ready to harvest when all the hairs have darkened and curled in. The glittery trichomes on the buds also change color as buds mature. If you use a magnifier to look at the trichomes closely, you can pick the optimal time to harvest. Trichomes are a more accurate measure of bud maturity than the color of the hairs, so this is the recommended method if possible. Each strain takes a different amount of time before buds are ready to harvest. Some strains only need 6-7 weeks in the flowering stage, while other strains need 14 weeks or more. When choosing strains, pay attention to the breeder’s listed flowering time so you know what to expect. However, I’ve found that most breeders underestimate the time needed by a few weeks. So I recommend planning on your plants needing a few weeks longer than recommended. The grow light also has an effect. Buds tend to mature slightly faster under lights with more blue in the spectrum.
9.) Cheap but Helpful Tools
Zip ties are awesome for all kinds of random jobs
– Swerve, The Cali Connection
The number one tip I could give to save time and money in the grow room would be “Go Organic”. Not only will you save time and money but it will also help lessen your carbon footprint and provide you with higher quality cannabis that burns properly. Go green. Grow green. We already have an over-dependance on petrochemicals so why pour fertilizers made of these substandard ingredients on our plants. I say no! Grow organic it won’t only change your growroom it will change your life.
Always grow organic! It’s the most conscientious for the health of our bodies and for the health of the planet. We have a responsibility for all of our actions. Grow from seeds and learn to make your own. It perpetuates the seed. Cannabis is so many things: medicine, peace and relaxation, changing consciousness, textiles, foods. It can repair the imbalance in nature and fix our environment. Fight against against GMOs (genetically-modified organisms).
Keep It Safe, Smart & Cerebral! Keep it clean and organized!
All You Need is Patience
Pinching, twisting, and bending the tops of plants are all forms of super-cropping. Doing this benefit your plants, garden and growing space consideraby by preventing plant stretching and waste of valuable space and light. Supercropping can be performed during almost any stage of a plant’s life, from well-rooted and established clones all the way into the middle stage of flowering (although bending is preferable to pinching at that time). If you haven’t tried some form of super cropping, try a few of these techniques and see what works best for you and your plants
I think the best tip I can offer is to be diligent in all things. Our hobby is not one that allows for procrastination and when its time to transplant, or take clones that are needed or just perform proper grow room maintenance these are task that will not wait until tomorrow. The best growers I know have a special attention to detail and tend to operate tidy clean organized work areas. I think people get caught up in the mystique of cannabis cultivation and forget that at our core good growers are simply farmers and that means getting up early and working long days. You get out of a garden what you put into it and if you mix some love and passion in with the hard work, dank is the byproduct.
It’s important to catch pests, infestations and molds early and act immediately. Powdery mildew on foliage surfaces and insect secretions can be seen at night with a green headlight or a UVB light. Mildew and poop appear to glow under a UVB light on plant leaves..Take a look!
Instead of putting your trimmed herb onto coat hangers to dry, go out and grab some six-foot-tall square wire deer fence. Cut the fencing into six foot sections and secure the sections onto cylinders. Stand the cylinders up and use them to hang your drying herb on. Nothing works better for saving space and tackling issues related to damaged herb.
– Felix Green, High Times Cultivation Contributor