Cannabis is known by various names, including ganja, weed, pot, marijuana, dagga, the herb, and the green medication.
You are about to join the global community of cannabis enthusiasts connected by the art of cultivating marijuana. Growing cannabis can be highly confusing at first.
They were aimed at all our fellow connoisseurs who are willing to plunge deep into the profound satisfaction of taking the most delicate care of their cannabis gardens. We have assembled five basic steps of cannabis cultivation that can help cannabis growers improve their growing manner.
As cannabis enthusiasts and medicinal marijuana users, we are lucky to live in a time of increasing marijuana legalization.
The snowball effect of cannabis legalization in the US seems inevitable, and it will not be long before both medical and recreational cannabis is legal nationwide. But, more crucially, the world is catching up, and marijuana legalization is growing globally. And if that doesn’t deserve a big fat joint rolled with your cultivated pot stack!
The Secret of Marijuana Cultivation: Sharing the Number One Rule for Growing Cannabis
Your cannabis plants can grow indoors, outdoors, or in greenhouses. Cannabis can be grown in soil or hydroponics. Also, marijuana plants thrive in a wide range of conditions.
Because the Cannabaceae family is so hardy, there will always be a way to produce marijuana, no matter where you live or how much experience you have.
You don’t even need a green thumb since it’s precious. Prior experience cultivating plants isn’t crucial to your cannabis production success.
What counts most is your desire to improve over time and your willingness to see your cannabis growing experience as a continuous learning experience.
The first guideline of cannabis cultivation is to treat marijuana plants like friends.
Although marijuana plants are the most silent of all your buddies, they can communicate with you (and vice versa). Speaking of silent friends, did you know that the world’s quietest place is in Minnesota? Orfield Laboratories’ anechoic chamber is so subtle that noise is measured in negative decibels instead of positive!
Growing Cannabis is a Continual Learning Process
We used the example of the world’s quietest spot to help you understand the value of having an open mind when cultivating cannabis.
Growing cannabis requires a lot of trial and error.
As a result, it is essential to understand the distinctiveness of your marijuana grow objective.
Take it one step at a time, keep studying and extending your knowledge to become a great grower (or, to be more concise, the time needed to become a better grower is solely based on your pace).
Like any other subject, you must first learn the fundamentals.
Because cultivating cannabis is both a science and an art, it is best to take slow, steady measures to properly “speak” the language of your green ladies. The Language of Plants explains that plants can communicate, think, and feel in profound and sophisticated ways.
In 2014, researchers in Florence began a breakthrough endeavor to decode the language of flora using magnetic fields to transform crucial messages.
How to Communicate with Cannabis Plants
Cannabis plants are not traditionally vocal, but they are highly communicative creatures. They will always let you know when things are going well or not so well. But you can’t tune into their energy until you have patience.
Yes, patience is a virtue, and the Japanese demonstrate the need to cultivate it to live in peace and harmony better than every nation.
Marijuana plants are not extraterrestrial beings that require sci-fi knowledge to thrive. Marijuana plants are living organisms that require your love and attention.
Marijuana plants aren’t selfish since they always repay you with the best gift ever: numerous, tasty, medicinal cannabis blooms that you can enjoy in whatever way you want.
There is no better way to improve your cannabis growing abilities than to learn to listen to your plants and decode their clear signals.
For example, a dog will bark when it needs your attention. Since cannabis plants can’t meow, howl, or bark, they’ll let you know by opening and spreading their lush green leaves or by showing indicators of nutrient shortage or excess concerns on their leaves.
But, just as learning a language takes time, learning to communicate with your green ladies will take time. You will become a better cannabis producer and a better person once you open your mind to that perspective. It is one of the most important lessons your cannabeauties can offer you.
Now it’s time for the top 5 basic processes of cannabis products that we’ve prepared for all our bud buddies out there.
Top 5 Simple Steps of Cannabis Cultivation to Help you Become a Better Grower
1. Choose your marijuana seeds wisely.
Any leftover marijuana seeds from a good bud can be grown into weed.
But, if you genuinely want to improve your cannabis growing skills and get more excellent harvests, it all starts with carefully selecting your marijuana seeds.
You see, a cannabis seed is a tiny version of the miracle of Life. With the incredible benefits of active cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes inherent in cannabis plants, a single cannabis seed cannot only make you high but also heal you.
Most significantly, a cannabis seed contains the genetic material that determines a marijuana plant’s overall health, resistance to pests and diseases, blooming time, aroma and flavor profile, THC potency, CBD levels, average yields, and more.
The quality of your grow equipment is irrelevant if the cannabis seed you planted does not have quality genetics that will allow it to reveal and live up to its full potential.
In short, weak genetics cannot be outperformed by anything, and this rule applies to marijuana seeds as well.
While genetics are proven to have a role in human development, it is essential to remember that we must work hard to improve our abilities and talents. It is also true when producing cannabis plants from seeds. In an intriguing essay, researchers find that the factors that influence our potential are not one-fold.
In mind, buying quality marijuana seeds is essential, but so is picking the correct strains to produce based on personal preferences.
For example, if you desire big yields but don’t study each strain, you’re likely to be disappointed. Before choosing the best strains to grow, you must first conduct your homework and prioritize your priorities.
For example, if you want to grow Bruce Banner and receive large yields but have limited room, you should plant a strain that isn’t as tall and flexible as Bruce Banner, like Blue Diesel autoflower.
If expanding your cannabis plants is essential to you, then autoflowering strains like Northern Lights or Purple Kush autoflower may be just what you need.
2. Master the cannabis growing basics
Nobody is born with excellent cannabis-growing talents.
Getting started in the fascinating world of cannabis can be complicated and even intimidating at times. But only if you strive to learn everything in a blink of an eye.
Start with the basics and take one bite at a time. Why should you bother about advanced breeding procedures if this is your third cannabis grow mission?
The essential cannabis basics are clearly outlined below.
Make sure to feed your cannabis plants pH-balanced water to avoid problems. pH meters are easily accessible and reasonably priced.
There is no one-size-fits-all miraculous solution for designing a well-working watering schedule for all gardeners. Water your plants only until the topsoil layer feels dry to the touch, and don’t let extra water sit in the trays for too long since bacteria can grow. It’s also about listening to your plants and decoding their signals.
#2 – Air
If inhaled gases build up in an enclosed indoor grow room, cannabis plants grow slowly, affecting their general health and the number and quality of harvests. That’s why circulating fresh air through the grow room is critical.
Mother Nature is an excellent source of fresh air for outdoor cultivators.
Remember that stagnant air increases the likelihood of pests and mold damage your cannabeauties, so act accordingly, and you’ll be on your way to becoming marijuana grow guru. If the characteristic marijuana scent bothers you, use carbon filters to avoid any issues.
However, choosing the right marijuana seeds is vital because certain strains are more resistant to mold than others. Indica cannabis strains including Blueberry, Cream Caramel, and Super OG Kush are more mold resistant than Sativas.
#3 – Light
The golden rule for cannabis plants and light is more light = more buds; better light = better buds.
Do not be disheartened if you do not want to invest a lot of money in a cutting-edge, high-quality lighting system such as an LED lighting system.
Growing cannabis is a lifelong learning process. Do we keep repeating ourselves? Sure, it’s redundant, but it’s a rule that applies to every cannabis producer out there.
If you grow outside, the Sun will offer all the light your plants need to thrive.
If you are an indoor grower, don’t worry about the grow lights you choose because you can upgrade your cannabis grow lighting system at any time.
In the end, the cannabis strain you choose will determine how well the grow lights or natural sunshine work.
You should avoid growing Sativa strains if your grow lights are not powerful enough or if your climate offers fewer sunny hours than other locations. Sativa strains demand a lot of light to attain their full potential.
Compared to Sativas, Indica dominant varieties, especially autoflowering Indicas like Northern Berry and Purple Kush, can produce outstanding yields with less intense grow lights or less sunlight exposure.
#4 – Growing medium
Cannabis can be grown on soil or in hydroponic systems. You can grow cannabis without a medium using aeroponics, deep water culture, or pure hydroponic systems.
Choosing the best growing medium (or growing your cannabis plants without soil) depends on your unique experience, goals, and capacity to change the growing medium.
Generally, if you like to cultivate cannabis in soil, the better the ground, the better the results. With the suitable soil and a pH balance, you can grow cannabis without adding extra fertilizer.
With hydroponically grown cannabis, you can manage the growth process far more accurately than with dirt.
Remember that some cannabis strains provide superior yields when grown hydroponically than others. To increase production, many hybrid strains like White Widow and Bubblegum require a high amount of additional nutrients, which is easily also achieved with hydroponics.
#5 – Nutrients
Cannabis plants, like all living beings, require nutrients to grow and develop, and most importantly, to produce the rich, succulent buds that growers crave.
You can use soil rich in healthy live microorganisms, compost, and a balanced blend of minerals and vitamins with or without giving your cannabeauties extra nutrients.
These include urine, molasses, banana peels, compost tea, and bat guano, to mention a few.
Above all, use organic or inorganic fertilizers. Complementary nutrition solutions are not recommended since non-organic ingredients inhibit the beneficial activity of organic elements.
Also, use the same brand of nutrients throughout the life cycle of your cannabis plants or from start to finish. Using different fertilizers and not understanding their effect on your green ladies may leave you completely perplexed.
Many new marijuana growers obsess over humidity levels.
It is essential to avoid rapid and/or adverse fluctuations or spikes in humidity to maximize yields.
A hygro-thermometer clock will let you monitor humidity levels, while a humidifier and dehumidifier will help you adjust humidity levels as needed.
And if you’re having trouble controlling humidity, look for strains known to be more resistant to mold growth, which is commonly caused by high humidity. Autoflowers are a great choice because they have the strong genetics of Cannabis Ruderalis.
If you choose hydroponics, you will have to provide all of the nutrients your plants need from readily accessible nutrient mixes.
#7 – Temperature
Interestingly, cannabis plants and humans have a lot in common when it comes to optimal temperature.
You won’t feel your best if you’re exposed to prolonged heat (over 30 degrees Celsius/86 Fahrenheit), right?
You won’t be comfortable if the temperature drops below ten °C (50°F) (unless you’re dressed appropriately, but your cannabis plants aren’t).
Because marijuana plants are more challenging than us, they can grow, live, and thrive even when exposed to temperatures outside their ideal range. Temperature extremes can cause your plants to lose vitality, grow slowly, recuperate slowly, and/or become more susceptible to pests and illnesses.
Indoor cannabis farmers can quickly and precisely manage the temperature inside the grow room.
Observing how your green ladies react to their growing environment is essential since some strains, like the 80 percent Sativa-dominant Acapulco Gold, perform better when exposed to (slightly) hotter temps than the 85 percent Indica-dominant Sweet Tooth.
Outdoor growers should not feel at the mercy of the weather at all!
Planting your green ladies in pots allows you to move them indoors if the weather conditions dictate. However, cannabis plants are intelligent and adaptable creatures that will do everything necessary to make the ravages of wind work in their favor by becoming more robust and having “muscular” stems instead.
Planning ahead of time can help you prevent temperature-related concerns. Outdoor growers must choose the optimal time to plant their marijuana seeds based on the local climate. If the summer is short, autoflowers like Northern Berry autoflower can be a great alternative.
Suppose you live somewhere where the summer season is long and sunny. In that case, you can afford to grow a Sativa-dominant strain like Strawberry Cough, and why not think clever and act smart by opting for Strawberry Cough autoflowers. It would allow you to grow two crops roughly the same time as a single crop of regular Strawberry Cough green ladies.
As you can see, cultivating cannabis and managing temps have numerous variables that can work in your favor.
3. Do your research, take your time, and skip the rush.
No amount of repetition of a fundamental aspect of cannabis growth is ever enough. Also, we wish to emphasize the necessity of thorough research. Take your time and don’t rush: this is the most effective technique to improve your cannabis growing skills.
For example, if you want to grow Chocolope marijuana, don’t decide based on emotion. This strain’s exotic, delectable name alone can make you want to add it to your cannabis garden, and this is an excellent strain with a lot to offer.
However, Chocolope is a potent strain that may not be suitable for all consumers. Also, due to its 80 percent Sativa genetics, growing Chocolope in a small space may reduce predicted yields unless you are an expert in using training procedures.
The secret of practical marijuana farmers is not to get their hands dirty and perform proper study.
Another year to perfect your abilities and knowledge in growing Bruce Banner like a true canna-ninja genius.
You may spend several growing seasons understanding the mysteries of organic marijuana growth on the soil while you spend others exploring the benefits of hydroponics.
Growing cannabis is an exciting and fulfilling activity since it allows you to grow like your plants but metaphorically.
We all want to get our hands on those sugar-coated cannabis flowers, but why rush? It’s not like running to prepare dinner because you’re hungry; you’re cultivating plants, and plants take their time.
4. Monitor your cannabis plants daily
The more time spent with your green ladies, the better. If you can afford it, and the marijuana market is quickly expanding, why not take advantage of the opportunity?
Only ten minutes a day spent carefully watching your cannabis beauties may ensure that you improve your skills and knowledge of cannabis.
Note the leaves, stems, and growing media. Do you see any unusual symptoms that may signal a problem? Maybe you see the opposite: happy, healthy cannabis plants. In either scenario, the time and effort spent watching your marijuana plants will help you improve your growing skills. Plus, if caught early enough, you can resolve the most concern without affecting yields.
Keeping a growing journal is our most excellent helpful recommendation.
A few lines per day on how your women are doing or how they react to your feeding/watering plan, or a whole page about your growing experiences: how much or how little information you put in your grow journal is all up to you. But the information a cannabis grow journal may provide is priceless.
Interestingly, a grow log only gains value with each cannabis harvest, so it is worth the effort given the long-term rewards.
Maybe one day you’ll be a prominent cannabis investor, attending pot parties with celebs and expert growers you used to learn from. And your grow log will have played a significant role in helping you become a better cannabis grower.
5. Never stop learning and upgrading your skills
The cannabis plant is a whole Universe full of ancient mysteries that are patiently waiting to be also revealed. So, if you think that you become a great cannabis grower at some point, and that marks the end of your journey into the beautiful galaxy of all things cannabis-related, well, we are sorry to disappoint you, but this is not how things work out.
There is no limit to upgrading your skills as a cannabis grower. It reminds us of Sister Kate’s visionary, mind-bending example, the founder of the Sisters of the Valley and the head of the weed nuns’ sisterhood. Sister Kate started her cannabis grow journey with as few as 12 cannabis plants. Yet, several years later, Sister Kate manages one of the leading cannabis companies taking over $ 1,000,000 annually and is bound to become a multi-million dollar business in the following decades.
The thing is, Sister Kate never stopped learning more about cannabis cultivation, upgrading her marijuana growing skills, and sharing the accumulated know-how with more cannabis enthusiasts out there. This is an example that every cannabis grower needs to remember.
Just pick your seeds wisely, plan your moves patiently, enjoy the ride, and never forget that in growing cannabis, only the sky’s the limit!
We didn’t say how to become a great grower “in no time”?
Because we want to remind you that time is an entirely subjective term when it comes to improving your marijuana growing skills. Isn’t everything about cannabis incredibly subjective?
No ultimate guide can teach you how to grow cannabis better if you don’t have the passion, love, and willingness to learn and grow as your green beauties will. A little up and down is fine. Not only is Life colorless, but it is also multi-colored.
We should also be happy for the fantastic chances we have presently in cannabis growth, as acquiring seeds online seemed like a distant fantasy only a few years ago. We have come a long way in the fight for marijuana legalization; therefore, shouldn’t we be permitted to grow our cannabis plants?
In our opinion, the five basic steps we discussed in this post might be of great help to you in becoming a better marijuana producer. Happy canna journey!