Maybe you’ve been growing Cannabis for a while, or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, we’ve compiled a list of things you should avoid if you want to have a successful harvest!
Mistake # 1 – Not paying enough attention to your growing environment.
Cannabis plants are known for their resilience, but they do need very specific temperature and humidity levels throughout their harvesting process.
Still, sometimes you can do everything right – you can control the climate and feed just the right amount of food and water to your plant and things still don’t work out. If we can rule out bad genes (you bought your seeds from a reputable source, we imagine) chances are your water is either too acidic or too basic and is hurting your plants.
How to avoid it?
For temperature – a useful rule of thumb is that you should keep your plants around 75°F as much as possible. Don’t freak out if you have some extreme weather once in a while – here’s when that resilience we discussed earlier kicks in. Cannabis plants can endure extreme weather from time to time, they just can’t live in it.
In terms of humidity – it should get lower as time goes by. Seedlings need a humidity level of 60% – so start there and lower it until 40% as the plant develops. You can control these indicators with intake and outtake fans, dehumidifiers or open walls depending if you’re growing indoors or outdoors.
About watering – you need to try to keep the pH level of your water anywhere between 6.0 and 7.0. This will allow your plants to absorb the nutrients they need to harvest successfully. Controlling the water pH is way easier than it seems, you can get filters or add some additives to the water to get it to that sweet spot.
Mistake # 2 – Being too pushy.
Cannabis plants have a cycle, and there’s nothing you can – nor should! – do to make them go faster. Adding more food or water than your plant needs can actually harm it instead of making those buds appear faster.
How to avoid it?
If you want to err on the side of caution, when it comes to nutrients it is better that you stick to organic nutrients since they can’t harm your plant. If you must use non-organic nutrients to make them boost start slow and work your way up. Make sure you check on your plant daily while you find the right dosage.
Regarding watering, there’s a super useful tip: just stick your finger down a couple of inches into the soil, if it comes up dry it means it’s time to water your plant!
Cannabis plants are alive, and they will let you know what they need if you’re open to listening and checking in daily.
Mistake # 3 – Treating Compliance as an Afterthought
Keeping your plant inventory with your regulatory office is just vital. We get it, paperwork sucks and we hate it too, but if you’re serious about growing licensed cannabis you need to make sure you comply.
How to fix it?
Yobi’s Grow Application! Our RFID-enabled platform integrates with METRC and it makes keeping control of your plants, transformation, inventory and sales easy and most important: compliant with regulatory offices.
Do you have any other tips for new cannabis growers that we should know? Any stories from experienced growers to share? We’d love to read them!