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Cannabis growing tools

When it comes to harvest time, growers must look to their plant’s trichomes in order to gauge the perfect time to cut down their crop. The answer to whether or not a plant is fully matured rests within the trichomes. Unfortunately, in most cases the naked eye is incapable of discerning between a fully matured and underdeveloped trichome gland head. In order to properly tell if a plant is mature enough, having a magnifier is key.

At the most basic level, litmus strips are available for a very low cost. For just a few dollars more, you can get yourself a digital reader at retailers like Amazon. Both options will be able to effectively test acidity levels throughout your grow. Testing pH is important for both feeding as well as gauging grow medium acidity. Knowing your pH can literally save your garden.

A pH meter may be the most underrated tool that every grower absolutely must own to ensure the success of their garden. Growers often mistakenly think that a pH meter is only important for those who choose to cultivate with hydroponics. In reality, anyone who cultivates, whether by soil or hydroponics, should have at least some type of pH reader on hand.

Whether you’re looking to improve your overall yields, proactively reduce the need to troubleshoot, or get better quality out of your buds, these five tools have the potential to greatly improve the ease and abundance of your home grow.

Magnifying Glass

Fortunately, GreenSeed Labs has developed an early detection plant sex ID kit that can help mitigate this problem. These kits are capable of determining plant sex just two weeks after seed germination. Each kit provides the necessary tools to imprint 10 samples to be sent to a lab for identification. This is a great tool for more advanced growers to get an early jump on their male plants.

Spending any amount of time in an indoor grow can be tough on the eyes. Whether you grow under LED or HPS lights, the spectrum can be damaging if you’re not properly protected.

One of the most frustrating elements of growing cannabis on any scale is having to deal with male plants. Cannabis cultivators, especially those with plant count limits, lament over having to cull unnecessary males from their garden each time they start new non-feminized seed. Breeders must also be diligent in culling their males as early as possible to prevent cross-contamination.

Other Testers and Meters

For growers who wish to get more control out of their readers, there are pre-advanced options available such as this meter from Blue Lab. Aside from the ability to read pH levels, the Blue Lab Guardian Monitor also measures temperature and total conductivity, giving the accuracy needed when dialing in feeding regiments. With the ability to provide constant live readouts, this device eliminates the need to use strips or other readers, effectively ensuring peace of mind to the grower that all levels are consistently maintained.

If you’re looking for a premium upgrade to your basic thermometer, check out this Element HT Wireless Humidity and Temperature Data Logger. It has full monitoring capability (temperature, humidity, and C02) that can not only transmit readings in real time to any internet-connected device, but can be programmed with temperature and humidity thresholds to alert you when atmospheric conditions change. Element HT products can also be chained together into larger systems to monitor multiple areas of the same garden or multiple rooms in a grow. It’s a powerful tool that any serious grower should consider adding to their system.

Cannabis growing tools

For example, one study that compared THC-percentages of different-grown cannabis in New Zealand found that indoor-grown cannabis had significantly higher THC-concentrations than outdoor-grown cannabis (1).

Hydroponic Marijuana vs Soil

So as a general rule of thumb:

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Are there any reasons to choose hydroponic growing over soil?

Cannabis growing tools

I was initially hesitant to try this tool since I’m not a huge fan of needle-shaped objects. But a reader named ‘JP’ got me to try it and now I can’t go back to using measuring spoons. It’s not that measuring spoons aren’t useful… in fact, they’re great for measuring! However, some liquids become easier to use with a bit more control. Measuring small amounts of liquids like PH Up, PH Down and micronutrients are where industrial syringes really shine.

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USB Digital Microscope – A digital microscope that displays video on-screen (using an OTG USB adapter and a compatible smartphone) is one of the best ways to look at trichomes so you know exactly when to harvest.

Chip Clips/Bag Clips

Don’t twist these on a bunch of times because it can “choke” your plants! Gently wrap twist tie around stems like a hook like this, and attach the other side to your container.

Syringes are more accurate than spoons and are great for measuring nutrients in mL (for nutrient schedules that use the metric system). Plus it’s harder to spill nutrients all over your floor!

Zip Ties/Velcro Straps

Pipettes are useful for taking a small sample of water. If you have trouble getting water into the included test tube when testing pH with a ‘drop kit’, this is a tool that will completely eradicate that problem. Pipettes are also very cheap so you can stock up on them once and have enough for many grows. I think of these as the low-budget version of the blunt-tip syringe.

If you have problems with your buds falling over from weight, this is the best solution I’ve seen so far!