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Drying/curing the right way will make buds smell better, look better, be more dense, and buds will actually feel more potent!
Maintain daytime temperatures around 65-80°F (18-26°C) in the flowering stage unless you’re using CO2 which does best at around 80-90°F (26°-32°C). However, even if you’re using CO2, most growers recommend you back off and bring the temps down to 65-80°F for the last two weeks before harvest.
Strong, bright light is a crucial part of reaching a strain’s full potential!
So if you’ve realized that your humidity is far higher or lower than what’s recommended, you may be able to make a simple, relatively cheap change to dramatically improve the vibrancy of your plants.
Some of the most preferred marijuana strains have weak branches by nature, therefore a good support is essential to help them bear the weight of the buds.
Take care of any branches or leaves that might be hindering the way of fresh air or light, preferably by using the so called LST or Low Stress Training. This is a method that most often involves bending of plant branches in order to enhance the structure in a beneficial way, keeping in mind that there is no cutting involved.
Regardless of whether you're growing marijuana indoors or outdoors, providing it with proper support can benefit its development greatly. The best and most inexpensive methods for doing so are to use a cage, a stake, or a net, depending on your specific growing conditions.
In the case of growing marijuana, it is used to remove small and not-very-well looking buds, in order to get fewer, but considerably larger and denser buds. Note that pruning is a process for the vegetation growth stage, otherwise the plant won't be able to recover and grow stronger.
Provide Plant Support
If choosing LEDs, it is important to use powerful, full-spectrum LED grow lights in which the wavelength can be adjusted to best fit the plant's needs throughout each growth stage. Furthermore, there are other benefits to using this type of lighting, such as energy efficiency, output, and durability.
In order to achieve those dense and fat buds, your plants needs some external stimulus in the form of nutrients. You need to give it the right amount for each growth stage, especially when it's flowering. During the flowering stage, make sure that the nutrients are low on nitrogen but rich in phosphorus and potassium.
As they say, there is a time for low stress training and then there is a time to prune. The aforementioned LST has its benefits, but occasionally you will still need to cut parts of your plant. Pruning can be a very efficient method to help your plant produce better yields.
Get the Right Airflow and Spacing for Cannabis Plants
Lighting is among the most important things you should consider when growing marijuana. It affects its growth both in terms of size and speed, but also plays a crucial role in the quality of the buds.
Using big containers might seem like it helps, but it's actually better to use medium-sized ones. This is mainly because in a large container, it takes the plant more time and effort to reach the nutrients and settle in the soil. Oftentimes, the plant has matured fully but there is a lot of unused soil left in the container. This is not very efficient and the resources can be utilized in a better way.
In the United Kingdom, for example, strict rules concerning THC levels in medical cannabis mean that labs can find it difficult to get the sample analytical standards that they need for comparing products. The licences required to handle the standards are the same as those needed by a lab doing research on the drug itself. “It’s ludicrous that analytical standards are so tightly controlled,” says James. “The cannabis products are treated the same as a kilo of cocaine.”
One sign of progress is that cannabis products can be recalled when they fail testing, just like other medical or consumer items. In December 2016 and January 2017, Organigram had to recall some of its products when residues from pesticides not approved for use in cannabis were detected. Although the company’s reputation took a short-term hit, Purcell says that recalls are a sign of the industry’s growing professionalism. Consumers can be confident that cannabis goods have been made “under a controlled, regulated environment and tested in a certified lab that guarantees safety and quality”.
Many of the challenges of large-scale cannabis production can be solved by drawing on the experience of the commercial greenhouse industry, says Zheng. Growing crops commercially requires a homogenous soil and consistent irrigation. Small variations can mean that parts of the crop dry out at different rates, which leads to the spread of pathogenic agents and root rot, and to an inconsistent product. But the tomato industry, for example, has experience of growing tens to hundreds of hectares of produce at a time, and that expertise can be transferred easily to cannabis growers, says Zheng.
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And not all analytical labs are up to the job. Roger Brauninger, biosafety programme manager at the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), a non-profit organization in Frederick, Maryland, says that although US states introduced requirements for external testing as medical or recreational cannabis became legalized, there was rarely any infrastructure or expertise in place to facilitate a professional testing regime. Even the most established labs, located in California, have only been around since the mid-2000s — despite the state legalizing the medical use of cannabis in 1996.
Besides the challenges of growing a sufficient amount of high-quality cannabis for a rapidly growing market, cannabis companies have to deal with something that illegal growers do not — government regulation.
Cannabis companies are quickly adopting techniques and technologies that were pioneered by commercial agriculture and horticulturalists. Organigram, a cannabis producer in Moncton, Canada, stringently controls its growing operations, says Jeff Purcell, vice-president of operations. “The growing environment is standardized, and we have full control over the air, light, temperature and fertilizer,” he says. “It’s all highly automated and computer controlled.”