5 Common Cannabis Growing Mistakes And How They Can Be Easily Avoided

Cannabis is an incredibly resilient plant that grows in many countries and in various different climatic conditions. It is the

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Cannabis is an incredibly resilient plant that grows in many countries and in various different climatic conditions. It is the resilience of its growth that many people believe is the origin of the nickname ‘weed’. So, it seems like cannabis should be a pretty easy crop to grow.

Well, yes, if you are growing the same thing that grows in the mountainous regions of Nepal; but today’s highly sought-after weed has been cured, it is seedless and it is packed full of potent buds. Achieving this product is no easy job and many mistakes can be made along the way.

Here are 5 common cannabis growing mistakes and how they can be easily avoided

Overfeeding Your Cannabis

This is a classic novice mistake to make. You see your plants every day so you do not always notice their development. Over concern about your buds not maturing quick enough leads to overfeeding. We are conditioned to believe that more food equates to more growth, but this is not always the case in the plant kingdom. In fact, the opposite can be true and over-feeding your plants can kill them.

Nutrition can be from either organic or non-organic means. Compost, manure and other refined minerals provide organic nutrition. Their nutrients are released slowly into the soil rather than directly to the plants. So, your plants will only be able to take on a certain amount (the right amount) of nutrition from these. This makes organic nutrition the best and safest way to feed your cannabis plants so that you do not risk over-feeding them.

Your plants, however, may need a boost of nutrition at times and this is when you can use non-organic nutrients. You can also use non-organic nutrition if you are growing your cannabis hydroponically. Non-organic nutrition products pack a lot of nutrients into a highly concentrated form, so you need to be careful and use the correct measurements. Too much and your plant will be overcome and die.

Like a lot of cannabis processes, you should start feeding your plants ‘low and slow’. You should even consider starting below the recommended measurement of nutrients. You can then observe your plants and gauge when to raise the nutrition level and by how much.

Overwatering cannabis plants

Like overfeeding, it is very easy to give your cannabis plants too much water; and as with too much food, too much water can kill them. Over-watering will suffocate the plant’s roots, causing it to rot and die. When root-rot establishes itself, it is practically impossible to get rid of it and your plants will need to be removed and replaced. To avoid this, you should make sure that the top inch of soil is completely bone dry. In the long term, you should develop a watering schedule for your cannabis plants, having observed them for some time. As they increase in size, you can give your cannabis more water, but be careful and keep observing the results.

Unsuitable Growing Environment

Whatever your cannabis growing situation, you need to provide the right climatic conditions for your cannabis plants. Stable temperature and humidity levels are essential to maintain.

With temperature, if your growing space is too cold it will stunt the growth of your plants or, if things get very cold, kill them. On the other extreme, if your plants get too hot they will develop heat stress. An indication of this is when their leaves start to curl inwards and the plants become weak and start to wilt. Constant hot conditions will lead to unhealthy buds or your plants dying.

Cannabis plants may be robust, but they can only take extreme temperatures very infrequently, so maintain a nice 75F or thereabouts and your plants will be happy. If you are in a climate where you have this temperature outdoors naturally during the day and around the high 50sF at night, then these are fantastic growing conditions.

Humidity is also an essential factor to get right. Humidity provides an ideal opportunity for mould to form and this is something that cannabis growers have to be on the look-out for constantly. Seedlings prefer slightly more humidity than more mature plants, so you should consider reducing the humidity levels as your plants grow. A good starting point is around 60% humidity reducing to 40% with growth. To help regulate humidity levels you should consider using fans, dehumidifiers and regular ventilation.

Incorrect pH

If you are using water that is too acidic or not acidic enough you will face some problems. The ideal pH level of your water should be between 6.0-7.0 as this will allow your plants to absorb all the nutrients they require. A reading outside this range and you will start to experience nutritional defects in your plants. You should check your water’s pH level routinely and consider purchasing filters and or additives to ensure that your water’s pH level is correct.

Poorly Installed Electrics

This is an indirect threat to your cannabis plants in that they could only suffer if you have a fault with one of your electrical systems and it causes a short-out or a fire. There may be some upfront expenses, but getting your electrics installed professionally by a certified engineer will save you countless headaches and could save your harvest

Hopefully, following this simple guide, you are now aware of the 5 common cannabis growing mistakes and how they can be easily avoided.

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