Are you a medical marijuana user? Then you know how tolerable society is becoming about this once ‘only recreational’ drug. Its stigma is slowly disappearing and healthcare is providing measures to make its use and access as easy as possible. So much so that now patients can get a California Growers License and begin a little harvest in their homes. Yes, you can get yourself a bag of seeds and a pot and grow your own little shrub. It’s a one-time investment for a lifetime of marijuana.
But as easy as it may sound. You cannot just sow some seeds, water it and hope for a wonderful and potent yield. You must do your research and contact a professional grower about the right requirements. But most important of all, you must avoid making these common mistakes that can impact the quality of your plant’s harvest.
Not knowing the type
If you are not aware of whether your marijuana plant is an Indica, Sativa or hybrid. You are already starting on the wrong foot. This is because each of these varieties has different requirements. For example, an Indica plant requires cooler temperatures and is short in stature. So it can easily be grown indoors. Whereas a Sativa prefers warmer temperatures and is taller plants. More appropriate to be grown outdoors.
Going overboard with simple things
There is a great probability of you going overboard with your care. What I mean by this is that not keeping a check on the simplest things like water and nutrients can prove to be unhealthy for your plant. Overwatering and overfeeding are two very common mistakes.
Overwatering: It is important to keep a check on your watering schedule. Too much water can actually block oxygen supply to the roots of your plant and cause them to rot.
Overfeeding: While nutrients can determine the growth rate and health of your plant, too much of it can have an opposite effect. So whether you are using organic feed or a hydroponic method. Make sure the level of nutrients is correct. It is also important to know that the marijuana plant has different nutritional requirements during different stages of growth. So not only do you need to check the quantity but also, what to use and when.
Not keeping a check on the temperature
A marijuana plant should not be exposed to extreme temperatures. If it’s too hot, your plant may experience heat stress which can be identified by drooping or curling of leaves. And your plant may also attract pests and diseases. However too cold of a temperature will stunt the growth. This is why you should maintain an ideal temperature by avoiding getting lower than 59℉ and higher than 85℉.
Not maintaining a correct level of humidity
It can get tough to manage the humidity level of your marijuana plant. As seedling needs a high level of 60 to 70 percent. However, as the plant grows, humidity should not be more than 40 percent. High humidity can result in molds and fungi growth. But you can manage humidity levels by using fans and humidifiers to maintain a moisture level.
Ignoring the pH balance
You may not think much of it. But the pH level of the soil and water can actually determine the quality of your yield. This is because only the right pH will allow the plant to absorb the nutrients. And this pH window lies between 6.0 and 7.0. You can use pH meters to check the level and use additives to lower or increase the pH level of soil and water.
Growing your own marijuana can be a smooth process if you keep a check on these simple steps. Avoiding these mistakes may sound complex, but when you get a hang of it, you’ll know their importance by looking at your healthy harvest. So, get your California Growers License and prepare for your own marijuana garden.