Helpful tips for first time marijuana growers

Published Feb 21, 2019 12:56 p.m. ET

While ordering some cannabis seeds and germinating them is relatively easy for those who are experienced in the growing of other plants. When it comes to your first-time growing weed, trying to decide on a proper approach can be daunting enough to scare some folks away from the idea. Your first weed grow may not yield results, but with time and patience just about anyone can successfully cultivate a marijuana plant. Whether you are growing one marijuana plant or several this list of helpful tips for first-timers is sure to assist.

Growing weed indoors or outdoors

Growing weed indoors presents its own unique set of conditions that allow for the maximum benefit for the grower. You can have much more control over the environment your plant is contained in but growing weed indoors is where some people will overdo it and accidentally burn or damage plants simply because the tools used when growing weed indoors are powerful and potent. All these tips are beneficial to the overall health and production of the plant and will give you the best shot at success when it comes time to harvest.

  1. Space to grow - One of the biggest mistakes made during a person's first-time growing weed is misjudging the area that their plant needs to thrive. A cannabis plant will develop an extensive root system that requires the space to reach and breath. The roots are the most important element to the plants overall immune system making it healthier and less likely to succumb to predators. When growing weed indoors, pots that are at least 2 gallons should be used — one for each cannabis plant.

  2. Seed quality - One of the most significant factors in the overall wellbeing of a marijuana plant will be the quality of the seed you begin with. Feminized seeds are the most expensive but are also bred using some of the highest quality cannabis strains and will produce only females. Since starting with regular seeds is likely to produce 50% males and 50% females the seed is cheaper. It may provide just as high-quality female plants as a feminized seed, but there will also be the presence of males which can devastate a crop if not caught in time and feel like a waste once you are pulling plants you have poured so much energy into.

  • Light exposure - Light expose is essential if you want to be successful for your first time growing weed. Most beginners have no idea where to start with lighting. The general rule is the strongest light you can afford and safely house with HSP lights being the most recommended for growing marijuana indoors. When growing outdoors, this is a bit more difficult to control as the weather will be a huge player in the average daylight your plants receive. The best option is an open garden that is not shaded by any trees, fencing, or other foliage.

  • Pruning/Training - Pruning away excess fan leaves can be a massive boost for a marijuana plant. If this is your first-time growing weed than take this step slowly and with caution. You only want to remove approximately 10% of the largest most energy-sucking fan leaves. Any more than that could cause shock which will stunt the plant’s growth. When choosing which leaves you are going to trim consider the overall light exposure of each leaf and try to spread out your trimming as evenly as possible. This will allow the plant to focus on the production of the bud flowers rather than the growth of giant fan leaves

  • Harvesting - Your first weed grow going to be exciting and once harvest time draws near it will be difficult to resist the urge to take that final step. Be patient. Harvesting a marijuana plant before it’s ready will affect the taste, smell, and potency of the end product. The last couple of weeks of a cannabis plant’s lifecycle it will produce the most THC which provides the psychoactive effects, and terpenes which give the aroma and flavor. Wait until you are absolutely certain unless you want low-quality bud flowers.

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