Up your cultivation game with these tips and tricks

Published May 11, 2022 09:00 a.m. ET
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Growing isn’t always easy, but with a little bit of know-how and guidance, it doesn’t take long to learn how to nurture plants from tiny seedlings to a bountiful harvest. Whether you’re struggling to grow a satisfactory crop or just learning how to grow weed for the very first time, these tips and tricks will help to improve your odds of finding success.

Pick a high quality growing medium

Have you ever heard the saying, “you are what you eat?” Well, that’s also true for your precious cannabis plants, which is why choosing a nourishing growing medium is so incredibly important. You can do everything else right, and if the soil isn’t sufficient, then you’ll still be left with a mediocre yield and quality that leaves much to be desired.

Most experts recommend a high-quality, completely organic super soil, which is really easy to make with the right set of instructions, but even when that’s not an option, there are many other alternatives that will do the trick. Good potting soil from a hardware store will work in a pinch, and it’s cost-effective. Otherwise, coco coir is a preferred growing medium that makes an excellent base for cannabis, and it’s made using all-natural coconut husk fibres that produce a beautiful fragrance for you to enjoy while you wait for your crop to grow.

All of these growing mediums will hold moisture and drain well, which is essential if you want to avoid the devastation caused by root rot.

Alternatively, those who are up for the challenge might do well with hydroponics, which is a method of cultivation that doesn’t require any soil. It’s slightly more difficult to pull off, but it also eliminates common problems like root rot entirely, so for some, the trade-off is more than worth it.

Choose your cannabis strains wisely

An important part of growing cannabis is selecting the right type, and there are thousands of unique cannabis cultivars to choose from making the process of choosing just one difficult task. However, most would agree that it’s best to stick to those that provide the benefits and effects you seek from the experience. So if you’re one of the many who enjoys an uplifting, energetic buzz, then it’s a good idea to look for a cultivar that can help with that, while those hoping to garner deeper, more intense psychoactive qualities or medicinal benefits might be better off choosing a harder-hitting strain.

Of course, how big they might get versus the amount of room you have to dedicate to this is important to consider. Still, at the end of the day, it’s essential you get cannabis that will do what you need it to.

Select an appropriate growing location


Once you’ve settled on a good growing medium and the ideal strain to suit your needs, it’s time to consider where might be the best place to grow. For outdoor crops, a good rule of thumb is to find a space that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight each day, while those opting to grow cannabis indoors need to keep in mind that light is essential, so they must either be placed near a window with generous sun coverage or in a room where there’s enough space to set up the necessary lights to keep your plants healthy.

Outdoor cultivators will also need to consider the hazards of their particular climate, which might have some influence on the strains chosen, or the time of year planting occurs. In hot, dry climates, you’ll need a cultivar that can handle the heat, while those that are typically cooler are more suited to hardy types of cannabis that are built to withstand the pressure of low temperatures.

Get your supplies ready

Which supplies you’ll need will significantly depend on where you’re growing cannabis, but this list includes most of the essentials that every cultivator should keep on hand.

  • Shovel
  • Pots
  • PH test strips
  • Soil
  • Nutrients
  • Grow lights
  • Watering can
  • Mister bottle

Start growing only when you’re ready

Excitement and anticipation can be killer, especially when you’re about to save a small fortune on cannabis. However, it is essential to avoid starting the process until you’re ready with all of the aforementioned essentials. Without them, anything is possible, which is why it’s so important to come to the table as prepared as possible with all of the tools and high-quality materials necessary to succeed. The wait is difficult, but it’ll make the prize that much sweeter when it finally comes.

Alternatively, bad nerves and anxiety might push some enthusiasts to put off getting started, but if your goal is to grow cannabis outdoors, the results can be devastating, as frost and harsher conditions that may arrive in fall could be enough to kill your plant, erasing all your hard work. So buckle up, stay positive, and don’t let a bit of nervousness get in the way of success.

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