The Most Common Mistakes for Canadian Cannabis Growers and How to Avoid Them
To some people, growing cannabis comes naturally. For these lucky growers, understanding the growing process is easy and the green thumb quality is just an inherent trait. For others, especially new growers, different phases can bring about a number of challenges and mistakes just happen.
More and more people in Canada are giving cannabis growing a shot, especially since it is possible to receive a medical grow license (for more information on legally growing medical marijuana, click here). It has even become legal to grow four plants per household for recreational use if you live in Ontario. If you are a new recreational or medical grower, avoid these common mistakes when dealing with your crop and check out how you can avoid them.
There is such a thing as too many nutrients. A new grower might assume that it is best to load your plants up on nutrients to boost growth potential and potency. But this is not the case at all. Too many nutrients can actually cause more issues than not enough. When you overferilize you run the risk of a common problem called nutrient burn. A tell-tale sign of nutrient burn is leaves that look to be scorched or singed, and some plants have trouble bouncing back from this. Even labeling for major nutrient blends often recommends too much, so always try to err on the side of frugality.
This goes for water, too. Another common misconception is that your plants need lots of water. Yes, watering is important but avoiding over watering is just as crucial. Too much water can even kill plants, having a drowning effect on them. The guidelines for watering vary from grow room to grow room and typically depends on the size of your pots and the medium you are using, so do some research before the watering process. When overwatered, the leaves can start to look droopy, very similar to how they look when under watered but the main difference is an inward curling of the leaf tips. Avoid overwatering by looking for these signs; you can also feel the weight of your pots and check the humidity of the grow space.
Giving plants improper pH leads to tons of health issues. Cannabis plants perform at their best when pH conditions range from 5.5 to 7, but ideally they should be at about 6.2. As you prepare your water it is crucial to test the pH and adjust it to the necessary values. Buy a digital pH meter as well as products to help you raise and lower the pH values.
Light intensity is a key factor. Many new growers don’t know that light intensity varies for each phase of the grow process. The flowering phase requires higher light intensity than the vegetative and seedling phases. You’ll learn quickly that not all bulbs are created equal and certain bulbs and types are lights are better for each phase. For example, fluorescent bulbs are okay for the vegetative state but not suitable for flowering.
Being stingy on security is a big mistake. Don’t assume that the health of your plants should be your only concern. Also do your best to keep your plants secure from things like animals and theft. If you are outdoor growing try to do it in a remote spot where there is little traffic and invest in proper fencing to keep pests out. For indoor growing, invest in a carbon filter to reduce that skunky smell that is the first giveaway of your grow operation.