When you are learning to grow cannabis, you may be interested in cultivating plants that have large buds. This is possible to do, but you will need to know all of the different aspects that go into growing, to be able to accomplish this.
Keep reading for a look at some of these principles, so you can grow the plants you have been dreaming about.
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Doing your research
Producing the best yields for your plants is a science that you’ll learn as you become more experienced in terms of growing. This is mainly because a lot of details go into getting the process just right. Here are some of the things you’ll need to look into, for the best results.
The proper setup
Before you do anything else, you should designate a space to grow your plants. While it doesn’t matter how large your space is, this will determine how large your plants will be able to grow and how many you can grow at once.
If you have a large space to grow in, you won’t have much of an issue, especially if there is a high ceiling so everything will have room horizontally and vertically. There are quite a few items you’ll need to ensure the setup, so make certain you have all of these things as well.
The proper seeds
You need to be aware of what types of seeds you have. This is quite important because it can tell you how large your buds can get and what the proper amount of time to flower them is.
If you have a strain that can only be flowered for a couple of weeks, it isn’t reasonable to think that you can make that plant flower for longer to produce large buds. There are better ways to accomplish this.
The best fertilizers
Just like when you are gardening, you will need fertilizer and nutrients for your plants. These will vary slightly, depending on what method you use for growing, and what your budget looks like.
However, this is one of the most important products in the entire process, so make sure you get the best items that you can. If you need recommendations on what brands work well, you can do a quick search online to see what professionals use and where to purchase them.
Lighting is another thing that will make or break your growth. Not only do you need to have an adequate amount of the proper type of lighting, but you also need to know where to put them.
You can’t have them too close or too far away from your plants once they start to grow. Additionally, there are special schedules you’ll need to follow during the growth cycle, to ensure that the plants get the proper amount of light and darkness.
When your plants are in the containers that you’ll be growing them in, you do not want to have to transplant then and risk them, so you must be sure that they are large enough to accommodate for growth, but not so large that they won’t be able to displace the nutrients properly.
This is another reason you’ll need to know what type of cannabis you’re growing, so you’ll have a good idea of what the finished product should look like.
The flowering process
The flowering process is the time when your plants will produce the buds that you want. They will do this naturally, or you can essentially tell your plants when you want them to do so.
If you want them to grow larger than normal, some people opt for cutting the tops of the plants off before buds start to grow. This can tell the plants that they can make larger buds. There are other ways that people train their plants to make more buds as well, which can be looked into quite easily on the internet.
You can even let your plants flower for a little bit longer than the standard 6 weeks, if your strain is able to do so. If they are not, you may end up losing your plants, which would be a big waste of time.
Pruning is also a big deal when it comes to growing cannabis because you are going to need to prune your plants a lot during the course of their growing. Most of this involves cutting the large leaves off because they can be taking resources away from the buds or causing other problems.
These leaves can also give you a clue if there is some type of deficiency in your plant that you need to be concerned about, such as a pH that isn’t proper or not enough nutrients.
You will also have to prune your plants when you begin to dry them, so that you only have the useful part of the plant when the product has been cured properly.
Tips: How to Grow Bigger Cannabis Buds
There are other ways that you can grow larger buds, which some people that have experience in the field sometimes use. These are not really entry-level techniques, so you’ll need to read up on them and possibly try them in a small experiment before testing them on a large batch of plants.
One thing that some people do is use extra CO2 when they are growing. Since we know that plants love CO2, this can be beneficial to them and essentially give them one of the things they need the most.
The tricky part comes in when you think about how much to give them and how to distribute this gas. You will have to purchase equipment to do this, and you will have to monitor the levels constantly, so they don’t fall too low.
It is important to note that this gas by itself will not help plants grow, but when used in conjunction with the proper lighting, it will.
Think about those days in biology class in high school when you had to memorize the formula for photosynthesis. While you likely don’t remember it, you probably do remember that it involved sunlight and CO2, which is the mixture that helps trees and plants make their own food.
A good rule of thumb is to always monitor humidity and temperature levels as well to determine if you need to change any of these aspects. Plants like certain ranges when it comes to these things, just like humans do, so you’ll want them to stay comfortable.
If you aren’t monitoring them, this can make your plants smaller and keep you from growing any buds at all, much less buds that are larger than normal.
Another technique that is sometimes used is a screen on top of the plants. This screen is put above the plants when they first start to flower, and then the plants are coaxed through the screen as they go through the process.
This takes some of the stress and weight off of the plants, so they have no choice but to keep growing, since nothing is weighing them down. It also allows you to physically place the plants in the positions that you want them to grow.
For example, some people prefer to train their plants to grow horizontally more so than vertically, so that they are stronger and won’t need as much light, since there is less height for the light to have to travel.
There are additional methods that you can use, but nearly all of them require more cost, effort, and man-hours. It’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it, or if your plants have grown large enough.
Just like with any science experiment, you need to be careful what you try, since you don’t want to mess up all of your plants. Set some to the side and test a new method with them, so you’ll know if you should try it in a large scale next time.
You may find a new way to do something that you’ve never read about before or find an easier technique for doing something.
There are a number of different ways to make sure the buds on your cannabis plants are large, depending on the strain you’re growing. After you do all the proper background research and make sure that you have all the supplies you need, the sky is the limit, within reason.
You may have to do a bit of work beforehand or during the flowering process, but with a little extra supervision and grooming, your plants can look exactly like you want them to. It doesn’t take an expert grower, but you will have to do some trial and error to get everything just right.
You should also keep in mind that there is likely a larger investment of money and time when you are trying to grow larger buds, so you’ll need to be prepared for that inevitability.