Follow These Tips to Pot Growing Excellency
There is a lot more to pot growing than most people think. If you thought that managing your plants soil type, pot-size, lighting needs and nutrient requirements was a handful, just wait until you read this article. The joys of being a proud pot-parent do not end at feeding, watering and tucking your ladies in beneath their personal sun, now you need to make sure that the temperature for your girls is nothing short of sublime.
While you’re at it, be sure to stabilize those humidity levels, and don’t forget to keep the air flowing! Your girls need to breathe just like anyone else, so if you have poor air circulation in your grow room you’ll end up with a carbon dioxide (CO2) deficiency. Marijuana loves carbon dioxide, so many growers will set up CO2 supplement systems.
In fact, you may have heard about the usefulness of hemp or cannabis fiber. Whether for clothing, paper, rope or jewelry, the fiber from this plant is resilient and strong. That strength stems from the fact that cannabis is extraordinarily good at packing carbon into itself, and that’s part of why it devours carbon dioxide so well, leading to strong, rapid and bushy growth.
For the purpose of monitoring temperature and humidity, you’ll need a thermometer and a hygrometer. A lot of garden supply stores will sell dual hygrometer-thermometers, so hit two birds with one stone and grab one. Get two or three if you have a larger grow area, so that you can keep accurate readings of your whole grow. Ideal temperatures and humidity will vary from strain to strain, but cannabis typically thrives with high humidity during the vegetative stage. Humidity may be anywhere from 40% – 70% during the vegetative stage, but you’ll want lower humidity during flowering to avoid mold.
Pot Growing Temperatures
When it comes to temperature, since indica or indica-dominant strains are usually preferred for indoor growth, the daytime temperature should be between 70 degrees F. and a high of 85 degrees F. with nighttime temperatures as low as 60 degrees or the upper-50s. Some growers will keep the grow room significantly cooler during the flowering cycle. According to growers who use this practice, the cooler temperatures cause the plants to produce thicker resin in an effort to insulate their buds from the cold. While this is a technique you are welcome to experiment with, it isn’t advised for novice growers.
Finally, in addition to having adequate ventilation for your grow area (i.e. stale air being removed, fresh air being brought in) you’ll also want proper air flow within your grow. A simple oscillating fan will generally suffice.
You’ll want to angle it to blow gently between the stalks of your plants, generating enough current to rustle the leaves slightly. This exercise mimics natural wind currents and air flow, causing the plants to thicken and strengthen their stalks and stems in response. Set up your fan during the vegetative stage, so that your plants have plenty of time to get stringer before you induce flowering. Now, when you’re ready to flower, the plants will be able to support more weight without the risk of bending, breaking or snapping off limbs. After your first successful grow, you may want to check out this article on what to do with the leftover marijuana trimmings from your plants.