secrets to growing weed

Secrets to growing weed

Anyone with extensive experience will tell you that what matters the most to increase your chances of consistently growing high-quality cannabis is genetics. Even a beginner cannabis cultivator can grow top-shelf product given the best genetics to start with. By contrast, unstable and low-quality genetics grown by the best cultivator around cannot reach the potential of high-quality strains and genetic vigor. Whether you start from seeds or purchase clones, knowing where your cannabis genetics come from and getting them from someone who has good breeding practices and knows how to keep cannabis plants healthy and free of pests and disease will consistently pay off in the long term. Taking clones of your acquired genetics, while still in the vegetative phase of growth and preserving them in a clean and separate growing area, is also a very important step. This ensures that when you do find that special cultivar you can rely on yourself to keep it stocked, healthy, and available for propagation.

Before we break down the most important variables of high-quality cannabis cultivation, what are the defining parameters of high-quality cannabis itself? Modern testing laboratories allow us to check for the potency of the various cannabinoids including THC and CBD, and for contaminants such as bacteria, yeast, fungal diseases, pesticide residue, and heavy metal toxicity. Besides the cleanliness and potency of cannabis, the other very important factor for most cannabis enthusiasts is flavor and aroma, which are both determined by the levels of various terpenes present in the harvested product.

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Growing great cannabis doesn’t just happen. It takes experience, knowledge, and discipline. Scott Wakeham shares his years of success so you, too, can grow the cannabis you’ve always wanted.

Red Light, Blue Light

There are many factors to understand in order to increase terpene production. First, the compounds that plants create are called metabolites and they are made from the nutrients we feed the plants and the carbon they transpire from CO2 in the air to make these carbon-based compounds. These metabolites are broken down into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary metabolites are the compounds the plant must have to survive, such as proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids. The secondary metabolites are compounds like terpenoids, phenolics, and alkaloids. Although they may help the plant, secondary metabolites are not required to be synthesized in order for the plant to survive. For a plant to decide to spend its energy and available nutrients building secondary metabolites, it must come close to having all of its nutritional requirements met and all of its work done creating primary metabolites in order to switch gears to terpene production.

Secrets to growing weed

In short, dry your buds for as long as you can. Aim for more than 5 days, with a goal of 8-10!

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So much is enough?

It’s important to not only dry your newly harvested buds before they can be used, but you want to dry them as slowly as possible. Drying buds too quickly can make them crispy and harsh, and will make them smell – ironically – like cut grass.

What makes the difference between the two?

Here’s the meat & potatoes of this article in case you forgot any part of it(as some of us are prone to do):

Essentially, curing your buds involves sealing them in an airtight container for at least 2-3 weeks. During this time, the jars are periodically jostled, opened, emptied and refilled with the same buds. This will give the buds to ‘get rid of’ certain not-so-tasty chemicals, and the jostling, emptying, etc. will help prevent mold from forming.