Are you thinking of growing cannabis indoors? If the answer is yes, then you want to make sure that you’re doing it right. Here, we will discuss some tips and tricks for growing healthy plants that yield a high bounty of buds. There are a lot of things to consider when growing cannabis, from the type of lights you buy to the techniques you can use to change the shape and size of your plants at different stages of their growth. By following the tips below, you can ensure your next grow and harvest will be successful.
One of the most important things to remember is to choose the right lights. LED lights specifically made for growing cannabis plants are becoming increasingly popular among growers because they offer many benefits such as low heat emissions and long lifespans. At first, many growers make the mistake of using household LED lights for their crops. The majority of LED lights for homes are coated to restrict the amount of light that reaches the space – this is for protection in the home but can result in less effective growing conditions for your cannabis crops. Save yourself a headache and get LED lights that have been manufactured and tested with indoor grow operations in mind.
You will also want to make sure to create extra bud sites, as this will result in a more robust plant. Creating extra bud sites has a number of benefits for your plants. It can help to increase the yield, make the plant more robust, and result in a higher quality harvest. When you create an extra bud site, you are essentially telling the plant to put its energy into producing buds instead of leaves. This can be done in several ways depending on the level of complexity your crop training will take but can simply be done by gently bending or pinching the main stem of the plant. This will cause the plant to produce new stems and branches which will, in turn, create more bud sites.
Another tip is to create a table-top canopy to maximize the light distribution of your LEDs. By doing this, you can ensure that your plants are getting an even amount of light at all times which is essential for their growth. Ensuring all your buds are equidistant from the light is more effective at increasing yields indoors than any other technique on its own.
It’s also important to know when to flip to 12/12. This is the light cycle (12 hours on, 12 hours off) that tells the plant it is time to start flowering. The best time to flip to 12/12 is when the plants are about 12 inches tall but a general rule of thumb is that when your plant has reached about half its desired height, this signals the time to flip to the 12/12 schedule. This will give them enough time to continue to grow and produce buds during the 12 hour period before the light cycle changes.
You can also use techniques such as supercropping to control the shape and height of your cannabis plants. Supercropping is a technique that involves bending and breaking the main stem of the plant. This causes the plant to produce new stems and branches which can then be trained to grow in a certain direction. This is an effective way to control the shape and size of your plants at different stages so that they can remain compatible within your space even as they begin their last, largest stage of growth.
There are many ways to maximize your operation and increase your yield. By starting with these tips, you can ensure that your next grow operation is successful and curated to just the shape, size, and even potency you desire. Indoor growing offers many benefits such as controlled conditions, however, it is important to remember what you need to do differently than in outdoor conditions in order to achieve success. By following the tips above, you can set yourself up for a successful indoor grow operation. Happy growing!