If you’re new to the world of marijuana cultivation and you’re looking for ways to step up your game then you’re exactly at the right place. Once you have kickstarted your home cannabis operation you might realize that just like in many other fields, such as science or music, the improvement wave can extend forever, learning new information and techniques that you can apply and seeing the results for yourself, which could never be more gratifying.
So now that you are already growing your autoflowers at home, or are about to do so, it’s time to learn some expert-level techniques that will impress your fellow growers. Let’s start from the beginning with the germination process.
First Things First: Germinating Your Autoflowering Seeds
When we buy our first seeds, we’re all so full of hope that it’s almost overwhelming, and it’s this excitement that could turn into your worst nightmare. It’s not uncommon for new growers to make the mistake of thinking that all it takes to grow cannabis seeds is to throw them into the ground and then nature will work its magic.
We’re sorry to break it to you but that’s not how it works. Avoid making any mistakes from the beginning by germinating your seeds correctly.
The most popular germination method is the two plates and paper towels technique, it’s easy and cheap. Follow the next guide:
- Take two plates or a plastic container and set a couple of moist paper towels (damp, not wet) on one of the plates.
- Place the seeds on the paper towel and fold it over the seeds to cover them.
- Set the second plate on top to keep the moisture in.
- Place it somewhere warm and dark and wait.
It’s important that the towels don’t dry and that you check daily to see if the radicles are ready to be transplanted, once they reach around 1-2 cm.
Setting Up Your Grow Room
Don’t be that person who sold his soul to the devil and doesn’t have any care for what he does. Setting up a grow room can be something really exciting with the right frame of mind.
The first thing to consider is space and how much autoflowering cannabis plants yield. According to the size of your grow room or outdoor garden, and the expected size of your cannabis plants, you’ll be able to calculate how many plants you’ll be capable of planting at the same time.
This is quite important if you’re searching to achieve the dreamed perpetual harvest and have an infinite supply of marijuana.
The key here, when setting up your grow is making something that works for you mainly in terms of comfort. You’ll be spending quite some time working on your plants so it’s essential that you do so comfortably, without struggling on your feet as you move around..
Another key aspect is the cleanness. If you’ve watched Breaking Bad, and if you haven’t go watch it, then you’ll understand how a clean workspace influences the final results.
If you want to keep your plants from any threatening external contaminants then you’ll need to keep your garden extra clean, which means getting rid of residues, cleaning water spills, and regularly showering so you don’t become the contamination itself.
Lastly, pull up the lux in your grow room a tad by wall-hanging your most used tools on the walls and why not even decorate a little bit?
Growing In Process: Having The Right Set Of Mind
Finally, if you want your autoflowers to grow right then you must have a sensei’s state of mind, full of knowledge and staying calm.
At this stage, after you have already germinated, set your grow room or garden, and started growing your plants, the training techniques you apply to them and the daily care routine you choose can make or break the deal.
In the first instance, you’ll need to learn some basic information about the plants’ diet. It is more often than not that new growers make one of the following mistakes: overfeeding the plants or not feeding them at all.
We understand that in the beginning, it’s quite hard to identify the different types of cannabis plant nutrient deficiencies, but before you feed your plant any nutrients you need to make sure that you’re giving her precisely what she needs, in the right doses. Ask friends, read cultivation books, blogs, or whatever works for you but don’t just throw anything into your plants or you could end up with a nutrient burn, where your plants turn brownish due to nutrients excess.
The best way to keep track of your plants’ nutritional status is by using a pH reader and keeping a calendar near your weed garden to follow through with the feeding schedule.
Harvesting Your Autoflowering Cannabis Plants
One last piece of advice before we reach the end: know when the right time is to harvest. We’ve heard it millions of times, growers who cut their buds way too late or too soon, there’s no in-between. Don’t let anxiety or greediness get the best of you.
An autoflowering cannabis plant will give you signs that she’s ready to harvest, you just need to have the eyes trained to see them. Ideally, 70% of the pistils in your buds, those hair-like things you see all over, should have turned into amber color, while the rest is still whitish or yellow.
Ever saw brown looking buds? Well, this was likely a grower who prolonged the harvesting time for too long. If you’re not sure, google or ask friends for photos of what your buds should look like when they’re ready to harvest.
These are the basic guidelines for growing cannabis at home. In summary, to grow weed correctly all you’ll need is to inform yourself properly.
Asking is the key! If you ever have any doubts don’t hesitate to comment below for advice or consult with the people you know who have experience as cannabis cultivators. Hopefully, you’ve found in this article all the necessary information to become the Mr. Heisenberg of weed cultivation (seriously go watch Breaking Bad if you haven’t).