- MANIPULATE PLANT STRUCTURE
- GET THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS
Hi folks! How are you doing? Today’s Dr. Hypno’s blog brings you some tips and tactics that will work to increase your indoor and outdoor cannabis yields with any strain. However, the genetics (strain) you start with will significantly affect your final results and yields. If you are interested in growing huge plants with big and heavy buds, keep reading!
LIGHT INTENSITY TO INCREASE CANNABIS YIELDS
If your cannabis plant has no significant problems or illnesses, the biggest factor affecting your yields is the light intensity provided.
For many growers, the most effective and straightforward way to get big buds is to increase light intensity. Generally, the more intense the grow light is, the bigger plants and buds are. It happens because plants get most of the energy they need to grow from light via photosynthesis. Nevertheless, to increase light intensity does not mean to increase light hours. Your plants need to perceive a decrease in light hours to start their flowering period.
Both outdoor and indoor grows; your plants’ size and shape are crucial to have significant and equaled buds. During the vegetative stage, cannabis plants that do not get enough light tend to “stretch” up toward the light with many stems between nodes and leaves. From the beginning, you need to provide enough light intensity to prevent young cannabis plants from stretching or growing too tall and falling over.
When growing cannabis outdoors, we will ensure maximum hours and intensity of light by assuring that our plants receive direct light. Most intense light hours are from 12 PM to 5 PM, so we need to make sure no objects are shadowing our plants during this time, such as walls and trees. We would also try to avoid things shading our plants during the daybreak or the evening, but that is usually complicated when growing in terraces or gardens.
Regarding indoor growing setups, the most straightforward and effective way to increase your final cannabis yields is finding ways to increase the amount of light getting to the bud sites throughout the flowering stage. During the flowering period, make sure that your growing lights’ bulbs are close to the plants’ buds, so they get more intense light than if they are some feet away from your plants.
WATCH OUT! Your cannabis plant can only withstand a certain amount of light. After a certain point, your cannabis will start turning yellow or otherwise exhibit signs of stress on the leaves near the sources of light and heat. Sometimes the first sign a plant is getting too much light is all the leaves start pointing up or “praying.” If your marijuana plants are getting excessive light, try removing some of the lights or moving your grow lights further away from the tops of the plants. If you can’t move the light further away, bend your plants over, so the tops are further away.
TIPS FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF GROWING LIGHTS
- CFLs and other fluorescent grow lights are relatively weak and can be kept as close to your cannabis plants as possible while keeping heat under control.
- LED grow lights generally should be kept at least 12″ away, and 3W or 5W models should usually be kept 18+” away for the best growth. Modern LED grow lights are compelling, and it’s very easy to light-burn your plants with LEDs.
- MH/HPS grow lights usually should be kept 1-2 feet away, though the distance needed depends on the size of your bulb.
- With all grow lights, it’s important to have some cooling or exhaust system in place to prevent heat stress and help bring fresh CO2 to the plants.
MANIPULATING PLANT STRUCTURE TO INCREASE CANNABIS YIELDS
We can find another good option for increasing our cannabis yields in many different plant training techniques. The basic idea behind plant training is that bigger plants with spaced colas (receiving the maximum amount of light possible) will result in bigger yields.
Manipulating the plant in a way that does not involve cutting your plant is “LST,” short for “Low-Stress Training”. The idea of LST is to manually force your plant to grow flat and wide, as opposed to tall and thin, usually using bending.
This flat plant shape allows the whole plant to better use your existing grow lights since a greater percentage of the plant is closer to the light source, which means that more of the plant is exposed to brighter light intensity.
An LST variation when growers use a screen or net to act as a guide to force plants to grow flat. This technique is ScrOG (short for “Screen Of Green”).
Notice how practically the whole plant is getting direct exposure from the lights. All that direct, intense light will be turned into energy by the plant, fueling bigger buds and overall yields. To use ScrOG, you will need to invest in a screen and take time during the vegetative and beginning of the flowering stage to train your plant to grow along with the screen.
Another popular and easy-to-learn plant training method that increases cannabis yields is “Supercropping.” Supercropping means bending your plant so that individual stems lay flat and form a “knuckle” where we bent them.
You can use Supercropping used alongside any other plant training method or by itself. Any time you notice any colas growing taller than the others but cannot use bending to pull down that errant cola out and away from the center of the plant, you can use supercropping to force any plant to bend.
TOPPING AND FIMING
Many methods involve cutting your plant or removing stems and leaves when it comes to plant training. You have two main options: one is to ‘top’ the plant, and one is to ‘FIM.’
With both techniques, you remove some of the growth on the end of the main cola of your young cannabis plant, which causes the plant to stop focusing on one cola (like a Christmas tree) and instead create many bud-laden colas (grow a sea of buds).
GETTING THE RIGHT NUTRIENTS TO INCREASE CANNABIS YIELDS
Your cannabis plant needs nutrients to grow, no doubt about it. But which nutrients should you give them?
As a grower, you must learn how to tell when your plants are showing signs that they’re receiving too high levels of nutrients. Unfortunately, many growers tend to provide a too high level of nutrients to their plants.
Growers often refer to nutrients as “food” for your plants. When you talk about it that way, it intuitively seems like giving more “food” would result in bigger buds, but is that the case?
While many growers are trying to raise nutrient levels as high as possible, we have gotten better results (yields) when we avoid providing too little or too many nutrients.
NOTE: Slightly lowered nutrient levels seem to be especially important to bud production during the last 2-4 weeks before harvest time.
When it comes to growing in soil, one of the best things you can do is compost your super soil. You can make super soil organically and it will provide your cannabis plants with all the nutrients needed throughout your grow. That will make it so that you don’t have to worry about nutrients or deficiencies, and you can focus your time and effort on maintaining your plants.
Suppose you have reached the end of the article, CONGRATULATIONS! That means that your next harvest will be great and very productive. However, there are still many techniques to discover improved by years and years of cannabic culture. So, if you want to become an expert grower, keep visiting us! THANKS, AND SEE YOU SOON!