In the many years that I am growing Cannabis plants, I have come to know how to recognize the signs of happiness.
Happy plants are a sight to see……..Deep GREEN leaves holding themselves up and open to the light with strong stalks.
When you walk into your grow room what you see is what you get. I always take a deep look at the plants in my room. I look at the color of the leaves to see if they are the right color green. I don’t want them to be pale and dull looking. When a marijuana leaf is healthy it has a shine to it, when it is sick it looks dull.
Just like humans, cannabis plants have body language. A healthy pot plant holds its leaves in a slightly upright manner without bending its tips. It does not have discoloration in any area of the leaves. When a leaf is taken off and the underside examined, no spider mites or eggs are seen. My best friend in accomplishing an insect free garden is Neem oil. When sprayed on your plants every 3 days until the 4th week of flowering, you will have no bug problems. Neem oil is safe, organic and will not harm beneficial insects.
Knowing when to water your plants is an essential part of being a cannabis farmer. Cannabis does not like too much water; it needs soil with air in it. Good aeration and drainage that’s what cannabis roots are looking for. It all depends what kind of growing system you are using to get the feel of when and how much water to use. With my growing beds it is once every 3 days, as it takes about 3 days for the soil to get on the dry side. When I use pots it usually takes only 2 days to get dry.
PH is all-important. Having a good PH meter at your side in the grow room is essential. When I first started growing I thought that PH 7 was the best range for cannabis. I have since found that cannabis likes 6.2 to 6.6 in the soil. When I Ph the water I am going to use, I bring it down with citric acid. In Amsterdam it starts from the tap at PH 8.3, so I add enough to bring it down to PH 6.0. The PH only gets lowered for a brief period of time and starts to go up again within about 8 hours. Starting out at 6.0 when you add it, the PH goes up slowly. As it goes up to different levels the plants get access to different nutrients. As the intake of nutrients varies within the PH range of 6.2 to 6.6, the plant gets a chance to acquire what it needs at the different levels.
Good ventilation and air movement are essential in having happy plants. I have a big exhaust fan attached to a charcoal filter that creates suction on the door when I open it. About half the size of my exhaust fan is my fresh air fan bringing in fresh air, rich with carbon dioxide. I also have 2 circulating fans to move the air around so that there are no stale air pockets.
You can’t let your room get too hot or you will not have happy plants. I try to keep it between 22 and 27 degrees centigrade. It can take temps higher than 35 for very short periods, but I would try and avoid it.
People who smoke my weed tell me it tastes so good. I tell them its because I use Guano. The Guano I use has an NPK of 2-15-2; I mix it in the soil and also add it as a tea. Guano is the food of choice for great tasting cannabis. (www.guanokalong.nl)
I am always repeating this, because it is the most common problem with cannabis growers. Don’t pick it early, when it looks like it’s ready wait a week. That is one of the most important things I can tell you.
My favorite part of growing happy plants is when people smoke the weed that has had a happy life. They notice how great it tastes and smells, and the high is clear and clean, with no pesticide residues, and no chemical taste.
In the cannabis world there are so many chemical formulas, pesticides, super plant foods etc. Read the ingredients and think about whether you want to ingest them or not. Even though we don’t eat the weed, we still consume it, and I for one don’t want to consume any chemical poisons in order to have a bigger bud.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I am including some choice photos of some very happy plants, bursting with energy, getting ready to give me back all the love I have shown them.
When growing indoors, the farmer becomes even more important to the plants. It is the farmer who controls the water, light, fertilizer, timing, and most of all, the loving care.
Happy plants make happy people.
Keep it GREEN and Loving Soma