Before purchasing a plant it is important to have a grow plan. Conduct some research regarding what genetics you desire to grow, the way in which you want to grow, as well as the supplies needed. A few important factors to consider include; Grow lights, the grow environment, containers or pots, soil, amendments or nutrients, preventatives, and water.
We purchase our clones from licensed local farms that ensure female cannabis plants. Still we ask that you inspect your clones before purchasing to see if you notice any deficiencies or other issues. If something is noticed please tell a staff member immediately. As a team we routinely inspect and treat our clones with prevatives. However, we have no control over what happens to your clone once it is taken out of our store. With that being said we always suggest quarantining and treating your plant once you get it home.
Choosing the right space and environment is an important part of the succession and health of your plants. If you’re trying to decide please read through our Indoor/Outdoor Growing guides in Grow Tips. Ideally, clones should be planted as soon as they get to their home.
We keep our clones on a vegetative stage which means under lights 24 hours a day (never less than 18 hours), 7 days a week. Introducing it to less than 18 hours of light will eventually trigger the plant to start flowering. If your clone starts to flower too soon, you can place it back in the vegatative light cycle and the plant will eventually revert back but it may cause it to stress.
Once the daylight changes to 12 hours of light a day and 12 hours of darkness, it will begin its flowering stage. This is the stage in which your plant begins to produce flower. Depending on the strain of your plant, it typically takes anywhere from 6 to 12 weeks to finish flowering.
Generally, once the plant has exceeded the size of the container it’s time to transplant. We recommend transplanting first into a 1 gallon pot once your plant has reached about 12” in height. This allows the water in the soil to distribute properly and allow roots to grow strong enough to be transplanted into a larger sized home.
Make sure the roots are completely covered with soil and press down to avoid air pockets which can cause negative effects on the plant’s health. If planting in a pot or container make sure you have 1-2 inches of space between the lip of the pot and the soil. This space is important so that you do not overflow the pot while watering. If planting in the ground allow at least 1-2 feet between any surrounding plants.
When watering your plants, timing plays a big role. Allowing your plants to fully intake the water it’s given is vital, because over watering can cause growth issues. Touch around the soil to feel for moisture in between watering sessions. If there is little to no moisture, give your plant a light soak making sure there is adequate drainage. Depending on how big your plant is and the size of the container your house in, you should expect to water your plant at least once a day.
Whether you’re using an organic soil mix, amending your own soil, or growing hydroponically, your cannabis plants need the “super seven” macronutrients.
We suggest inspecting your plants daily, checking under and on top of leaves, stems, roots and soil for any abnormalities. Most illnesses or pests will start to affect the appearance and growth of your plant. Whether it’s color changes, wilting leaves, spotting leaves, stunted growth, or powdery mildew these are all things to look out for and have a plan of action if it happens.
That being said, there are many different preventive treatment plans to consider. Sprays and beneficial predatory bugs are most common. Some of the preventative products we use frequently include Green Cleaner, Plant Therapy, and Sulfur sprays.You can find these products online or at our local grow supply stores such as Bloom Garden Supply or Grow Generation.
Pruning helps to keep plants more manageable, while also optimizing it so that the flowering nodes receive the most light to increase its yield. However, over pruning can cause plant shock or other problems to occur. It’s important to research successful methods of pruning or aim on the cautionary side and only prune off dead, or unhealthy looking leaves. Always use a clean sharp pair of scissors to remove unwanted leaves or stems.
Topping is another common training method that helps maximize your plant’s access to light. This is especially important if you have an indoor grow since light is limited compared to natural sunlight. Topping cannabis plants involves cutting off the main shoot (the newest growth) at the top, which will stimulate the growth of more shoots and branches below. Topping should be done in the earlier stage for the least negative impact on the plant.