Ever thought about growing your own great-tasting weed? Admit it, it’s tempting. You save money and time in the long-run by growing your own, and if done correctly, it can be even better than the stuff you’re getting from your “guy.”
Be warned, however– it’s not just as simple as putting a seed in the soil, giving it a little sunlight, then calling it a day. There are several different things you must do to ensure you have some grade-A piff at your disposal. Like any great gardener, you have to properly nourish your plant for it to thrive.
If not, you can find yourself with some pretty unsavory bud. But don’t worry, Green Rush Daily has got your back. We’ll tell you exactly what you need to do to grow some great tasting bud.
We’re gonna show you exactly what NOT to do. Just avoid these 6 common growing errors, and you will find yourself with some great-tasting weed.
Avoid Salt-Based Fertilizers
A lot of the time, using artificial fertilizer is NOT the way to go, especially if happens to be salt-based. A lot of the times when a plant is grown indoors, too much phosphorous and potassium are added to the plant, which can cause an excess of nutrients. On the surface, this seems OK– I mean who doesn’t love some nutrients?
But like most things in life, too much of something can be a bad thing. This could lead to contaminants in the bud, which would, in turn, make it a pretty nasty tasting strain. If you’re already too far in the growing process, it’s not too late, however.
You can leach the salt-based fertilizer from various soil-less mixtures made up of peat or perlite. It’s relatively easy to leach salt-based nutrients from its container, so it’s not the end of the world. But it is definitely something that should be noted early, to avoid the process altogether.
Don’t Keep the Temperature Too High or Too Low
Temperature is a key factor in the quality and taste of the cannabis you are growing. Perhaps the biggest factor in the taste of your bud is a relatively unknown chemical called terpenes. Terpenes are found in all cannabis plants, and it is important to maximize the amount of terpenes in your cannabis plant through stress.
One way of doing this is controlling the temperature your plants grow in. A common mistake made by growers is keeping the temperature far too high, therefore not creating enough stress for the terpenes.However, too cold can also be a bad thing.
During the flowering stage, try to keep the room temperature under 80 degrees. You would be surprised how much better your bud tastes once you lower the temperature during this phase of growing.
Also, try keeping the humidity levels down wherever you are growing your plant. Try keeping the humidity under 20% during the last two weeks of its flowering stage, if possible.
Don’t Use Freshening Sprays Around It
Using artificial air-freshening sprays is perhaps the biggest no-no when attempting to grow some dank weed. This is also especially bad during the flowering stage of growing. If you do it once– don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world.
But where the real trouble begins is if you are using these smell concealing sprays for an elongated period. The taste of your bud will be much harsher if exposed to the toxins of such artificial odor neutralizers, so it’s best to avoid them at all costs.
Avoid Poor Ventilation
Poor Ventilation can also greatly affect the taste and smell of your marijuana plants. Bad ventilation and air circulation may give your cannabis an off-taste and musty odor. If your plants don’t have enough space between each other, it can cause the plant to garner mildew.
Have you ever smoked a super-harsh strain of bud? Well, that’s usually because there was mildew or mold on the plant before it was cured. Smoking bud like this can lead to long-term side-effects, like smoker’s cough and a chronically sore throat.
Make sure your plants receive the proper ventilation because you might as well just start from scratch if they are riddled with mold and mildew.
Don’t Use Any Old Strain
Choosing the right strain is another huge factor that new growers sometimes take for granted. It’s pretty simple, really– if you want great-tasting weed, choose a strain that is typically associated with smelling good.
The easiest way to do this is to simply research the various strains and figure out which one is associated with great taste and smell. Indica strains, sativa strains, and hybrid strains are some of the most common types of cannabis strains, but there are plenty more you can find if you do your due diligence.
Find out which strain not only captures the essence you are looking for, but also is compatible with the climate and environment you are growing it in. Also, make sure you don’t choose a strain because it has an attractive price.
If you decide to get too cheap, you may end up buying a strain of cannabis that’s too harsh and has an overall unpleasant taste. Even if a certain strain may cost a bit more, it could prove to be worth the extra cash when you have super great-tasting weed.
You Can’t Rush Great-Tasting Weed
My final bit of advice in growing the perfect tasting marijuana plant would be to take your time with the growing process. Patience is a virtue, and it will definitely pay dividends for rookie and veteran growers alike.
This is especially important in the drying process, as most people tend to try to speed it up due to their excitement. If there is still dampness on the outside of your plant, it is not the time to begin the curing process yet.
If you do try to do it too early, mold and mildew can form on the plant. Like I said earlier, contaminants could develop in your plant, which leads to very harsh and bad-tasting bud. Just relax, take your time, and realize that your plant will be much better off if you wait just a little bit. It will feel like Christmas morning once those plants are ready.
Typically, these are the most common mistakes first-time, and even veteran growers make when cultivating their own cannabis plants. It’s an extensive process, but it will totally be worth it in the end when you have the best-tasting weed on the block.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was your bud. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll have great-tasting weed that lifts you to the heavens.