There are several reasons we say cannabis grows like a weed; it's vigorous, resilient, and needs hardly any maintenance to thrive. However, there are some mistakes that even experienced cannabis growers can make from time to time, so here we point out five common mistakes to avoid when growing your own cannabis plants.
1. Wrong Environment
Do some research on the strain you're growing and try to create its preferred indoor or outdoor environment. Unless your strain has specific requirements, most strains prefer daytime temperatures of around 75°F and between 55-65°F at night. Monitor the humidity as well, keeping it at around 60% through the plant's vegetative stage and reducing it to 40% when the plant is flowering. Consistency and as few dramatic changes as possible in the environment are key to growing a good cannabis harvest.
You can easily damage your cannabis plants if you feed them too many nutrients at one time or too consistently. Known as nutrient burn, you can see signs of the affliction in fan leaves that turn yellow and brown. To avoid overfeeding your cannabis, use a fraction of recommended nutrient doses and only feed them half as often as the directions recommend; you can always increase the amounts and frequency as you see fit. Also use organic nutrients (like manure and compost) that release into the soil slowly.
While an ample and regular water supply is necessary for lush, productive plants, too much water can drown the root system and seriously damage or kill your crop. Also, excess moisture in the soil can allow root rot (which is almost impossible to treat) to set in.
4. Not Managing pH
Keep the pH level of your soil or hydroponic solution as close to 6 as possible; ignoring the pH levels can lead to sickly plants, stunted flowers, and even a dead crop. Optimal pH levels allow plants to properly absorb the most nutrients possible that they need at any particular time.
5. Harvesting Early
Harvesting too early is a mistake that will cost you the size and potency of your flowers. Wait until the flowering process is complete and the trichomes are swollen before harvesting your crop.