Growing thick, yet tasty compact and hard buds, that’s what every grower wants. The looks and size of the buds are an important factor in the success of the weed. This will largely reflect the success and quality of your weed. If you buy your weed in a coffeeshop then you might increase it, but if you grow your own weed and put your soul and bliss into your weed plants for months on end… Then of course you want a nice harvest of thick, hard, yet compact buds!
How do you do that anyway?
One of the most important influences on airy, or super compact, peaks, remains the temperature. Fluffy, airy buds are often the result of too high a temperature around the buds and/or too cold nights, as a result of which the buds cannot develop optimally. Although cannabis grows well under quite a lot of conditions and is often compared to weeds, during the flowering phase there are a lot of factors that can influence the production of buds.
If temperature is a problem, you’ll notice that you’re growing airy buds, especially in summer. The ambient temperature will be just a little higher in your growing space, due to the warmer air outside.
Tip: Make sure you have a maximum temperature of 26 degrees during the day. To keep the temperature closer together you can turn your day/night rhythm during an indoor grow, i.e. at night the lights on and during the day the lights off. This way there will be a minimal temperature fluctuation.
Too dry air in extreme conditions can cause your weed plants to simply dry out above ground and not be able to produce beautiful full buds. Again fluffy buds as a result. An ideal humidity for growing cannabis is around 60% at the beginning of the growth phase, ideally this would be 50-55% during the first flowering weeks. Towards the end of flowering you could drop a little further, to about 40-45%. This also helps to prevent moulds. Excessive humidity during late flowering or drying can cause top rot.
Tip: Ensure ideal humidity. Ventilation is the key to good air and moisture removal/supply. By placing a hygrometer in your grow room you can quickly find out whether the humidity needs to go up or down.
One of the factors you can’t do much about yourself: genetics. Only the best quality cannabis seeds grow, under the right conditions, into almost perfect cannabis plants. In our range of cannabis seeds you will therefore only find carefully grown cannabis seeds of the highest quality.
Simplicity makes power
By keeping it simple and not wanting to be directly involved with your cultivation 24/7, you ensure the best results. Draw up a schedule and look especially at your cannabis plants, but also let ‘nature’ do its work. Indoor growers play god by imitating nature indoors, but even then, marijuana plants mainly need time. Just lift your pots to feel if it’s time for a watering again. By making it too complex or by wanting to do too much with your cannabis plants you can ruin a lot, simplicity makes power!
A good light source is at the basis of a successful cultivation, a high yield and potent weed. Definitely something to immerse yourself in and not just buy a second hand lamp. Growing under HPS or LED is preferred today and growers get the best results with this. Keep in mind that a 1000 Watt HPS lamp can sound ideal for a high yield when you reach the 1 gram per watt, but you will also have to think about cooling. The average hobby grower can do very well on a square meter with a 400 or 600 Watt HPS lamp.
You can read all about lighting and weed plants here.
In moderation, that’s the most important thing when it comes to nutrition. Preferably use a single manufacturer’s power supply according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Also make sure that the soil you are using is already fertilized. Soil can contain nutrients for months, then supplementary feeding is not necessary. When it comes to the right nutrients in any case. As far as dosage is concerned, rather halve it than give just a little too much.
Here you can read all about nutrition and cannabis plants
Measuring is knowing
Inconveniences during cultivation can be prevented by, for example, checking the pH value and EC value of your medium and (nutrient) water. This way you can always be sure that your weed plants are getting water with the right level of acidity. By measuring the EC value, you know whether your cannabis plants have sufficient nutrition. Or that the next feed should be with a slightly higher EC level. A too high EC level can be reduced by simply not adding nutrition anymore and only watering. In this way you ‘dilute’ the medium.
Bud Swelling is a relatively unknown way to ensure thicker buds of weed. It sounds quite drastic, but has proven to be effective. By cutting away around the 3rd week of flowering, when the first buds are clearly visible, the upper tuft of your buds, about three millimetres. Yes, cut away. Not only will the buds become thicker, but they will also contain more trichomes. Try it on one of your weed plants. You could repeat this every 10-14 days, but it’s also sufficient to do it once around the third week of flowering.
Every successful culture ends with rinsing, to allow accumulated salts, minerals and nutrition to drain away into your medium. If you work with organic products, a few days rinsing would suffice. In other cases it is advisable to start rinsing at least 1 week before your harvest. By only watering in the last 1 to 2 weeks you will enhance the taste and potency of your weed. If you don’t do this, your weed will be very sharp and not really tasty to smoke.
Note: Rinsing does not mean that you will suddenly give more litres. Make sure your soil is well wet, but you don’t have to give so much that a puddle remains under your pot. This can be counterproductive as the roots can get oxygen problems.
Drying and Curing
Weed drying is an essential step in the process towards thick and hard buds of weed. Drying too quickly results in crumbly and dry weed with little taste. Drying too slowly can cause moulds and damp weed, which is difficult to crumble and becomes a kind of fruity weed.
Here you can read how to dry your weed After drying, it’s time to carefully cured your weed. This can be compared to the ripening of wine and whiskey for example. By curing, your weed will taste better and it will certainly improve its potency. The best weed is a weed that has been carefully cured for months.