First of all: when we say “Growing Cannabis” – What exactly are we going for? You may go for for a trouble free experiment, by simply putting a good quality cannabis seed into a regular box with regular soil, place it all on to the same shelf where the rest of the house plants spend their lives. In this case, you will of course gain the wonderful feeling of growing something. Maybe you will even see the flowers, but at minimum you’ll finally get a trouble free plant for 5-10 good joints made of leaves or maybe even some sort of buds, with just minimum effort!
Not bad, eh? For doing almost nothing, mostly watching with admiration the full cycle: how the cannabis seed grows into a plant, to one day become a marijuana!
Alternatively, we go for a more-or-less serious cultivation of more-or-less high-end marijuana. And by that we surely refer to the investment: equipment, soil, electricity, lightning, building a box or buying a box, ventilation, and so on.
The mistakes that beginners really make when starting to grow marijuana at home for the first time
Number # One!
You’ve just excavated a jar of soil from your neighbour’s garden, and now you are confident this is it. The answer is still “No”. The random soil may not be enough for cannabis; the acidity may have a too high or too low pH level. Also ‘the soil from the garden’ in most cases is too dense for cannabis; loose and crumbly is always much, much better for cannabis plant to grow good. Not to mention the insects and parasites teeming in the garden soil (Imagine?).
The only acceptable solution is: if you want to grow cannabis at home, if you maybe want to enjoy it with less trouble and maximum fun (like any other hobby, right?) then buy a pack of prepared soil and you will be generously rewarded.
The recommended level of acidity for cannabis (pH) is 5.7-6.2 for hydroponic and up to 7.0 for outdoor, along with a not high NPK where the Nitrogen dominates to allow more so-called green mass to grow.
Number # Two!
Here is another story, easy to imagine: You’ve got nice pot from some friends and you’ve found – Wow! It’s a Seed! – in it. And this has totally altered your mind … to start a growing career out from this exact seed! Please do not do this. Because you (maybe) have no idea what kind of plant it is. All the growing from this anonymous seed will be flooded with surprises and your hard efforts may end up with a really low quality weed.
Besides, there is another problem, that the seed definitely means a hermaphrodite plant. Because professional growers only grow female plants for certain reasons. The offspring of your anonymous plant will also have a lot of chance of being a hermaphrodite too and this may also mean low quality weed.
Choose a proper cannabis strain by its features for hassle free growing. You may have specific conditions (how much time you have, what your nearest grow shop may supply etc., etc.) So choose a seed for these personal conditions from professional seed-banks. Purchasing a clone may also be a good move! After-all, think how much you are already spending on equipment, lights, the electricity, soil – do not save on a seed, it’s simply illogical.
Number # Three! IMPORTANT!
Watch the acidity level in water that you use for watering. In chemistry, pH is a numeric scale used to specify the acidity or basicity of an aqueous solution. It is approximately the negative of the base 10 logarithm of the molar concentration, measured in units of moles per litre, of hydrogen ions.
For cannabis the pH level (acidity) may be 5.7-6.2 for hydroponic and up to 7.0 for outdoor.
Here is the hint: First of all – buy a pH-Meter. One for aquarium purposes may be used, but – as always – the one especially designed for growing is just better. If you can invest then it’s better to do it. Let’s just compare the pH Meter for a marijuana grower to a radar for a sailor: We all agree that it is positively possible to go safely to the right destination having no radar, even more – once humanity was missing this wonderful invention … In other words: Buy a pH Meter.
Can there be too much care? Yes there can!
Number # 4!!
It’s easy to imagine from a Mom providing too much care that it starts to be already harmful. We’d recommend avoiding this sort of relationship between you and your Cannabis Plant. First of all it is a Plant, not a mammal, not a bug. Plants are slow! Do not fuss too much with it. Take a puff, relax, watch =))
The seed may grow up to 10 days. No need to dig it out twice a week (some people really do!!), unless you have a recommendation on your pack of seeds that the specific strain is potentially risky in this stage. Think about before buying cannabis seeds for the first time.
There is also over-care with watering, as the cannabis itself by its general nature is quite a dry-resistant plant and it does not really require too much water. Check the top inch of the soil with the finger – do not water until it’s moist. Of course you may use another electronic tool for measuring moisture, but the finger works just fine.
Long story short: Always give it time. Don’t be too much of a Mom for your weed :=D
Number # 5!
You’ve heard about what it’s for and how to cut leaves. You’ve heard that it dramatically increases your future harvest. Yes, this is a problem, many high-end professional growers do not recommend absolute beginners use scissors from the first try. Excluding maybe the very obvious cases.
Number # 6!
While choosing the proper moment to switch from vegetating stage to flowering it is extremely important not to forget that the cannabis plant still continues growing up, having only a different speed. Leave space.
Number # 7!
There are few methods to catch the right moment for harvesting, even quite high-tech ones – with the use of microscope, for example. You will probably find extra in this article: When To Cut A Bud. You may also use our e-mail below the page for any questions regarding the topic of growing. Now we are just going to share a simple beginner’s tip that may be somewhat of a ‘guarantee’: 60% of trichomes are amber, and 40% still remain milky white.
Good Luck Growers!