How do you go about cutting a plant so it grows short and bushy?
To get your plants to take up more horizontal space and less
vertical, you will need to take advantage of several growing
techniques. You must encourage good growth with at least 50
watts per square foot. To take full advantage of these watts,
you must keep the light source close to the plant-as close
as you can without burning them. You can keep 1000-watters
within 12", and 400-watters as close as 6" from
your flowers if you rapidly circulate and replace the air
in the grow space. Fans are also important from the very beginning
and help encourage plants to grow stocky and less tall. It's
called wind stress, and using an ever-increasing intermittent
breeze on your plants will do wonders for your yield. Finally,
I can tell you about topping and pruning. If you have a high
yield garden that is over 1000 watts, you can prune extensively.
Lower wattage gardens should only "top" once or
twice to create additional budding sites. You must match the
size of the animal to its environment.
I'm a first-time grower and just harvested my first buds.
The problem is they won't burn. I dried them in the closet
where I grew them, where there is plenty of air movement and
a temperature of about 86 degrees. I read that you need low
humidity to dry out buds. Well, I hung them on the rim of
lampshade for about 6 days. Still they won't burn. I have
had some on the tray that has been cut up real fine and it
won't burn as well. It has been on tray for about three days
after hanging for three and the rest is still hanging. What
can I do?
If they've been dried properly and still burn hard and leave
black ash, and you've been using chemical fertilizer, you've
probably over-fertilized them. Too much fertilizer in the
last few weeks of flowering can leave unused chemicals in
the plant matter, which won't burn easily. Next time, stop
fertilizing and begin flushing your system with water the
last week or so of flowering. If you've been fertilizing all
along, the plants will have enough to finish and you'll cut
down the amount of unused chemicals.
Q: I've been growing for several years now. Right now I've
got two 70w HPS lighting an area of 2'x3'x3'. I've got a total
of six plants. Average temperature is 79.3F. And the average
humidity is 49%. I've got an oscillating fan a few feet away.
Everything is perfect, except I think I may have a late-maturing,
equatorial-sativa. I'm 10 weeks into flowering, and it's only
showing very sparse buds. I stopped fertilizing 4 weeks ago
and my sweet early-maturing indica is dead ripe (2 weeks past,
it seemed to want to go a little longer than what I anticipated).
Anywho, what is the latest time for a late-maturing sativa?
My other four are indica-sativa hybrids. What kind of yield
can I expect from this sativa?
Sativa strains can take up to four months to finish. I would
continue fertilizing for a while longer and watch them. Near
the end of maturation, cannabis flowers will begin to fill
out very quickly as I'm sure you've noticed. Be patient and
give it some time. Do you know the history of this particular
variety? If not, it may be a weak-performing strain. It may
not fill out as well as the indicas. Watch the resin glands
for ripeness and harvest accordingly. Don't let them go too
long, hoping for more than they're capable of giving. You'll
just ruin what you've already got as the THC will begin breaking
Q: Today two fellow smokers and I were behind a friend's house
smoking a J. While we were cutting through someone's backyard
we found a weed plant. It was in a ceramic pot with a cut
2-liter soda bottle over it. The plant was 8 inches high,
supported on a stick in the plastic bottle. We decided to
steal the plant and hide it in another location. We are clueless
on how to grow it. Please help us.
You are piece of shit. Stealing is wrong, and stealing marijuana
is sacrilege, plain and simple. People work hard for what
they have and deserve to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
If you've ever had something that you cared about and nurtured
and grew with your own hands ripped off, you'd understand.
Grow your own, dirtbag.
Q: A friend of mine says that if you water your plants with
bongwater, it will increase the amount of THC in the plants.
If this complete bullshit or has he stumbled on a way to make
your herb better?
Complete bullshit! But it is true that you will get way drunker
if you pee in your beer.