Some of us have great experiences, and some of us have horrible experiences.
I'm talking about the first attempt at growing cannabis.
If I could go back in time, I would do my first grow a lot differently.
When I first started growing cannabis, I thought it was going to be easy and that I wouldn't face any problems in the garden.
I was certainly wrong about that one.
Growing cannabis isn’t a walk in the park.
There are a lot of things you need to know and do to be successful.
In this article, I have seven tips, or, seven pieces of advice for those of you new to growing cannabis.
Set A Goal
The first tip is to set a goal.
We all have a goal or goals for our grow.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or you're an advanced grower.
Everybody has goals, and if you don't then you should.
My current goal is to lower electricity consumption.
I try to use the least amount of electricity as possible for my indoor grow.
I also have a goal to try to improve grow processes to reduce the amount of time I'm in the garden.
When I first started growing, my goal was just to get through the grow successfully.
If you set a goal or multiple goals, you will then have a target to aim for and can start figuring out what you need to do to achieve that goal.
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Get the Equipment You Need
Tip number 2: Research and get the equipment that you need.
Many people reach out to me on a daily basis, and often there will be growers who aren’t fully prepared.
They’ll have plants growing, but then they'll realize that there are pieces of equipment that they don't have.
From there, they either rush to order from Amazon with overnight delivery or they quickly run down to their local hydro shop or check out our hydroponic system buying guide here.
I recommend you make a list of all the equipment that you need to be successful in growing and get that equipment first before you start growing.
That way, you’re not scrambling last minute once you realize that you're missing something important.
Understand Feeding Requirements
My third tip is to understand the plant’s feeding requirements.
You’re always going to need base nutrients.
Nutrients are typically split up between the vegetation stage and the flowering stage.
Therefore, you know you're going to at least need two bottles.
Most of the nutrient lineups out there have three bottles.
On top of that, you may need some additives as well.
CalMag is one of those additives that is a very common for indoor growing.
Also, make sure you understand when to feed and how to feed.
Those are things that can be a little bit tricky especially since the feeding schedules that come with the nutrients often list doses too strong for cannabis plants.
Do some research for the particular nutrient line up you're using to understand what dosage is best for cannabis plants.
Learn the Common Plant Problems
Tip number four - learn about the most common problems before starting your grow.
There's a long list of deficiencies, toxicities, and problems that can occur in your garden.
You should be aware of at least the top five to ten most common problems.
That way you can look out for them during your grow.
The faster you can spot problems, the quicker you'll be able to fix those problems and prevent stunted growth or reduction in yield.
In my book 7 Steps To Grow Cannabis (which is a book geared towards beginners), I mention the top 12 problems that you may face when growing cannabis.
In my book, I guide you through the entire growing process from seed all the way to smoke.
You can certainly try to strive for not getting any of deficiencies, toxicities, or problems in the grow.
Although, it is okay if you come across problems.
Problems are sometimes referred to as treasures - as weird as that may sound.
If you’re identifying a problem and you understand the cause and then put actions in place, you not only reduce the chances of coming across that probably again in the future but you also learn that lesson.
Log Your Progress
Tip number five is to log your progress.
For example, on my feeding log, I list the date on one side, and then I name the different plants across the top.
Then, I simply mark down notes on what I fed the plant for that day.
In a separate log, I list the date, the plant, the pH, and the PPM for that plant.
Another good reason to log what you're doing is so you can look back and see what you do at certain times.
If your plant is having problems, you can look back at your log and see what you fed, see what the pH was, and what with the PPM was.
You also get an idea of what day or week that you're on which will certainly help you plan for the future.
As you get more towards harvest, you need to kind of backtrack from there and know when to flush and so on and so forth.
Those are just a few ways to utilize a log.
Tip number six is to be patient.
The growing process is a long process.
It could take anywhere from three, four, five months, maybe even longer to grow plants depending on how long it's in the vegetation stage.
Additionally, once you harvest that's not the end of the process.
You still have to go through the drying, trimming, and curing processes.
When you're in the seedling stage and your plant just sprouts, those first couple weeks are going to be very slow.
You may think there is something wrong with your plant because it's growing so slow.
Those are the times where you need to be patient.
Once that plant builds up a healthy root zone, growth will explode from there.
You’re also going to be spending a lot of time in your garden. I could easily spend an hour or longer in the garden on a daily basis.
Make sure you plan that into your daily routine as well.
The final tip, tip number 7, is to continually improve.
Challenge yourself to learn something new every day.
Challenge yourself to get better at the process.
The more you learn, the easier it’s going to get.
The more you do something, the faster you’ll be able to do it over time.
Many growers think they’ve learned everything about growing cannabis and then get frustrated when they come across something they haven’t learned yet.
There are many things about the cannabis plant that even scientists don’t know.
Continuous learning is certainly something key to practice as plant biology is understood better over time.
Growing cannabis isn’t as simple as one may think.
Setting goals, being patient, and logging your progress are basic things you should consider doing if you’re a beginner grower.
Getting the equipment, you need before starting and understanding the plant's feeding requirements will help save you time and will also help prevent plant problems.
You certainly want to know what the most common problems are so that way you can look out for them and correct quickly.
Lastly, continually push yourself to learn and improve what you're doing in the garden.
It takes a lot to be successful growing cannabis, but with the right mindset and skills, you can do it.