by Nebula Haze & Sirius Fourside
As the buds from my last harvest slowly finish curing, I like to reflect on the grow I just finished as well as my past grows.
There are many lessons for growers to learn and I've learned a lot of them the hard way! But today, I want to share one of the most important lessons I've learned in my time growing cannabis:
Don’t be ashamed when you run into problems!
There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.
No matter your age, background or level of intelligence, as humans we continue to learn every day. And the truth is that every grower – no matter how naturally skilled – will run into problems at some point, some big and some small.
Remember, cannabis plants are living breathing things with their own needs. It's only natural that their needs vary from plant to plant; these differences between plants can cause problems for growers, especially when combined with other unexpected events.
Those 'unexpected events' can be something like:
Seeds don’t germinate
Leaves get burnt, discolored or otherwise deformed
Young plants die unexpectedly
Space and growth problems
Plants grow too big or tall way too fast
Plants grow slowly, sickly or stay small without an obvious reason
Plants get dropped, accidentally broken or fall over
Lower yields than expected
Poor taste or smell in buds
Undesired effects like racing thoughts (usually caused by harvesting at the wrong time)
Every serious grower will encounter at least one of these problems at some point:
Grow area and environmental problems
Indoors: Electricity may go out, a piece of equipment fails
Outdoors: Bad weather or temperature will damage your plants
Having to move or drastically change your growing operation
Remember, what makes a great grower is the ability to bounce back from problems and learn from them. Every cannabis grower is going to run into problems, it’s how you deal with them that separates the average grower from the spectacular.
We're no exception to this rule by any means; we've run into more than our fair share of problems over the years! If you want some proof, just check out this gallery of problems we personally experienced…as in, these pictures show OUR plant problems!
Root Rot – Learn how to get rid of root rot
Seed sprouted but just didn't grow – was trailing behind the other seedlings – it happens…
Stunted Growth – These plants are all the same age (note the two tiny seedlings on the right side – you may need to click for a closeup to even see them!). Yet even though the seeds were all germinated at the same time in the same environment, the "Super Lemon Haze" seeds on the right just never got past the seedling stage, even though the "Full Moon" seeds on the left were exploding with growth. In this case, the problem was that the Super Lemon Haze seeds were old, but sometimes you won't be able to figure out why seemingly healthy plants aren't growing!
From one of my first grows, leaves are nutrient burnt – Learn about nutrient burn
These buds were toasted by a too-close LED. When using an LED, make sure to know how far away it should be from your plants! It's not just a matter of heat; most LED manufacturers suggest you keep LED grow lights at least 16-18" away from the tops of your plants to prevent bleaching and light burn. Learn more about growing with LEDs.
White Powdery Mildew (white flour-like dust appears on leaves in spots) – Learn how to get rid of it!
Hermies – Hermies are plants with both male and female traits, which can result in seedy buds (Learn more here)
This plant had nutrient deficiencies everywhere – Learn how to fix your nutrient problem!
Plain and simple neglect! This is a plant that didn't get the attention it needed and suffered from heat, light bleaching, pH problems and more!
Despite all the problems we’ve run into over the years….
We still harvest more bud than we can use, even after we make a bunch into hash and capsules!
I hope we can help inspire you to push on when you encounter problems, and most importantly, give up on yourself!
Dealing with Sick Plants
How to Control the Exact Size & Shape of Your Plants for bigger yields indoors
In case you missed it: The Basics of Growing
And here are a few other resources to help you beyond the defensive:
Learn how to make feminized seeds at home (just like the seed banks do) – No more male plants!
Looking for an interactive community to ask questions and share your progress? Check out the Grow Weed Easy Google+ community
Some other big lessons I've learned:
Take time to really look at your plants every day
Doing a simple check on your plants will make a world of difference. Quite a bit can happen in a couple of days if you're not paying attention.
React quickly to problems:
Don’t wait until 'this afternoon or tomorrow' to address problems unless you actually have to. I know I’ve let laziness get the best of me a time or two and I've regretted it every time.
Not every problem has an obvious solution:
Sometimes there will be certain plants that have a problem that you just can’t figure out. Sometimes you’ll realize what the problem was later after you’ve gained more knowledge and experience, but some problems will always remain a mystery…and that’s okay!
Other people may know things you don't:
You might be surprised how often we're learning new things from growers we meet or people who write in to the website.
Always keep learning!
Whether you just got started or have been growing for 30 years, there’s always more to learn about growing. If running this site has taught us anything, it's that there is a TON we don't know.
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