(Experienced Growers Only) Controversial Defoliation Increases Marijuana Yields:
It’s natural for the lower leaves of a cannabis plant to start turning yellow as harvest time approaches
There are many commercial supplements that claim to fatten up buds and improve flavor, but most of these work by adding simple sugar.
After you’ve germinated your seeds (or rooted your clones), one of the most important things to do right from the beginning is ensure that your plants are getting enough light.
While all the tips and tactics above will help increase your yields with any marijuana strain, the genetics of your plant also play a huge role in how the plant grows, how the buds fatten, and ultimately your yields.
Now I will mention the next technique so this section is complete, but I highly recommend against using this technique until you already have had at least a few successful grows under your belt. I also recommend mastering the other forms of plant training first, like all the ones mentioned above before trying this technique.
The most common sign that your plants are getting too much nutrients is “nutrient burn.”
Just remember that it takes a lot of light for your cannabis plants to hit this light saturation point. so unless you’re using high powered lights like a 1000W grow light (or high-power LEDs) and keeping the lights incredibly close, your plants are probably able to use all the light they’re receiving.
Yet once you’ve got a handle on how to successfully grow your cannabis plants, you must begin to understand the following 5 tactics in order to get the most yields from your indoor grow space…
Almost all indoor growers want bigger cannabis yields for less money, time and effort. Today I will cover 5 easy ways to increase your indoor marijuana yields at harvest time, no matter which…
If growing outdoors, make sure your pots or trenches are spaced far enough apart so that the sides of the plants can receive full sun. Growing on a south-facing slope will guarantee your plants are receiving as much sun as possible.
Another simple way to increase your yields is by training your cannabis plants. If left alone, plants generally grow one main large stalk with other small stalks growing up around it. A cannabis plant will grow in the shape of a menorah, where the center candle highest up represents the main large stalk. While this one large stalk will grow a beautiful large cola, the height of this one cola will dictate where the lights can be placed if growing indoors. This results in the lower branches receiving significantly less sunlight than would be possible with an even canopy.
Thankfully, there are a number of ways to improve the size of your buds. Pruning, training, feeding, and lighting are the most common ways to dictate how your plant will develop.
Growing bigger buds is a lifelong ambition for most gardeners. However, bigger buds won’t happen overnight. Gardening is a skill that takes time to refine since you can’t speed up a plant’s growth process. One of the best things you can do is to write down what you’re doing to your grows every day; that way, if you have a successful harvest, you can revisit what you might have done differently in your garden and replicate it with future grows.
By super cropping (high-stress training) or using LST (low-stress training) methods such as tying down the top branches, you can motivate the rest of the surrounding branches to develop, thus creating a more level canopy. What happens when you train your plants is the growth hormones that are focused on the main stalk are redistributed to the surrounding branches, promoting growth for the entire plant. This results in an even canopy of branches that will all grow large colas while being equal distance from the light source.
The GroBox can help grow cannabis plants in a small space. (Courtesy of GroBox)
Another tip for growing bigger buds involves regularly feeding compost tea to your soils. Compost teat helps develop healthy mycorrhizal relationships between the soil and mycelium. The more mycelium in the soil, the more nutrients the plant is going to take up, which will result in bigger buds.
Trevor is a freelance writer and photographer. He has spent years in California working in the cannabis industry.
Once your plant switches to flowering, decrease your nitrogen levels and increase phosphorus levels to help the buds fully develop and become dense. If growing in soil, when switching from vegetative growth to flowering, top dress the soil with bat guano or worm castings as a great way to increase phosphorous levels while you liquid feed your plant other nutrients.
If you’re a cannabis grower, you know the goal is to grow the biggest and healthiest buds possible in your garden. Here are some tips designed to help your buds thrive.