Each strain has different feed requirements, so getting to know just how much feed a plant needs, and when to change amounts, comes with time and experience. However, generally, cannabis requires higher levels of nitrogen during the vegetative stage to push growth to the max, followed by higher levels of potassium during the flowering phase to fuel bud production. It is always a good idea to keep an eye on the pH of your growing medium, as it can affect nutrient uptake.
If growing in a container, its size will influence root expansion and, as a natural consequence, a plant’s growth and bud development – ensure cannabis always has as much room as it needs to spread out its root base.
Roots need oxygen as well as water. Excessive watering fills all the small air pockets in the soil, eliminating any trace of oxygen for hours or maybe days. This tragically damages your plants. They will start showing droopy and curling leaves, and buds quality will be compromised if the problem is not solved. Be careful when watering and be sure your pots perfectly drain out excess water. Always choose a light soil mix and add some extra perlite. Underwatering damages plants too, but that’s a less common, and much easier to fix, mistake.
The main causes of an underwhelming crop are bad lighting, poor nutrition, or extreme temperatures. Letting just one of these factors get out of control – especially towards the end of a plant’s life cycle – can drastically impact the quality of the bud. We are going to take a look at each in turn, and see how they can be controlled to produce the best yields possible.
Cannabis is able to use certain light frequencies more effectively than others at certain stages of its life. Check out your flowering bulbs colour emission; most manufacturers put the details on the box of the bulb. During the flowering stage, cannabis utilises the red frequencies of the light spectrum most efficiently, so using a bulb with a high output (660nm is ideal) during flowering will help boost the amount and density of bud. However, it is important to note that cannabis uses the entire spectrum to some degree, so bulbs should be full spectrum with the red enhanced, not simply red. We have written an article outlining all you need to know about the light spectrum and cannabis, should you wish to find out more.
It is important that temperature stays within the right range. Average and peak temperatures should never be too low at night and, most of all, never go above 30°C during the hours of light. Ideal is between 18°C and 26°C. Temperatures that are too hot stunt flowering and can seriously damage buds. In outdoor cultivation, high temperatures can be an issue if flowering has been forced early in the season. Screening and water spraying the plants helps them bearing July and August high temperatures.
Cannabis genetics can influence bud density, and sativa-dominant strains naturally have less dense than indicas. Regardless of the strain, a proper, slow drying and curing is mandatory for good product’s quality. The last common mistake we are here reviewing is the early harvest. During the last weeks and days, plants produce a lot of trichomes and resin – so be sure to let them finish their job.
Producing dense, resin covered buds is every cannabis grower’s dream. Well, don’t let your dreams be dreams – here is all you need to know about growing dense buds of your own.
Organic supplements like the bloom boosters can increase bud weigh by pumping sugars, amino acids, trace minerals, phosphorous and potassium in the plant. This can be a nice aid to already healthy growth.
Everyone wants bigger and denser flowers. Here are some steps to achieving it.
Say “No” to Small, Airy Buds!
Note: These are only for soil or coco coir! (since these supplements contain a lot of organic materials like guano and fishmeal, they are not suitable to hydroponic reservoirs)
Roots “breathe” oxygen, so good root health involves giving just the right amount of water while maximizing the amount of oxygen available to the roots with air pockets.
You can take out pretty much all of the guesswork out of nutrient ratios by using a cannabis-friendly “bloom” nutrient formula during the flowering stage.
Important! There are sometimes different versions of strains by different breeders. You can often find several versions of very popular strains, and each version can grow wildly different from each other and which produce different results.
Drying rack (optional) – use this if you live in a very humid climate as these help you dry buds more quickly.
Density Boosting Supplements – There are two main classes of bloom-boosters. The first class focuses on enhancing plant processes, and uses dozens of various ingredients like amino acids and trace minerals. The second class works by increasing Phosphorus/Potassium levels directly. Some growers also use Blackstrap molasses in order to accomplish many of the same goals without needing a special plant supplement.
Top 5 Most Common Reasons for Airy Marijuana Buds
(get a complete breakdown of all the ways to increase bud density in the article below)
Giving relatively low levels of Nitrogen during the flowering stage helps buds fatten up
Discover the top 5 reasons buds become loose or airy, then learn how you can produce dense buds every time!