When the cannabis plants are not receiving the proper amount of light, most especially when it is already the flowering season, the effects would be it will become lighter and grow non-potent bud.
Lights have a spectrum made of yellow, red light, and the color orange spectrum. They all have different uses for cannabis plants; say, for example, the red light that is the same as the fall season’s sunlight.
When it comes to LED lights, this may require a little effort. The fact that LED models have specific recommendations if how it is placed; thus, this should be asked first with the manufacturer or with an expert grower with experience.
The culprit for such a condition can be the plant’s closeness to the light, which is most of the time, not necessary for indoor growing. While outdoors, this occurrence is because of high temperatures, most particularly when the flowering stage occurs.
Choosing among many lights and picking correct one is not enough, in fact, sometimes carelessly placing them in the wrong distance and place from the plant can still lead to unlikable results such as airy buds and loose as well. The lights mentioned below are lights that can be helpful to avoid and reduce the chances of loose and airy marijuana buds.
Remember that situations that can trigger a lot of very airy buds have improper lighting, may it be too much or not that sufficient. To have it prevented is to use any material that can reflect and try to aim the light at your cannabis plants. Make sure that it is well-positioned, most likely at the tip of your cannabis plants’ cover — getting assured that each part of the marijuana plants but not the roots are directly shunned with the light.
In general, make sure that the temperature for the flowering phase must be between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, for when it is higher than this temperature, this can lead to burning, there will be reductions of potency and even airy and loose buds.
However, this method must be done carefully for most cases; newbies would also remove the working buds.
When growing cannabis plants, the worst thing you would not want would be having light, loose, and airy buds. Commonly, this sort of poor bud appears from a lack of nutrients, hot temperatures, and inadequate lighting.
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7.) Keep Humidity Under 40% RH for Last 2-3 Weeks Before Harvest
- Make sure you’re using a good reflector and reflective walls to get as much light as possible to your plants
- Keep lights close to the top of your canopy without increasing heat to unsuitable levels or light-burning plants. Close but not too close! It’s important to find out how far your grow lights should be for optimum growth.
- Make sure that all parts of the plant (and especially bud sites) are bathed in bright light – any buds in a shadowy part of the plant won’t become dense!
Here’s a leafy, healthy plant which is being grown under bright grow lights – notice how many bud sites are hidden in the middle of the plant. You cant even see them all!
Indica-dominant strains tend to produce more dense buds (though not always of course). The indica-leaning buds pictured to the right are incredibly dense and were grown under intense light, but the majority of strains could never achieve this density no matter what you do as a grower. To a certain degree, density is determined by strain.
2.) Grow a strain that tends to produce dense buds
No matter which grow lights you’re using…
These buds were harvested at the right time, giving them the chance to thicken and tighten up as much as possible.
HPS grow lights are one of the most efficient grow lights available today as far as electricity used for density/yields produced (even more efficient than most LED grow lights). They’re actually relatively cheap to start with, they’re just the right color spectrum for optimal flowering, and they’re more standardized and intuitive to use than many other types of grow lights. Learn more about finding the right size HPS for your space
Continue reading to learn more in depth about these tactics and techniques to boost buds density!
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