The year is shaping up to be massive for the cannabis industry with full legalization in view. Cannabis lovers can look forward to enjoying their best herb without restrictions and heavy persecution from the law. However, we still need to contend with the current state of things.
If you’re planning to grow some weed, current restrictions on the number of plants allowed per individual might seem an inconvenience. But you can make the best of the situation by focusing on growing big marijuana buds rather than keeping a large number of plants. By employing a few well-planned practices, you can maximize your grow operation and achieve massive harvests of top-quality, big marijuana buds.
Every cannabis grower dreams of dense, trichome-heavy buds packed with the most potent high. This short guide will show you the most critical steps to help you grow chunky marijuana buds without breaking the bank.
Start with The Best Genetics
The genetics of your cannabis plant is perhaps the most crucial factor in obtaining the biggest buds. Poor genetics will only lead to scrawny plants with low production, so you don’t want to skimp on getting the best cannabis seeds.
Producing big marijuana buds is easily achievable if you start your grow operation with the best cannabis genetics. Look out for strains with vigorous growth, good disease resistance, and high yield capabilities.
Indica strains are generally preferred because they mature much quicker and will produce large, dense buds if provided with optimal growing conditions. Strains such as Northern Lights and Super Skunk are good choices for beginners and reward your efforts with fat buds that give a potent high.
For the best results, ensure you get your seeds from reputable seed companies that carry good genetics.
Provide A Strong Light Source
A healthy cannabis plant relies on a strong light source to maintain the most vigorous growth. Light is needed for plant photosynthesis and producing the required energy needed to grow thick buds.
During the vegetative growth stage, marijuana consumes lots of light to produce the essential ‘green’ parts of the plant. Cultivators use high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights on a 20/4 schedule to provide the plant with sufficient light energy and encourage vigorous growth.
Marijuana requires a little less light during its flowering stage and will produce the best results with a 12/12 light schedule. However, the light intensity must be sufficient and should cover all actively growing parts of the parts; otherwise, harvested buds’ quality could suffer.
Feed Cannabis Plants with The Right Nutrients
Like all living things, cannabis requires food (nutrients) to thrive and grow massive flowers. Without an adequate supply of essential cannabis nutrients, your plant will have stunted growth and produce awful harvests.
During the vegetative stage, cannabis requires enormous amounts of nitrogen to support green growth and develop sturdy branches. A frail plant cannot hold the big marijuana buds we are after, so it’s vital to supply your marijuana plant with as much nitrogen as it needs.
You will need to supply your plant with more phosphorus during the flowering stage as it encourages the development of thick colas. Supplementing with a specialized flowering compost mix will ensure that your plant gets the right amount of phosphorus and other essentials for the thickest buds. You can apply nutrients as a top dressing or mix them into the water source for faster absorption by the roots.
Prune for Vigorous Growth
Pruning involves the removal of certain parts of the plant to encourage growth in other areas. While it might seem counterintuitive, marijuana plants benefit immensely from pruning activities and arguably grow better because of it. The most seasoned cultivators regularly prune their crops to boost yields.
You must prune the right way if you plan to enjoy the benefits of this exercise. By cutting off non-essential parts of the plant—such as dead leaves, and buds that are lower down—you allow energy and nutrients to flow to other actively producing sites.
It is advisable to do the bulk of your pruning during the vegetative state as the plant will require some time to recover from being snipped. If you need help figuring it all out, we take out the guesswork with this guide on pruning for the best yields.
Use Plant Training Techniques
Cannabis plants have a unique growth feature where one stem grows much bigger than the rest. This, however, can be a problem as the bigger stem tends to overshadow other branches and starve them of sufficient access to light, which leads to poor development.
Plant training offers the dual benefits of keeping individual branches in check with uniform growth and promoting bigger harvests from increased access to light energy. While many plant training techniques give proven results, the most famous are low-stress training and high-stress training.
Low-stress training is a non-invasive procedure that involves bending the plant stems and securing them in place for support. Tall branches are bent away from the center to open up the plant and allow light to reach all parts of the plant. Low-stress training (LST) also gives the plant a wide shape the encourages more productivity and bigger buds.
On the other hand, high-stress training requires you to hurt your plant a little by deforming (folding) the growth structure in a way that facilitates better development. Marijuana plants are tough growers, so you don’t have to worry about your plant suffering from being folded. Instead, you will see your crop blossom with more vigorous growth that gives bigger, denser buds.
Supercharge Growth with Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Plants require carbon dioxide and light to carry out photosynthesis and produce energy for growth. For cannabis plants, increasing the amount of available CO2 helps your crop grow to massive proportions, translating into big marijuana buds and even bigger marijuana plant yields.
You can give your plants a carbon dioxide boost by installing CO2 tanks in your grow room. Additionally, providing the plants with high-intensity light sources will ensure that the CO2 is converted adequately for photosynthesis and energy production.
It is also important to ensure sufficient ventilation in order to grow big marijuana buds as this will help keep the air circulating and add fresh air into the grow room and avoid a stale environment.