- Feminized strains are a major find that has made the life of cannabis growers so much easier. Even if nowadays these strains boast high-quality standards, there are some tricks you can use to get better results. If you are taking your first steps in the cultivation of these cannabis genetics, below you will find a practical guide with the best tips for growing feminized seeds: six simple rules that will help you get the most out of them.
Feminised cannabis seeds hit the market more than fifteen years ago and gradually conquered it. Even the growers that were reluctant at first have given in to the qualities of these genetics, which allow the size of the crop to be calculated from the start without having to germinate more seeds than the strictly necessary. In fact, with the certainty that they will all grow into female plants, sexing becomes superfluous, which has contributed to their exponentially increasing popularity in recent years.
If you want to make the most of our best feminised seeds this season, here are six Golden rules to help you get the perfect crop. Ready? Let’s get down to it.
1. Too much care: if you are taking your first steps in cannabis cultivation, you might fall into the trap of paying them too much attention. What do we mean by that? Well, observing your plants and understanding their needs is good for them, actually it is crucial for a successful crop. That said, a common rookie mistake is believing that if you give them tones of nutrients, for instance, they will grow more vigorously. This normally leads to overfeeding, plant stress or overwatering. So just relax, learn to understand your plants and give them what they need, nothing more.
2. Underwatering: try to keep humidity under control but without the plant showing obvious symptoms of thirst. If your cannabis plants get too dry during the early growth stages, they will develop further problems later on, particularly at the roots.
3. Overwatering: avoid flooding the plants with excessive, too frequent watering and allow time for the plant to “breath” between waterings. Overwatering and overfeeding the crop is not a good idea; more marijuana plants are lost to overprotection and excessive attention than to a bit of procrastination.
4. Space planning: cannabis plants grow vigorously, so even if they are smaller at first, keep in mind that you will have to arrange them according to the size they will be once the vegetative stage is over. Otherwise, the plants will be too close to one another and the crop density will be too high, which might lead to lack of aeration and contribute to the development of fungus.
5. Nitrogen: nitrogen is essential for the growth and natural development of plants, so make sure it is always available.
6. Prevention: the golden rule to stop insect and fungus pests from colonising your cannabis crop is PREVENTION. Once they set a foothold, some plagues such as spider mite, thrips and whiteflies are hard to eradicate, let alone fungus such as powdery mildew and Bortrytis, which can well ruin your whole crop. That said, there are organic methods and preventive measures you can use to beat these uninvited guests and stop them from colonising your cannabis crop. Have a good harvest!