Ok, let’s be honest; hard, compact buds are much more popular, denser, and easier to cut. Often they are a lot tastier compared to those airy tops that you can see through. In this blog post, we will be focusing on how to grow better and larger buds and to increase your final yield come harvest time. Of course, it is easier to grow hardtops with a 1000 Watt HPS than with a low-energy light bulb. But whatever growing techniques you abide by, you can always use these helpful tips to take your growing to the next level.
Most people, especially since weed is now legal in some countries, have taken to hobby growing. Growing your own weed plants is now a hobby for some who want to grow in the comforts of your yard. Now with new legalization rules growing your weed has become a hobby for some. The biggest tip here is that practice makes perfect. Your first-time growers will most likely not be producing the ideal bud but stay patient and do some research before you jump in. Growing may be a hobby for you, but it is also a profession, a science, and an art form. As with all crafts, the best professionals also achieve the best results. Growing rock-hard buds is a matter of arranging the perfect growing conditions for your plants.
What makes loose tops?
A weed plant is a living organism in which a complex set of factors determines its growth and development. It is therefore difficult to indicate for one reason why a weed top does not harden well. In most cases, it is a combination of environmental factors that determine what a weed plant looks, tastes and smokes during after the curing process. If you always grow loose and airy tops and you are unable to produce those hard coffee tops, then consider the following things in your grow room.
Genetics: Although every weed plant can produce reasonably compact buds with the right treatment, the density of a weed top is primarily determined by the species. If your goal is to grow dense buds, then it’s a good idea to choose a species that is known for its hard nugs. In general, you can say that indica dominant species produce harder buds than sativa dominant green ladies.
Does light affect how larger your buds grow?
How much light do you give your plants is probably one of the key points to take away from this blog. Although other factors are often just as important, your lighting is up there on the list. Often a lack of light is the leading cause of airy weed tops. To be able to produce a consistent quality of weed, a grow room requires at least 300 watts of grow light per square meter. This should be your minimum wattage per square meter and from there, the more, the merrier. 400 watts is a lot better, and 600 watts is maximum for a space of one square meter. But beware, because there is also an upper limit that can prevent weed tops from developing correctly. Too much light can also cause poor top development at the end of the cycle, airy tops and too many foxtails.
The largest and the hardest buds grow at the top of a weed plant. By thieving your weed plants thoroughly and thoroughly in the second week of the flowering phase, you can increase the number of hard head tops and reduce the amount of airy tops below. There are also other techniques you can use to increase the number of bud tops your plant produces. Training your weed plants can take some time and practice, but worthwhile to learn since these techniques, when done correctly, can make the grower very happy during harvest time.
What temperature is ideal for my weed plants?
Temperature is an essential factor for weed plants. If it is too cold, your weed plant will grow more slowly or not at all. If it is too hot, leaves and buds can dry out and burn, and buds will not cure well either. If you only suffer from airy tops in the summer, the chances are that this will be caused by too warm of a growing area. Make sure you lower the temperature or add CO2 to your grow room, as a result of which weed plants get faster metabolism, and they can stand the heat better. If you are adjusting the temperature of your room, you will also need to adjust your water/nutrition accordingly. It makes sense if you think about speeding up a plants metabolism by adjusting the temperature you will also need to add fuel for the plant to grow. A suitable temperature for weed plants is around 25 degrees. With higher CO2 levels in the air (1200 to 1500 ppm) you can raise the heat to a maximum of 30 degrees.
To be able to make good hard buds, you must also feed a weed plant well. Wrong proportions of fertilizers such as nitrogen, potassium and sodium can ruin hard buds. It can even happen that an incorrect acidity level prevents fertilizers from being absorbed properly. In simple terms, you can easily avoid problems with nutrition by using a complete growth and basic flowering diet in combination with a correct pH value around 6. If you grow with a solid basic diet, but your buds never become hard, measure the pH value of your medium and calibrate your pH meter on time.
Air flow for the perfect bud!
A helpful hint here is that a weed plant will put the most energy into those buds that are more likely to be fertilized. As a rule, these are the tops that catch the most wind, and therefore be the ones losing seeds. Your weed plants will not be fertilized and should not if you are planning to harvest them. In a growing room or tent this also applies that a weed top that catches a nice breeze of air will deliver a harder top than one that catches no wind. However, don’t overdo it because too much wind can dry out a top too quickly. A swivel fan is ideal as it can keep all buds moving in a small grow room. Moving buds through a breeze also makes firmer strains, and firmer strains give buds more sugars because of better juice flow.
Hopefully, this has given you some helpful tips and tricks to try to make your buds more compact and smoother to smoke as a final product. Check out some of our other blog posts for more helpful hints for beginners growing weed for the first time.