While growing marijuana isn’t that difficult, some marijuana growers fall into common pitfalls. If you fail your first time, don’t give up! The best thing to do is learn from your mistakes and try again.
Reasons Marijuana Growers Fail
These are the 10 most common reasons marijuana growers fail and how you can avoid them.
1. They talk about it.
If you live in a state where marijuana has not been legalized, you should not talk to anyone about your attempts at growing. In fact, the most common reason marijuana growers fail is because they opened their mouth to the wrong person. If you want to grow marijuana, you need to learn how to keep a secret. Anyone, even someone you trust, could potentially be a snitch.
2. They don’t use the right fertilizer.
Many first-time growers – and even some experienced growers – don’t realize the importance of fertilizer. Typically, they just grab the first bag they see on the store shelf. While your plants will still grow, they won’t thrive like you really want them to. When looking for the right fertilizer, try finding one that is high in nitrogen. These especially helps during the flowering stage.
3. They don’t prepare.
While you don’t need to plan out every single detail, you should at least have a basic plan before you begin. A lot of factors need to be planned out ahead of time, like which seeds to buy, appropriate equipment and scheduled hours of light and dark. When you don’t prepare ahead of time, you are often left scrambling at the last minute. When you have less time to prepare you are more apt to make mistakes.
4. They don’t keep active.
Though it may be called a weed, growing marijuana actually takes some effort. The more effort you put into your plants, the better the reward during harvest. Make sure not to ignore your plant. Take the time to prune leaves, water, test pH and more. Since marijuana has a very short lifespan from germination to harvest, you won’t have to wait long for the payoff.
5. They prune too much.
While you need to take care of your plants, there is such a thing as going too far. Only do prunings occasionally and when needed. Pruning too much can weaken the plant and potentially even kill it. When it comes to pruning, it is better to remain on the safe side.
6. They bought poor seeds.
Quality seeds are important when you want to grow marijuana. Beginners tend to buy cheaper seeds, which end up being poorer quality. Make sure to buy from a reputable source so you know you are getting high-quality seeds. Better seeds mean better results come harvest time.
7. They gave too many nutrients.
If you read guides about growing cannabis, you will learn about the importance of giving your plants nutrients. However, many new growers tend to overdo it. Instead, start with just a little nutrients at a time, and watch how your plants react. If it seems your plants are being overwhelmed, cut back on the number of nutrients you are giving.
6. They don’t learn.
Too many new growers attempt to grow cannabis without reading any information first. By not learning what steps to take, you are setting yourself up for failure. You should take the time to read through the entire growing process, from germination harvest. You can even learn new techniques, tricks and tips.
7. They use the wrong container.
This goes back to your preparation. In order to grow fully, marijuana plants need a large, breathable. You do not want your plant to become Rootbound, meaning the roots grow to the edges or bottom of the container due to it being too small. Rootbound plants are known to die quickly. Make sure to find a container with plenty of space.
8. They use outdoor soil.
Any soil you find outside isn’t going to work when it comes to growing cannabis. You want to get soil with a neutral pH, which can typically be found in general stores. If your soil is too acidic or too basic, your plants can easily die.
9. They overwater.
Another popular cause of failure is overwatering your plants. If your plants are in containers that are too large, overwatering can cause your plant to die. The easiest way to tell if your plant needs water is by pushing your finger into the soil up to your first knuckle.
10. They don’t maintain pH.
You should be testing the pH of your plants often. You never want your plants to be too acidic or too basic. If your plant’s pH is not good, it will often look sickly and shriveled. It can even die.
11. Insufficient lighting.
Many novice growers think time in the windowsill provides enough sunlight. However, most marijuana plants need intense light and heat to grow and flower properly. One of the best and easiest ways to do this is through supplementing sunlight with light fixtures.
If you’re a first-time cannabis grower, you may be worried about making mistakes. These are the most common mistakes marijuana growers make and how you can easily avoid them.