Thanks to the modern age, and the plethora of technological advancements it has plopped in the laps of of millions, we are currently living in an age where information is readily available. This is a beautiful concept for many blatant reasons, one can now access millions of recipes for free or find tutorials for any odd niche one may find themselves involved with; it is amazing. Unfortunately, this awesome medium for information to be shared is often taken advantage of and used to spread untrue information. For all of you reading this, this facilitation of the spread of nonsensical information has penetrated the marijuana community so much today and there are many untrue and rapidly popularizing myths on growing marijuana that are tormenting amateur growers, in this article, I will debunk several of these errors.
I’ve had enough time and energy wasted trying to help students who followed more bullsh!t advice online than I can count.
Here are some of the biggies.
Myth #1: “Miracle Gro plant food will produce a massive yield with minimal effort.”
Many amateur growers seek advice for growing plants from public figures within reach, such as people who work in a gardening shop or a hydroponics store, and unfortunately these people do not grow marijuana (usually) and marijuana has very plant-specific needs and so general information from these layman growers usually will not apply to growing weed. Miracle Gro plant food, and other supplements, are all usually based on a single formula that is built to maintain itself for the entire duration of a plant’s grow cycle.
Many plants, including marijuana, have3 several stages within a grow cycle, and each stage has different needs for lighting, nutrients, watering, etc, and so the as the plant develops these variables must be adjusted. Miracle Gro will most likely just give your plants nutrient burn, there are many other plant food alternatives to choose for that are all specifically produced with the intention of perpetuating the growth of marijuana specifically.
Myth #2:”Urinating on your plants will replenish lost nutrients.”
This tip has spread through many marijuana cultivating message boards and I really can’t understand why, perhaps it’s the click-bait shock factor? Or perhaps it is because there is some truth to the myth. Reports have shown that diluted urine can provide some nutrients to a plant, however, this does not “replenish” lost nutrients and urinating directly onto the plant is not only disgusting (you’re smoking this man!) but potentially harmful and acidic. There are several cannabis nutrient systems out there, use one, don’t piss on your plants guys.
(Leave your pee for the compost piles.)
Myth #3: “You will need $________ to grow.”
The truth is that there are a variety of methods to grow marijuana, and while there is a significant amount of “give and get in return” regarding the money you put into marijuana investment and the product you get out of it, it does not need to be a back breaking expense and these articles are probably just looking to sell you their expensive equipment claiming that it is the best to ever exist. If you have some good seeds and soil and you can grow marijuana, it’s that simple.
A lot of “it’s so expensive” comments you hear from newbies on the internet is because they have been following so much bullsh!t advice and “tutorials out there that ended up costing them ruined grows (like moldy or improperly cleared buds during final harvest), wasting months, of their time.
Starting in the right place on the right foot has been proven most cost effective.
Myth #4: “Good genetics guarantee high potency.”
This is another myth that is somewhat true. Yes, genetics play a massive role in the potential potency in your end-product. You will never grow quality kush from reggie seeds, however, you can grow reggie quality bud from kush quality seeds. While genetics are important, the only thing that guarantees you have quality bud is carefully growing, harvesting, and curing your bud.
Myth #5: “Watering your plants with alternative drinks will make them taste like the drink.”
It makes sense in a very simple way, for example, if you fill a donut with jelly it will taste like jelly. However, science is just not that simple. You see, my students, cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids give weed it’s odor, taste, and potency. Terpenes are the most responsible for the flavor of the bud, and while growing conditions and genetics can have an effect on flavor, watering your kush with orange juice will not produce orange juice tasting kush.
Flavoring marijuana through advanced genetic ingredient introduction sequencing is a very advanced topic, discussed in the Advanced Genetics section of my book.
…..I could write forever, but I’m going to cut this short. The fact is, the internet can screw us all up in a BIG way. I know it did when I was first starting out, that’s why I started My Mission and continue to spread the Light, Love, and Truth do all my grow their own potent healing medicine – the most Elite Marijuana on planet Earth.
Toke on friends,
Years ago, and I mean many many, years ago, I was going through somewhat of a dry spell. You see, there were many raids in my home town and entire place had been dry months. All the large growers had been caught and there weren’t enough small operations to keep everyone afloat, only those who knew someone who grew a personal stash could get there hands on any good dope.
I harassed all of my dealers non-stop, they were trying to outsource but it’s tricky game for small town folks to gain connections outside of their respective residences. Eventually, one of my guys made a connection but was too scared to meet up with him. Out of desperation, I volunteered.
It was only about a thirty minute drive to his house, it was a decent place too. I couldn’t smell bud when I stepped into his house, although the ashtrays filled with clips indicated he must have smoked indoors. He was a nice guy, very talkative, and he immediately threw me into the tale of how he got into growing because his uncle grew and taught him the family trade, yada-yada. This man led me to a room in the back of the house, and by this point I could smell the fresh bud beyond door before us. He led me into a small room with a large mahogany wardrobe in the back and small circular couch wrapped around a table in the center. On the shelf there were three massive jars filled to the brim with bud. I was much younger, and inexperienced, at this time in my life and let me tell you- wow! It was quite an experience to see several ounces in one place before.
The man, i’ll call him Nick from now on, walked over to the jars and put them all in the table in front of me, motioning for me to check them out. I popped the lid off the first, stuck my nose in and inhaled. I will never forget the smell, it was an incredibly crisp fruity fragrance, it smelled like strawberries and melons. I removed a big probably six gram, cone from the jar and cracked it open; taking another whiff. I did the same thing to the two other jars, and they were all equally as odiferous.
Finally, he showed me the wardrobe. Inside were two massive plants.
“The one on the left is the indica,” he explained to me, “the taller one on the right is the sativa strain i’m growing for the first time.”
The plants were beautiful, like nothing I have ever seen. Photographs do not do justice to the reality of seeing two, towering, plants right before your eyes. Nick continued talking, explaining that he’s never smoked bud as good as the stuff he had grown himself- and to prove it, he smoked me out. He wasn’t lying! I pestered him for about two hours, inquiring into some of the general growing information. Eventually he said he had some business to take care of, and handed me a hydro flushing tip. I thanked Nick for his hospitality and said I would be back soon for some more product soon. One year later, when it was finally spring, I would start my first outdoor grow.
I just could not believe the size and quality of untouched outdoor grown bud.
Lots can go wrong when growing out in the open eye, check out my guide for how to be safe.
This wouldn’t be the first time this happened either.
Take care my stoner brothers and sisters,
Many aspiring weed cultivars always ask me; “Which is best, growing in hydroponics or soil?”
This is a fun subject, that will take me a while to explain, but, once mastered you will be up and running learning how to grow weed in no time!
Many marijuana growers are curious what the best application indoors and outdoors is for growing your own potent, dank, heavy yeilding harvesting bud.
Each has their own unique advantages. But if I were to dumb it down and PICK ONE, I would say the answer would be to, grow with organic, humus-rich soil in container pots or large planter boxes! The plants are much healthier, and produce better.
Because you can’t beat microorganism bacteria activity [which produce many compounds of organic, natural fertilizer that bewilders all but the best of botanists], root growth (beneficial fungi and vitamin-enriched bacteria that thrive in soil), and the advanced organic nutrients that are processed and “pre-digested” by living microorganism in the soil – these little critters are like natural fertilizer, and provide key elements and trace elements to your plants.
Hydroponics simply can’t come close in terms of nutrient availability, but it is still a highly viable opition. Nature is very complex, and the chemical ferts and nutes you add will NEVER come close to Mother nature’s brilliant design for taking care of her female marijuana plants.
Hydroponic enthusiasts argue cannabis can grow faster and bigger with certain aeroponics (the Rolls Royce of hydroponic systems), but that’s like saying “hooking the cow up to this super-feeder growth enhancing chemical water machine made her fatter and grew 10x faster!” Call me old-fashioned, but I believe mother nature always knows best.
Being fanatical about my plants, I believe nature provides hidden compounds, and even earth energy from being connected to soil, and our planet. I find anecdotally, our experience smoking buds grown in soil not only taster better, but feel better.
Either one, if loved and cared for, can be a very viable system. Each will provide for unique growers needs.
Enjoy your shiny new bud growth!
Until next time,
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Grow Medium Selection
When learning how to grow weed, the first major thing you’ll need to decide upon is whether or not you are going to be using hydroponics or soil.
Hydroponic marijuana growing means growing WITHOUT soil, using chemical, or organic-liquid fertilizing and nutrients. Many growers agree soil is superior because of the micro-organism actiivity in the soil, so BE WARNED!
When growing 420 buds, you want the best taste, yield, and ultimately POTENCY! If you want to increase your harvest yield, you will need to get the juiciest buds!
But, hydroponics have been known to produce some very very tasty buds as well, so relax.
There are many aspects to growing your own weed. It can be daunting at first, it’s a lot of technical information, but SO FUN!!! Once you get started and rolling, pretty soon you will have your own garden of incredibly potent marijuana and lots & lots of sticky buds to enjoy!
Next week we’ll talk about seeds! Germination, and how to choose the best cannabis seeds.
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