Grow Pounds of Cannabis using these 2 simple Tricks!!!

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Grow Pounds of Cannabis using these 2 simple Tricks!!!

Easily Grow Pounds of Weed at Home with LST & Topping


What’s up Cannabis Growers, and welcome back for another episode of greenbox grown!  As always, my name is Dylan and today I will be showing you guys how you can grow pounds of cannabis right at home, using 2 very simple and easy to use techniques!  These techniques are Topping as well as Low Stress Training, or LST.  Combined, these tricks will take an average sized cannabis plant and turn it into a monster sized bush that will yield tons of bud!  As a heads up, I will be performing this on 4 Regular Blue Dream plants and I Do add a SCROG right before flower, but that is optional.  I do not recommend topping when it comes to growing auto flower plants, but you can use LST with hooks on autos.  So now that you guys know what were doing lets get started!

Alright, so the first thing I want to show you is how the plants look after all this training is said and done.  This shot is from about week 5 of the grow, and it has been almost 7 days since I stopped the training process.  So not only can you see how bushy these plants are, which is what we want, but there are also growing upwards and tall which is great because it will allow for bigger buds to grow on the branches.  

This next shot shows the 4 blue dream plants a few days before I harvested them, and you can see just how many different tops there are and how large the buds have grown.  I was able to harvest well over a pound from just these 4 plants, which I was really pumped on.  You can see I have added the SCROG to these plants as well, which helps them grow horizontally instead of vertically so they don't get to tall and so you can fit more tops in the greenhouse.  Remember, the more tops your plant has, the more bud it will produce.  So the main goal with these 2 training techniques is to produce as many tops as possible on each plant.

Ok, so here we are in week 1, and I have yet to do any sort of training or topping to these plants.  These guys were started from clone and I just transplanted into these pots 1 day ago.  Now before any training is to be done to these blue dream plants, the very first thing you are going to want to do is top the plants.  Topping refers to the technique of cutting off part of the “Top” of your cannabis plant.  And what this does is causes the one stem to grow into 2 stems, so in the end you have 2 main tops now instead of just the one.  Now you want to make sure you are cutting in the right spot, which is this little part of the plant that is growing out from the end of the branch.  Be sure to use a sterile pair of trimmers, and You want to clip right where this part meets the stem.  Once you cut, your plant has officially been topped!  

I want to show you a couple quick images which show exactly where to cut.  So this first picture is highlighting what exactly the tops are, and you can see they are a little bit lighter in color than the rest of the plant.  Once you have identified the tops on your plant, you’re ready to cut.

This next image shows exactly where to cut.  So you can see you want to go right below where the top meets the stem.  And it’s as simple as that.

Ok, so now that we have gotten topping out of the way, it is time to show you how to perform LST which is short for Low Stress Training.  What LST is, is the idea of adding stress to the plant by bending its branches, because that process actually causes the plant to react and grow much faster.  The main object with LST is to bend the branches over as much as possible, without causing damage.  I prefer using the 3 finger technique, as it is much more gentle on the plant and prevents the branch from breaking off.  What this means is you place the branch between your fingers, with the thumb on the bottom and your index and middle fingers on the top, and then you slowly bend over a little at a time until the branch does not stand back up when you release it.  Sometimes the branch may crease and completely fall over, and that is ok.  In fact that is called super cropping and will cause the branch to grow even more rapidly, but ill get into that technique in more detail in another video.  When using the LST technique, be sure to do it on all branches, and bend them in all different directions so you have an evenly growing plant.  

Ok, so now this is one day after the initial LST, and you can see the plants have almost stood completely back up.  This is normal, and to make sure this doesn't happen anymore, I will be using hooks to harness the branches down into the correct position and so they wont stand back up.  Using these hooks is also a very important technique because it also holds the tops of your branches down so that they are lower than the rest of the plant.  This causes the plant to grow new main tops out of the higher parts of the stems, making it so you have that many more tops.  Once those tops have grown enough, I will harness them down with a hook so that even more grow out of there!  When harnessing the hooks, make sure they are staying in the soil and bring them as close to the top of the plant as possible so it really holds it down there.

Here we are the day after the initial hooks were put in, and you can see there are already new tops growing up and the ones that were harnessed facing downwards are pointing back up!  This shows just how quickly cannabis plants react to training!  If one of your hooks pops out or comes loose, just reposition it and push it back down.

This shot is about 3 days later, and I wanted to show you guys this knuckle that has formed at the base of the plant.  This is perfectly normal and ok when it comes to training, and is actually a reaction to it.  This knuckle is formed because the plant is pushing all its nutrients to these new parts of the plant that need the extra energy to grow back up.

Now we are in week 2 of this grow, and you can see the plants have grown tremendously!  They are already taking on that bushy shape and are really starting to take off.  At this point, you should be seeing a huge difference in your plants on a daily basis.  So what I will do right now is check the new growth to see if it is ready to be trained and hooked down.  With the newer younger branches, I recommend performing the 3 finger LST bending them downwards, right when they start growing upwards.  This makes them more flexible and easier to hook.  Be sure to wait for the hook until the branch is long enough to be harnessed into a low position.  In this shot, none of the new branches are ready for hooks, so I’ll just give them some LST.  After using LST, you branches will be laying over on their sides, which might look like they are dead, but trust me they are doing just fine and will be standing back up by tomorrow.

Another couple days later, and there has been some significant growth, enough for me to add some more hooks.  Before I add the new hooks, however, I want to check on how the previous ones are doing.  You'll see that the branches have actually grown in length, so what I will do is move the hook up to the new growth so the top is still being pulled down low.  This is what I am doing in the beginning of this shot.  Jus readjusting the already added hooks.  Once that process has been completed, I move on to the new branches up top and hook them down.  Again it is very important to hook them in different directions so they grow an evenly shaped plant, opposed to growing all in one direction.  Always pull them to the outside part of the part closest to them.  Once all the new tops that are ready have been hooked, you are all done with your training for the day.  Be sure to check on the plants each and every day so you stay on top of this process.  

Here is a quick arial view of the plants thus far, so you can get an idea of the shape I’m trying to get this plant to grow into and so you can see the different directions I am hooking the plants.

This scene is really important, as you’ll see I accidentally bend a branch too far and it tears almost completely off!  Luckily, cannabis plants are extremely resilient and can have branches fused back on!  All you need to do is take a little scotch tape and wrap it around the base of the stem so it is being held together where it broke off.  After a week or so the branch will have completely fused itself back together and will be completely ok!  Even though this is fixable, you always want to be really careful when doing this process so you don't do too much damage.

Here we are for week 4, which will be the last week of LST and the 2nd and last topping for these plants.  You can see how bushy they have become in just four weeks time, and this is mainly due to the training that was performed.  Now I will perform the 2nd and last topping on these plants, and it is important that you top all of the tops, and not just one.  This way you can really maximize you yields by turning it top into 2!  I already adjusted and added the hooks before topping these guys, so there is no need to do so afterwards.  And once you have reached the desired sized plant you would like, that is a great time to stop the LST and topping process.  

This shot was taken 1 week after all LST and topping was finished, and you can see just how much the branches have grown up since then.  Not only are these guys extremely bushy, but each plant has more tops than I can count!  Once I have reached this point, I like to let them grow upwards for a week or 2 longer, and then I start the flowering process.  For this grow I also added a SCROG a few days before switching to flower.  But this is exactly how you want to be growing your plants into that bushy shape, so you can really max out your yields and get pounds of cannabis instead of just ounces!  

Here we are for the final day before harvest of this blue dream grow.  Not only are the bud absolutely massive and covered with trichomes, but there are so many main colas, it’s almost impossible to count.  While there are a lot of buds growing beneath this scrog, it’s these main colas up top that you really want to pay attention to.  As they are the highest quality of cannabis being grown on each plant.  I wanted to show you this shot so you can see how all the training and topping paid off in the end, and how much bud these 4 plants ended up growing because of it.

So there you have it, that is exactly how you can use LST and Topping to grow pounds of cannabis instead of just ounces.  And the best part is these techniques are really simple and easy to implement, so it’s really a no brainer when it comes to deciding if you should train them or not.    That’s all I have for now, but be sure to stay tuned as I will be releasing some more rosin press videos in the very near future as well as some pest defense tips and tricks!  As always if you guys enjoyed the video, please give us a thumbs up and don't forget to comment below with your feedback.  Also don't forget to subscribe to my channel and until next time thank you for watching and...

HAPPY GROWING!!!

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

 

 

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Spider Mites on your Cannabis Plants:  How to Identify & Kill

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Spider Mites on your Cannabis Plants: How to Identify & Kill

Curing a Spider Mite Infestation on your Cannabis Plants


Hello and welcome back for another exciting episode of GreenBox Grown! Today I will be explaining how to identify a Spider Mite Infestation on your cannabis plants, and how to eradicate the issue in a healthy way! This will include using lady bugs as an all natural solution, but I will get into more details on that later on.

The first and most important step to this process is being able to identify that there are indeed Spider Mites on your Cannabis Plants. The easiest way to identify this issue is by examining the topsides of your cannabis fan leaves. If you do have a spider mite issue, there will be clusters of tiny, lightly colored spots all over the tops of the leaves. There might also be some discoloration on the leaves, and some may even be drooping or look somewhat mangled. Spider mites puncture holes into the leaves of your cannabis plant and eat what's inside as their nutrients. That is why you'll see all those clusters of dots on the leaves and why the leaves will look damaged.

If you are noticing these spot clusters, be sure to take a look on the undersides of those same leaves, as that is where the spider mites hide and are generally located. When looking at the undersides of your fan leaves, be sure to use a jewelers loupe or some sort of magnifying glass so you can see them. It is hard to get a good look of the spider mites with the naked eye. When zoomed in, you will be able to see the spider mites crawling around, and you will be able to see a bunch of little balls everywhere stuck on the leaves. Those are the spider mite larvae, and they will hatch very quickly, so it is best to take care of this issue immediately!

Spider Mites are actually one of the most common pests people will have to deal with when growing cannabis, and they can also be one of the most destructive if not handled properly. The reason for spider mites being so dangerous, is they can reproduce extremely fast and almost instantly after the larvae stage, meaning they will grow exponentially in numbers just in a matter of days! A whole cannabis garden could easily be wiped out by spider mites if not handled ASAP! That is why I always recommend taking action right at the first signs of an infestation, as that will give you that best chance at success. Now before I get into how to kill the Spider Mites and eradicate them from your Cannabis Plants, I want to cover one more sign of their infestation.

So if you don't spot the mites soon enough, you will start to see what looks like spider webbing, covering your plants and buds! This is actually caused by the spider mites, as they try to create a protective barrier around their environment. This is a sign that the spider mite infestation is pretty severe, and will take a lot of work just to get back under control. That is why I always recommend doing a through check over your cannabis plants every couple of days, so you can spot these kinds of issues early on.

Ok, so now that I have shown you how to identify Spider Mites on your Cannabis Plants, It's time to explain how to kill and get rid of them. Now most people like to use different sprays and solutions, such as neem oil for getting rip of these bugs. What they will do is mix it with water and then spray all over the top and bottom sides of your cannabis plants and leaves. I have used neem oil before for spider mites and other infestations, only to have mediocre results. It usually didn't completely cure the problem, but instead would just slow them down for a few days. The other problem with sprays is they leave a somewhat nasty scent behind on your plants. And if you are in the middle of flower, you really don't want to be misting your cannabis plants, as it can ruin the buds and cause them to turn moldy!

That is why I always recommend using Lady Bugs as an all natural solution to Spider Mites on your Cannabis Plants. All you have to do is put them directly at the base of the plant, right on top of the top soil, and the lady bugs will do the rest. After a few days the lady bugs will have eaten up all of the mites, along with any other harmful pests in your garden! I even like to release lady bugs in my garden before there are any problems, as they are great at regulating pests before they become an issue and Lady Bugs do no harm to your Cannabis Plants.

That is all I have for today, but please stay tuned for our next video as it will be about White Powdery Mildew on Cannabis Plants and how to prevent/eradicate the issue. As always, thank you for watching and...

HAPPY GROWING!!!

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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40 Free Seeds from Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds

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40 Free Seeds from Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds

40 Premium Line Cannabis Seeds courtesy of A.M.S.


Hello and welcome back for another exciting episode of GreenBox Grown! Today I'm stoked because I received an unexpected package in the mail from Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds. Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds or A.M.S., is an online seed bank which has been providing top quality genetics and strains for some time now. Anyways, In this video I will be opening up my free packaged from A.M.S., and I will be showing you guys a cool deal that is going on right now on the A.M.S. Website so lets get into it!

Alright so after opening up the package, I could see right away that there were a ton of seeds in there. As it turns out, there are 4 different strains, and each strain came with 10 seeds. So A.M.S. hooked it up with 40 SEEDS! The strains are Limoncello Haze, Psycho, Pixie Dust, and Blue Dream Extreme, all of which are feminized. After doing some research on the A.M.S. site, I realized that all of these strains are from their "Premium Seeds" Lineup! 10 Seeds from this section on average go fro $150!!! So needless to say I am really stoked to have these seeds, and I will definitely be getting them in the mix during my next grow.

In the video, you will also see that I give you guys an update on how the Chocolate Hashberry from my last couple videos is curing. You can tell from the close up that not only has it gotten tighter and more dense, but it's even more frosty! Alright, so now it's time for that awesome seeds deal I had mentioned earlier.

So if you go back to the homepage of the A.M.S. site and scroll about three quarters of the way down the page, you will see they are giving away 5 Psycho Seeds from the Premium Lineup, to all orders that are over $118.00. So this is a great way to get ahold of some of those premium seeds so you can try them out for yourselves.

That's all I have for today, but before I go I'd like to give one more huge shoutout to Amsterdam Marijuana Seeds and a big thank you to them as well for really hooking it up with these 40 Free Seeds! Thanks for watching guys, and until next time...

HAPPY GROWING!!!

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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Easily Press Your Own Rosin at Home!

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Easily Press Your Own Rosin at Home!

Pressing Top-Shelf Rosin at Home!


Hello and welcome back for another Episode of GreenBox Grown! In this video I show you how to press Top-Shelf Rosin right at home, using my Manual Rosineer Rosin Press. This press is currently available on the GreenBox Grown store for $299.00 and I highly recommend checking out this press if you are looking for one for personal use.

So the first thing you need to do is get all your supplies together. First you will need your cannabis of course, and the quality of bud you use has direct impact on the quality of the rosin and your yields. In todays video, I am pressing some homegrown Double Tangie Banana and will be doing 2 grams at a time.

Next you will need a scale so you can weigh out how much weed you’re pressing each time. I have found 2 grams at a time works best with this machine, but you can grow up to 4 grams while still getting great results. Next you’re gonna need a pollen press, or something you can use to pre-press your cannabis nugs. This is important because packing the weed together before hand allows for a more even and thorough press, which leads to higher yields! Finally, you will need parchment paper for pressing the rosin onto. I normally use the unbleached raw paper, but I will be using regular white parchment paper today so you can see the rosin more easily.

Now that you have your supplies together, it is time to turn on the rosin press and set the temperature. My rosin press is in Celsius so that is the temperature readings I’ll use. What I have found is the lower the temp, the better, as it allows for a higher yield and higher quality rosin. I have been using 100 degrees celsius as that’s the temp giving me the best results. What I have also found with the lower temps is it creates a much more stable rosin which is easy to pick up with a dabber and use. Now that your temperature is set, wait for the machine to heat up and then you are ready to go!

Now weigh out your desired amount of weed you want to press and pack it into the pollen press. I recommend only packing the press half way down, as you don't want to over pack the weed. Now that it’s been packed, push out the puck and put it on a piece of parchment paper that has been folded in half. The bud should be covered top and bottom by the parchment paper and should be directly in the center. Begin pulling the lever down slowly, so the bud has a chance to heat up before being completely pressed. This is another way to help increase yields! Continue to pull the lever down until it locks in place, and then listen close for the bud to begin to sizzle. If you separate the parchment paper at this point, you will also be able to see the rosin oozing out of the bud! Since this is set at a low temperature, you can press the bud for longer without causing damage to the rosin. I recommend 45 seconds to 1 minute 30 seconds per press for best results.

After the time is up, lift the lever up and see how much rosin you yielded. Before you can smoke this liquid gold, I recommend letting it cool down so it can harden up before you use it. After about 5-10 minutes it is good for use! Now you’re probably wondering what you should do the the pancake of weed that is left over from the press. First, you can re-press it to get the rest of what’s left out. Or you can use it for making edibles and tinctures. If you repress it, I recommend pressing for 3 minutes to get the most out.

There you have everything you need to know about pressing your own rosin at home! If you enjoyed the video, please give us a thumps up and leave a comment below! Also, if you haven't done so already, please subscribe to our channel. As always, thank you for watching and until next time…

HAPPY GROWING!!! 

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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Grow Update:  Trimming and Curing my Marijuana Buds

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Grow Update: Trimming and Curing my Marijuana Buds

Dry Trim and Cure your Buds to Perfection!!!


Hello and welcome back for another episode of GreenBox Grown! Today I will be covering the trimming process for marijuana buds and I will show you how to properly cure your buds as well. In previous videos I have mentioned doing what is called a "Wet Trim" which refers to trimming the cannabis buds before you dry them. For this most recent harvest of mine, I did what is referred to as a "Dry Trim" and all that means is I trimmed the buds after hang drying them. This was actually the first time a did a Dry Trim, but I must admit it was much easier than a wet trim. Now with dry trimming, you will notice that a lot of the leaves will just break off right from contact, if you have dried them long enough, and will make the whole process much easier since you don't have to trim off each individual leaf!

Once you have trimmed all the buds to your liking, it is time to begin the curing process. Curing is actually one of the easier parts of the harvesting process and only requires 2 supplies. First you will need mason jars for putting the buds into, and second I highly recommend using humidipaks to regulate humidity levels in the mason jar. I use the Boveda Humidipaks and they are great at preventing mold and creating the perfect environment for curing cannabis. They also help for long term storage. I also recommend using the quart sized mason jars as they are the perfect size for curing an ounce of dried cannabis. Now all you have to do is trim the buds off of the main stalk they are attached to and put them in the jars with a humidipak in the middle.

The final step in the curing process is to open the jars up once every 24 hours. for the first week you will leave the lid off for 30 minutes each time, and then 20 minutes for the next 3-4 weeks. After that it is up to you if you want to continue with curing your marijuana. It is important to note that the curing process helps tremendously with bringing out the best flavors and smoothness of your cannabis buds. It also helps make them really dense and tight opposed to airy.

That is all I have for this video, but before I go I would like to mention one more thing. Once you have reached the beginning of the curing process, your bud is ready to be smoked. If you can resist and hold off, it is best to wait until after a few weeks of curing. But if you really want to try out your homegrown marijuana, that is the point where you can start to smoke it. You will also be able to see how the quality of the smoke increases as you get further into the curing process.

Also be on the look out for my next video which will be released later this week, as I will be reviewing Rosineer Rosin Press I recently picked up from Amazon. Until then, thank you for watching and...

Happy Growing!!!

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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Grow Update:  Harvest of Basic Cannabis Grow

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Grow Update: Harvest of Basic Cannabis Grow

Harvesting my Cannabis Plants!!!


Hello and Welcome back for another episode of GreenBox Grown! Today I will walk you guys through the harvest of my basic medical cannabis grow, which of course was homegrown. When I say "Basic" Cannabis Grow, I am referring to the video series I have been doing as of late, which has covered a cannabis grow with very minimal training to the plants and a shorter vegetation period. For example, I only topped these plants a couple times, and used very minimal LST. For the Pre-98 Bubba plant in the video, I only gave that plant 3-4 weeks of vegetation, which is less than usual.

So the first thing I want to do is show you the different plants I will be harvesting. For the indoor grow tent, I am harvest 1 lemon banana sherbet plant and 1 double tangie banana plant. For the Greenhouse I have outside, there is 1 chocolate hashberry plant, 1 pre-98 bubba plant, and 1 coco monkey balls plant. Before you can harvest your cannabis plants, you must first determine if they are ready, which is done by looking at the trichomes under a lens. I like to harvest my plants once all the trichomes have turned milky, with around 10-15% of them amber. The window for harvest begins at 100% milky trichomes and stops once they become 100% amber, so you want to harvest somewhere in the middle. Where is up to your preference and the type of high you would like to get. For more details on that, you can visit my video about Looking at Trichomes on Cannabis Plants.

Now that I have determined these plants are ready for harvest, it is time to get all your supplies ready. You will need trimmers and a regular pair of scissors. String for hanging the buds from, tape for strain labeling, gloves for keeping the resin off your fingers, and a few other optional supplies. Once you have everything ready, it is time to harvest! I start my harvest by chopping down each branch one by one and putting them into a trash bag for transporting to my trimming table. I put different strains in their own bags to keep order of which is which. Once you have chopped down all the branches, you can remove all fan leaves from the buds. This makes things much easier for trimming.

Now that you are ready to trim, all you need is a tray that will collect the sugar leaves you trim off, your latex gloves, and trimming scissors. You will notice a gooey gunk that builds up on your scissors and gloves after awhile of trimming. This is called scissor hash and can be smoked, so be sure to scrape it off and save for later! To trim, I like to start with the scissors facing vertically to the bud so I can do a quick trim of all the really large sugar leaves, them I turn the scissors to be perpendicular to the buds making it easy to get a more precise trim. Once the buds have been trimmed up, you can hang them from a string to dry.

I use the same tent I grew in as the drying room. It is important to clean everything out first however, so there are no issues with the buds when they dry. Also be sure to keep some fans going so there is air movement in the dry room, and be sure to keep the humidity low. After 3-7 days, you buds will be finished drying and you can then move on to the curing part of this process, which will be explained in my next video. You can tell when the buds are done drying by bending the smaller stems on the branch. If the stem simply folds over it is not ready, but if the stem snaps or makes a cracking sound when bending, then it is ready to go into the mason jar for curing!

That is all I have for now, but like I mentioned above, stay tuned for my video coming soon which will cover the curing process for these buds! Until then, thank you for watching and...

HAPPY GROWING!!!

Dylan @ GreenBox Grown

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