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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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Cannabis Growing Basics:  The Optimal Height for your LED Grow Light

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Cannabis Growing Basics: The Optimal Height for your LED Grow Light

Determine the Optimal Height for your LED Cannabis Grow Light


Hello & welcome back for another episode of GreenBox Grown! My name is Dylan, and today I will be explaining the optimal height for your LED Grow Lights when it comes to growing cannabis! While it may not seem obvious, keeping your grow lights the appropriate distance from your cannabis plants is one of the most important factors to having a successful grow. 

Having the lights too close will cause the plants to burn and wilt, quickly killing them off. Raise your grow lights too high and the plants will stretch, causing the stems to be long and skinny leading to a very weak branch. Once the weight of bud growth reaches a couple of weeks, the branches will snap due to being so long and skinny.

Now before I show you the appropriate heights, I would like to mention two important items. First, these heights are applicable for both indoor and greenhouse grows. It does not change. Second, when hanging your lights you will want to consider the type of light you are using. For example, and LED light can get much closer to plants without burning them when compared to a HID Light. 

A simple test you can always use to tell if you are too close is hold your hand under the lights right where the tops of your plants are. If it is too hot for you to hold your hand there for 5 seconds, it is too close and the light needs to be raised.


Now lets discuss the appropriate height for your LED lights. The first thing to consider is what stage your plants are in. When in the Seedling stage, you want the light to be around 2.5-3 feet above the tops of your plants. Once you are in Vegetation, you can lower the LEDs to be around 2-2.5 feet above the tops of the plants. Finally, in flower you will want the plants to have a distance of 1-2 feet from the lights.  


As your plants develop and age, they will be able to handle more light at a higher intensity. You just need to slowly work them up to it is all. If you are not using LED grow lights, but a HID or some sort of Sodium bulb, I recommend adding foot to the heights I discussed above. Most importantly, always use the health of your plants as an indicator. Use the hand test as well and you will always be able to have your LED grow lights at the perfect height!


That is all I have for now, but as always thank you for reading and Happy Growing!

Dylan Osborn @ GreenBox Grown

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Cannabis Growing Basics:  How to Program a Light Timer

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Cannabis Growing Basics: How to Program a Light Timer

Programming Your Grow Light Timer Basics!


 
 



Hello and welcome back for another episode of GreenBox Grown! My name is Dylan, and today I will showing you how to easily set up your Cannabis Grow Light Timer. Your light timer is going to be one of the most important tools in your grow as it allows you to automate the light schedule. This way you don't have to go out in the morning to turn the lights on or stay up late at night to turn them off! In the video I will be demonstrating with both a Digital Timer, which is the timer included in our Starter Kits, and a Wifi Enabled Timer, which can be purchased through our store via the link above.

So first thing I do in the video is show the Wifi Enabled Light Timer, which syncs up to your smart device via the WEMO App. What is great about this timer is you can control it from anywhere around the world, making it perfect for when you are off on vacation or just feeling too lazy to get out of bed.

On the app, you can connect as many different divices to control as possible, and you can set different rules for them. This means you can control several different grow tents which could be in different locations around the world if you wanted to! The rules essentially tell the lights when to turn on and when to turn off. So for example lets say I have an indoor grow that is currently in flower and so I want to give them 12 hours of light each day for 7 days per week.  

All I would have to do is go into the app and set a rule with those parameters and I am all set! There is also the option to press a button that instantly switches the lights on or off. This is great for outdoor and greenhouse grows because you can switch the lights on during a foggy or rainy day when they are usually off at that time. What is nice about this timer is it plugs right into the wall and allows you to hook up a power strip to it so you can control multiple lights from one device. 

Now lets check out the digital timer and how that works. The first step with this timer, is you want to program the current day and time. Once that is done, you simple hit the program button and choose the on and off times for each day. Once everything is set, just plug it into the wall and plug in your light. This digital timer is almost as easy to program as the Wifi Enabled one, you just can't control it remotely is all.  

Now that you have all the information you need on how to program your cannabis grow light timer, you are all set to start your grow! Also remember to change your light schedule when switching between vegetation and flower as the light requirements are different! Unless you are growing auto flowers that is, those require 18+ hours for the entirety of their grow.

Until next time, thank you for reading and HAPPY GROWING!!!

Dylan Osborn @ GreenBox Grown

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