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Top 7 Tips and Tricks for First Time Cannabis Growers


Top 7 Tips and Tricks for First Time Cannabis Growers

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What Upp GreenBox Growers and welcome back to the most lit cannabis grow Channel, on YouTube! Now today I'm going to be giving you guys my top 7 tips and tricks for first-time or beginner Cannabis Growers. and essentially these are going to be some guides and rules of thumb to follow that are going to help you avoid most of the common mistakes and pitfalls that new Growers make. These tips are also going to make it really easy for you to diagnose certain issues as they arise, and it will help you keep things really simple for you during your first couple times growing, so you can get without knowing too much or having too much experience.

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All right folks we are out here in my garage where we have the different grow tent set-up, and I just want to start with number one on my tips and tricks list. Which is keep your first grow or your first couple of grows as simple as possible! Know what I mean by that is you don't have to go out and buy the biggest row light or the biggest 10 and you know try to grow 10 to 12 plants your first time around you know with a full nutrient line up in some sort of soilless medium. What I am saying is just stick to the basics, all you need to know is a basic light you can. You can start with a 300 watt Light or even a 600, and just grow one plant one small plant that way. You can start in a 2 by 4 tent kind of like what I have here with a small plant that I will be growing into a mother plant actually. But yeah you can keep it simple you don't need to get a huge nutrient line up, they have trios where it is just a 3 bottles set up and then you just need some Cal Mag and then you are honestly perfect that way.

So yeah a couple of regular fans in here for air circulation of course and then you want if you are worried about the smell escaping your tent you're going to want to add a carbon filter to it. Really that's my first tip on the list is keep my first or couple of first grows at simple as possible and just try to get the basics down. Another one is start with soil for your first grow, don't go with Hydroponics or with a soilless medium. There is nothing wrong with those, they are great options it is just a little more experience and knowledge goes along with going that way so starting with soil makes it a lot easier it's going to pH, buffer your pH and make it a little more forgiving in terms of if you make mistakes. So that is a trick number one on the list.

 all right so this is my current Autoflower grow I have going and it is an LST Autoflower grow, you guys might have seen it on my grow series on my channel. Anyways, tip/trick Number two on the list is going to be always pH your water. Now I always use a pH pen and it's important to always check it's calibrated correctly because it will eventually lose its calibration and be off. But that's also where pH strips come in because you don't have to calibrate those and they're always going to give you an accurate reading. So that's another option, it's important, I use PH down I don't need ph up just because of what the pH is where I live it's higher than what I needed to be not lower. 

I also pH my misting or spray bottle water, whatever I'm spraying on them, whether it's a foliar spray or just plain water, this is one of the biggest mistakes or one of the biggest things people forget their first times around it to pH their water. So it starts causing all these other problems like what they think would be A nutrient deficiency or slow growth So they try to correct it using other things like adding more nutrients and such but that really isn't the issue, it's just correcting the pH. So even 99% of the time people think they have an issue, I would say it's just because the pH is off. So that is number 2 on the list so be sure to get yourself a pH pen or some pH strips and also know what medium you are growing in and what the ideal pH ranges for that growing medium.

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 So cannabis Thrive best in the PH range of 5.5 to 6.5 but that is going to be depending on the medium. So when you are in soil like this ocean Forest, the ideal pH is going to be 6.3 where if you were growing and Coca choir let's say or a swell list Medium, you're going to want to use 5.8. so definitely figure out what you are and what the ideal pH is and then always try to stay within that range.

 All right Growers were over here in my other tent which is the two-by-four and I've got my future mother plant growing in here. That is the  lemoncello marijuana seeds. But anyways this is going to be the third tip on the list, which is a void over-watering and under watering. With beginners over-watering is oftentimes what the problem is and the best way to avoid these issues of course is having a proper watering schedule. First off overwatering isn't a problem Or something that means you are watering too much water when you do give them water, over-watering is caused from watering too frequently and not letting the pots dry out properly before giving more water.  now under watering is the same thing, you're just not watering frequently enough. 

It's not an issue of if you're giving enough water each time you water but it's if you water frequently in that. So that's the first issue The second being following a proper watering regimen for schedule. So I like to wait until the soil, and this is when growing in soil by the way it's different for other mediums, but when growing in soil you are going to want to water or wait till the soil dries out and in all of the way around. And then that is when you know it is ready for its next watering. When it comes to nutrients, I only like to mix them and for every fourth watering so the other three are just plain pH waterings, and that helps a lot with issues like nutrient burn and other nutrient issues. 

For avoiding under watering, basically the opposite, just make sure that once it is dry and itchy if you make sure to start giving it some water and when a plant is small and the in the seedling face, you don't need to give it too much, but as they get bigger like this you are going to want to soak all of the soil all of the way around. And you will want to get a little bit of runoff out of the bottom from each watering. So that is how you will avoid over and under watering, which again is another very popular mistake or Pitfall that new Growers make. And it is very easily avoided and when you do you'll get even better results from your plants!

All right guys we are back over here in the Autoflower tent 4 tip and trick number 4 on the list. And that is to always  maintain the proper environmental conditions inside your grow tent. And there are four different components to this, first as temperature, humidity, air flow and then this is not really a fourth, but making sure that there is a slight breeze on your plants so the leaves are slightly fluttering but not too violently. So those are the four things you want to maintain, proper temperature because that is an issue. Or that's a really common issue that new Growers have is they either are too low and cold or too hot in that causes slow growth and improper things other issues with a plants. So avoiding that as well as an off humidity level will really help increase the quality of your results and it's going to help avoid lots of issues that you really don't want to run into as a new grower.

Humidity is also very important because it's going to help with the leaves during the vegetative state, if it is to dry the leaves are going to struggle and dry out and not be able to photosynthesize and help the plant grow as much. Now if it is too humid, now like let's say during flower, that's going to be an issue also because that is going to start causing things light white powdery mildew maybe Bud rot and other issues like that will start to form. Not air flow is important because you want to be cycling and fresh air and getting the old air out so those plans can breathe properly and get that CO2, and that's kind of where the fluttering and Breeze comes in, when you got those leaves with the air blowing under over them, that allows them to more properly absorb the CO2 that they used to help grow.

So having that little breeze and fluttering helps with the CO2 absorption, and then it also helps with strengthening the branches which will help the plants grow faster, larger, and it'll Allow them to hold larger buds. So, number 4 on the list remember this one as it's really important, always maintain proper conditions inside the grow tent. Most importantly humidity and temperature.

All right guys we are over at the mother plant tent 4 tip number 5 on the list, and this one seems like another obvious one or more basic one, but it is still a really important one. And it is start with the least amount of light that you need from the beginning, and slowly work up in terms of wattage. A lot of people think oh I've got to start with a thousand or 1200 watt light right over it, from the seedling stage and that's how you're going to get it to grow really big and large and really fast. And that's actually not true at all, it's just going to shock the plant because it's not used to the light yet at that stage, and it's actually going to do the exact opposite And just slow growth minimize it and lower your yields or quality of the plant.

 So you can see this plan is getting pretty large a decent size for just a couple weeks and here, and you might think this is a good size light but because it has these adjustable dials, I've actually got it so it's just on the seedling stage right now for lighting. So this is the lowest power setting on right now and you can see it still getting really rapid vegetative growth from this plan. And I am honestly getting about a new top coming up from Under The Canopy here almost every day so that is just with the seedlings switch on, and I still have two more to turn on and power up.

 Again this is another important rule to follow when starting from seeds or just starting your clones, again you're going to want to start with like a 45 watt light. With Shades and even with clones because they don't need that much and you don't want to damage them or put them in any sort of shocked when they are that young were at that stage because that will just get your grow off to a bad start. So start really low like I said with only a 45 watt light, and wait until like A few weeks 3 or 4 weeks into veg before you'll need to power up to a larger more powerful light. And when you do do that, start with the light as high up to the top of the 10 as possible so you can see how the plants react to that new power and that new added wattage, and then as they just to it you can slowly lower it if they are okay with it where it's at. I suggest lowering it like 1 to 2 in a day leaving it at that height for a couple of days. And then you can adjust again accordingly. So tip number 5, start off with less wattage and turns a lighting and slowly work your way up as the plant grows and shows that it needs more power and no room.

All right guys it is now time for tip 6 on the list, and what that is is he use your nutrient sparingly. So first off one big mistake new Growers make as they start adding nutrients to soon. So you really for the first two to three maybe four weeks if you are in soil you're not going to need any nutrients at all. Once they are a couple weeks end and big enough for 3 weeks in and they are large enough from germination then they have four to five Set a fan leaves, then you can do a really really light mix of your first nutrients feeding. It's just going to be a little little bit but that's about it. A lot of people tend to mix them too strong when they first start using the nutrients, they give them too early to the plant and they feed it to frequently to the plant.

So like I've had people who were using nutrients like every watering or sometimes like every other watering which is still really bad. So like I was saying earlier only every fourth watering do I ever use nutrients when I am in soil, and that is just because they go a long ways. Some are really concentrated some brand more than others, and it doesn't take much to burn and damage your plants so like I said nutrients go a long ways. So you don't need to mix them that strong and when you do makes them make sure to follow the right ratios following the per gallon amounts, and of course after mixing everything together that's when you want to pH the nutrient feeding.

 Another recommendation when it comes to Nutrients is you can get something basic like a trio buy Fox Farm or even one of the advanced nutrient trios. I love the foxfarm line up so I've got their dirty dozen which comes with way more than enough of what you need especially if you are a new grower, but I always recommend adding some sort of bottle of cal-mag to your line up because that is always something you're going to want to have for every nutrient watering. I used it every time I use nutrients add Cal Mag, usually a teaspoon per gallon of water. And I really like the cow mag by Botanicare like I have right here.

All right all right Growers we are back inside in my bedroom 4 tip number 7 on the list and here we are with the seedling tent and I've got about three different strains going right now that just popped up last night and I'm really stoked on that but anyways. Tip number 7 is basically going to be a checklist for you to go through whenever an issue comes up or is happening with your plants and it is basically going to make it really easy for you to  diagnose what's going on so you can figure that out and fix the problem. So the first thing on this check list is making sure you are using the right pH. So like I said earlier most issues or most deficiencies come from having the wrong pH or using the wrong pH for the medium that you are in.

So always make sure you are end that appropriate PH range whenever you are watering your plants. Number two is make sure your humidity and temperature corrected in the right range, as that is usually the second most common problem that's going to slow or cause issues with plant growth. And then number 3 on the checklist is going to be your grow light and the height. So you want to make sure that for the strength and wattage of the light you are Using, it is at an appropriate distance because if it gets too close it's just going to burn the plant, slow growth and put it in shock and cause a lot of other issues. But if you have it too high then it will also cause the plant to stretch and grow funny and have a whole other set or list of issues. So make sure it's at that appropriate distance, the light manufacturer usually gives you some settings or distances to use for the different phases, because that distance will change based on how big your plants are and if they're in veg or flower.

 Now after you have gone through those items the next thing to check on is how often are you watering and how often are you using nutrients. So if you are watering too frequently or not frequently enough, that will cause issues and then of course if you are using nutrients or not using them enough like I was talking about earlier that will also cause issues. When in soil my recommendation is to  always water when the soil is dried inch deep all the way around. It doesn't matter how many days this takes, sometimes it will take less if it is really hot outside or if it is really cold, it might take a little bit longer for the soil to dry out. But basically you want to wait until it's an inch deep dry, and then you are ready for that next watering.

 Another rule of thumb of course is to only use nutrients every fourth watering because otherwise it is going to be too frequently and too strong and always use a little bit less than the dose recommended on the watering or feeding schedule that you are following because usually these nutrients are a little more concentrated than we are used to. And we just want to prevent any burning or any issues like that. So that is the checklist right there as well as tip/trick number 7 on the list. and that is basically a really easy way for beginner to diagnose and see what's going on with any issues that may arise during your first couple of grows.

All right folks so that concludes my list of tips and tricks for first-time or beginner Growers. And just for making your life a lot easier when going around your first couple of grows. Before I go I also have a list of supplies I want to tell you guys about and I am suggesting this applies to you guys because the supplies are going to just make your life a lot easier in the end when growing cannabis. So the first apply I'm going to recommend is a humidity Dome and tray and that is just for starting your seeds or clones. Some people like to try and plant The seed into the soil right away in that does work, but it does take some experience and skill and a lot of new grows I've been working with have not had a lot of success using that method. What I have found that has worked almost 99% of time is germinating in a rockwool cube instead of humidity Dome.

So that's the first one and the next one is of course a pH pen or pH strips as those are huge. You will want to consider getting a light ratchet hanger so that you can have adjustable light hangers and raise and lower the light. You can see and hear I've got bungee cords cuz I'm using the smaller lights and I don't need to Adjust them. In the larger tent with the bigger lights it helps a lot and you can easily easily adjust that height raising it or lowering it as the plant needs.

 Next I will recommend using some humidity packs for curing your buds and those mason jars, I can be Bovada or boost both work really great, but I recommend using them because it helps prevent drying your buds out too much. And if you do it will help bring them back to life. And if you use them it'll help you get really good curing results with your buds without much experience  or knowledge on how to do that because they Keep the ideal conditions going inside those jars.

 Next I always recommend some sort of lens or scope for looking at the trichomes, so you can determine when they are ready for Harvest or when the buds are ready for Harvest. But I always recommend using a clip-on lens for your smartphone, specifically a macro lens. And that makes things really easy because then all you have to do is clip it onto your phone. And then you can video tape and slow mo up close and then play that back and have a really easy look at your trichomes. Where with the scope sometimes it's hard to get it to focus and see it right there live, so having that slow mo capability makes things really easy.

All right guys so now last but not least on the list is the bull trimmer!  and now you guys are going to find out really quickly here if you haven't grown before, one of the most tedious and kind of boring tasks to be honest is trimming. There are ways to make it fun, but this is one of the ways to really speed it up. Now the bullet trimmer is great because you'll have a lot of bugs that grow under the canopy and don't really fill out all the way or completely like those main cool is up top. I called these popcorn Buds and they don't really need to be hand trimmed because they're not that quality talk quality stuff. So running them through this bullet trimmer really speeds up the process and makes it easy. And it is still going to give them a good quality Trimming. So definitely worth picking one of these up as they are very affordable and make life very easy and also just trimming is much easier using one of these as it collects all of your trim and sugar leave down below there so you can save that. And it is also great for a buzz that you will use for extracts as they are not going to have to be perfectly trimmed for that. So you can just run them through this real quick and you'll be good to go.

All righty GreenBox Growers that concludes today's video  with my top 7 tips and tricks for first time or beginner cannabis Growers! Now as always if you enjoyed the video please Smash that sums up button and don't forget to leave a comment down below with your feedback or with ideas for future videos you'd like to see me do. Also feel free to subscribe to the green box row on YouTube channel and to turn on those notifications for updates on my latest Grove. As always thank you guys for watching and until next time…

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Dylan @ GreenBox Grown