5 Handy Tips for your Next Grow
For this weeks instalment of the Seedsman top five, we’ll be covering grow tips.
This article will specifically cover grow tips that can help growers outside of their grow. Other top five articles will be focused on everything from strains to grow techniques – keep your eyes peeled if you’re still looking for some grow tips for inside the tent.
1. The first tip that begins right at the barrier of your operation. Assuming you’re growing indoors in a tented setup, these tips will be helpful regardless of how you’re growing inside. One of the biggest things you’ll be forced to deal with in your grow is the threat of infestation. Mold, mites, fungal infections, rodents – it’s all bad, and the only things you should ever see moving around are the fan leaves on your plants or you as you move from specimen to specimen. Try draping two overlapping pieces of sterile/freshly laundered canvas in front of your entrance to your grow, then, heavily cover those pieces of fabric with Rosemary oil. You can find that stuff at health food stores – and it should do a pretty good job at repelling small bugs and things that want to eat your crop.
2. A second trick for your grow is to really “challenge” your seedlings. Once your seedlings sprout, (before you bring them into “rotation” of flowering and vegetation) you can make them move a good amount and gain some heartiness. This trick uses the fiberous design of the plant’s central stalk to your advantage. One trick is by either to lightly tie down the seedling in one direction (with something as small as a toothpick, or the ‘twistex’ wire used to keep a loaf of bread fresh) and continually allow the plant to grow up an away. Another way (which I prefer to the aforementioned) to strengthen the seedlings in this same fashion is to face the top miniscule amount of photocells on the seedling towards a light source. Continually rotate the seedling maybe ten to fifteen degrees away from the light. You will notice that the photocells and small beginnings of fan leaves will “work” themselves back towards the light. A plant is happiest when its leaves are facing the light source like little solar panels. If you make the seedling continually rotate a few degrees in the same direction every couple of hours you will notice after a few days that the grain pattern of the central stalk will take on a spiraled pattern similar to a pumpkin vine. Think of how a damp bath towel has more strength to snap at the back of a friend after its been spun into a roll. This same spiraling of fibers can help a plant! The key with this technique is to only change the orientation of the seedling a few degrees every time, and to have the direction of the rotation remain constant. You don’t want to put in a bunch of work on a plant and forget that you were spinning it a few degrees clockwise each day rather than counterclockwise.
3. If you’re growing outside try to shelter your plants from sight. Maybe have your plants behind a tree line or just beyond a hill. Anything you can do to put your grow away from a well-walked path or high traffic area could be the difference between you curing a crop and catching a case – especially if you’re growing on land that is not yours.
4. If you’re growing on your property – don’t show your friends. Show the friend that also grows, but that’s it. One day you could come home in the final weeks of harvest to find nothing. It just takes one person talking in front of another not-so-good person for that kind of heartbreak. Tell your friends you get it from a dealer elsewhere – the less that know you have outdoor plants, the better.
5. If you’re growing outdoors at home, try to mask the scent with other fragrant herbs and spices. Lemongrass, mint, and sage are all classic choice for plants near your “plants”. Those are all hearty and smelly options to help cover your bud. Some growers will separate their strains which is never a bad choice. “Kush near those ferns ands some haze back near the pumpkins” etc. Doing this will help you from putting all of your eggs in one basket, allow you to tend to individual needs, and it will keep your strains separate.