Is it hard to grow weed? Hell no – the clue’s pretty much in the name. However, if you change the question slightly to is it hard to grow properly awesome weed that’s epic on a ridiculous scale, the answer is yes…it is hard to get it right.
Well, perhaps not hard as such, but rather the kind of thing you can’t just make up as you go along. The truth is, the only real difference between real top-shelf bud and the stuff you always regret buying is that way more thought and effort has been put into the good stuff. It might seem like the mother of all balancing acts to pull off at home, but in reality there are actually only five pretty simple golden rules to follow that can guarantee you the buds you’ve always dreamed of.
And here they are:
You could bog yourself down with the specifics of this subject in a scientific sense all day. Realistically though, all you really need to be aware of is that crap seeds grow crap weed – the opposite being true at the other end of the scale. If you aren’t willing to buy the best in the first place…well, it’s a bit like the old adage about polishing poop. There’s a reason great seeds cost more and a very good reason why self-respecting growers use them – you’ll actually come out with buds to be proud of.
Intensity of Light
If you don’t have a high power LED or a 1000 watt HPS at home…which chances are you don’t…it’s actually nigh-on impossible to give your plants too much light. Above and beyond everything else, it’s the intensity of the light you treat your buds to that will determine the quality, size and potency of your buds. A seed can only ever produce a certain potency of bud, which means you can’t expect to grow low-end seeds into high-end weed using great lights. Inversely, while it’s not impossible to grow good weed without resorting to ultra-high-end lighting, you can’t expect to get far with a couple of standard household bulbs.
Timing the Harvest
One of the most common kills of what could have been great buds has got nothing to do with the equipment, the lighting or even the seeds. Instead, it’s the total lack of patience of the person growing the stuff that prevents the plant from becoming all that it could have been. Now, it’s of course fair to say that pot plants will try your patience at the best of times, but you can’t rush perfection. Yes, there’s a brief window that represents the perfect harvest time and no, it’s not a good idea to go beyond this. Nevertheless, losing patience and harvesting too early is a sure-fire way of laying your efforts to date to waste.
Dry it Slowly
If you’re the type that dries and cures in one fell swoop, it might be a good idea to start thinking of them as two separate steps. In terms of drying, the number-one rule of all is that of not trying to dry out your buds too quickly – doing so will wreck them. Ideally, give them a week or even up to 10 days to dry slowly and in ideal conditions, even if you’re in a rush to get the job done.
Cure with Care
Last but not least, the final step in the process and a golden rule to follow to the letter is that of curing with care. It’s not that this will make your buds any stronger, but if you want them to have the kind of taste and smell you can pick up from a town or two over, it’s a crucially important step. Pack your buds in a sealed container for about three weeks, occasionally opening it up, moving the buds around and resealing it again. It’ll test your patience good, but it’ll reward you in a big way.