So the time has come for those soaking up the best of the autumn sun outdoors to grab them marijuana plants and rescue them before things take a turn for the worse. Play your cards right and even the autumn can work wonders for cannabis plants, but at the same time it’s not worth taking any real chances by leaving them outdoors too long.
But here’s the thing – if you do make the switch to indoor growing for the sake of your crop, there are certain things you should and most certainly should NOT be doing. Nature takes control of much of the process outdoors and the ground itself can be much more forgiving, but when it comes to indoor growing, you call 100% of the shots 100% of the time which means that when and where something goes wrong, it’s 100% your fault.
So rather than facing the incredibly bleak prospect of watching your whole crop fall to pieces before your eyes, here is a quick look at just a handful of indoor growing mistakes you really do not want to be making at this or any other time of year:
- First and foremost, if you are new to this way of life, then you could be forgiven for assuming that light is light and therefore it doesn’t really matter what kind of bulbs you use to provide lights to your plants. Sadly, this is fatal error numbers 1, 2 and 3 all at the same time as while the lights might look the same to you, it’s a very different story for your plants. Yes, grow lights can be expensive and sure, it’s a pain in the back side to get to grips with the different ends of the lighting spectrum, but this is all effort you need to make if you don’t want to face an outright disaster.
- Chances are you could have probably guessed that overwatering tends to be a biggie when it comes to indoor marijuana growing and indeed you would’ve been right. The simple fact of the matter here is that if you are not willing to invest in a high quality and reliable hydroponics system, you are going to have to be extremely careful when it comes to watering. Your growing method, choice of plants, size of planters and growing environment in general will dictate how much water is needed and how often – don’t just assume you know what’s best.
- It’s also important to keep tabs on your pruning practices as the temptation when the plants are in front of you at all times is to get completely carried away with the snippers. Pruning is beneficial, but in order to avoid going over the top, it’s advisable to prune slightly less than you think is appropriate at all times.
- When it comes to nutrients, it’s natural, common and understandable to assume that more is better. But it isn’t, in fact overloading your plants with nutrients as a means by which to compensate for the great outdoors will do little other than to lead to nutrient burn and perhaps the death of your plants. Again, exactly what you need will vary in accordance with what you are growing and how you are growing it, but the best idea is to always err on the side of caution.
- Last but not least, the other almost unbearable temptation when it comes to growing indoors is that of harvesting your crop far too early. Of course, this is not to say that this will destroy your crop entirely, but chances are if you’re the type that succumbs to temptation and doesn’t have a great deal of patience, you’ll inevitably rob yourself of a good 25% to 40% of the harvest you could eventually have harvested.