June 11, 2019
Tips to increasing your yield
Almost all indoor cannabis growers want a bigger yield for less money, time and effort.
Tip 1: Strain
If you have a strain that just doesn’t yield, no matter what you do or try, it will always be small compared to the rest of the options out there. Try to find a high yielding, fast growing and grower-friendly strain that handles stress well.
Tip 3: Shock Ripening
Enhance yield, aroma, and potency by turning the lights off and giving plants 3-5 days pitch black with the coldest ice water possible.
Tip 4: Shock Pruning
At 2 weeks of flowering, strip off all lower leaves and branches leaving only 4 nodes at the top of the plant. This ensures all the plant’s energy goes to where all the light energy is. It increases airflow, decreases pests like bugs and mold, increases yield and quality dramatically. Plus, it makes for a bag of perfectly uniform flowers.
Tip 5: Shock Flowering
Give plants 24-36 hours of darkness to initiate flowering. You will see flowers after 7-10 days, and gain at least an extra week of actual budding vs. stretching. This allows more energy to go into flowers and production.
Tip 6: Flushing
In hydroponics, flush with plain water for 48 hours every week, not just the usual 24 hours. Plants explode with growth when allowed a break from nutrients to use up any stored in them. They re-explode once nutrients are reintroduced as well. You can really notice a difference. This also saves on nutrients over-all, as salts in the medium get released into the res, increasing the ppm in the res equalling less fresh nutrients needed. In soil, flush every 1-2 feedings for the same results, subject to medium and method and ppm used.
Tip 7: Nutrients and Boosters
Nutrients matter when it comes to yield and quality. Find something that’s low in phosphorous (P). For the most part, P will stress plants out, not increase yield. Our plants prefer Nitrogen (N), Calcium (Ca) and Potassium (K). cns17, advanced nutrients, and med-man brand boosters are all up there for plant friendly additives and nutrients. Avoid supernatural brand and all the other high P bloom boosters. They cost more and do less.
Tip 8: Shock messages
2x a day in veg and 1x a day in flower for 2 weeks until buds show, gently twist and bend your branches individually and plants as a whole for thicker, sturdier more vigorous and high yielding plants. This really activates the plants’ immune system, and they love the attention. Thicker stalks can deliver more nutrients, hold more weight, handle more stress from critters, fungus, and other environmental factors and grow bigger buds over-all.
Tip 10: Being Prepared
Have your next run of plants or clones ready before you harvest. That way while the plants get harvested fresh plants can be replanted. This makes for zero downtime and more productive space with more crops per year. The time put into a veg space and energy far outweighs the costs and you’ll benefit hugely.