It Happens To Every Grower!
As the buds from my last harvest slowly finish curing, I like to reflect on the grow I just finished as well as our past grows.
There are many lessons for growers to learn and I've learned a lot of them the hard way! But today, I want to share one of the most important lessons I've learned in my time growing cannabis:
Don’t be ashamed when you run into problems!
No matter your age or level of intelligence, as humans we continue to learn every day. And the fact of the matter is that every grower - no matter how naturally skilled - will run into problems at some point, some big and some small.
Remember, cannabis plants are living breathing things with their own needs. It's only natural that their needs vary which can cause problems for growers, especially when combined with other unexpected events.
Those 'unexpected events' can be something like:
Seeds don’t germinate
Leaves get burnt, discolored or otherwise deformed
Young plants die unexpectedly
Space and growth problems
Plants grow too big or tall way too fast
Plants grow slowly, sickly or stay small and you don’t know why
Plants get dropped, accidentally broken or fall over
Lower yields than expected
Poor taste or smell in buds, or undesired effects (like racing thoughts)
Every serious grower will encounter at least one of these problems at some point:
Mold, Mildew or Bugs
Unexpected pollination (seeded buds)
Grow area and environmental problems
Indoors: Electricity may go out, a piece of equipment fails
Outdoors: Bad weather or temperature will damage your plants
Having to move or drastically change your growing operation
And probably something even more unexpected!
Remember, what makes a great grower is the ability to bounce back from problems and learn from them. Every cannabis grower is going to run into problems, it’s how you deal with them that separates the average from the spectacular.
We're no exception to this rule by any means; we've run into more than our fair share of problems over the years! If you want some proof, just check out this gallery of problems we personally experienced...as in, these pictures show OUR plant problems!
Root Rot - Learn how to get rid of root rot
Seed sprouted but just didn't grow - was trailing behind the other seedlings - it happens…
Stunted Growth - These plants are all the same age (note the two tiny seedlings on the right). Yet even though the seeds were all germinated at the same time in the same environment, the "Super Lemon Haze" seeds on the right just never got past the seedling stage, even though the "Full Moon" seeds on the left were exploding with growth. In this case the problem was that the Super Lemon Haze seeds were old, but sometimes you won't be able to figure out why healthy plants aren't growing!
From one of my first grows, leaves are nutrient burnt -
These buds were toasted by a too-close LED. When using an LED, make sure to know how far away it should be from your plants! It's not just a matter of heat; most LED manufacturers suggest you keep LED grow lights at least 12-18" away from the tops of your plants to prevent bleaching and light burn.
White Powdery Mildew (white flour-like dust appears on leaves in spots)
Hermies - Hermies are plants with both male and female traits, which can result in seedy buds.
This plant had nutrient deficiencies everywhere -
Plain and simple neglect! This is a plant that didn't get the attention it needed!
Despite all the problems we’ve run into over the years....
We still harvest more bud than we can use, even after we make a bunch into oil and hash!
I hope we can help inspire you to push on when you encounter problems, and most importantly, never be ashamed!
Some other big lessons I've learned:
Take time to really look at your plants every day
React quickly to problems:
Not every problem has a obvious solution:
Other people may know things you don't:
Always keep learning!
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