Cannabis seeds

The fact that cannabis seeds can vary in appearance has led some growers to think that the size, shape, or color of a seed dictates its quality.

We do not recommend taking the size or shape of a seed into consideration as a sign of its quality. Some strains simply produce smaller seeds than others, and sometimes the same plant can produce seeds of different sizes and shapes. Never discard a seed just because it is smaller or of a different shape than another one.

The color and feel of a seed, on the other hand, can tell you a little more about its maturity and, potential to germinate or grow into a healthy seedling.

During the vegetative stage, the plant will require a base nutrient that is higher in nitrogen and lower in phosphorus and potassium. A base nutrient represents the main component of any fertility program (feeding schedule) and should contain the majority of essential elements needed for plant growth.

Flowering stage

There are many bloom boosters and supplements on the market that will increase the size and flavor of your buds. Most base fertilizers contain enough phosphorus and potassium to supply your plants’ needs in the flower stage, however, you can be sure by monitoring the run-off water, and if levels are low you can add more to your nutrient solution.

Sweeteners can be beneficial in the flowering stage. Feeding your plants carbohydrates like simple sugars will increase yield and feed beneficial microbes in the soil. They also contain amino acids, which are necessary to plant growth. Some growers find using sweeteners that smell like pineapple or berry can enhance flavor and aroma.

Compost tea and mycorrhizal inoculants are helpful at every stage of growth. Not only do beneficial microbes and fungi help ward off pests and disease, but they also help to recycle nutrients by attaching to the roots. Instead of nutrients getting flushed out with each watering, microbes hold onto them and release them for the plant’s food on a regular basis. This massively increases root growth, and as we all know, the bigger the roots, the bigger the fruits.

Havesting

Stop Watering 1-3 Days Before Harvest – After flushing, in the final days of harvest, you can further stress your plants by stopping watering. You want to allow the plant to start to wilt just a small amount, because then the plant “thinks” it is dying and as a last-ditch effort, it will increase resin development.

Wet trimming

This manner of trimming occurs right after harvest. Trimming your plants before drying is known as a “wet trim” as the leaves are still wet during the cutting process. Although this method may leave you in a sticky situation, it is usually the easiest for novices. Wet trimming requires a lot of work, but it speeds up the drying time by reducing the amount of moisture in the foliage—not to mention the space required to dry it.

Dry trimming

Hanging and drying your freshly harvested plants prior to pruning is called dry trimming. This method takes more time, space, and finesse to avoid damaging your plant, but it can benefit you and your crop. Dry trimming helps prevent excess terpene loss and minimizes the mess associated with sticky trichomes.

Regardless of the technique you choose, it’s important to find a method that works best for your scenario. And remember, you don’t actually have to trim the entire plant before or after drying it. Want to know more? Read about dry trimming and wet trimming here.

Curing

Drying your cannabis flowers serves several important functions that ultimately increase the quality and shelf-life of the end product.

Freshly harvested cannabis buds contain a significant amount of moisture, which needs to be dealt with before smoking. Why? First, smoking fresh buds serves up harsh hits with little flavour—if the buds are able to ignite at all. Removing moisture helps to tone down the harshness and let the terpene profile shine. Second, fungi thrive in dark and moist conditions. By drying your flowers correctly, you’ll dramatically reduce the chances of mould striking your stash.

By placing individual buds on a drying rack—or hanging entire branches in a drying room—you’ll reduce the water content of your buds by 10–15%. This process removes water from the outer layers of each flower, but you’ll need to cure your stash to rid moisture from deeper within the buds.

Curing is super important because it helps preserve your weed so it can be stored over time—while still retaining its unique flavour and maximising potency. When you harvest your buds, they contain excess sugars and starches that eventually come under attack from airborne bacteria and enzymes. By curing your buds, you actually encourage the degradation of these nutrients, making for a smoother, better-tasting final smoke.

Pests and Insecticide

Spider mite

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Margaret Roberts Organic Insecticide for the control of small bodied insects.

Margaret Roberts Organic Insecticide contains: garlic juice extract and canola oil.

Insects: Aphids, red spider mite, white fly (should also control insects like mealy bug, scale and Australian bug).

Dosage: 150 to 200 ml per 10 litre water. Use highest rate for scale. Dosage can be increased to 300 ml per 10 litre water as a dormancy spray after pruning in winter for best results.

Crops: Herbs, vegetables, fruit, salads, roses, ornamentals, bulbs

Environmental hazard: Canola kills targeted small bodied insects on contact by means of suffocation. Garlic keeps insects away from plants. Low impact on bigger bodied beneficial insects and natural predators.

Harmless to fish, birds, wild life, pets and humans. Never allow oil formulations to form a layer over water surfaces, huge quantities of any oil will cut off oxygen supply to aquatic organisms which can result in harm to aquatic life like frogs etc. No harmful toxic residues for prolonged periods. No secondary poisoning. Formulations can be phytotoxic to sensitive plant varieties at highest dosage rates. Short persistency in the environment. Harvesting of edible crops within 24 hours.

Sizes: 200ml and 500ml

Mould

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