There are many factors that will contribute to the growth rates of your cannabis plants. Following the best practices and constantly monitoring the situation will help in providing optimal growth rates and hence a better yield. Remember that excessively fast growth rates can be just as detrimental as slow growth rates. Plants can suffer from growing pains which may cause health deficiencies.
Every living organism and even systems like economic systems have ideal growth rates. This general rule is embedded within nature itself and is part of the mathematical laws of nature. It is just the way it is and these laws are immutable although many may interfere with nature. It is always best to work in accordance with nature and then everybody wins.
Obtain the Optimal Growth Rate
The bottom line is to try to obtain the optimal growth rate for the particular strain you are growing. This is not an easy task to perform especially at first, but eventually you gain the Insight required to do so. The density of your soil will impact the growth rates. Denser soils will slow the growth rate but the denser soil will however provide a higher quality product.
If you are not using soil and are using hydroponic, aeroponic, or a deep water culture system, then the roots will have nothing to impede the growth and the growth rates will be the highest using this approach. The drawback here is that the quality will be noticeable.
The increase in CO2 will have a positive impact on plant health and growth rate. You should start out at about 400 to 500 PPM (parts per million) and end up at 1600 PPM. For a diploid plant, higher levels of ploidy, triploids, tetraploid, etc. can handle higher levels of CO2. CO2 cylinders work the best as they are the cleanest and safest but they are the most expensive.
Increasing the planter size will increase the growth rates because the roots can grow without becoming root bound. The plants will sense the size of their environment and will slow their growth rate if they are confined to a small pot. If they sense a large healthy environment they will grow faster, healthier, and happier.
Using the correct amount of nutrients at the right time will allow the plant to grow in a healthy fashion and thus increase the growth rates. Follow the creek formulation for the particular strain and increase the PPM. As a plant grows and matures along with regular nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium one should also use vitamins like superthrive which is vitamin B and acetic acid.
Pruning and Topping
Putting the plant correctly will help the growth rate and performing topping will increase the yield. There are two topping methods: the first is accomplished by a straight cut off the top part of the plant which is known as the apical meristem and the second is accomplished by performing a U-shaped cut instead of a straight cut which will end up creating multiple tops.
This procedure is known in the industry has ‘fim’ which is an acronym for ‘fuck I missed’. It will take time for the plant to regenerate if you fim or top it. This will increase yield at the expense of the quality as you cannot get something from nothing and it is part of the immutable laws of physics and or nature in general. A straight cut will provide a little more yield with a little less quality while film will produce much more yield with lower quality.
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