It’s no secret that every cannabis cultivator is always looking for new tips and tricks to get a higher yield out of each marijuana plant, for obvious reasons. There are quite a few techniques that can help cannabis growers so that every seed planted can become a forest of their own once it becomes time to harvest. Best Bud Seeds shares our top 4 methods on how you can increase your yield so that you can get more out of each plant, with denser and bigger buds guaranteed.
4 Methods to Increase Your Cannabis Yield
Your plants can be very vulnerable in the vegetative phase of growing, but that also means it is also flexible enough to start training. So, what entails training a plant? If you want to guide the development of your plant, you must subject your plant to low stress training (LST), or high stress training (HST), and other methods that could be beneficial in its development. Low stress training is where you spread out the main stem and side branches by separating them carefully with string. This makes your plant grow outwards in a thick bush. Low-stress training (LST) typically involves gently manipulating plants in order to enhance bud growth. This is achieved by maximizing light exposure to all parts of the plant. LST can be carried out on both auto-flowering and photoperiod strains, indoors and outdoors. This makes LST one of the most versatile and beginner-friendly types of training.
High-stress training (HST) encompasses more intensive techniques that cause damage to your plants in an effort to increase light exposure and direct resources to viable bud sites. This method is not advisable for auto-flowering strains, as plants won’t have time to recover before progressing into the flowering phase. HST is mostly used for indoor photoperiod plants. One of the more recommended and safer ways to perform HST is Topping, which simply means cutting the top off of your cannabis plant. Consequently, it will grow back with two stems, which will mean two, rather than one, central cola. This process can be repeated multiple times to multiply bud sites. There’s also a variation of topping called “fimming”. When fimming, instead of cutting the whole top off, you cut off around 75%, which will cause four new shoots, rather than two, to appear.
Avoiding heat stress and extremes of cold will help your plants avoid damage. Climate related damage would only drain the plant’s energy, which could be going towards a more plentiful harvest. A big advantage of indoor growing is the ability to control the temperature of your growing environment through a ventilation system, which Best Bud Seeds highly recommends for the grower who lives in colder climates, or the grower who would like to cultivate cannabis year round. The recommended temperature while receiving light is between 70–85° F. The recommended temperature without light is between 58–70° F. Humidity is also crucial to monitor, with levels between 50–70% being perfect, depending on the stage of the plant’s development.
Something that will need to be precise throughout every stage of cultivation is nutrition. This includes the high demand for water, which must be met no matter what. There are nutrients the plant needs but be careful not to provide too much of them. Yellow tips on the leaves of your plants are a sign of too many nutrients, potentially spoiling the plant. A good balance to get right is between the nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium levels in your fertilizer. During the vegetative stage, there should be high nitrogen, medium phosphorus, and high potassium levels. During the flowering stage, there should be low nitrogen, medium-to-high phosphorus, and high potassium. It’s also possible to use certain Epsom salts to provide sulphur and magnesium for the plant’s health. Ensuring that your plant has the proper amount of nutrients flowing through its body can not only help increase yield, but also make for greater tasting buds.
Using a hydroponic setup can increase yields by up to 20%, that’s HUGE! This is because the root system has direct access to a perfectly dialed-in nutrient solution. Moreover, hydroponics tends to speed up the grow time a little, too. So, why isn’t everyone using hydroponic solutions for their grow? They can be difficult to set up for the first-time grower, and if they go wrong, they go wrong very quickly and can be difficult to repair. Whereas a soil grow allows for a little more human error when it comes to nutrients, for example, a hydroponic grow is going to be far less forgiving. On another note of using hydroponics for your grow, it requires a dedicated space, whereas plants grown in soil can be placed in confined spaces like closets and cupboards for the more discreet grower. Best Bud Seeds recommends hydroponics for intermediate to expert level growers, but we will be adding another guide here in our advice blog on how to properly set up a hydroponic grow of your own so that it can easily be digestible amongst all levels of growers.
Growing cannabis is more than a hobby, it’s a craft that is utilized to make amazing medicinal solutions currently. We hope that our guide to helping you yield higher in your cannabis plants helps and we’d love to see the results! Comment on this post or email us your photos and testimonials at firstname.lastname@example.org