There really is nothing like starting a new grow operation. It doesn’t matter if you have been growing for years or you are just starting, each and every new grow is like breathing new life into something. A new experience that can provide even more fruitful results and yields than your last outing. This doesn’t mean it won’t be a lot of hard work and dedication, but it certainly is going to be an exciting, one-of-a-kind experience. While growing outdoors does pose more risks, it can also yield larger grows with a higher potent end product. This is, of course, assuming that you know what you are doing. If you want to produce the biggest and best bugs possible, you should consider applying some of the outdoor growing techniques to your next crop.
Properly Pruning Your Plants
Most new growers simply don’t capitalize on pruning because it seems counterproductive to cut off parts of your plant. Not only this, but it can be scary to just go at your plant and start hacking away. This is completely understandable, but if you want to help your plants develop larger buds when growing outdoors, you are going to need to properly prune them. Properly being the keyword here. All that aside, you are going to want to look for some key things here. The first being the nodes of your plant. If you are not familiar with the term nodes then you are new to growing, but that’s okay because we’ve got you covered.
Nodes are simply the joints that connect the new stem offshoots with older growth. They are simply the stems of the plant that branch off from the main stalk, where they will eventually create smaller branches and new budding sites. Now, you would think the more nodes you had, the better off you would be. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as it will be hard for some of these nodes to receive adequate sunlight. You have to remember that you are going to quality over quantity here.
Follow the main stalk of your plant from the top to the bottom. You will probably see a lot of nodes with buds growing on them further down the plant. These can actually have a reverse effect on your plant. They can suck up much-needed sunlight and resources that could be better allocated to more potent parts of the plant. A good rule of thumb to go by is – the further they are from the top of the plant, the less light they are likely to receive. Theses are the first ones that you want to get rid of because they will never reach their full potential. Prune away any branches and nodes down on the bottom of the plant that isn’t receiving adequate sunlight.
Take Advantage Of The Right Soils And Nutrients
If you want bigger, denser yield, you are going to need to be utilizing the right growing medium. And, this is just another area where most novices make major mistakes. They will simply head into the back yard and plop some seeds in the ground. While this will work and produce results, it won’t produce the big dense buds that you see in High Times and other pot magazines. Plants need nutrient-rich soil. Chances are that the dirt in your backyard just doesn’t contain nearly enough nutrients to sustain a healthy weed plant.
Therefore, before you even put your seedlings in the ground, you will want to make sure that you replace the dirt with real potting soil. There will be a number of soil mediums to choose from, so this might require a bit of research as well. However, just starting with any soil that can be purchased at a local gardening store is betting than just throwing the seeds in the ground. Another thing that needs to be noted is that weed plants need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. These are the key mediums that you want to look for in an adequate potting soil.
However, it won’t be as simple as just buying the right soil. No, you will need to make sure that you use the ideal level of nutrients throughout the different stages. During the vegetation stage, the plant will require a certain amount of nutrients. And, during the flowering stage, the plant will require a certain amount of nutrients. The thing to remember is that the plant will need lots of nitrogen during the veg. This will ensure that the plant grows lots of new foliage. The more your plant grows during the veg stage, the bigger it will be when it comes time to flower.
Unfortunately, things will change again during this stage. When the plant begins to produce buds, you will want to decrease the nitrogen levels while also increasing the phosphorus levels. This will encourage the buds to grow faster and large where they will become dense.
Training Your Plant
You probably never thought that you were going to need to train your weed plants when you started them, but that is exactly what you are going to have to do if you want to get dense buds. The thing that you need to know is that when left alone pot plants usually grow one large center stem. This is referred to as the stalk and it will grow higher than the rest of the surrounding branches. This stalk will grow up nice and tall, but during the process, it will also take away from the other branches. It will block them from receiving light. Luckily, this can all be countered with what is known as stress training.
What you will want to do is bend down the main stalk so that it is horizontal with the first branches. If you start bending the stalk every day it will eventually reach a point where you can tie it down until it is level with the first two branches. Doing so will ensure that these parts of the plant receive similar light exposure, causing them to produce denser more fruitful buds.