Huge marijuana buds
Before you can enjoy the fruits of your labor, you need to know what to expect from what you’ve got. This article is designed to help you cultivate the most potent cannabis crop possible by first allowing you to accurately identify what types of marijuana plants you have and where you need to stimulate further growth. Grow the biggest, fattest en most sticky marijuana buds you’ve ever seen…
As mentioned earlier, the bud of a marijuana plant is the prized appendage that appears after a plant enters the flowering stage of its life cycle. The leaves of the marijuana plant contain THC, but the buds of both male and female plants are the most potent product by far. So as an individual grower, it’s important to focus a significant amount of attention on the buds of your crop.
Budding, in general, is an exciting time, because it is the stage of growth that says you’ve succeeded at producing a viable commodity. it’s a pioneer kind of emotion, with a feeling of satisfaction that has always gone hand in hand with knowing a person can fend for himself or herself.
As a personal-use grower, you’ll probably want to harvest the seeds for next year’s crop along with the bud you smoke. For that reason-and because you don’t have to buy them by weight at premium prices in a bag of what should contain only smokable bud—you’ll want your males to pollinate females and produce viable seeds. If your seeds-like those that grew the crop illustrated here-were culled from a bag of street-per- chased marijuana, be prepared to see widely varying growth forms. While there are bona fide connoisseurs who grow highly specialized selectively bred plants with THC levels higher than anything ever grown by nature, those champagne marijuanas are not what you can expect to buy from local dealers.
Fortunately, male flowers and female buds are recognizably similar in every species, even after extensive hybridization, and once the plants make manifest their genders with true buds and flowers, it’s easy to distinguish between them. Despite a widely believed myth that male plants lack the THC levels to be smoke- worthy, many a taker has been stoned to happiness by midsummer leaves snipped from typically vigorous males that have been manicured just enough to pique THC (insect repellant) production. Even more potent are the male “buds,” which are in fact buds only in the sense that they sprout short branches of tiny roundish pollen-laden flowers.
Females show their sex one to two weeks after males; this is nature’s way of ensuring that males will be in full flower and generating maximum pollen when their own sticky buds emerge to trap wind-carried granules that will pollinate them and produce fertile seeds. “Budlings” reveal themselves as round, whitish, hairy growths at the tip of each branch and top. As top buds grow longer, less robust buds begin to sprout below from leaf intersections. Kept healthy, well-watered, and left to fully mature, the smaller buds can achieve lengths of more than 2 inches, turning branches, and especially tops, into a continuous, solid covering of smaller buds along a main stalk, terminating into a longer, spiky bud at their tips. Trimmed of larger leaves, these beautiful long bud colonies have been sold as Thai Stick, but unlike the real thing they are not usually treated with tincture of opium (smoking authentic Thai Stick requires a place to lie down for a while, as I recall).
Accelerating Female Bud Growth
When female cannabis plants begin to fruit, you’ll see little hairy buds emerging from each intersection of leaf and branch, branch and stem. Under the best conditions, “budlets” sprouting along the length of a branch or stem will grow longer and fatter until its entire length is covered in masses of bud, terminating in a usually impressive spike of top bud.
In addition, when your female cannabis plants begin to bud, you’ll note color changes in their leaves. Many will turn yellow, die, and fall off. Some will turn purple, even red, as days get shorter and nights turn colder (if you’re an outdoor grower). Take the yellow leaves, and any leaves that are turning yellow, to make the plant focus more energies on growing its buds. Don’t discard yellowed or browned leaves, though. They’ll come in handy for recipes later, and if you should run out of bud, properly cured leaves can be smoked to stave off cravings for THC.
Short growing seasons, like necessity itself, can be the proverbial mother of invention. One year when I enjoyed an especiallygood crop, with twenty-two budding females of a dozen strains, each of which produced between 1/2 ounce and 3 ounces of bud in a variety of flavors, I experimented with pruning buds to accelerate growth. It began when the top bud-spikes on some of the larger (5-foot or taller) plants began to show prominently as changing autumn leaves first contrasted against the plants’ bright green, then fell to earth, leaving them exposed against a landscape of browning vegetation.
Fearing that some grouse or rabbit hurter might stumble onto the site and recognize the very prominent spikes, I sliced each top bud from its stalk with my knife and took them all home to be dried and smoked. I figured that even if some opportunistic reaper did steal my crop, I had at least saved several ounces of the best and biggest buds.
As the topped female plants continued to flower, the lower, smaller buds seemed to be spurred to grow at an accelerated rate, as though trying to compensate for the loss of their bud spikes. With some trepidation, I took the tips from some of the branch buds, and the buds below them also grew faster. Now the practice of trimming bud spikes and branch ends to make those below them grow bigger and faster (and maybe even more potent) is a part of my preharvest routine.
Nurturing Buds in General
As mentioned previously, plants your pot garden produces with seeds culled from a bag of street marijuana may vary noticeably because the plants they came from were of different species and strains. I actually kind of like this grab bag of mixed genes, because you never know when you’re planting just what will come up-as I stated at the beginning of this grow guide, personal-use growing should be fun. The seeds you plant may produce many different types of buds, like white-haired Super Skunk, the bluish “pine tree” growth of Aussie Blue, leafy green Easy Rider, or the superdense, all-bud Light of Jah, to name just a few of the strains you’re likely to produce growing seeds culled from a single ounce of commercial pot.
Within these there are even more variations of taste and odor. I love the fragrance of growing marijuana buds, from the startlingly musky aroma of the spunkiest sativa to the almost appetite-inducing smell of “bubblegum” buds, some of which really do smell like Bazooka bubblegum. One trait that all of them share at maturity is an ability to get you stoned with just a few tokes. Fragrance probably has little to do with potency- unless you believe that you can smell THC—but I like to separate one or two especially fragrant plants from the rest for special occasions. During the October-November harvesttime I feel kind of like a kid at Christmas, sniffing among the different plants to decide which one I want to smoke first. It’s a great feeling that I recommend for every marijuana grower.
Budding plants need less of the nitrogen that is so necessary to summer leaf and branch growth. Phosphorous is the nutrient most needed to make buds be all they can be, and expert growers generally concur that a plant-food mix of 10 percent nitrogen, 30 percent phosphorous, and 10 percent potassium is the best mix for maximum bud growth. This formula is abbreviated, and known by gardening store employees, as NPK 10-30-10. In recent years phosphorous has been all but banned in detergents and soaps, but in times past-like 1967, when laundry soaps contained 9.4 percent phosphorous—a tablespoonful of Tide in a gallon of water was a great home- brewed solution to maximizing bud growth. There is also a useful percentage of phosphorous in the ashes of most woods, and ash, mixed well at a half-cup to a gallon of water, can also help to grow bigger buds.
Besides light, water, temperature and fertilizers the genetics of the marijuana seeds are very important. Bad genetics can never produce high quality marijuana. Visit my webshop for high quality marijuana seeds. And if you have any questions, please go to the forum or contact me at email@example.com. Don’t forget to like or share the article