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If you really want to maximize the outcome of your harvest, you are going to need to figure out a few things. You’ll need to be able to identify the type of plants you are growing, and then know exactly how to grow huge marijuana buds.

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 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.

If you do it right, you can accomplish incredibly huge buds with a high THC content. This guide will equip you with the knowledge you need to accomplish that goal. Keep reading and learn to grow huge marijuana buds.

BONUS: make sure to read the bonus section about splitting the stem of your plant. The purpose of stem splitting is to disturb the flow of nutrients and water right at the base of the stem. This will cause the plant to start producing more trichomes which means heavier and denser buds with higher THC levels.

What are buds

Before you can grow huge marijuana buds, you need to have a bit of background knowledge. For starters, a bud is the growth that pops up during a plant’s flowering phase.

Cannabis buds
Cannabis buds

Although marijuana plants’ leaves also have a THC content, the buds have a far more concentrated amount. This is why the buds are the prize possession of any marijuana grower – they are the part of the plant that gets you high. While both male and female buds contain plenty of THC, there are some important differences that distinguish the two.

Male buds vs. female buds

Plenty of people seem to believe that male plants don’t produce smokeable buds at all. While it’s true that female buds contain the most THC levels, male buds are also quite potent and able to be smoked.

Male vs female cannabis buds
Male vs female cannabis buds

Male buds look like round flowers that are jam packed with pollen. Be careful that your males don’t pollinate your females because your plants will start producing seeds and less THC. I only grow males to produce seeds and remove them from my female plants.

Female buds will start showing up about two weeks later than male buds, and they start out as growths that are round, white-colored, and hairy. They show up on the very tip of every branch, as well as at the top of the plant. If treated well, the smallest buds on your female plants will grow to be longer than two inches.

See how this bud develops in 8 weeks

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Since female buds really are the cream of the crop, you are going to want to ensure that their buds get as large (and potent) as possible. The best way to achieve this is simply by getting them to grow at a faster rate.

Tip: make sure to download my free Grow Bible for more tips to increase your yield

The faster they grow, the more time they have to become huge. Read the article Male or female marijuana plants for more information about sexing plants

Remove yellow leaves

Once it has entered the flowering stage, the number one thing to speed up your plant’s bud growth is to remove any dying leaves.

These leaves can be identifying by their yellowing color. They are a lost cause, and they are using up your plant’s energy and resources that could be focused on bigger and better things (namely, the buds). Take away the yellowing leaves to conserve these resources.

Remove bottom yellow leaves
Remove bottom yellow leaves

Instead of discarding these leaves, keep them and cure them properly. They have a high enough THC content that you can make cannabutter or weed brownies in case you run out of weed or while you are waiting for the big harvest.

The best nutrients

If you want your buds to be fat and juicy, you are going to have to spoil them a bit. Take special care of them during the flowering phase of the plant’s life cycle.

What buds crave most of all is phosphorous, so try a mixture of 10% nitrogen, 30% phosphorous, and 10% potassium (commonly referred to as NPK 10-30-10) to curb those cravings. At the end your buds can use a boost of extra potassium.

Read the article Best fertilizers for marijuana plants for more info on nutrients. For the best result, you can just use the complete nutrient set for your entire grow. It comes in sizes for 5 plants and 20+ plants.

pH

If you haven’t grown marijuana before, you may not know nutrients and pH level go hand in hand. This is because the pH level of the soil (or whatever grow medium you are using) at the roots will affect your marijuana plant’s ability to absorb different kinds of nutrients. Many times, nutrient deficiency or toxicity is actually caused by a pH imbalance.

With the right pH levels you can grow huge buds. And with the wrong pH levels you can ruin your yield. So know your pH…

The main nutrients marijuana uses to grow are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. During vegetation they use a lot of nitrogen, first weeks of flowering a lot of phosphorus and at the end of flowering a lot of potassium. But they also use lots of other nutrients, like iron, zinc, calcium and magnesium.

Each nutrient behaves differently when it is in an environment at a different pH level. To put it simply, the pH level decides how a nutrient or any chemical compound will “act.” Whether it falls apart, dissolves, or does something else is based on the pH level.

The pH level can be compared to the temperature and chemicals. For example, calcium in tap water won’t even be visible if the water is cold because it has dissolved completely. Once it surpasses the boiling point, however, it will precipitate instead.

Wrong pH levels create nutrient deficiencies

At certain acidity levels, certain elements can’t be absorbed by the marijuana plant’s roots. If the pH level is too low, for example, your marijuana plant won’t take in magnesium very well. Therefore, even if you’re feeding plenty of magnesium to your plants, they still will exhibit signs of a magnesium deficiency.

A magnesium deficiency includes yellowing of leaves and even whitening, but the veins will still be green colored. Simply supplying your marijuana plant with more magnesium will not suffice, however, since the pH level is actually the root of the cause. The key, in this case, is to balance the pH level (or, in the case of a magnesium deficiency, raise the pH level) until your plant can take in nutrients.

If growing in soil, you should keep the pH level right around 6. For marijuana plants growing in other types of media, such as rockwool or other hydroponic setups, keep the pH level at 5.5.

How to lower the pH

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Of course, the other elements of keeping healthy plants in general also come into play with growing big buds. Proper amounts of water and light, along with temperature and good genetics will all affect the way your buds grow.

EC

The electric conductivity, or EC value, illustrates what the salt content is. This salt content is a measure of how much nutrients are in the soil or in the water you are feeding your plants. Water with an EC value of 0 is purified, without any salts or minerals. Its pH level should be 7 if it is balanced and purified.

Regular tap water would not be this balanced since it contains lots of minerals (including magnesium, calcium, and potassium). Generally speaking, tap water in the United States has a value of between 0.2 and 0.5. Tap water does not contain enough nutrients for marijuana plants – you will need to add some.

How to increase EC levels

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The EC value is important because, if it is too low, there aren’t enough nutrients for your plants to access. An EC value that is too high could also be bad news for marijuana plants. If nutrient salts start to build up in the soil, the pH value will decrease, and the roots will not absorb most nutrients as efficiently as they should.

More about EC/TDS in the article The right EC and pH levels

How much light

One of the most surefire ways of increasing your bud growth is by increasing the intensity of the light that is hitting your plants. Light is what helps marijuana plants absorb carbon dioxide and convert that carbon dioxide into useful sugars.

When it comes to marijuana plants, more light is almost always better. Plants that aren’t getting enough light will not grow as fast, or they may even stretch into tall, thin plants that are “reaching” to get closer to the sunlight. These plants will never be able to produce huge buds.

LED lights are not know for their high yields
LED lights are not know for their high yields

If your plant has already grown uneven colas because of poor lighting during its vegetative state, it will be difficult to evenly and effectively distribute the light. The buds themselves should have direct exposure to the light for best results.

Note: If you are an indoor grower, try moving the lights closer to your plants as long as temperatures don’t exceed 80 degrees. This will increase your yield significantly

Generally speaking, HPS lamps are the best lamps for an indoor growing operation. For every 13 square feet of growing area, make sure there are 400 Watts of light during the vegetation stage. Also, for every 13 sq ft make sure there is a 600-watt lamp during the flowering phase. Fluorescent lighting is a less expensive option that can work well too.

Here are more reference points for how much you can expect to achieve with various setups:

With a 200-watt CFL lamp, average 1.5 to 2.0 oz (3.5 oz for advanced growers) using a 3.5 x 1.5 x 6.5 ft. grow cabinet
With a 250-watt HPS lamp, average 3.0 to 5.0 oz (9.0 oz for advanced growers) using a 3.5 x 1.5 x 6.5 ft. grow cabinet
With a 400-watt HPS lamp, average 4.5 to 9.0 oz (14 oz for advanced growers) in a 3.5 x 3.5 x 7 ft grow room
With a 600-watt HPS lamp, average 5.0 to 10 oz (21 for advanced growers) in a 4 x 4 x 8 ft grow room
With a 1000-watt HPS lamp, average 9.0 to 18 oz (36 for advanced growers) in a 5 x 5 x 8 ft grow room (with extra CO2 only)

Read more about Marijuana grow lights if you’re growing indoors or about yield in my article about Marijuana yields

Carbon dioxide

Imagine how much you love food. That is how much your marijuana plants love carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is vital for the flowering and growth of your marijuana plant (and any plant, for that matter). Overall, the more carbon dioxide, the better.

If you increase the amount of CO2 that your plant is receiving, you will essentially be “feeding” them more, allowing their growth to be sped up even further and achieve bigger buds. Adding CO2 nicely complements increasing light intensity, since it basically is expanding your plant’s ability to use light.

Grow monster buds with CO2
Grow monster buds with CO2

Between 350 and 400 ppm of carbon dioxide is standard in the air. The marijuana plant will take this carbon dioxide and combine it with light energy to create the sugars it needs to grow.

If the level of carbon dioxide begins to drop, the sugar production in your marijuana plants will also start to decline. This is why ventilation is so important — there always needs to be an incoming supply of fresh carbon dioxide.

Note: CO2 alone will not increase the yield. The more light and CO2 your plant gets, the more efficiently it will grow. This will also keep your plant from ever getting too much light since the added CO2 will increase its light capacity.

Marijuana plants that have access to between 350 and 400 ppm of carbon dioxide won’t make a lot more sugars than is possible with a 600-watt HPS light bulb. Therefore, keeping the carbon dioxide level the same but increasing the wattage of the light you use will have little effect. However, increasing the carbon dioxide levels while also increasing the light will help your marijuana plants be far more productive — expect nearly double yields.

This can be an expensive endeavor with all the equipment that is required, but when your yield is so much higher, it can certainly be worth the trouble and the extra money it costs. Using CO2 with CO2 reg and timer to get bigger buds

Although it’s pretty tricky to ever reach the light threshold, this is yet another way to “hack” your plant’s speed of growth. If you do decide to pump extra CO2 into your grow room, be sure to seal it off properly – although it works wonders for plants, high levels of CO2 can be very dangerous for humans. Read the article Growing marijuana with CO2 for more info

Temperature and humidity

Temperature and humidity need to be at the right level for your plants to reach their highest budding potential. If the temperature is too high, your buds won’t have as potent of an aroma.

Proper humidity while growing
Proper humidity while growing

When the light is turned on, an ideal temperature for the cuttings and seedlings is between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC). As the plants get older they can evaporate a little bit more and the temperature may increase to a maximum of 82ºF (28ºC).

When the lights are off, the temperature should lie between 59ºF and 72ºF (15ºC and 22ºC). Another important rule is that the temperature differences between day and night cannot be too high, a maximum difference of 50ºF (10ºC). So when it’s 82ºF (28ºC) during the day, it cannot go below 64ºF (18ºF) at night. A temperature difference of 40ºF (5ºC) is ideal.

These are the best humidity levels to grow huge buds:

Veg week 1: 70%
Veg week 2: 70%
Flowering week 1: 65%
Flowering week 2: 60%
Flowering week 3: 55%
Flowering week 4: 50%
Flowering week 5: 50%
Flowering week 6: 45%
Flowering week 7: 45%
Flowering week 8: 40%
Flowering week 9: 40%

Controlling your temperature can mean controlling the amount of potency and smell of your buds – when done properly. Make sure you pay special attention to your grow room’s temperature throughout its entire life cycle. If you do this, the results will definitely be to your liking. Read more about temperature or humidity

The limiting factor

If all the factors above are optimally present, your buds plants will grow as big as possible. But there’s always a limiting factor. This is the factor of which the value is furthest away from the optimal value.

Let’s say you have a 250 watt lamp, there’s sufficient CO2 in the room (350pp, just like outside) and the plant gets enough water and nutrients. The light will then be the limiting factor. Because if you use a 400 watt lamp in these circumstances, you can almost double your yield. And you can harvest even more with a 600 watt lamp.

But if you use a 1000 watt lamp, the plant will need more CO2 than standard air can provide, causing CO2 to become the limiting factor. The plant can’t convert all the energy from the lamp, because it needs more CO2 to do so. This is how all factors are connected and influence the functioning of a plant.

Depending on the stage the plant is in, these values slightly differ, but generally speaking, these are the perfect values;

Light: 600 watt per 12 square feet
CO2: 350 ppm
Water: as required*
EC: between 1.0 and 2.0
pH: 6
Temperature: 77 degrees F
Humidity: 50-60%

*These values depend on the stage the plants are in. Seedlings can’t take as much nutrients as older plants, and they’ll evaporate more and more water as they grow, so you’ll have to water them more. Read more in my article about watering marijuana plants

Pruning tricks

Pruning is always done by tomato farmers to increase the yield. The small shoots between the branches and the trunk are removed so all the energy is used to maximize fruit production.

But also for marijuana plants it’s very effective to remove these useless shoots so the plant can develop bigger buds. Using this technique you will get a few big, hard and heavy buds instead of many smaller ones.

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Pruning is mostly done by professional cannabis growers who wants to yield the maximum amount of weed per square foot. Because there is no energy wasted on the small buds and small leaves the top ones will grow bigger and heavier. The main colas will also get more light because they’re all at the same height.

Before and after pruning useless bottom shoots

Before and after pruning useless bottom shoots

Pruning should only be done during the vegetation stage because the plant needs time to recover and grow big leaves. Wait at least 3 days after pruning before forcing them into flower. Make sure your marijuana plants are growing again and evaporate enough water.

Go easy on the fertilizers and give them a few days to recover. If you have mastered this technique and do it at the right time it will definitely pay off. No more small and fluffy buds. You will only get big, hard, and heavy marijuana buds.

Scrogging

If you use the SCROG (Screen of Green) method you also have to prune your marijuana plants. Place a screen at 50 cm above your plants. Take the top out of every plant when it’s 10 centimeters from the screen and wait until the new tops grow through the screen. Wait until they grow 10 centimeters through the screen, gently bend them and connect them to the screen.

Just two plants can grow many big buds with scrogging
Just two plants can grow many big buds with scrogging

Prune your marijuana plants after the first shoots have grown through the screen. Wait a few days and force them into flowering. During the first two weeks of the flowering phase your marijuana plants will keep growing.

Scrog result after 2 months with 4 plants

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Combine the pruning and the SCROG technique and you can grow 1 gram of marijuana per watt of light. So if you have 1 600watt HPS bulb you should be able to grow 600 grams of cannabis. Temperature, humidity and other factors also have to be right of course.

LST or Low Stress Training

“LST” (low-stress training) is a way of training that doesn’t include any cutting. It is a way of manually manipulating your plants to grow flatter and wider rather than skinny and tall. It uses bending techniques that anyone can do (but proceed with caution, as with anything).

Train your plant for bigger buds
Train your plant for bigger buds

LST is effective because it trains the plant to grow in a way that will maximize its intake of light. Every leaf that is exposed adds another source of energy to your plant so you can see why it is an effective technique.

LST generally begins at a younger stage of life, before the plant has established its own shape. Another form of LST is called Screen of Green, and includes a net. The net (or screen) keeps your plants where you want them, and maximizes your plants’ use of the indoor growing space.

These forms of training can all be helpful in improving your plants’ yield, starting from an earlier stage of your plant’s life. Even if you are a veteran grower, trying a new training technique might be a great way of improving your yield significantly. Read the article How to prune marijuana plants for a list of all pruning techniques like topping, low stress trainging, super cropping and monster cropping.

When to harvest

Ultimately, one of the most important factors in having the most potent and biggest buds possible is to harvest at the right time. You need to make sure you have let your buds become as ripe as possible before harvesting.

Sometimes the amount of growth in a bud’s final two or three weeks can be as much as a 25% increase. In other words, by harvesting too early you could sacrifice a huge amount of weed.

Harvest at the right time
Harvest at the right time

In general, the best time to harvest falls within a window of two or three weeks. Harvesting before this window of time would greatly reduce your overall yield, and will result in less potent weed.

Time of harvest affects the taste, smell and weight of your buds

0-49% of the pistils are brown – Not ready yet
0-49% of the pistils are brown – Not ready yet
50-70% of the pistils are brown – Ready for harvest, but it’s still a bit young. Light taste and mellow high. Maximum weight not yet achieved
50-70% of the pistils are brown – Ready for harvest, but it’s still a bit young. Light taste and mellow high. Maximum weight not yet achieved
70-90% of the pistils are brown – Ready for harvest. Taste and effect are at their peak. You’ve reached maximum weight
70-90% of the pistils are brown – Ready for harvest. Taste and effect are at their peak. You’ve reached maximum weight
90-100% of the pistils brown – Almost too late for harvest. Taste is heavy and the effect is narcotic. Harvest right away and don’t wait any longer
90-100% of the pistils brown – Almost too late for harvest. Taste is heavy and the effect is narcotic. Harvest right away and don’t wait any longer

You can also choose to harvest a bit earlier or later according to the type of high you would like to achieve. Earlier harvests generally get a more energetic buzzing high, while later harvests end up with a very relaxed high. For more harvesting tips read How to harvest marijuana plants

The best genetics

Once again, genetics is everything. No matter what you do to increase the yield, poor genetics will prevent a good harvest. If you did choose marijuana seeds with great genetics, you will be pleased with the end result.

Invest money in good genetics
Invest money in good genetics

Luckily, most strains that people buy today generally have very high yields and potency, which would not have been the case ten years ago. These strains will grow with fewer problems and will end up with plenty of happy, fat, potent buds.

All in all, the most important way you can increase your yield is by investing early on in a high-quality strain. It may seem expensive, but the payoff is well worth the upfront costs. Do your research and pay the money, because the result will be amazing. Check my seed shop to make sure you buy high quality marijuana seeds

BONUS Split the stem

There is one method of increasing the yield of your marijuana plants that not everyone knows about — splitting the stem. This will help your plants’ buds be heavier and denser and will improve THC production as well.

This technique is exactly what it sounds like — it involves splitting the stem of your marijuana plant right at the bottom. It likely originated in China and Southeast Asia.

To be successful with the stem splitting technique, start out by tying the stem right at the base, just above the soil. Tie a second rope or cable tie a couple inches above that. Take a very sharp knife and cut from the top tie to the bottom tie. There should be one vertical cut that is a few inches in length.

The knife should remain inside until you have a pencil, chopsticks, or other objects to replace it with to keep both sides of the marijuana plant from touching each other. Remove the knife partially and rotate it to allow the chopstick or pencil enough space. Leave the ties in place, so the damage does not spread.

The thing about splitting the stem is that it is a tricky technique to master, so you should only try it on one plant per growing season until you are confident you’ve gotten it down. Apply this technique a few days or a week before harvest, not sooner.

Is splitting the stem something you’ve heard of before or are you going to try it? Please give me your thoughts on this technique in the comments below.

BONUS produce more THC

The purpose of stem splitting is to disturb the flow of nutrients and water right at the base of the stem. Because of this, the plant will start producing more trichomes and more THC. Trichomes are responsible for making heavier, denser buds that are just better overall, so you can see why this is a useful technique. All cannabinoids are created in the trichomes

Trichomes are small, white drops of resin that appear on your buds — you probably have seen them at some point, whether or not you knew what they were at the time. Cannabinoids come from trichomes, so they are absolutely crucial to the marijuana consumer.

Harvest by looking at trichomes

Trichomes have the added bonus of serving as protectors of the marijuana plants, specifically against diseases and pests. This is because of the thick, sticky layer that it forms around the marijuana buds. It can also keep your marijuana buds safe against the wind, UV light, and water when necessary.

Because of this protective feature, more trichomes are produced during times of stress. Therefore, inducing a certain amount of stress can have amazing effects on your marijuana plants. Other known techniques are using ice water or keep their plants in the dark for 48 hours just before the harvest in an attempt to get more trichomes to be produced.

Thanks for reading. Please leave comments or questions below and don’t forget to download my free grow bible

Robert

The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]

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  1. By jerry

    ,04 Jun 2013
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    1. By Paul

      ,07 Feb 2017
      I had the same thing happen to me on another site while trying to buy seeds
    2. By Julie Trinidad

      ,16 Jan 2018
      Thanks so much this is going to be very helpful. And now i understand what i was doing wrong. And i am going to do the split and let you no how it went thank you Robert
  2. By tony serhal

    ,08 Sep 2014
    how do you make those extremely large fat buds. puzzled
    1. By Bragi Asverdh

      ,13 Jan 2017
      Large plants to start with nature is perportional perfection nature remains a balance of chaos you can't grow 2 foot buds on a 4 or five foot plant nature won't allow so start with huge plants equil big buds
  3. By tray delgado

    ,16 Sep 2014
    Very good advice easy to understand thank you very much is the book as good thank you
  4. By Janis

    ,04 Dec 2014
    I would just like to know on average, how many months it takes before you see buds. This is my first attempt, it has been 3 months. Thanks!
    1. By Holliwood

      ,11 Mar 2016
      Have you switched to 12/12 light cycle yet?
    2. By Glenn Herman

      ,10 Nov 2016
      You can find pairs of hairs at bud sites in7 to 10 days, but full little buds about 2 1/2 to 3 weeks.
    3. By janet

      ,13 Jan 2017
      Once you switch your lights to 12 hours on, 12 hours off, depending on the strain you should start to see buds in about 2 weeks with them finishing around 8 weeks
  5. By leonard

    ,30 Apr 2015
    how good is a 250 watt hps for flowering could i yield very large flowers
    1. By Robert Bergman

      ,30 Apr 2015
      Hi Leonard, 250 watt HPS are perfect for flowering. Read this article about how much a plant can produce
      1. By Tarey

        ,10 Mar 2016
        Is too much light when flowering a problem? I am trying to solve the smallish bud problem. My nugs are not tight, they are about the size of the first digit of my thumb when still damp. Equipment: I have […]Read More
        1. By Ryan

          ,12 Mar 2016
          I live up in the north of Canada and its winter so very dry aswell but thats not an issue since i dont clone or use clones i only use quality seeds from herbies and have had awsome grows with […]Read More
          1. By Ryan

            ,12 Mar 2016
            Should also answer your main question aswell you can never have too much light aslong as your not getting light burn on your plants and that 700mars should be about 1.3 metres away from your canopy because of the 190 […]Read More
          2. By Puc

            ,13 Jan 2017
            We grow outside and I pinch my plants several times when young plants, we used miricle grow our first year and had some awsome turnout. friends couldn't enough Tahoe. We are lucky enough to know a longtime grower and grow […]Read More
          3. By CHANCE1977

            ,04 Dec 2017
            Is that snow storm stuff the same as Fox farm cha ching ? or is that something you add additionally on top of that
        2. By Brian

          ,16 Mar 2016
          How many hours are on your light bulbs would be my first thought. Also I would use 3 gallon pots instead of 1.5 gallon. You might be getting root lock. TIA, Anom
        3. By detgrow

          ,06 Nov 2016
          You need to increase the size of your pots for starters and it sounds as if you might be over crowding them, all of the buds need to get lighting in order to grow big and potent no more than […]Read More
        4. By Mike hawkslong

          ,12 Jan 2017
          Nirvana sucks brother. I've used ilgm and nirvana both and ilgm blew them away in quality and production. You have more than enough light. But with led you want to keep your light on temp around 85 and your humidity […]Read More
          1. By Paul

            ,12 Jan 2017
            I agree, all I grew were males and herms with Nirvana. I have only had 1 male and no Herms with ILGM seeds.
          2. By Familyman420

            ,07 Dec 2017
            Nirvania sucks! ILGM doesnt have a million choices like some other "seedbanks" but what he does have is great gentics and healthy beens. I personally have a 100% success rate with ILGM seeds . all havr growth into nice healthy […]Read More
        5. By janet

          ,13 Jan 2017
          The bigger the pot the bigger the bud for the most part.. Genetics play a role for sure, but if your pots are less than 3 gallon, you will not see big buds
        6. By maine dave

          ,13 Jan 2017
          spider mites must be rid of weeking plant whole tent needs to be cleaned and room
          1. By Paul777

            ,15 Jan 2017
            Spider mites are a bugger to remove. Use neem oil & remove webs & large old leaves. They hate humidity. After harvest, thoroughly clean EVERYTHING in your grow room, lights, fans, pots, everything. Quarantine bought/gifted clones for at least a […]Read More
        7. By Lulu

          ,21 Oct 2017
          Grow outdoors in the ground with the real sun...I grow 24 inches Colas every year...
        8. By Christopher

          ,28 Jul 2018
          You may need either a smaller tent or brighter/more lights. 16 square foot is a huge compared to my 4 square foot tent that I use a 1000 watt led "equivalent" in. A smaller space would intensify the light which […]Read More
    2. By SLY

      ,10 Mar 2016
      I remember my first grow it has to be at least 30 years ago and I remember using a 250w HID MH/HPS light system and the seed strain was Big Bud and back then it was all trial and error […]Read More
  6. By Walli420

    ,10 May 2015
    Found your article very informative. I'm doing a LST now, but will try the kola harvesting on my nest grow as I'm going to let them go naturally to see what they can do. I am doing Island Sweet Skunk […]Read More
    1. By Jennifer ILGM

      ,11 May 2015
      Thanks Walli420, Keep us posted on the growth of your plants!
  7. By michelle triplett

    ,20 Jun 2015
    I need something to make the buds on outdoor plants bigger.any ideas
    1. By Jon

      ,26 Jul 2018
      I "can't" grow outside, so to keep it hidden a little better I bend over some saplings into a grid and toss a tree top over that, been using that to Scrog. Then just miracle grow, outside only, and kelp […]Read More
  8. By Mattman

    ,30 Jul 2015
    I utilize the LST method of tying down the top and some of the stronger side branches so that the main stem forms an "S" shape. This method really opens up the interior of my plants, stimulating many nodes into […]Read More
    1. By Jennifer ILGM

      ,31 Jul 2015
      Thanks for sharing Mattman!!
  9. By iloveweed

    ,13 Sep 2015
    What are the best feeds to use along side golden tree to get huge buds ?
  10. By latewood

    ,15 Sep 2015
    What is Golden tree? I would recommend you joining our Support Forum in order to find a wider range of answers.
  11. By Walter White

    ,06 Oct 2015
    Below is the text from the above article: SPEEDING UP BUD GROWTH "Another way of saving and focusing your female plant’s energy is by topping it. This is a form of pruning that requires you simply cut off the topmost […]Read More
  12. By latewoodl

    ,10 Oct 2015
    WW, NO, not necessarily. I read it as suggesting an option. I would not take buds unless my trichomes showed that the buds were finished. I think what is suggested is that you can remove the kolas, and allow the […]Read More
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  14. By peteski72

    ,03 Feb 2016
    Most information we get here is good. I have to say that an important missing point here is how the plant reacts after it is topped or trimmed (pruning). Correct me if need be, but I was given a precaution […]Read More
    1. By kid kodak

      ,02 Sep 2016
      To peteski72 /: I'm an old farmboy and I'm not at all convinced that cutting/pruning in any way "discourages" the plants from continuing their established level of growing "enthusiasm". e.g. These are "weeds", remember. Have you ever owned a house? […]Read More
  15. By latewood.ILGM

    ,05 Feb 2016
    Whether or not; The plants growth slows down; You still should harvest by the color of the trichomes. In general, the statement you made was correct. Anytime you stress the plant, you will see growth slow for a few days, […]Read More
  16. By stephen roberson

    ,10 Mar 2016
    I have grown pot for close to 20 years the last 12 legally, and what I've learned over the years is that those articles,photos of monster buds are fine, but give me a break, I have used the same strain […]Read More
    1. By Laromi

      ,23 Feb 2017
      Where is safest place to buy good good seeds/outdoor
  17. By gary

    ,11 Mar 2016
    How much wood ash to water ratio should i apply?
  18. By Gene

    ,11 Mar 2016
    I would like to know the ash to water ratio. I check my soil nutrients a couple of times, and would like to get to phosphorus level up a little more for the budding stage .
  19. By Jhonny Blaze

    ,11 Mar 2016
    Great advice.... Another cool way to make your plant become a bush is FIMMING, If done right it can split into 3 or more new colas...
  20. By latewood.ILGM

    ,15 Mar 2016
    gary and Gene, 1st let me inform you that wood ash also contains in higher levels Potassium, Magnesium, and a small amount of Sulfur, as well as Phosphorous. It is recommended to add wood ash at no more than a […]Read More
  21. By Ralph

    ,16 Mar 2016
    Where can I buy seed for upstate new York in the southern tiers moist soil over 200 acreage to hide on soils not the any help
    1. By Glenn Herman

      ,10 Nov 2016
      Herbies. From G.B.. Thousands of strains. takes two to three weeks.
    2. By Familyman420

      ,07 Dec 2017
      ILGM is the best place for seeds in my opinion. Great consistent genetics. Healthy happy plants. And ILGM takes care of their customers. All my orders to east coast come within 2wks. I've never peraonally had a problem but a […]Read More
    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,19 Mar 2016
      Ralph, Go to our Seed Shop and browse the quality selections. Choose a payment method and, there you go :)
      1. By James

        ,13 Jan 2017
        I have used nothing but Roberts seeds they always come within 2 weeks only once was there a problem some came crushed and with 1 picture i got new seeds more than i orderd think you ilgm i Will never. […]Read More
  22. By Bernie Kek

    ,16 Mar 2016
    When should one stop misting the plants for fear of mold in the buds?
  23. By latewood.ILGM

    ,19 Mar 2016
    I personally do not like to mist my plant unless it is a proactive measure against disease or pests. You definitely do not want to mist plants once they have developed buds. Happy growing!
  24. By Betty C

    ,25 Mar 2016
    I love the articles and purchased the bible a few years ago. I grow my own medical marijuana since it's not available in my state. I have limited space and grow autoflowering plants, but I cannot get near the yields […]Read More
    1. By SunnySide

      ,18 Jan 2017
      Aloha Betty C, I am finishing my 3rd Auto crop. I grow outside in Hawaii. I can offer you my way of getting more product from Autos. As you know they grow fast. So you must work fast and check […]Read More
    2. By Itzel

      ,23 May 2017
      GOO fully organic; use ALKALINE water; try making your own nutrients and pesticides but most important work with Mother Nature and it's cycles, allow Mother Nature to do its thing..
      1. By Ole grower

        ,26 Jul 2018
        Amen remember it’s a WEED. I’ve trimmed, cut, and punished mine for over 40 or so years, when you would go to jail for life so we had to make it look like a ordinary bush, and we still got […]Read More
    3. By juskiddendaddy

      ,30 Jul 2018
      1 plant, 1- 5 gallon air pot, a bag of fox farm soil, GH line of nutes. (the 3 basic ones). Keep it simple, do not over water and make sure you flush every 7-10 days. Use half of the […]Read More
  25. By wayne

    ,01 Apr 2016
    Hi my name is wayne,i'm a pensioner in australia would like to buy some seeds as i suffer from arthritis can you garrentee that they will be deliverd as you can understand i'm a bit sceptical.thanks wayne.
    1. By Gilly

      ,13 May 2016
      No worry's Wayne! They do as they say! Had mine in 9 days!!! (USA)
      1. By sean

        ,11 Nov 2016
        Go for it Wayne! You have nothing to worry about, get you some and relieve your pain.
  26. By 4 Grow Tips for Beginners – The Chill Bud

    ,05 Apr 2016
    […] how to grow weed doesn’t have to be a painstaking process, take your time and stay within your […]
  27. By Gilly

    ,06 May 2016
    When they say 64 days to flower does this mean from seed to start of flower or from start of flower to harvest??? I'm growing in a 4' x 4' tent with a air cooled tube light with a 400 […]Read More
  28. By latewood.ILGM

    ,07 May 2016
    Sorry Gilly; I can only giver you a broad answer due to you not informing us of what type seeds you are us I generally consider 64 days yo finish the flowering time. Happy growing.)
    1. By Jennifer ILGM

      ,12 May 2016
      Gilly, keep us posted on your grow. We love to hear from fellow growers.
  29. By Gilly

    ,13 May 2016
    I just pinched the center growth last Sunday. I'm seeing very minor starts of new stems. Some show signs of growth on 1 side so to speak and not on the other? Is this common? How long before new stems […]Read More
  30. By Gilly

    ,13 May 2016
    Is there a way to post pics???
  31. By latewood.ILGM

    ,15 May 2016
    Gilly, Nothing is exclusively common when manipulating MJ plants. Perhgaps when tou piched you left a bit of the kola to allow for growth in one area. No one can tell you whether or not to pinch more tops. This […]Read More
  32. By latewood.ILGM

    ,15 May 2016
    Gilly, I forgot to add that patience is the strongest virtue of a grower. I cannot tell you how long it will take you to see more stems or "off shoots". You just have to nurture plant everyday and wait […]Read More
  33. By Moose

    ,16 May 2016
    I have a plant of unknown strain (bagseed) in week 1 flower about 9" started in crappie MG soil and is in FFOF now. She is about 6 weeks old. Since she was transplanted into the good soil, should I […]Read More
  34. By Gilly

    ,16 May 2016
    Can't post on the forum! Says not permitted to view requested resource???
    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,17 May 2016
      Gilly, New members are not allowed to post until they read and respond to a few posts. This helps keeps "bots" from joining and spamming the forum. Better security.
  35. By Gilly

    ,16 May 2016
    Good news, Good news!!! I can actually see growth at the pinch points now!!! Not much but they are there for sure!!! Cool, Cool!!!
  36. By latewood.ILGM

    ,17 May 2016
    Moose If you just transplanted into fresh FOF; I would not advise adding anything else for approx. a month. Plant will let you know when it needs a boost from some bloom nutrients.
  37. By Allen

    ,21 May 2016
    I am growing kimbo kush and it's in about the 3rd or 4 th week of flowering and all of my leaves have started turning light green to yellowish color not just the main leafs but the sugar leaves around […]Read More
    1. By Gilly

      ,21 May 2016
      Allen, you probly need ta move ur lights up to about 24" from the canopy. My 400W HPS is at 18" - 20" from the canopy. Keep a thermometer at the same height as the canopy so u can monitor […]Read More
  38. By Gilly

    ,21 May 2016
    Allen, how close is the light to the top of the canopy? With my 400 W HPS light I keep it at 18" - 20" so with a 600W HPS you probly need ta keep it right around 24". You […]Read More
  39. By Green

    ,23 May 2016
    I have ak47's in a small grow box. 2 weeks into flowering, but they grow to high. They will reach the to before i see any buds. How do i correct that?
    1. By Billz

      ,08 Jul 2016
      Bend them over, be careful and roll the stalk in your fingers firat then just bend it over. They bend stalks will right themselves and actually xreate more budding sites..
  40. By SIRV

    ,23 Sep 2016
    How effective is worm castings in the complete growth cycle. I have pounds from my worm bins
    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,18 Nov 2016
      Worm castings are a great amendment to add if you are building your own soil. Happy growing :)
  41. By Anthony Mandich

    ,10 Nov 2016
    I find myself constantly taking leaves off of my plants. At least a couple nearly everyday. Is this bad?
    1. By Glenn Herman

      ,10 Nov 2016
      At the end this is very normal. Also any leaves not getting light will yellow.
    2. By latewood.ILGM

      ,18 Nov 2016
      Anthony Mandich, Why would you do that? The leaves are equivalent to the heart and lungs of the plant. Without the leaves, photosynthesis cannot occur properly. Good Luck :)
      1. By Drb

        ,15 Jan 2017
        I think you are wrong about removing leaves. Yes , they are the solar panels for the plant but in my experiences I have completely stripped some of my plants down to just a few leaves once the budding has […]Read More
  42. By sean

    ,11 Nov 2016
    How much ash to use for one gallon hydro?
  43. By Phil

    ,17 Nov 2016
    Spider mite infestation week 7 bloom, can I remove all large buds with webbing, then shower plant without causing damage to remaining plant
    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,18 Nov 2016
      Phil, Once you have developed a mite issue that has thrived to the point that you see webbing; You plant is pretty much done. For mites: You need to treat them early, and after grow; Tear down grow area and […]Read More
  44. By latewood.ILGM

    ,18 Nov 2016
    sean, You do not add ash to hydro. Ash would be an ingredient in compost; Unless I misunderstand you. Happy growing :)
  45. By trpoy hart

    ,28 Dec 2016
    you are so closed minded i own my own home and business and love growing marijuana so open your mind a bit and do not be so judgemental
  46. By Robert Griffes

    ,12 Jan 2017
    Have never heard of that but I will definitely give it a try.
  47. By Dianne Yonan

    ,12 Jan 2017
    Splitting the plant sounds interesting. Would like to try this. Can I do this on an auto?
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2017
      I would not advise this technique on an "auto"; However, you only have a week left before harvest; So, y not try it! :)
  48. By Janice Bates

    ,12 Jan 2017
    I cannot see how splitting the stems 3 days to one week before harvesting could possibly have enough time to affect the plant to grow larger buds or increase THC? Do you mean before flowering?
    1. By Robert Bergman

      ,12 Jan 2017
      Hi Janice, It's a week before harvest. This techniques creates a lot of stress on the plants. If you do it a few weeks before harvest your buds will ripen too fast. Which results in a lower yield and less […]Read More
    2. By latewood_ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2017
      Janice, The article clearly states to use this technique a few days to a week before harvest. Thanks for asking.
  49. By Charles Paulk

    ,12 Jan 2017
    I loved the information on stem splitting. However I don't remember it being in the grow bible? I will go back and look . Just would like to see all this great information in one book not several
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2017
      The grow bible is a beginners guide to a successful grow. If you follow the direction in the grow bible you will succeed. Advanced techniques are published in the blog, and discussed at our support forum
  50. By Kevin

    ,12 Jan 2017
    Hi robert.. ive been growing now for about a year.. im gettin better every harvest.. i really like your tips on how to be successfull at growing.. im going to try the splitting of the stem this time.. keep up […]Read More
  51. By Fabrice Jarry

    ,12 Jan 2017
    Hi Rob, I have split plants in the past, intentionally and my dog split one for me unintentionally that's the way I found out the plant was producing lots more resin, the plant was split from tip to stem, and […]Read More
  52. By Jimbo

    ,13 Jan 2017
    At what stage do you split the stem! Start of budding! Halfway thru! ??? Makes absolutely perfect sense in my experiences of growing so many things for 35 plus years!!
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,13 Jan 2017
      Hi Jimbo, It’s a week before harvest. This techniques creates a lot of stress on the plants. If you do it a few weeks before harvest your buds will ripen too fast. Which results in a lower yield and less […]Read More
  53. By Kerry

    ,13 Jan 2017
    Aloha! As you can see, i live in Hawaii, and grow nearly exclusively outdoors. My experience with outdoor growing in HI began in the mid-1970's, at remote locations. For the past 5-6 years, i've been growing legally and openly where […]Read More
    1. By Isabel

      ,24 Sep 2017
      i'm in Colorado and the beginning of the year the laws are changing I can only grow 12 plants is there any recommendation for me to get more pounds will talk plans if you put three lights for plants would […]Read More
  54. By Brianne T

    ,13 Jan 2017
    My first grow was with 2 gallon pots and they are not even close to being big enough to support a plant. 4-5 gal root pouches are key for rootzone health and overall plant vitality. I started to use 5 […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,13 Jan 2017
      Good stuff Brianne! Thanks for sharing!
  55. By Bozlee

    ,13 Jan 2017
    I ordered the high yield pack and 3 of 3 germinated and came out of the ground on Xmas. They are very healthy and I will be ordering a different strain today! I'm glad I trusted the cash by mail […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2017
      Good to hear all's well Bozlee. Happy growing!
  56. By Hempy

    ,13 Jan 2017
    I love all the information, I learn something new every time I log in ;) I never can learn enough here keep up the great work Robert ,just an open book of knowledge, thanks again
    1. By sean

      ,14 Jan 2017
      Its better then going to any school, every time Robert sends some information, there's something that you will Learn. I appreciate any tips that ilgm sends my way. Knocked over a lawn chair, split a plant, stood the ww back […]Read More
  57. By CRAIG

    ,14 Jan 2017
    I have 2 Haze plants that are 10 weeks flowering. Looks good, but I also have 5 plants of a mystery seeds in 10 weeks of flowering, they are some signs of white hairs, and they are now 5 ft […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2017
      Yes they do. I find that most Indica plants finish in 8-12 weeks, and Sativa 12-16 weeks. I also find that length of veg cycle has a direct affect on finishing time. Happy growing
      1. By Don Francisco

        ,25 Jul 2018
        @latewood You mentioned "I also find that length of veg cycle has a direct affect on finishing time." What effect? Does a longer veg time result in a shorter flower time or v.v?
  58. By Richie

    ,14 Jan 2017
    I am strictly hydro,can I still split the stems? I never did that before but will try anything for bigger better buds. My next harvest is 3/11 so ill try splitting on 3/5. I will let you know.
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2017
      Richie, Method of growing is moot. Whether you grow in soil, soil-0less or hydro :)
  59. By Ronald Reed

    ,14 Jan 2017
    I am definitely going to try this this spring. I've lost all but two of my white widows I ordered, I can't keep up with the cold here in Maine, I will order more this spring .
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2017
      Ronald. We hope you can find a way to grow indoors; After all; It is legal in Maine now !
  60. By Ricky Kidder

    ,15 Jan 2017
    You didn't say when to use you stem splitting technique. ? When the buds start forming?
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2017
      Hi Ricky, Robert explains in one of the comments: "It’s a week before harvest. This techniques creates a lot of stress on the plants. If you do it a few weeks before harvest your buds will ripen too fast. Which […]Read More
  61. By Hemp Invaders

    ,16 Jan 2017
    I went for it and split the stem and placed a chop stick in there.. interesting concept
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2017
      Hemp Invaders, Perhaps you would like to join our support forum and share your results with allk the friendly and knowledgeable members :)
  62. By Tony

    ,18 Jan 2017
    I am starting my 2nd harvest soon. I used WW auto/fem from ILGM last time and will use them again this time. I planted 4 plants in a 2x4 tent with 400 watt lights. last time I added 2 small […]Read More
  63. By Rv1157

    ,22 Jan 2017
    Hi, I'm growing unknown sativas. They're in week 6 of flower. There seems to be two distinct strains. On one strain the leaves are long and thin, the other looks similar but the leaves are a bit wider and are […]Read More
  64. By latewood_ILGM

    ,23 Jan 2017
    Rv1157, You made your bed, so to speak. What you do to one plant will affect the other. So you weill have to allow the faster plant to become more ripe before harvesting. It is always best to have a […]Read More
  65. By Coltfire

    ,27 Jan 2017
    After reading this ,it is something I want to try, does this work on outdoor In the ground plants?
  66. By latewood_ILGM

    ,28 Jan 2017
    Coltfire, Does what work? Plase do not ask a vague question. We are glad help you if you inform us of what "this" refers to.
  67. By mike bolin

    ,08 Feb 2017
    Thank you for the e-mail. There is such a vast treasure trove of info. I was following you on you tube and purchased books and other things from your site.
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,13 Feb 2017
      Awesome Mike, happy to hear we're helping out!
  68. By Andy

    ,17 Mar 2017
    The splitting sounds interesting....but as a new grower I think I will stick to just growing the plants as is. I'm using a 1000w LED light for 4 plants. I'm using some high content KNP soil and leaves are popping […]Read More
    1. By Andy

      ,17 Mar 2017
      P.S. the reason I'm growing them....pain relief, I don't want to take anymore medication, as I am already on enough tablets to open my own chemists lol
    2. By Roy ILGM

      ,20 Mar 2017
      Hey Andy, be sure to hop onto our support forum. Our experts there can help you along
  69. By mcdrichj420

    ,07 Apr 2017
    5 degrees C is 9 degrees F not 50. C to F is C*1.8 you only add 32 when talking about a regular temp not a difference.
  70. By Bozlee

    ,29 Apr 2017
    I have tried splitting the stems on a chocolope and amniesia haze. it's been 4 days and not much change. the trichomes are starting to go cloudy so I think the timing was right. I used kabob skewers. Erlier in […]Read More
    1. By nt3

      ,14 Aug 2017
      Bozlee, on your comment abt splitting to control height, can comment more. i have low ceilings, am using LST, SCROGGING, FIMMING, etc. Thx!
  71. By Mrdean

    ,28 May 2017
    Just wondering if I'm only using a 3200 lumen 150 watt equivalent 4ft led light that's spectrum is daylight nondimmable. Should I get more lights for four plants?
    1. By latewood.ILGM

      ,03 Jun 2017
      Mrdean, That sounds lie an interesting lamp you have. I find it best to use 600 watts in a 4x4' - 5x5' space with 4 plants. Happy growing
  72. By joseph

    ,12 Jul 2017
    I have 3 plants. One is 15in the other is 11in. They are outdoors plants. I noticed that all 3 are female. One plant is in a little over a gallon container. That's the bigger one. The other is in […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM

      ,12 Jul 2017
      Hi Joseph, it's best to hop onto our support forum. Our experts and other growers are always ready and willing to help out!
    2. By latewood_ILGMl

      ,15 Aug 2017
      Joseph, If you join our forum we will be glad to help you become a grow expert by the end of your 1st 2 grows. :)
  73. By Paul

    ,11 Aug 2017
    Looking for so me advice. This is my second grow and I let me plants get pretty tall 36 inches before going to 12/12. The plants stretched badly up to 54 inches into the light. My only option was to […]Read More
  74. By latewood_ILGMl

    ,15 Aug 2017
    Paul, MOst likely you have a land race Sativa, and it takes 3-4 months or longer to finsih. I suggest you look us up at our forum and we will be gald to help you move forward. Shortening light photo […]Read More
  75. By Mike

    ,22 Aug 2017
    I have a beautiful big bud plant in flower. 1 of its smaller branches has just a single bud on the end like a lollipop. I waited for the bud to be established then made a shallow split through the […]Read More
  76. By Mary

    ,26 Aug 2017
    I have heard when you harvest your plant to put your root in boiling water to rush the thc to the buds .is this right?
  77. By Lynette Watkins

    ,04 Sep 2017
    I'd like to try the stem splitting on one of my plants that is not doing as well as the others. 2nd year outdoor grower. Plants are looking great (I think). Had great results last year using your guide. Should […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGMl

      ,07 Sep 2017
      Lynette, This is totally your choice. It is an experiment for you, so you need to decide which plant to experiment with. Happy growing >)
  78. By ranay keller

    ,22 Sep 2017
    i think the reasoning is sound so i'm going to try if i can do it . i'll probably get somone else do it for me as they will be steadier than i. i hzve ms and one plant. do […]Read More
  79. By kevin

    ,25 Sep 2017
    ive live in oregon, and it's starting to rain. I have a plant I rescued and is treating me well,I've never done this before,so to prevent over watering,I put it in a corner and put an umbrella over it,helps a […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,28 Sep 2017
      Kevin, Join our support forum. We can help you there. Briefly, yes you can move it inside.
  80. By latewood_ILGM

    ,28 Sep 2017
    Chris, We do not rate light systems. If you join our support forum, I can guarantee you that we have several people with informed opinions that can help you out. Peace, lw
  81. By ED

    ,28 Sep 2017
    How do you use ice water in your increasing trichomes. I flush heavily with ice water 5to7days (last watering) before harvest, works for us.
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,04 Oct 2017
      Ed, Flushing your plants with ice water at finish serves one purpose, only. By flushing with ice water, you lock the phosphorous. Locking the phosphorous uptake causes a color change in blue and purple type strains. Flushing with ice water […]Read More
  82. By Diesel D

    ,05 Oct 2017
    I read about "splitting", going to try on sour D, not the entire plant just some branches, pistols are about 70% brown, let you know how it goes
  83. By Dave

    ,06 Oct 2017
    I read about "splitting", going to try on sour D, not the entire plant just some branches, pistols are about 80% brown, let you know how it goes
  84. By Sean

    ,14 Dec 2017
    I've done your splitting technique on several of your wwa it was cool and killer, buds looked like snow cones. Killer crystal also I highly recommend both of those seeds, low stress, scrog, topping I've learned a lot from you […]Read More
  85. By Mr. Happypuff

    ,31 Dec 2017
    Some folks just make it way too difficult. I grow in two tents, both the same size, 2' x 4' by 5' tall. 400w mh for the veg tent, 400w hps for the bloom tent. 2 months in one, 2 […]Read More
  86. By Dude TJ

    ,12 Jan 2018
    Was reading articles about CO2. Had friend tell me it is very good for the roots of plants. Is it feasible to run a tube to the drain hole in bottom of planter pot to allow the CO2 to filter […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,22 Jan 2018
      Dude TJ, That is not how a stable strain is created. IN order to have a stable strain you must back breed to one of the parent's several times. 3-4 at least. Watch for "hermies". :) Good Luck
  87. By Dude TJ

    ,12 Jan 2018
    Me again, I think I'll call them Lemon Widows. Kinda has a ring to it.
  88. By Frenchysupman

    ,15 Jan 2018
    alright, let's just get a couple of things straight here so far : 1. the splitting of the stem theoretically works as long as you do it right and be kinda gruesome at it (awaiting empirical analysis) 2. the ice […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,22 Jan 2018
      Keep doing your reseatch. The only way to prove things that you doubt is to do it yourself over and over and witness the results. Happy growing :)
  89. By latewood_ILGM

    ,22 Jan 2018
    Sorry...Meant research. ;)
  90. By raghuveer

    ,20 Feb 2018
    what kind of waist use for it?
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,20 Feb 2018
      raghuveer, Could you please re-phrase your question? We have no idea what you are asking. Thanks :)
  91. By JusRed

    ,01 May 2018
    ILGM , Rocks in my humble opinion. Their genetics are some of, if not the best most consistent I've seen. I'm normally outside,weather permitting. Had to go a different route,so I tried autos, I am very pleased ,600watt mars hydro, […]Read More
  92. By Jusred

    ,01 May 2018
    ILGM ,You guys rock. Amnesia Haze auto, 7inches colas, 8 of them,yes I filmed and it was fine. Also as small useless branch broke,so I "cloned"it .It went back to revel, lost lol white cotton tops,and degree was several weeks […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,09 May 2018
      JUsred, Thanks for your positive commentsd. We are glad you have enjoyed successful growing with our guidance and genetics. Happy growing :)
  93. By VASILEIOS vasileiadis

    ,02 May 2018
    I DID IT I SPLIT THE MAIN STEM AND THE PLANT WAS SO SHOCKED THAT BECAME FULL OF SEEDS.AND I DID IT TO ALL AT THE SAME TIME AND I FINISHED WITH 66 GRAMMS SEEDS
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,09 May 2018
      VASILEIOS vasileiadis, You do realize that stem splitting should only be done in the last 2 days to a week maximum before harvest; Right? Splitting the stem earlier can cause issues. If you did noty have seeds and split the […]Read More
  94. By Aaron Keith O’Brien

    ,21 May 2018
    I've been told that urinating on the cuts of the stems can help bud development? I'd appreciate if someone would clarify this, I've been storing my urine in containers for several months and some of the containers have burst open […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,26 Jul 2018
      Aaron Keith O'Brien, Not an idea that I would implement. Urine must be diluted before using it on plants but, I would not wipe or spray it on my plants, and I would not use it in flower unless I […]Read More
  95. By JoJo

    ,21 May 2018
    Well we will giver a try I have some gold leaf about a wk. away some super skunk to maybe one of each as far as going to seed it is impossible this late in da game👍🏻🍻
  96. By wyatt

    ,25 Jul 2018
    Ok. Here's my 2 cents worth. Been growing for 30+ years but this is the first time with LED. I am truly amazed! I'm growing AK-47 in a 3x3 foot tent. 1000w full spectrum led in a 3-gallon pot with […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,26 Jul 2018
      wyatt, Thanks for sharing :)
  97. By Boe

    ,25 Jul 2018
    I have thought of the splitting technique, just been waiting for the specifications of how to do it 🤔 THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE INPHO😀!!!!!!!!!!
  98. By sam godard

    ,26 Jul 2018
    I just did the stem splitting technique on one blackberry marijuana plant. I have never tried it before and I will let you know how it turns out. I chose one of my smaller plants just in case. I chose […]Read More
  99. By Joe

    ,26 Jul 2018
    Interesting. I use a 5' x 5' grow tent. 1 - 1250W led full spectrum. Two 4' x 4 bulb florescent shop lights. 1 on each side of tent. Probably don't need the florescent, but had them, so why not. […]Read More
  100. By David A Cavanaugh

    ,26 Jul 2018
    I really enjoyed this article on splitting the stems. Will be trying it in the fall. On the gold leaf that i bought from you. Also, near the end of flower, I start talking real disrespectful to my plants. Its […]Read More
  101. By ROBIN

    ,26 Jul 2018
    I AM GROWING FOR SEED PRODUCTION ONLY. A SMALL EFFORT OF JUST 6 FEMALE NORTHERN LIGHT PLANTS ALL WITH LOTS OF SEEDS. I JUST DON'T KNOW HOW TO PROCEED FROM HERE AM ONLY WATERING AND LOTS OF LIGHT ON 10 […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,26 Jul 2018
      ROBIN, I suggest you look up our articles on breeding, and then join our support forum. There are many members and staff willing to share their expertise in regards to harvesting seeds. I think you mentioned you did not know […]Read More
  102. By Michael obschonka

    ,26 Jul 2018
    Hi did this 20y ago but used hash instead of stick.worked very well
  103. By BobPatty

    ,26 Jul 2018
    Back in the late sixty's I just used a stainless nail, and drove it thought the base then wrapped cotton cloth around the area. When I cut the plants I would dip the end in melted wax then hang the […]Read More
  104. By Cannabi Nerd

    ,26 Jul 2018
    I'd like to see scientific evidence on the stem-splitting allegations; sounds like stoner-think to me.
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,26 Jul 2018
      Cannabi Nerd, We are all entitled to our opinion. You ought to try it instead of disparaging it. I know many expert growers who have tried it. Happy growing.
  105. By bert

    ,26 Jul 2018
    I have 3 females in seed. Will stem splitting benefit the quality of seed, or is this just related to THC ? Thanks
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,26 Jul 2018
      bert, No. Happy growing :)
      1. By latewood_ILGM

        ,26 Jul 2018
        All of you should keep in mind that this technique is only used during the last days before harvest. :)
    2. By Russ

      ,27 Jul 2018
      Gday Bert I believe it'll work for seed too as it stresses the plant out an your plant will put everything it can into finishing
  106. By Russ

    ,27 Jul 2018
    Gday champ Iv been splitting my plants for a long time now. Sometimes I just bust a huge nail right at the base and you're right about not doing it too early
  107. By mikea

    ,28 Jul 2018
    if you are real adventurous try pulling up a plant out of the ground for about 1hr then re-pot and water heavy to reset roots. Your plant will wilt and loose most leaves then just buds will come back better […]Read More
  108. By mont

    ,29 Jul 2018
    TY for a very good read , been growing for 29 years , first time I have heard about splitting the stem , I am definatly going to try this , ty again , keep on budding
  109. By Paul

    ,30 Jul 2018
    Thank You for the info always a help good read, I will try stem splitting on one plant seem to be easy enough, I'll keep my fingers crossed and let you know how I made out TY
  110. By mikea

    ,31 Jul 2018
    ty also for this as i will definitely try this stem splitting on a nice kush girl i know. yum yum.. happy tokin'..
  111. By Joe

    ,31 Jul 2018
    I have been using the splitting technique for a while, but as usual with many of these techniques, there are many questions left unanswered. 1). How long should the plants remain this way until you harvest? 2). Should they be […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,02 Aug 2018
      Joe. 1. Article clearly indicates this technique is to be done only in the last week before harvest. 2. You follow the regular watering or flushing process. 3. I see nothing that said to place them in darkness. Why would […]Read More
      1. By Çhris

        ,03 Aug 2018
        Because that's what people are doing days before harvest....leaving plants in total darkness to jack up thc production. Have you never heard of this?
  112. By randy

    ,10 Aug 2018
    this is the best site for info and seeds that is all
  113. By Joce b

    ,15 Aug 2018
    Thank you! In the Angels Valley this helps a ton!
  114. By Arch

    ,29 Aug 2018
    A dutch grower told me about it 35 years ago. Since then I do the splitting and I believe it is a excellent way to stress the plant and make the plant think it is dying. The right time is […]Read More
  115. By Cannibinerd

    ,13 Sep 2018
    Your conversion between delta F. and delta C is wrong. You're using the formula for converting between plain F and C. For delta, the formula doesn't have the constant term. Read the text to see how wrong it is.
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,25 Sep 2018
      How does this relate to the article?
      1. By curtis

        ,06 Mar 2019
        He is right- the temp differential does not read correctly- you mention a 40 deg differential which would reduce 80 deg to 40 deg...at least the way Im reading it- its confusing
  116. By Boy scout

    ,15 Sep 2018
    used nutrients in drip irrigation got scum in water which traveled to plants one showed signs of fungus I stopped method and hand water now . Do I need to worry ? plants look great now that I took off […]Read More
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,25 Sep 2018
      Boy scout, You should join our support forum, so that we understand what you need and can help you out.
  117. By @PUB27

    ,12 Jan 2019
    Hey guys yall are great...But in the artical of splittig stems ..you state to tie at the base closest to the soil ..but your pictures mainly shows a few inches above the soil ..which one is it ??..
    1. By latewood_ILGM

      ,16 Jan 2019
      I believe that near or a couple inches is close enough. I think the article is merely clarifying that the technique should be applied to the lower part of the stem. Hope this helps. be careful :)
  118. By Curtis

    ,06 Mar 2019
    Hello Robert Your genetics and customer service are the best. Your sharing of knowledge is unmatched. However I have to ask "Have you personally tried this splitting the stem" technique? I tried the "Monster Cloning" and it was completely wrong […]Read More
  119. By Ricki

    ,07 Mar 2019
    Thanks for the awesome information. It helps tremendously. I am currently working with 3 of your strains that just turned to the flowering stage and I'm looking for great results.
  120. By Gerald

    ,28 Mar 2019
    When should you split the Stem. I have researched it and think when thr trichomes are all Cloudy.
    1. By latewood ILGM

      ,02 Apr 2019
      Gerald, The article plainly states that you should not split the stem until the last week before harvest. I would say about 3-4 days before harvest. Happy growing.
  121. By The goddess

    ,22 Apr 2019
    Thanks for the detailed explanation. Even I a 1st.time grower understood it well most of it lol. Keep your fingers crossed
  122. By Norm

    ,25 May 2019
    I was curious on the splitting the stem, it doesn't say when to split it? is it when it's slall or just before budding
  123. By Mike

    ,26 May 2019
    Thank u . Very helpful knowledge
  124. By latewood ILGM

    ,20 Jun 2019
    Norm, The article does tell you where and when to split the stem. you use this method the last few days before harvest and split the stem a couple inches above the soil

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