Heat stress and marijuana plants

Heat stress is most common for indoor plants.

Growing marijuana indoors is the most effective at a temperature of between 70 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the plants’ period of light, and somewhere between 50 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit during their period of darkness.

If your plants are enriched with carbon dioxide, they will function better with a higher temperature, somewhere just below 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Learn everything you need to know about heat stress and marijuana plants.

What is marijuana heat stress

You will find that you plants have a heat problem when the temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If your crop has just a few cool nights in a row, there shouldn’t be a strong effect.

If, however, there is a cool period that lasts through the flowering phase, you will not be happy with the results.

Marijuana Plant Under the Sun

Your plants require the right amounts of heat everywhere, including from the floor.

If the floor remains at a constant temperature of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, your plants’ rooms will be cozy and warm, and your plant’s leaves will be able to handle random moments of cold.

Because marijuana is a hardy plant, outdoor strains are generally able to handle temperatures of as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit, without there being any lasting effects.

Although they can handle this temperature, it doesn’t mean it is ideal. Growth and photosynthesis will be slower than at warmer temperatures.

If the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, there will be lasting tissue damage.

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If your plant is too hot, however, the problems can change substantially.

As long as your plants have established large root systems, they should be able to survive major heat fluctuations.

This is simply because plants with bigger root systems can absorb higher amounts of water.

Marijuana Leaves

When your plants are in their vegetative stage of growth, elongated stems can be a result of temperatures between the 80s and 90s.

If your plants are flowering, the buds could turn out to be airy.

Signs of marijuana heat stress

Plants that are experiencing temperatures that are too low will have slowed growth and smaller yields.

These signs can be difficult to spot if you aren’t completely familiar with your plants’ regular output.

You will know your plant is experiencing too much heat because the buds closest to the lights in your grow room will look stretched and bleached, or because the tips of your plant are burnt.

The bud problem is a sure way of distinguishing the problem as heat rather than too much light.

marijuana heat stress symptoms
marijuana heat stress symptoms

Your plants that are undergoing heat stress will also start showing signs of stress through yellowing and brown spots appearing.

If you haven’t been watering your plant enough lately, it is more likely to experience heat stress.

How to fix heat stress problems

If you are growing outdoors, try using a gas patio heater to keep your garden warm through the night. Your idea temperature is a consistent 60 degrees.

This will allow the plants to grow optimally. Another way of keeping heat from escaping your garden is by covering all your plants with a polyethylene plastic covering.

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If you are having a serious cold problem, you can even add a heater to your outdoor setup.

If your grow room is too cold, try equipping it with a CO2 generator or an electric heater.

If you have a larger garden, you can keep the floor nice and warm by using a recirculating hot water heater.

If you are growing your plants indoors, try using ventilation (have a fan blowing over the tops of your plants) and air conditioning, or water or air-cooled lights to lower the grow room temperature.

vent out the heat from your grow room
Vent out the heat from your grow room

You won’t need to worry about the temperature between the plants, but rather the temperature that is directly hitting your plants, instead.

If you have an outdoor garden and excessive heat is the issue, you can use micro-sprayers to lower your plants’ temperatures by between 20 and 30 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your plants are being grown in containers of come sort, you will need to be extra cautious when it comes to temperature.

These plants can easily overheat. If they are root-bound, transplant them to a larger container that is light-colored and, therefore, will reflect light instead of absorbing it.

You can also simply move these plants to a location that is out of direct sunlight.

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For your outdoor plants, try watering them in the early morning or evening times so that the water doesn’t evaporate right away.

You can increase shade by putting a covering over your plants, such as an old sheet.

Make sure not to cover them for too long, however, as it will cause their reintroduction into the sun to be a serious shock from the sudden increase in light intensity.

If your indoor plants are experiencing heat stress because they are too close to the lights, then you can simply move the lights away from the plants.

This is the easy way to solve the situation at first, but for longer-term benefits, more serious techniques may be necessary.

Marijuana Leaves

For instant results, air-cooled lights that have been equipped with reflectors can lower the amount of heat that comes with the light.

Water-cooled lights do the same thing but are actually more effective than air-cooled lights.

Your loon-watt lights should always be around three feet away from the top of your plant.

This changes when you have air-cooled lights, which are fine if they are between 18 and 24 inches from the tops.

Water-cooled lights can be even closer, ranging from twelve inches to even shorter distances.

You can also vent out the heat from your grow room by using an exhaust system, or fan.

You can combine it with a carbon scrubber to remove any smells that might otherwise be propelled outwards.

If your plants are in their recovery phase of dealing with heat stress, you can try using seaweed kelp extract to assist in the recovery process.

It also will have the added benefit of avoiding future heat stress from getting your plants.

Marijuana plant symptoms

  • Leaf edges burnt or browning
  • Upper leaves/newer growth affected
  • Leaf edges curling upwards
  • Wilting and drooping of leaves
  • Wilting and drooping of the entire plant

Your plant’s tendency to experience heat stroke can also depend on its strain.

Indica strains, for example, are most likely to get their heat stroke when they’re undergoing their flowering stage.

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Faq about marijuana and heat stress

What are the best autoflower strains for hot climate

Here are top 5 auto strains for hot climate: Jack herer auto, White widow auto, Sour diesel auto, Amnesia haze auto and bubblegum auto

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Here are top 5 fem strains for hot climate: Sour diesel fem, Blue mystic fem, Amnesia haze fem, Amnesia mac ganja fem, Fruit spirit fem

What are the best sativa strains for hot climate

Here are top 5 sativa strains for hot climate: Painkiller XL, Mother gorilla, Green crack punch, Green gelato automatic, HulkBerry automatic.

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29 comments on “Heat stress and marijuana plants”

  1. I h 2 seedlings I think I overheated 1 Green Crack Auto And Temple kush reg. The GK lo he but n gro the TK leav are yel the brown b gr l.

  2. Hi Donald,

    Thanks for your comment. I can recommend Amnesia Haze, Super Silver Haze, Sour Diesel, Afghan or Durban Poison, as some pretty heat-resistant strains!

    I hope this helps!
    Happy growing,

  3. I am In week 5 flowering and due to weather she got to hot for about 24 hours,,she was all droopy an thirsty,, I corrected everything an now is good, but what do I do about the yellow leaves? Im in day 4 of recovery and some yellow leaves are turning green again, should I just leave her alone? Or pick off the worst of the yellow leaves? (Purple Hindu Kush)

  4. Can i Treat heat and light burn for my plants left them under a light with no vent the leaves curled and braches are drooping sickly look

  5. Hi . My auto weed plants have all the same problem were can I sent you email with some pictures for help pls

  6. hello everybody
    i’m growing 2 autoflowering outdoors and for work reasons i left out of water for 1.5 day. The biggest plant (55days old) has already a big sort amount of uncreated buds…but the day i left unwatered summer heat (42 celsius degrees) them and burn my tree…so i need your help for recovering that..

  7. wombat,

    IN order to really help you; I suggest you join our support forum where we have many expert growers to help you grow successfully. 1st thing to do when you join is to start a topic with a “Support” ticket”

    With little to go on, I imagine this could be from using nutrients on seedlings?, over watering? Please join the forum, and give us the necessary info to help you out. Peace :).

  8. Sunmork , Have you downloaded the Free Grow bible? It is in PDF format, and is printable. 🙂

  9. Hello I made the rookie mistake of having my nursery tent in the same room as my grow tent so my new plants from seed were exposed to very low temps so looking very sick very purple stems with yellow leaves with brown spots around edge of leaf is this a cal mag issue or a cold temp issue I now have them in my grow tent and is taking a long time for them to bounce back from being stunted should I keep at it or should I start again its been almost 3 weeks now with some change ie. Stem colour but still getting a few yellow leaves but not alot of new healthy growth.

  10. Hi Robe
    Great information you give all of us that wants to grow nice plants ourselves :-).
    I have a question to you though. Would you be able to arrange your info sites so as we can print them on paper? I.ex. arrange a printer icon on top of the article so it can be easy printable. I don’t have access to my computer or cell phone all the time. It would be handy with a hard copy every now and then.

  11. Hi Minei Kiefer

    All I can suggest to you is to invest in some 50-60% shade cloth. Build a little lean-to, or make a frame and cover it with the shade cloth. I am sorry to say; There is no magical way to bring humidity, and heat down.

    I am a commercial greenhouse farmer, and I use shade cloth, and big 54″ exhaust fans. I have heat as high as yours. However; from June to September; Hardly anything grows vibrantly. It is a fact of life. Join the Support forum, and meet some of our members who deal with growing in extreme heat. Peace 🙂

  12. Hi Danny, Without more information; It would be hard for me to guess. I can advise you to join our Support forum, and fill out a “Support Ticket”. This will allow us to read more baout what you are doing, thus allowing us to give you informed advice. 🙂

  13. Aloha,
    Well summer is my biggest grow of the year but the most brutal grow. It is always so hot from May thru August. It just seems to vet hotter every summer. Here in Hawaii, there is no options of putting potted plants in shade to escape beat stress. So what to do? Humidity is also a big problem. I try to put fans on my plants and that helps but what else can I do? 86-90 degrees with 60-80% humidity. Any suggestions? Indoor would be worse. With lights and fans the temp is higher. 90-94. Should I just go for early fall and winter grows?

  14. my plants are outside in pots they are yellowing leafs and broen tips on afew of the leafs its been 80 and 90 these past couple mths what can I do to save my plants

  15. Well; I make typos because, I am legally blind. You are welcome for all the free information.

  16. Flintz,
    Although you can set up a grow that way; You won’t be able to achieve good yields without proper lighting and environment.

    If you can leave the Office door to closet open so it can receive fresh cool air, you may be able to run a 360 HID.

    If you have a big budget; You can buy an lED set up. I suggest you join our support forum, where we have experts on lED lamp systems that can help you.

  17. ILGM,
    I’m building a new grow closet in my office and temperature is a concern, I can’t put ventilation holds in the wall on any side, so I’m gonna need a cool light that will give me good yields, any suggestions?

  18. Thanx people……being older my mind forgets things and especially after the chemo I received back in the spring. I do have the grow bible and I will refer to it……..also thanx for the response on my question on germination….