How To Grow The Best Tasting Buds
Growing the best tasting buds requires a basic understanding of photosynthesis, as well as good genes and plenty of patience. Here are some great tips to improve the flavor, scent and even potency of your plant.
Acquire Elite Seeds Or Clones
No matter how skilled you are at buds cultivation, you simply can’t produce a perfect plant from inferior strains. Even with everything dialed in perfectly, you’ll find your biggest limitation is the genetic potential of the variety you’ve chosen to grow.
Source your seeds or clones from reputable sources to ensure that they are what they say they are. Don’t hesitate to kill off any inferior strains in favor of some grade-A, connoisseur-quality buds If you discover that you’re growing something that doesn’t live up to your standards,.
Overfeeding runs rampant among many new growers. However, GRO Nutrients® recommends using our feed chart as a guide. Watch for burnt tips on leaves. These are sure signs of an overabundance of salts and minerals in your plants.
If you are seeing signs of deficiency such as slight yellowing of leaves etc., apply some EPIC, and keep a watchful eye on your plant’s evolution. The less you feed throughout the grow cycle, the less you’ll need to flush at the end of the cycle, and the better your harvested dense buds will smell and taste.
Control The Environment
Temperature and humidity must be kept within proper parameters at all times. A good rule of thumb is to never exceed 85 degrees or drop below 60. Relative humidity (RH) should be kept around 40-50 percent, although this varies according to your plants’ growth stage—vegetating plants can handle a bit higher (60-70 percent), and RH should come down to 30-40 as plants approach harvest.
Note that heat and moisture at canopy levels can be quite different than the readings elsewhere in your GRO room. Monitor these factors at the leaf surface to keep your plants happy and productive. Use air conditioning, heaters, humidifiers or de-humidifiers accordingly.
pH (potential Hydrogen) balance - the measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of your soil and nutrient solution on a scale of 0.1 – 14, with 1 being the most acidic, 7 being neutral, and 14 the most alkaline. Hydroponically-grown plants should be kept between 5.5 and 6.2, and soil-grown plants should be between 6.0 and 6.8.
When pH fluctuates outside these acceptable levels, certain nutrients become unavailable to the roots, even when they are present. This is often misdiagnosed as a deficiency, compounding the problem and causing great distress to your plants. Use a pH monitor and pH “Up” or “Down” as necessary.
Flush The Root Zone
Over time, nutrient salts build up inside your plants no matter how sparingly you apply fertilizer. For the last two weeks of flowering, water with plain water in order to leach out any excess minerals that will affect the taste and perfection of your harvested buds. A well-flushed plant will burn cleanly, to a wispy white ash, while un-flushed buds burn dark and resemble a piece of charcoal.
Pour the water until it flows out of the bottom of your containers. Don’t be alarmed if you see some slight yellowing or fall colors developing on your fan leaves. This means that your efforts to reduce unnecessary elements trapped within plant cells are working.
Cure Your Buds
After hanging your plant to dry, your flowers must be cured in glass jars to slowly remove the remaining moisture and reduce the grassy fragrance and taste of chlorophyll. When buds are properly cured, subtle scents and flavors are revealed and the harvested product gains more depth and complexity. The experience of consuming organic flowers will convince a true aficionado to never be a connoisseur of commercial-grade uncured buds again.
When the drying branches snap instead of bending, place the buds in sealed glass jars and keep in a cool dark place. Heat and light will quickly degrade the essential oils. Open the jars daily to “burp them” and release the moist air, replacing with fresh air at the same time. After a few weeks or more of curing, your buds will be perfect.
Now that you’ve absorbed these tips and tricks for growing better-tasting plants, you can apply what you’ve learned in our GRO Room. Your attention to detail will pay off with flavorful harvests. Get your favorite seeds and begin growing organically.