Q&A with Jorge
I have an outdoor plant in Perth, Western Australia, and the seasons have changed. There are many buds on the plant, but they need to fill out. What could I add to my plant to get them nice and solid?
Sue L. Perth AUSTRALIA
Your question is just in time to help growers in this hemisphere. Genetics are at the base of determining just how buds will fill out. Sativa buds are often lighter and grow less dense than indica buds. Genetics aside, pragmatic cultivation techniques will fatten buds best. Plants should be planted in rich organic earth, and receive plenty of water and sunshine in temperatures that range from a low of 55F at night to a high of 80F during the day. A gentle wind also helps. Always use liquid fertilizers when growing cannabis because they are easier to control. There are many different growth stimulators on the market today that appear to expedite nutrient uptake and growth. I believe that both Canna and Atami products are available in Oz.
High doses of phosphorus, potassium and calcium with a conservative measure of soluble trace elements are the specific elements that plants need during the last three months before harvest. Lower nitrogen levels to discourage too much leafy growth. The real key to getting buds to swell is to keep your girls growing fast and strong at all times. This requires good soil, water, nutrients and plenty of sunshine. If temperatures are too high, beyond 85F, cool them down with daily watering or shade during the middle of the day. Hot weather is your worst enemy in warm climates.