Twenty-two percent of Americans use marijuana on a regular basis. If you’ve been a weed user for a while, you might be considering growing marijuana yourself. It can be a fun past-time that is both money-saving and rewarding.

You should check the legality of weed use in your state before starting to grow your own. If you have the green light to start growing cannabis, don’t jump into it right away. There are many things you need to educate yourself on before you begin.

Keep reading to find common mistakes many first-time cannabis growers make and how to avoid them.

1. Ignoring pH Levels

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Growing weed isn’t as simple as keeping your houseplants alive. There is a bit of a science to it. One thing you’ll need to get comfortable with is your plant’s pH levels.

Cannabis generally thrives in a slightly acidic environment at its roots. The pH level affects the bioavailability of nutrients to your plant’s roots.

If the water you’re feeding your plant is too acidic, you’re going to run into some issues. The appropriate water pH level is between 6.0 to 7.0. If you’re outside that range, your plant won’t receive enough nutrients.

How To Fix Your Mistake

Be sure to check water pH regularly. Invest in filters that aim to maintain a certain pH level. You can also put additives in the water to adjust the acidity according to your needs.

2. Overwatering

Your cannabis plant needs water to live and grow. But if you overwater it, you’re running the risk of killing your plant.

An overwatered plant will start to rot, leading to suffocation and eventual death. If you’re serious about growing marijuana, you need to know how to recognize the early stages of rot. If your plant begins the rotting process, it may be too late to save it.

Bud rot develops on the cores of the cannabis buds. It begins on the inside of the bud stem and will spread outward. It may be difficult to recognize the early stages of bud rot and once it starts molding, it won’t be safe for consumption.

Root rot from overwatering causes insufficient drainage, essentially drowning the roots of your plant.

How to Fix Your Mistake

Never guess how much water your marijuana plant needs. Instead, invest in a drip irrigation system before planting. Such systems come with timers to ensure your plant delivers what it needs when it needs it.

3. Not Knowing What Strain You’re Growing

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Not all marijuana plants are the same. In fact, there is a big difference between the growing characteristics of different types of seeds.

Some strains are suitable for growing in colder climates, while others need hot and sunny weather to thrive. Some need many nutrients to survive, while others do best with a more hands-off approach.

If you want to succeed in growing cannabis, you need to know what seed you’re growing. If you don’t know what you’re growing, you won’t know how to care for it.

How to Fix Your Mistake

Get your seeds from reputable sources so you know what to expect while growing weed. Trustworthy sellers will provide you with all the information you need to ensure your plants thrive.

4. Not Providing the Right Amount of Light

Any novice gardener can tell you that all plants require light to thrive. Weed is no different. Without a consistent light source, your plants will die very fast.

Light provides your marijuana plants with the carbohydrates they need as an energy source. You must provide the exact right amount of lights for your plants to survive.

Too little light and you’ll find your yields are measly. Too much light and photoperiod strains won’t even flower.

If this all sounds too complicated for you, you might consider investing in a grow box. These self-contained units are perfect for indoor weed growers as they’re designed to provide all your plants need to thrive. Research to find the best grow box for beginners and to determine which is best for your needs.

How to Fix Your Mistake

The easiest way to provide the right amount of light for your plants is to determine how much your specific strain needs. This will require a bit of research, but once you know the ins and outs of proper lighting, you’ll be set.

You might also invest in a high-quality LED grow light with a timer. You can set the timer to the right on/off periods during your plant’s vegetative phase (typically 18 hours on, 6 hours off). If you’re growing photoperiod strains, reduce the lighting schedule to 12 hours on, 12 hours off to encourage flowering.

5. Not Understanding Climate Control

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As we mentioned above, there’s a bit of a science when it comes to growing weed. In addition to knowing about lighting, pH levels, and watering, you need to consider climate control, too.

Controlling the temperature and humidity wherever it is you’re growing your weed is one of our top cannabis growing tips. You need to be familiar with the strain you’re growing as each react to heat and cold differently.

If you’re not providing enough warmth for your plants, you’ll notice slow growth. If you go lower than 60ยฐF, you risk shocking your plant or even killing it. Some plants can even get moldy if it’s too cold, especially if the air is too damp as well.

If you’re temperatures are too warm, your plants will grow very slow. You may also notice mites, mildew, root rot, and wilting.

Most strains prefer climates with lower humidity. That said, seedlings do typically do well with higher humidity around 60%. But if the humidity gets too high once your plant develops and you risk it become a breeding ground for mold.

Once your plant is well developed, you can reduce humidity to around 40%.

In the vegetative stage, weed plants will thrive in temperatures around 80ยฐF. Once it reaches the flowering stage, however, you can lower the temperature to around 70ยฐF.

How to Fix Your Mistake

The easiest way to fix your mistakes with climate is to invest in devices that allow you more control over the temperature and humidity.

A dehumidifier and space heater can help to lower humidity and raise temperatures. Air conditioning units can lower both the temperature and the humidity. An evaporative cooler will lower the temperature, but raise the humidity.

A humidifier is great if you need to raise the temperature as well as the humidity.

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You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when you decide to begin growing cannabis. Avoiding the above mistakes will get you off on the right foot.

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