Advice for New Growers

We asked… you answered. Here’s the top advice from growers across the internet. From growers across Reddit, Instagram, Facebook, and twitter, here is the top advice they would give to a new grower. 

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@volcanolvictoria says: Purchase Future Harvest nutrients!

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If you are new to growing, understanding what nutrients are essential to plant growth should be your first step. In order to properly feed your plant, you have to know what it needs! Click HERE to read about what nutrients your cannabis plant will need. First things first, you'll have to decide which nutrient system will work best for you. Future Harvest offers 2 nutrient programs, a 3 part and a 1 part. Click HERE for a guide to our nutrients.

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Our base nutrients will contain all the essential micro and macro nutrients your plant will need to survive. Many growers choose to introduce additives to their plant in order to maintain more control over the quality and yields of their grow. 

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@cnct_chronicbuds says: Have fun. Use google if you need to and try the local hydro shops. Take it easy on the nutes!

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Future Harvest offers a full line of additives you can introduce into your feed schedule to have better control over your grow. While they are not necessary for growth, you can maintain bigger yields and better buds by introducing certain additives. Click HERE for a guide to our additives.

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We recommend growers follow our feeding chart while using Future Harvest nutrients. However, they are simply a guideline. Every plant and grow is different, you may have to adjust the feeding schedule accordingly. Remember what @volcanolvictoria said, "Less is more sometimes with feeding". 

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Listen to your plant! It will always tell you what it needs. 

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If your plants have been put under a significant amount of stress, we recommend using our additive Super B+! It is a powerful vitamin supplement for plants designed for stress relief.

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Under feeding is always better than overfeeding. You can easily add more nutrients or water, but taking them away is another story! 

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 Watering:

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Over watering is an easy mistake most new growers make. 

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@theangelofares says: If you think it needs water, think again… avoid overwatering!

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How to tell when your plants need to be fed or watered:

  • Drooping leaves can be a sign of under watering. However, they can also be a sign of over watering. In the case of over watering, your plant should still have green leaves while in most under watering situations the plant will look sickly. 
  • Yellow or brown leaves can be a sign of under watering. However, it is completely normal for leaves to turn color during flowering. If you have yellow or brown leaves during vegetation, your plant is likely suffering. 

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For best practice flush with straight pH water every third feeding. Some plants can be watered every day, but with others it won't be necessary. When growing in soil, stick your finger into the soil 4-5cm deep. If the soil is dry, it is time to water. 

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@massivebuds420 says: Don’t overwater. Patience is key for everything with these beautiful plants.

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Under watering is better than over watering! Not only is under watering easier to correct, but when your under watered plants are showing signs of distress it should only take a few hours to perk them back up.

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And if we still haven't gotten the message across, listen to what @novicefarmervt has to say: "If you think the plants are thirsty, wait another day and then water it".

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Temperature and humidity levels are another important aspect to cannabis growing. Many growers will have unhealthy plants due to growing outside of the optimal temperature range. 

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What temperature should I grow cannabis at?

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When growing cannabis you’ll want to monitor your temperature closely. Temperature changes can stress out your plant. 

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Temperature: 

- During the day (lights on) we recommend keeping your grow between 24-27°C (75-80°F)

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- At night (lights off) we recommend keeping your grow between 20-22°C (68-72°F)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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Always closely monitor the temperature and humidity levels in your grow room to ensure your plant is growing in the optimal conditions. When growing hydroponically, you’ll also want to monitor the temperature of your nutrient solution. (Keep it between 17 and 22°C / 63-72°F)

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What humidity levels should I grow cannabis at?

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For clones and seedlings keep humidity at 65%-80%

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During vegetation, keep the humidity between 55-70%

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During early flowering, humidity should be between 40-55%

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Plants in late flowering are most comfortable with a lower humidity. Keep it between 30-40% 

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Every plant is different. Different strains can react differently to humidity levels and temperature. Always monitor your plant and adjust accordingly. 

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@craftherbs says: Environment control. Temperature and humidity. Follow VPD chart!

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When growing outside you have less control over the temperature and humidity levels. You can help your plant not dry out by watering it as often as it needs and using a foliar spray. Click HERE to read about foliar feeding 

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Planting in the correct season to grow outside will also be beneficial. You don’t want to plant too early or too late and have your plant suffer from frost. If you are growing in a glass greenhouse you can control the heat and humidity levels with fans, air conditioners, or dehumidifiers. 

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Lighting:

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Another common mistake with growers is their lighting! If you are growing inside, your light will affect how well your cannabis plants grow. You can easily burn them if the light is too close or too hot. Rotating and switching your plants is recommended so they all grow evenly and receive the same amount of light. 

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@veedubgrow says: Good food, light, and air circulation is key.

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Monitor your plants closely. As they grow, you may have to move the light up, or have your plants on the ground. The leaves closest to the light will show you signs of burning first.

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pH:

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Understanding pH is a simple but crucial part of growing cannabis. Always be monitoring your pH throughout your grow and check the pH of your water and nutrient solution before every feeding. Best practice is to flush with pH water every third feeding. 

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 @seedsandclones says: pH your water

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Monitor your pH and PPM closely! We recommend testing these every feeding. 
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When your pH is out of whack, your plant can’t always absorb the nutrients it needs. A pH outside of the optimal range, can result in nutrient lockout. Even with pH buffered nutrients, it is still important to monitor your pH. Other factors, such as soil alkalinity and water acidity can affect your pH even with pH perfect fertilizer. 
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 @adammmarcel says: PH PH PH! Ph! And PH!!

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pH levels can potentially cause a lot of problems. While we normally recommend aiming for a narrow window of 5.8 to 6.2, others have stretched these numbers out a bit with positive results. However, going over 6.7 could cause multiple nutrients to lockout: phosphorus, iron, manganese, and boron. 

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 Research:

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Cannabis plants can be easy to grow (there's a reason it's called weed!), but small factors that are simple to overlook can easily effect your grow in a major way. New growers should do ample research before starting their grow so they are aware ahead of time of what can go wrong. Knowing what to look out for and how to easily remedy any problems, can save your grow. 

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 Pat says: Research, research, research. Be patient. Less is more most times.

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New growers often misdiagnose deficiencies or excesses, click HERE to familiarize yourself with the deficiencies and excesses cannabis plants experience.  

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 There is ALWAYS more to learn about growing cannabis. 

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 @coconutsm0kes says: Make sure you’re reading everything you can, including feeding charts.

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 To really drive home the importance on this one, listen to what @farmerjay420 says, "Research, research, research. You will run into problems."

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Genetics:

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Picking high quality genetics can help you grow a beautiful and high yielding plant for your first grow. You will want to research which strain is right for you before going ahead.

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 @kflow1228 says: Don’t be scared! Research a ton. Quality nutrients, genetics, and soil are a must.

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Research seeds before buying to make sure you are buying from a reputable source. 

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Gender plays a huge role in cannabis plants. Always make sure you are buying FEMALE seeds or clones if you are wanting to yield cannabis flower. You can read HERE about the role gender plays in growing cannabis. 

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@greenisland_hydroponics says: Pick good genetics.

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Many new growers choose to grow an autoflower for their first grow as it will be ready for harvest in only 7-10 weeks (versus 3-5 months). 

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 Autoflower Versus Photoperiod:

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Autoflowers are generally the preferred strain of cannabis for beginner growers. They don’t require a specific light cycle to grow which makes them ideal for newbies. Click HERE to read all about autoflowers. 

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However, autoflowers grow quickly (7-10 weeks). If any deficiencies or excesses, nutrient burn, or pathogens come up, you may not have enough time to correct your mistakes before it is detrimental to your plant. 

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Photoperiod or autoflower you can't go wrong. Do your research, use good equipment, and quality nutrients. 

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Seeds and Clones:

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Recommended Nutrients:

- Super B+

- Prop-O-Gator

- Base nutrients: Holland Secret or Easy Plus Series 

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@erthmans says: Use only Future Harvest nutrients. Start ½ strength unless you see a deficiency!

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For seedlings we recommend you follow this feed schedule:

- Once the seedling sprouts its first set of leaves, feed 1/4 strength Prop-O-Gator and Super B+.

- Once the seedling sprouts its second set of leaves, feed 1/2 strength Prop-O-Gator and Super B+, and introduce 1/4 strength base nutrients. 

- Once your plant is about a foot tall, you can start a full strength feeding of WEEK 1 on our Vegetative Schedule (Click HERE). 

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Guides:

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Find a reputable guide online to follow and stick with it. You can find almost everything you'll need to know about growing cannabis on the internet. There are thousands of great blogs, articles, guides, and forums with everything from how to buy seeds to how to pH your water. The cannabis community is very welcoming! Don't be afraid to ask questions.

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You can easily find some of our guides down below:

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If you are new to growing, understanding what nutrients are essential to plant growth should be your first step. In order to properly feed your plant, you have to know what it needs!

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Click HERE to read about what nutrients your cannabis plant will need. 

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If you are new to growing cannabis, check out our Easy Grow Guide.

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Click HERE to read our Easy Grow Guide. 

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For beginners, we recommend starting out with our Easy Grow and Easy Bloom. This 1 part pH stable powdered nutrient will make growing a breeze. Simply mix and feed your plants! 

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Autoflowers are generally the preferred strain of cannabis for beginner growers. They don’t require a specific light cycle to grow which makes them ideal for newbies.
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Choosing a growing medium can be daunting for new growers. Some new growers might not even know there are growing mediums besides soil and water. 
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Click HERE for a guide to growing mediums
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Once you decide on your growing medium, you can decide which nutrient system will work best for you. Future Harvest offers 2 nutrient programs, a 3 part and a 1 part. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Click HERE for a guide to our nutrients. 
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Future Harvest offers a full line of additives you can introduce into your feed schedule to have better control over your grow. While they are not necessary for growth, you can maintain bigger yields and better buds by introducing certain additives. 
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Click HERE for a guide to our additives. 
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Detecting deficiencies or excesses can be tough for new growers. 
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Click HERE for our deficiency guide. 
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With over 20 years in the industry, we have answered every question and dealt with every problem.
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Click HERE to read about the most common problems our growers run into. 

 

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@KMartSnikt says: Take a piece of salt from every grower out there and make your own salt shaker. We all grow different, so grow in your comfort zone. Avoid snake oils and instant gratification, the best tea in the world uses time as the main ingredient.

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 Encouragement: 

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 Sometimes you just need a little encouragement from your fellow growers. Every grower who gave advice in this blog post has experience with growing. They all started having no idea what they were doing. They researched, asked questions, failed (a lot), and are still learning today!

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@okgrowz says: If you f**k up don’t give up. Embrace your mistakes and learn from them.

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 @eonspliff and @james_on_a_limb say: Be patient

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You will need plenty of patience when growing cannabis. Sometimes even the smallest things can negatively effect your grow. 

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@918outdoor420 says: Learn patience. Practice weekly ipm. Ingest all the knowledge you can and just don’t sh*t out…

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Don't give up! Try to stay motivated. Your first grow isn't going to turn out how you want it to. Even your tenth grow might not turn out how you want it to! The most experienced growers sometimes have to scrap their grow.

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@skgrower says: fail forward.

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@budsbyboogie says: Never a loss, always a lesson.

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Remember, you can always just turn it into edibles! If your plants have been put under a significant amount of stress, we recommend using our additive Super B+! It is a powerful vitamin supplement for plants designed for stress relief.

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George says: Keep trying and learn from your mistakes. Ask lots of questions on growing forums. Use quality products and nutrients. Happy growing!

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Try not to overthink it. There are so many advanced growing techniques out there you may be tempted to try some of them right off the bat. Keep it simple to start and learn the plant. Then you can play around with the more advanced stuff!

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@denver75368419 Don’t get discouraged, learn from errors and move forward in a positive way.

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Bob says: Keep it simple. Don’t be frightened by all the do’s and don'ts. Enjoy gardening! 

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@crippledkush420 says: Keep it simple at first and learn the plant.

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Scott says: Indoor / outdoor there's a lot of different variables... I can speak from my experience as a new grower who is passionate and curious to learn. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the wealth of knowledge that's out there. Do your research first, is what I suggest - but keep it simple. Take notes on everything you do, I mean everything! Feeding, watering, timing, etc. Pay attention, you will get it. I started with the basic 3 part myself. Once I started to advance a little more I stepped into the additives. My garden thrives on Super B+ and Plantacillin! Remember it's always better to go light on the nutrients than to burn them by overfeeding - you can't rehydrate dead leaves. pH pen is a must. Plants absorb certain minerals at certain pH zones. Not gonna give a range because it varies depending on what kind of growing you're doing: hydro, Coco, soil, etc. There's a plethora of pH charts on the Internet so have a peep. PPM/TDS/EC pen as well. Helps you keep track of how much food you're putting into your medium. Very important!

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Happy growing and remember to stay inspired. It’s supposed to be fun!

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If all else fails, remember what @thomasgerard9303 says, "Pray".

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Future Harvest has been in the nutrient business for over 20 years. Many of us have been growing for even longer. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via phone, direct message, email, carrier pigeon, telegram, or whatever form of communication works for you! 

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