Why are you passionate about growing your own herbs?
"I started growing because I just got tired of paying for it, but that would later change into a passion for the entire cultivation process. Growing cannabis scratches a deep tinkering itch for me. I love how it allows me to nudge a plant in a certain direction, and keep pushing for a better round next time."
Were there any obstacles that you had to overcome?
"Getting out of my own way is still something I work on, haha. I've always got to remind myself that the plant will tell you what it needs not the other way around. Drying and curing also have a steep learning curve. You can invest 4+ months of love and care into a plant and mess it all up in a few days. And on top of that, you only get to try again in another 4+ months. "
What makes growing rewarding?
"For sure, it's other people looking at / smoking your buds and saying "wow" while not knowing you're the grower. The unsolicited appreciation is a big confidence booster ha!"
Favorite strain to cultivate?
"I've got some Super Silver Haze in flower right now and this is one of my favorites I've grown. It's nothing but hairy and smells like a gas tank. It's also pretty impressive to look at, I think it's the one I've gotten the most compliments on. And all that from a $3 seed, can't beat that! Chernobyl, by TGA Genetics, is also a favorite. I'm currently doing a pheno hunt for a keeper now, and boy am I glad to have this strain back in the garden. The first time I grew Chernobyl it was from two seeds I found in a bag from a local dispensary. The most resinous plant I've grown to date. I got upwards of 20-25% return when squishing my own rosin, just crazy."
What growing tips do you have for the aspiring seedlings out there?
"Make sure you're enjoying the cultivation process too, not just the plants. You can see love and care in the final product and if your hearts not in it, it'll show. If you're in a 3x3 tent or smaller, I'd suggest just growing one big plant in a 10-gallon pot. I've done both one plant and many plants, one big plant is the way to go. The smaller the reservoir the harder it is to keep PH balanced. Preventive pest management is much easier than dealing with a bug problem. Take an extra step or two along the way so you're not panicking down the road."
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Growing Stories with Abeargrows was last modified: August 28th, 2018 by Plant with Benefits