Why are you passionate about growing your own herbs?
"I've always been sort of a cannabis enthusiast and have always dreamed of growing my own. Most people around me always looked down on it and thought of me as a being a lazy stoner, but I always knew it meant so much more to me than that. Due to legality issues, I haven't been able to start my passion until it was legalized in my state. I aspire to learn all that can be learned about growing this wonderful plant and hope to own a large scale grow operation one day."
Were there any obstacles that you had to overcome?
"As this is my first official grow and how seriously I knew I would take this hobby, I decided to give myself a challenge and start with growing in Coco Coir, a hydroponic medium. Growing in coco is not an easy task (especially for first-timers), it's not as easy as pouring water in the pot as some do with soil. You really have pay more attention to pH, EC (Electrical Conductivity) / PPM (Parts per million), drainage, and make sure they are in acceptable zones or you may fall into a world of problems. The most difficult parts of growing in coco for me would be getting the NPK ratios right for each stage of life the plants were in. Cannabis and plants, in general, need more of certain primary macronutrients( NPK) during different stages of life, more N during vegetative state, and more PK during flowering. Its easy to give too much Nitrogen during flower and you end up with diminished growth, dark leaves, and fluffy buds. Finding a good balance between these are essential."
What makes growing rewarding?
"The most rewarding aspect for me would be the joy I get from watching my plants grow from seed to harvest. It's really nice to wake up every day to something you created and seeing how they are doing, how much they've grown and what you can improve on. Oh yeah, and the free bud is nice too 😉 "
Favorite strain to cultivate?
"As I've stated I'm a new grower, so I haven't had much experience with other strains. The strain I'm growing now are gorilla glues, all my plants are currently on week 11, they are nearing the end of their life and smell delicious!"
What growing tips do you have for the aspiring seedlings out there?
"Do your research!! I cant stress this enough. Many think that growing cannabis is as easy as giving it sunlight and water. This isn't the case at all, especially for indoor growers. If you are growing indoor, in soil, coco, or DWC, Its extremely important that you get the right equipment and don't cheap out on it. The term "you get what you pay for" has never been more apparent than in the cultivation of cannabis. That doesn't mean you have to go out and buy thousands of dollars worth of equipment, but do your research on each equipment before you buy it, compare it with others and read what others have said about it. For example if growing in coco or in deep water culture, a $10 pH meter compared to a $150 has a very huge difference. Those cheap meters are never truly accurate and need constant calibration. You really never know if the values are right or not and a few decimals off could be detrimental to your yields. There will be ups and downs almost every day but you will never stop learning, make sure to have fun doing it as well and your plants will thank you for it!"
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Growing Stories with Ryanisgrowing was last modified: October 15th, 2018 by Plant with Benefits