Common Pitfalls in Indoor Growing


NEGLECT

I dislike the lazy stoner stereotype, but I’ve also seen too many cannabis grows where the growers are willing to invest money and effort into the setup, but they don’t really spend time with their plants. They don’t poke the soil to see how dry or damp it is. They don’t scrutinize the plant with a flashlight and magnifying glass if it starts looking less than perky, so they don’t see the spider mites until the plant is half dead. Inattentive growers often miss the developing ball sack where there should be a hair, or fail to trim sucker leaves which reduces yield.

You really have to consider these plants as living things that you have to care for and spend time with like pets or children. The better you know your plants, the better you will know when things are going wrong or going right.

GREED

Most commonly, trying to put too many plants in a grow room. You want to maximize, but you also want each plant to have room to grow and you need to have room to move around your plants, and be able to move plants as needed. Shit happens—do you really want your plant to be immobilized in a net when it does? Low stress training and particularly the LST™ Reusable Grow Kits are ideal for maintaining flexibility and maximum utilization of space.

Property issues come into play when friends or partners collaborate on a grow and one friend has more access to or ownership of the property it’s on, the equipment, etc. It’s worth thinking through and discussing issues like electricity bills, initial investment, responsibilities and division of yield before you grow. If you can’t agree or don’t feel confident at that point, don’t proceed with that partner.

SENTIMENTALISM

From the moment you decide to grow marijuana, you should look at your house a little differently. Of course you limit the number and type of human visitors near your grow, but you should also get careful about the plant life near your plants. Don’t accept plants or clones from anyone unless you are sure they are disease-free.

If you have male plants, I say yank ‘em. Joe likes to keep the males as houseplants in a separate room— he just can’t deal with killing them. Same thing for sick plants—I believe they need to be culled to protect the healthy plants while Joe will try to fight off whatever it is till the bitter end. What’s your perspective?

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