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Mar 21

A Guide to Perfect Cannabis: Using LED Grow Lights

LED grow lights for cannabisGrow lights are critical when it comes to indoor cannabis gardening. Choosing the right grow light depends on a host of factors, among them, the number of plants you intend to have, the grow space and the growing stage.

And why do you need to get the right grow light? Would any LED grow light out there do the same job? Well, a plant goes through various stages, and each of them needs a particular type and amount of light spectrum.

For example, during the flowering stage, you need to expose your plant to UV-B light to produce sweet-tasting and sweet-smelling varieties.

Tips on Producing the Perfect Marijuana using Grow Lights

One way to increase demand for your weed is producing the best quality. The same applies if growing for personal consumption – who said you couldn’t have your own high-quality weed?

  1. Choose the Right Grow Lights: producing the perfect weed requires the best equipment, and that includes grow lights. To choose the ideal grow lights, take into account the measurements of the growing area, the LED lens angle and of course, your budget. The full spectrum lights are new on the block but are cheaper, offer higher yields, don’t require a ballast and don’t overheat – they are a good value for your money.
  2. Grow Medium: a suitable growth medium ensures the plant has excellent support, is well-drained and allows the roots to breathe. Good options include hydroponics, coconut noir or even the old-fashioned soil.
  3. Maintain the Right Temperature and Humidity: the grow area temperature should never fall below 22C and not go beyond 28C. The ideal humidity for weed is between 40 and 50%. Anything above 50% of humidity is not good as you will have issues with pests and fungus.
  4. Nutrients: a strong nutrient mix is not always ideal as it can injure your plant. To be on the safe side, always use half the recommended amount when starting out. You can then increase later in three to five days. Resist the urge to exceed the recommended measurement.

For optimal results, use high potassium, high nitrogen and medium phosphorous during the vegetative stage but high potassium, medium phosphorous and high nitrogen during the flowering phase. The nutrient packaging will typically indicate the nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium nutrient mix in that order.

  1. Maintain the Right PH: to avoid the risk of weak or dying weed, always maintain a pH of between 6 and 7. Always test the pH of your supplements and water every time you add them to the plant. And if the pH is above or below the 6 and 7 range, then you can always adjust it using the commercially available products like the pH Up and pH down.
  2. Make use of UV-B lights: terpenes are the compounds believed to be responsible for weed quality. The higher the terpenes, the better the weed. However, you need to make use of UV-B lights during the last weeks of the flowering stage to enhance its production by the plant.

 

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