Imagine for a second that your marijuana plants are your children. For some growers, this type of relationship is evident from the start. You want the very best for your plants as a grower — the best flower, the best high, and the best yield. All of these components put together make for a successful plant that’s worth your time, energy, and attention. There’s nothing worse than pouring hours, if not months, into your plants just to receive a low yield with very few buds. While some strains naturally produce a higher yield than others, there are still things you can do as a grower to boost your chances of a better one. We hope you find these tips helpful!
5 High-Yielding Marijuana Strains
When it comes to your marijuana plants, is it really quality over quantity? Or vice versa? Ideally, your plants will produce both a high yield and potent high — and no, it isn’t too good to be true. It’s possible with the right strains! The level at which your plant yields depends on its genetics, nutrients, grow mediums, environment, and more. The genetics are in the hands of the grower. The weather, on the other hand, is a total toss-up, as it cannot be controlled. With that in mind, here are five strains with genetics that typically predispose them to higher yields.
- White Widow
- Cheese Quake
- Purple Trainwreck
- Critical Kush
- Blue Dream
How To Increase Your Marijuana Yield
- 1) Trellising. You’ve seen a shampoo commercial before, right? Okay, good, then you’ll understand this next comparison. In order to have long, luscious hair, you need a healthy scalp and roots. Nothing can grow without a solid base. There’s a reason the little piggy who built his home out of brick never had to succumb to the wolf. What we’re trying to say is, you may have to give your marijuana plants’ roots a boost by trellising — a popular gardening technique that uses wood, metal, or bamboo. This method can keep your roots strong and sturdy while growing horizontally or vertically.
- 2) Training. If you can train a puppy, who’s to say you can’t train other living things, like marijuana plants? As your baby is fragile and relatively weak in the vegetative state, consider using a low-stress training method to prevent the branches from interlocking. If this happens, it may lead to uneven growth and a lower yield. An example of low-stress training (LST) is spreading out the main stem and side branches by separating them with a string. Be gentle and light-handed. LST can help your plants grow outward into more of a bush shape that’s symmetrical and full.
- 3) Increase container size. The worst mistake you can do as a grower is to take on more plants than you can handle. That’s not what we’re suggesting here. If you’re comfortable with five plants, consider scaling up the equipment you’re using to grow them. Let’s say you started your growing journey with a 10-liter container of soil — can you bump up to a 20-liter now that you’re more comfortable with the process? At the risk of sounding like Mr. Obvious, one way to increase yield is to scale up your production. Marijuana plants love their space and generally produce higher yields when they have more room to grow.
- 4) Increase light intensity. As your lighting set-up correlates to your budget, it may not be possible for all growers to change their intensity levels with a switch or dimmer. Even if you’re growing marijuana on a tight budget, consider relocating your plants to a section of your home that produces more or less light (further away from the window). Growers with a proper light setup should research energy-efficient light bulbs that will cut energy costs and reduce the risk of heat stress. Marijuana plants don’t do well in extreme, overwhelming heat.
- 5) Climate control. This applies more to outdoor growers who have to deal with snow, harsh winds, and heavy rainfall. Indoors growers should consider themselves lucky that they don’t usually experience extreme colds and heat waves. But for all you outdoorsy types, keep your marijuana plants away from temperatures outside the 70–85° F, or 21–29° C range. The recommended temperature without light is between 58–70° F, or 14–21° C. As for humidity levels, keep it between 50–70%.
The most important thing to keep in mind when harvesting is that all marijuana plants are living beings with their own set of needs. No two marijuana strains are the same. Like humans, their interests change depending on their maturity, their environment, and the weather. It’s never an exact science, but these five tips should boost your yield in no time!