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9 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Weed Growers

Some growers are busy and don’t have a lot of free time, this tips will help you save time while growing great buds!
14 October 2020
14 min read
9 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Weed Growers

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If you're a busy person and don't want your lack of time to affect your harvests, make sure to take a look at our time-saving tips for busy growers!

If you’re very busy, it’s most likely that you don’t have enough time to take care of your cannabis plants, things like defoliating, plant training, or even just feeding your plants require time, failing to do essential maintenance can end up affecting your harvest so here are some time-saving tips for really busy growers.

1. Grow Outdoors

When growing indoors you practically have to play mother nature to maintain and adjust your growing environment, this can take a lot of time depending on your experience so growing outdoors is the best way to save time.

 

9 time-saving tips: grow outdoors

When growing outdoors, you don't have to do anything other than water your plants.
 

Growing outdoors at the right time ensures your plants get the best conditions possible without much maintenance, when growing in your backyard or balcony there’s not much you have to do other than feeding your plants and checking on them every couple of days, some growers even check on their plants once a week without affecting yields or quality of your harvest.

2. Avoid DIY

Building things yourself or improvising with household items may be a great way to save money but you are also more prone to encounter problems along the way.

Now, DIY is a great choice for cannabis growers but if you are lacking time to take care of your plants you won’t have time to fix whatever breaks down at that moment so make sure you buy good-quality equipment that can last long without needing maintenance.

3. Super Soil and pre-amended soil

Super soil is how growers refer to organic pre-amended soil, this type of soil is super useful to busy growers because there’s no need to worry about pH or nutrients.

 

9 time-saving tips: super soil

Super soil already contains all the nutrients your plants need so you only have to water every couple of days.
 

When growing in super soil (or organic pre-amended-soil), instead of mixing your nutrient solution, you are making the nutrients available in the soil in advance and the microorganisms present in it will slowly start to break down the minerals, making them available for your cannabis plants.

So when growing this way, you just have put your seed in the soil, water your plants when needed, and the organisms present will do the rest.

4. Bigger containers and the right medium

As you may know, there are different soil recipes that provide a better oxygenation or increase water retention and this can be used in your favor.

Depending on the number of plants you are growing, watering your plants can be quite time-consuming so a common practice among busy growers is to use the right combination of soil, coco fiber, perlite, and bigger containers so you are able to water less often.

 

9 time-saving tips: bigger containers

Bigger containers retain more water so you will have to water less often.
 

By using bigger pots, your plants will take longer to absorb the water because the medium can hold more water at a time, this makes it possible for growers to water around 2-3 times a week instead of watering every day or every couple of days.

5. Proper lighting

If you’re looking for a way to save time, choosing the proper lights will end up making your life easier.

LEDs or a combination of MH/HPS (with the proper wattage) allows you to grow your plants from seed to harvest without having to install more lights or even adjusting their height, your only job will be to hang them and forget it, eventually adjusting them when transitioning from one stage to the other.

 

LEDs vs Light Bulbs

Light FixtureProsCons

LEDs

Save up to 70% electricity.Can cost up to $1000.

MH/HPS

Easier to find and cheaper.Emit a lot of heat.

 

Even though CFLs are cheaper, investing in good lights is a must if you are looking to save time, CFLs have to be kept around 10cm from your plants so you will have to adjust them every day, that’s why LEDs or good quality MH/HPS are a must for busy growers.

6. Optimize your growing space

Usually, indoor growers have limited space so it’s essential to have your growing space organized, things like getting water, having to move your plants around, or even just looking for essential tools such as a pH pen or shears can take a couple of minutes of your precious time.

Easy access to your water source

Watering is one of the things you’ll have to do more often and depending on where you get it, it can take quite a lot of time.

  • From the sink

If you’re getting water from your kitchen sink, for example, make sure you’re using a container that fits perfectly or you have a hose nearby to facilitate the process of getting water.

Depending on the number of plants, you’ll need to fill a couple of buckets so it’s essential you have a way to speed up this process.

 

9 time-saving tips: optimized space

Optimizing and organizing your growing space is a great way to save time.
 

  • From your garden hose

If you’re getting water from your garden hose, you can have a hose extension ready to go, this will allow your hose to reach even closer to your growing room and if you have a window in there, even water your plants with the hose (or fill the buckets through the window).

Make it easy to dispose of water

When watering your cannabis plants, it’s essential you water until you see around 20% runoff water coming out at the bottom, this is the best way to ensure you are watering your plants thoroughly but this comes with a problem.

If you are growing in containers, you’ll need to have a saucer to catch the runoff water, leaving your plants sitting in it can end up making your plants look droopy due to the excess humidity, so to save some time, you should find a way to speed up this process.

 

9 time-saving tips: plastic tray

A plastic tray is the best way to catch runoff water and dispose of it effectively.
 

Depending on the space you have available and how much you’re willing to spend, you can invest in a plastic tray so instead of having individual saucers for each pot, you can buy a big plastic tray that catches all the excess water, making it easier to dispose after.

If you’re willing to spend a bit more, you can invest in a small water vacuum, this will make it easier to remove the runoff water without even having to lift your pots.

Easy access to your plants

To properly take care of your plants you need to have a good look at them to see if they need more water, nutrients, or even just a simple defoliation

This may seem simple but even a couple of extra leaves may block your view or difficult your access and moving them around can take quite a lot of time, so it’s super important you keep your garden tidy.

 

9 time-saving tips: easy access to plants

Having easy access to your plants is the best way to save time when you have to perform basic maintenance.
 

The idea is to take the least amount of time possible to check on your plants so you should organize your plants in a way you can easily walk between them and keep your plants properly defoliated or tie down the branches so you can see everything you need just by opening your grow tent.

7. Choose strong strains

Nowadays you can find strains that have been carefully bred to be quite resistant to harsher climates and pests, this doesn’t mean that you can mistreat your plants but it allows you to provide less-than-ideal conditions and still get great results.

 

OG Kush Auto
OG Kush Auto
Genes
Mostly Indica
Genetics
Og Kush Autoflowering
Flowering
9 weeks
Harvest
450-550gr/m2
Height
70-110 cm
THC
Up to 23%
CBD
Very Low
Autoflowering
Yes
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3 fem
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For busy or first-time growers we highly recommend our OG Kush Auto, this tough strain can withstand hotter (or colder conditions), is super resistant to mold, and doesn’t need much maintenance at all.

8. Grow autoflowers

Autoflowering strains really give you an advantage if don’t have enough time to maintain your cannabis plants.

Due to being shorter and growing compact, you can get away with growing them in a smaller space without having to perform any training technique, you also don’t have to worry about the light schedule because autoflowers grow on the same light schedule from seed to harvest, and the best of all, they’ll be ready for harvesting in around 8-9 weeks.

 

9 time-saving tips: grow autoflowers

Most autoflowers take around 8-9 weeks from seed to harvest, making them perfect for growers who want to grow top-shelf buds really fast.
 

The only thing is that you will have to keep a close eye on them because autos can get stunted if they get stressed and that can end up affecting your yields, but other than keeping an eye on the, you won’t have to do any extra work.

9. Grow and learn

As you gather more and more experience, you’ll start to learn what works better and what suits you better, this is a must for all growers.

 

9 time-saving tips: grow and learn

Experimenting with different strains and setups is the only way to know exactly what suits you better.
 

Knowing exactly what you want, how you want it, and how to do it will save you a lot of time, obviously, when you’re just starting you will have to experiment and it’s most likely you encounter problems along the way but once you’ve established your growing style and setup, you won’t have to waste a minute more.

10. In conclusion

If you’re a busy person there’s no need to worry, you can still grow excellent cannabis plants without having to spend too much time taking care of them. Have in mind that your growing environment either indoors or outdoors will dictate how your plants grow so make sure you have everything properly adjusted and start growing!

If you’re a busy grower and have come up with other ways to save time, feel free to share your tips and tricks with fellow growers, leave a comment in the comment section below!

 

External references:

  1.  Soil improvement and amendments - soil testing. - Rana, Surinder. (2018). 
  2. Soil improvement and amendments - soil amendments and drainage. - Rana, Surinder. (2018).

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