This may seem like a boring one, but just a few simple precautions can make your plant grow faster and produce bigger yields. If you want to get the most dense bud possibles, you want to cover all your bases. So if your plant looks droopy all the time, chances are it’s hurting your yields even if otherwise your plant looks healthy! Roots “breathe” oxygen, so good root health involves giving just the right amount of water while maximizing the amount of oxygen available to the roots with air pockets.
When the roots aren’t getting enough oxygen, the plant can’t properly get water or use nutrients. As a result of unhappy roots, leaves may show signs of drooping or nutrient deficiencies, and buds stop developing. So it’s important to water plants properly and take good care of roots for dense buds! 11.) Get a Big Enough Container & use a “Smart Pot” or “Air Pot” If Possible. The type and size of the containers you use for growing cannabis determine how big your plant can get and ultimately how much bud it can support. Smaller containers can only support smaller plants, and small plants can only grow relatively small buds. So when growng cannabis, it’s important to get a container that’s big enough to support the size plant you want. Some types of containers such as smart pots (and air pots) actually make your plant grow faster!
A smart pot is a fabric pot that lets plant roots get air from the sides, causing faster growth, while an air pot is a plastic pot with holes in the side. They also prevent plants from becoming root-bound from a too small container. Get “smart pots” or “air pots” (containers that let air in from the side) to prevent plants from becoming rootbound so plants plants can get bigger than they would in a regular plant container. These types of pots also cause plants to grow faster! In the end, density is definitely not the only thing to consider when deciding the quality of buds. There can be times when buds are too dense (which increases the chances of mold and bud rot) and there are also several strains that produce less dense buds which have amazing effects. If you harvest an ounce of airy buds with great effects, to me that’s just as good as an ounce of dense buds with great effects, so enjoy what you grow while striving for better! Not enough light is the most common reason buds don’t develop as dense as they could. On the flip side, too-bright light (or buds being too close to grow lights) can also cause buds to develop poorly and/or produce airy fox-tails. 2.) Start with a strain that tends to grow dense buds. Start with the right strain to grow buds the way you want. Some strains won’t grow tight, dense buds no matter what you do. Indica-leaning strains tend to have more dense buds, but it’s a good idea to always research a strain before growing it. One strain that reliably produces dense buds and good yields is Moby Dick by Dinafem. This hybrid strain is popular because although the buds have strong, psychoactive Sativa-like effects, the plant grows dense buds and has a relatively short flowering period just like an Indica. Cannabis wants the temperature just right for optimal bud growth. Too-hot or too-cold temps can cause buds to grow airy. (this one also measures humidity) Cannabis like temps around 70-80°F (20-26°C) in the flowering stage for best development. Indica-leaning strains are better and handling cold Sativa or equatorial strains are better at handling heat. Buds won’t fatten and get dense if the base nutrients aren’t right. Nutrient problems can be caused by incorrect pH, not giving enough nutrients, giving too much nutrients, or by giving the plant the wrong kind of nutrients in the flowering stage. 5.) Expose all buds to both light and a gentle breeze.
Poor airflow around buds will prevent those buds from developing as dense as they could. In the wild cannabis is a wind-pollinated plant, and it only spends energy growing and fattening buds that are exposed to fresh air with a gentle breeze. So make sure your buds are getting exposed to airflow.
A small circulating fan works great to add more air movement to the grow space. Under-watering, overwatering, and/or root problems (such as root rot or a too-small container) will hurt yields and prevent buds from getting as dense as they could be since the plant isn’t able to run at peak efficiency. Roots “breathe” oxygen, so good root health involves giving just the right amount of water while maximizing the amount of oxygen available to the roots with air pockets.