As a general rule, 100 Watts covers one square foot. For instance, you need a 400-Watt light to cover a 4’ x 4’ area. When plants don’t receive enough light, they fail to produce large buds. They may become tall and thin because they ‘reach’ to desperately find the light source.
Poor lighting during the vegetative stage means your plants will grow uneven colas. From that point onward, it will become challenging to distribute the light evenly and effectively. As a result, it is imperative that your lighting is at the right height from the get-go. Otherwise, your marijuana plants could suffer from heat stress. If you are growing your weed indoors, you can move your lights a bit closer to the plants. This is safe as long as the temperature the plants are exposed to doesn’t exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit. When growing outdoors, please ensure that there is ample space between the pots. This is necessary to make sure that all of the plants receive a relatively equal amount of sunlight.
QUICK TIP: Make sure your plants grow on a south-facing slope. If you leave your marijuana plants alone, they usually develop a large stalk with several smaller stems growing around it. However, the plant’s height dictates where the lights must be placed when growing indoors. As a consequence, the lower branches receive far less light, which negatively impacts growth. Fortunately, there are low-stress training (LST) methods available to train your cannabis plants without cutting. Through LST techniques, you can manipulate your plants to grow wider and flatter instead of them becoming tall and skinny. One of the best LST tactics is to tie down the top branches. This helps the surrounding branches to grow and develop. When you train your marijuana plants, you ensure the central stalk’s growth hormones are redistributed to the other branches. Ultimately, you benefit from an even group of branches that grow a large cola apiece. This is due to them all being a similar distance from the light. If you are serious about growing marijuana, then cultivating it so it has large buds should be your top priority. Remember, large and healthy buds are filled with THC and other cannabinoid goodness. Therefore, if you want the most potent marijuana, large buds are a must. However, don’t assume that you can follow a simple guide and learn how to grow bigger buds quickly and easily. No matter what anyone tells you, gardening – especially growing marijuana with big buds – is a difficult skill to learn. It is unlikely that you will produce monster buds at the first attempt. So, don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do so. We recommend keeping a detailed journal of your cannabis’ growing cycle that outlines what you are doing each day. When you achieve a bountiful harvest, referring to your journal will help you identify what you did correctly. Then you can use this knowledge again and again to grow bigger buds and to achieve consistently impressive yields. Every marijuana grower knows that the most important thing for a successful harvest is getting your plants to grow the biggest, juiciest, most potent marijuana buds possible. The hard part comes not with knowing that fact, but with knowing how exactly to accomplish it. Luckily, marijuana growers all over the world have experimented and reported their results. Their experience led to a few basic concepts that are necessary to understand before even hoping to achieve the biggest buds possible. There are also some tougher concepts that can make a big difference as well. The buds are what contain THC, the chemical in the smokeable product form of marijuana.
This is why they are so important, and why there is so much hype about them. THC, of course, is the chemical that leads to the “high” feeling that smokers (or consumers of any other type) experience. THC is, in fact, found in the leaves of marijuana plants as well as the buds. However, the buds contain the most concentrated dosage (and simply more altogether) compared to anywhere else on the plant. In other words, the buds of the marijuana plant deserve all the attention they receive.
Marijuana plants have several phases, including the vegetative phase and the flowering phase. Buds don’t make an appearance until the flowering phase. This doesn’t mean the vegetative phase isn’t important, however.