Gigantic Marijuana Plants
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Cannabis crops are some of the most versatile crops on the planet, capable of adapting to almost any growers needs thanks to the amazing variation in how long some strains take to grow versus others. You can find spectacular autoflowering strains that are ready to cut in just about two months of cultivation, and then you can also find seasonal strains that need certain photoperiods (periods of light and darkness) to grow and flower. Today we’re going to talk about some tips and tricks to grow gigantic marijuana plants; to do this they’ll need a longer growth period and a whole lot of care, but you’ll be rewarded with the biggest specimens that you have ever seen.
Many growers have already seen astonishing images in which American growers are standing beside incredible 4 or 5 meter tall marijuana trees with an enormously dense branch structure that end up looking like big green balls. This phenomenon is quite typical in Humboldt’s seed catalogue and other American seed banks, as well as professional growers books and of course thousands of images and videos online.
Choose a good strain
Choosing a strain with a decent growth level is essential because your plants entire structure will depend on this specific characteristic. Sativa strains tend to have a much larger growth as well as a larger distance between nodes and a thinner, taller structure. Indicas, however, grow into more manageable plants with shorter distances between nodes, more branches and a stronger central stem.
Indica and sativa hybrids obviously have characteristics from both genotypes, although depending on the strains used to create the hybrid and the percentage of indica vs sativa, they’re more likely to have certain characteristics. Generally, the biggest specimens will have a sativa percentage of over 60%; if the plant is indica-dominant then the specimens will be more compact but with a larger branch structure.
Make sure they get a good growth period
Growth timing is definitely a key element when trying to grow large plants due to the fact that once your plants move on to the flowering stage, they tend to get a lot bigger. This means that the bigger your plant grows during its growth stage, then the more they will develop during the flowering stage.
For outdoor crops, growers have to depend on the seasons and the climate for their plants to switch periods, whereas indoors the grower decides when to change the light period, allowing him or her to choose how big their plants should grow. This means that indoor growers can play around with the number of plants and the timing of their crops; with a shorter growth period you can have more plants. This is how SoG systems were born; cuttings don’t need a growth phase and seeds only need two growth weeks.
There are also growers that like to fill their crop area with just one plant, giving it an enormous growth period as well as a large flowerpot; this makes for plants that would leave outdoor growers astonished. Some seed banks keep mother plants for over 10 years, so we know that you can give your plants all the growth time you want and rest assured that they won’t die (if you take care of them properly).
So, now that you know that you can grow plants indoors for as long as you want, and that outdoors marijuana plants grow a larger branch structure, the question is: What would happen if you let your plants have a long growth period and then took them outside to flower?
When you grow your plants indoors and then take them outdoors they go from getting 18h of light a day to getting a lot less, so they immediately begin flowering. If it’s still growth season your plants will begin budding but then they’ll revegetate, losing potency in the process which is something you want to avoid, especially with a crop like this that takes a lot more work.
However, if you take your plant outdoors to flower when the sun begins to set earlier, your plants will begin flowering normally and should be ready around the same time they would be ready if you had planted them outside from the beginning. The obvious difference is that these plants will be much larger and have a much higher yield; by using this method you can get plants that are over 4m tall.
Increase the number of branches through pruning
If you use the previous method it’s not hard to get gigantic plants, but large plants don’t necessarily have a lot of branches. If you’re looking to increase the number of branches on your plants then you’ll need to consider pruning them.
It’s actually quite common for indoor growers to prune their plants every now and then when they’re employing a long growth period. If done properly without stressing your plants too much, then your plants should grow various new branches per pruning. All you’ll need to do is use a revitalizer on your plants to reduce stress and a couple of weeks after pruning more branches will have grown. If you’re thinking of using a growth period of a few months then you’ll have enough time to repeat this process a good few times. Once they begin flowering the amount of branches will obviously be higher, making your plants incredibly leafy and bushy.
Stake or string your plants to increase strength
Staking plants is essential if you want them to develop correctly and constantly, so you’ll need to start doing it during their first few days. You’ll need to start by staking the trunk and then wiring the branches that grow, which will give a higher yield thanks to being held up.
When your plants have reached the production levels that we were talking about before, the stakes or string you’re using might not be strong enough to put up with the weight of the branches and buds; one of the most recommended systems is by using metal meshes. By doing this you can hold up each branch individually and with less stress on the mesh due to the fact that the weight of the plant will be evenly distributed. It’s also pretty easy to set up, all you have to do is extend the mesh over your plant, placing each branch in a hole making sure that light can still access all of them.
So, now you know that if you want to get monstrously huge plants you have to consider the strain, give them a much longer growth period, prune selectively, and make sure that it can deal with the weight of all of those amazing buds. If you follow all of these tips you’re guaranteed to produce enough per crop to keep you going in between seasons. We recommend using organic fertilizers to increase flavor and cannabinoid levels in your plants, so that way your gigantic marijuana plants will have an extremely high production rate as well as powerful and flavorful buds.Learn how to grow gigantic marijuana plants, you'll get an enormous yield without using any chemical fertilizers that could alter the final product.
Inside Michigan’s biggest marijuana grow operation
A worker cuts a marijuana plant during the harvest Feb. 13, 2019, at Green Peak Industries Research and Development Facility, located at 1669 Jolly Road in Lansing. (Jake May | MLive.com)
Swiping a security a card against a scanner, a worker in medical scrubs and a hair net cracks open a door emblazoned with warning signs — and bright white light comes flooding out.
A step through the boot wash and he’s inside one of 27 austere, clinical rooms at largest medical marijuana grow facility in Michigan. He’s there to check on young marijuana plants, recently transplanted, that are destined for medical marijuana patients.
Every movement of his — and of the 80 other employees at the $13 million, 50,000-square-foot Green Peak Industries headquarters — is caught on camera.
Employees work to harvest marijuana plants at Green Peak Industries Research and Development Facility, located at 1669 Jolly Road in Lansing. (Jake May | MLive.com)
The high security and contamination precautions are a cost of doing business for Green Peak’s CEO Jeff Radway, who left his retirement from a 30-year career in the apparel industry to invest in the green wave of cannabis in Michigan.
Two weeks ago plants moved into the headquarters facility.
The company just harvested its first crop of marijuana this week from its research and development facility.
Despite the young age of his company and his relative newness to the marijuana industry, Radway has major plans for Green Peak.
“We’re expanding this facility by 170,000 square feet across the street, and we’re actually increasing capacity by 300 percent,” Radway said.
That’s to meet the demand in the recreational marijuana market, which the state will likely launch at the end of this year.
Jeff Radway, CEO of Green Peak Industries, stands in his company’s new headquarters Feb. 13, 2019, at Harvest Park in Windsor Township. The $13 million facility is 50,000 square feet, and it will house up to 15,000 plants. (Jake May | MLive.com)
Jeff Radway, CEO of Green Peak Industries, stands between rows of marijuana plants in the flower room at the Research and Development Facility for Green Peak Industries at 1669 Jolly Road on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 in Lansing. (Kaiti Sullivan | MLive.com)
Employees work to harvest marijuana plants Feb. 13, 2019, at Green Peak Industries Research and Development Facility, located at 1669 Jolly Road in Lansing. (Jake May | MLive.com)
This week, the company completed its first harvest from its small 3,000-plant research and development facility at 1669 Jolly Road in Lansing.
About 800 plants in 17 different varieties were harvested, Radway said. In a couple of weeks, the company will harvest another 800 plants. They’re selling it wholesale.
Much attention has been paid to the supply of medical marijuana from licensed growers to the market. In early January state regulators allowed unlicensed provisioning centers to reopen, and for caregivers to continue to supply untested marijuana to provisioning centers to address a shortage of supply for patients.
Radway — as well as a number of state-licensed testing labs — have opposed the move, as more than 60 pounds of untested caregiver marijuana have been recalled for contamination.
Radway said he has seen no signs of a shortage in the marketplace.
“The totals from our second harvest are not yet fully sold,” Radway said. “If the licensed, legal provisioning centers needed product, they would be calling us to place orders. So I’ll let you draw your own conclusion on that.”
Marijuana plants fill the flower room at the Research and Development Facility for Green Peak Industries on Jolly Road on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 in Lansing. (Kaiti Sullivan | MLive.com)
A first look on a tour of the Green Peak Industries Headquarters at Harvest Park in Windsor Township. The company is going by the brand name of its future retail stores, Skymint. The $13 million facility is 50,000 square feet, and it will house up to 15,000 plants. (Jake May | MLive.com)
Inside the headquarters
Two weeks ago plants were moved into a 50,000-square-foot, $13 million headquarters facility at Harvest Park in Windsor Township southwest of Lansing. When it’s fully operational, the building will house 15,000 plants and harvest a crop almost daily.
The company is going by its retail brand name, Skymint. Soon it will be seeking state and local approvals for retail medical marijuana provisioning centers across Michigan.
A hallway between flower rooms at the Green Peak Industries Headquarters at Harvest Park in Windsor Township, seen Feb. 13, 2019. The $13 million facility is 50,000 square feet, and it will house up to 15,000 plants per harvest. (Jake May | MLive.com)
Every room in the state-of-the-art facility is self-contained — with its own air handling system and climate controls.
If there’s an outbreak of a pest or fungus in a crop, workers can contain it without contaminating every plant in the building. All surfaces are anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.
Cleaning crews circle the facility constantly.Inside Michigan’s biggest marijuana grow operation A worker cuts a marijuana plant during the harvest Feb. 13, 2019, at Green Peak Industries Research and Development Facility, located at 1669 ]]>