With so much recent technological advancement in the cannabis industry, it is easy to overlook the most important element in the entire process: the human element. The love and care growers provide their plants on a personal level can never be replaced or replicated by machines. Hence, it is vital to recognize the impact using proper hand tools can have on your grow.
Keep reading for an exclusive Ace The Grow guide to some of the key hand tools of cannabis cultivation. From the vegetative stage to the flowering stage, these instruments will be your best friends throughout.
The right sized clippers are necessary for different times and uses while cultivating the cannabis plant. As you begin to create new life by taking clones from your existing mature plants, be sure to employ small clippers. Large, awkward scissors will not make the precise cut that you need and will therefore ruin the clones. There is also a chance that you will damage your growing plants.
Medium sized clippers should be used after a few weeks of flowering when you are cleaning up the bottom canopies. Leaves and buds that receive no light serve no purpose and should be removed. Larger branches require greater force and thus a larger instrument.
Finally, as you near the end of your flowering cycle you’ll need to use large shears to cut down the main stalks of the plant. If you’ve followed the proper techniques, your branches will be strong, thick and not easily broken.
Most established growers will tell you that even having three or four plants is a lot of physical work. This involves carrying heavy bags of medium, bending and crouching around to work on the plants, hanging heavy lights and ballasts, moving soaked pots around for proper positioning, and many more such straining activities.
Carrying water should therefore not be one of your concerns. Be sure to implement a watering wand that connects to your reservoir with a pump. Not only will this save you physical energy, but it will also provide a way to precisely measure your feedings and therefore ensure proper water management. Be sure to use a timer or stopwatch.
A grower’s biggest nightmare is the discovery of any vast number of pests on (or worse, IN) the plants. Whether you notice them physically on the plants or if you begin to notice striking deficiencies in the leaves/buds, this is highly catastrophic. Therefore, timely pest management the right way is crucial. Prevention is king, and having a proper tool to use is just as important.
If you are settling on an inefficient sprayer you might as well give up on pest management. Be sure to assess the size of your grow and purchase a sprayer that fits the needs of your garden. A hand-held sprayer with a handle and a wand is best for small grows of 3 to 6 plants.
Growers will want to go with a backpack unit with a wand if they want to cater to their larger grows of 6 or more plants. Once your plants get past the vegetative stage (Link to WG article) they do a great deal of stretching. Thus you’ll need a bigger tool to handle the job.
Choosing the right hand tools for your grow is an important part of the process. Keeping them in good/clean conditions is optimal & properly utilizing the right sized tools is also ideal.
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