NON-STOP CROP – THe CHROniC GaRDeneR

 
 

growers, even two weeks is too long. If you’re one of those people, there are ways in which you can maximize growth and coax your garden to yield continuously on a one-week turnaround. But that’s going to be a full-time job, and it’s also going to take twice as much space as a two-week cycle would.

For one thing, it means you’ll need more mother plants to rotate through so you don’t overtax them. You’ll also have several crops vegging at a time, and the plants will definitely be piling up in the flowering room. But crops at two different stages can be flowered under the same lights with only incremental differences in nutrients and care. The biggest change will be in your drying room, where twice as many plants will be hanging at any one time.

Additionally, the flowering stage can be broken up into different phases if you want to provide specialized care at several crucial points in your crop’s development. Some growers like to maximize the budding of their plants in the final two weeks with additives like enzymes and carbohydrates to turbo-charge the rate at which they take up nutrients. Full-spectrum bulbs (especially UV) help bring out the subtle characteristics of any strain, so they also benefit plants greatly in the last few weeks of flowering.

Sativa strains pack a heady punch but produce smaller yields and take twice as long to flower as indicas. The enterprising cannasseur can use this formula to his or her advantage, maturing several sativa plants along with a larger crop of an indica-dominant variety.

By moving the sativas every four weeks instead of two, you’ll have a small batch of the good stuff every other harvest. Your sativa plants will require more head room, so by the final stage they’ll be far taller than your indices, requiring separate lights or a lower footprint.

The largest perpetual-harvest schemes (usually for medical dis­pensaries) have multiple varieties of marijuana growing in different mediums and conditions. These require the efforts of an entire team of expert gardeners—but even the most expert among them started out experimenting with simple models and modest yields. Expect to toss out the first several rounds before you get it right—but once you do, you’ll be cranking out batches of quality buds like clockwork.

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