Growing Cannabis? Top 10 Errors And Strategies to Counter Them

Want to know the top ten mistakes cannabis planters commit? Hop on for an informative read!

1. Not Gathering Enough Information


Starting a business when in doubt or ignorance is the worst kind of risk to undertake. Similarly, planning to invest in marijuana production without proper information is a waste of time, cost, and effort.

If you simply purchase a seed type without any knowledge, then it can contribute to faulty planning. If you think that all cannabis seeds are identical, you need to reconsider!

A feminized seed offers different results when compared to regular ones. Moreover, if you are growing it outdoors, not knowing the seed type can cause crop failure. This is because plant growth is vulnerable to particular climatic conditions.

Insufficient or zero awareness will serve you no benefit and only greater losses.


Before you start the purchasing process, read and know the basics to decide better. If you are from a cold zone, getting a purple lemonade auto-flower seed would suit your environment and thrive better.

Scour through resources before deciding to contact a marijuana seed seller.

2. Not Choosing The Right Support Material


Wondering why growers from monsoon regions do not prefer bamboo canes?

Before you commit the same error, research your support material options.

Although bamboo canes are pretty sturdy and cost-efficient, exposure to rain can cause them to rot over a period of time. This consequently leads to the growth of mold on the crop.


In case you are from a rain-prone location, opt for a stronger and resilient alternative. Maybe choose to go for a fiberglass planter? These planters are lightweight and made of plastic/resin covered with fine glass fibers.

3. Not Choosing The Appropriate Container Size?



You wouldn’t believe how letting your baby plants thrive in maximum space helps increase efficiency!

When you purchase pots or containers, you must consider your plant requirements. In general, the minimum acceptable container size is 10 liters.

However, it is valid to assume that excluding small pots translate to getting a huge pot. A small pot restricts plant growth, and a giant pot will eventually create space for fungus or rotting of the roots.


You must purchase the right kind of pot for your plant to yield successful outcomes.

For a six-eight-week-old cannabis plant, a 10-liter container works fine. However, when the plant is 2-3 months old, the pot size must be 14 liters.

Research and take note before making a final decision.

4. Sowing Bad Genetics Is Equal To Zero Profits


Your responsibility as a cannabis grower doesn’t halt at simply knowing the seed types.

Even if you are pre-equipped necessary knowledge of the seeds, choosing from the right seller is vital. This can cause a vast compatibility issue due to the difference in traits and expectations.


If you are investing in other parts of the process, leaving out on one of the priorities can be disappointing.

So, before you contact a seller, read through reviews and company offerings. Ensure reliability and authenticity to secure the desired purchase.

5. Over-Doing It


When someone said, “Moderation is key!” it referred to the marijuana feeding and watering schedule as well.

Although, overfeeding or a nutrient overload will not initially cause much harm. However, with time, feeding high doses cause nutrient deficiency, burn and lock. Such stress is visible on the marijuana leaves too!

Yellow tips signify light stress, whereas brown tips and sides are a sure sign of potassium/copper deficiency. Similarly, overwatering harms the plant by cutting off the oxygen supply. In specific cases, it can even cause a dead crop.


Do not blindly follow food chart measurements provided by relevant companies. In case of deciding when to water the plant, check the soil for dryness.

If you use coco coir, do not keep adding water if it is already soaked. Prefer to water the plants every alternate day or less according to situational requirements.

6. Ignoring The Climatic Condition



Almost everyone knows climatic conditions and changes directly influence plant growth.

If you wish to experiment with different seed types, indoor cultivation is more suitable.

In the case of outdoor cultivation, low humidity will lead to stagnation. On the other hand, higher humidity can cause damaging mold formation.


To ensure healthy growth, assess the temperature, humidity, lighting, and ventilation. Adjust them according to requirements.

Although, in an outdoor setting, ventilation is no issue. However, a cannabis planter will have limited control over the other factors.

When you choose to produce cannabis indoors, you can control and adjust the temperature, humidity, and other essential settings to access optimal benefits.

7. Determining The Wrong Harvesting Time


If you are unable to resist harvesting your recently resin-covered buds, you will end up compromising on quality and quantity.

Harvesting early or even late is detrimental for you in terms of efficiency. Being early causes less density and potency. When you harvest it late after letting it be for a good few weeks, the buds lose their smell and potency.


Determine the best time to harvest for the best results.

How to identify, you ask? Check for the trichome color on the buds. Trichomes are the basis of the THC level in a strain.

If the trichomes are clear, there’s still time left to mature. If they have turned a cloudy white shade, consider keeping it a little longer.

When the trichomes are all cloudy white and a tiny percentage is amber, it is the perfect time to harvest. If the trichomes have all grown amber, you are late for the process.

8. Not Assessing The pH


If you are not properly aware of the pH requirements, use a credible pH kit for inspection.

Assessing the plant’s pH level is integral to measure the health quotient of the plant. If the pH level is below or above the required limit, it can cause harm to your crop.


When you feed nutrients, check for the pH level and balance out the gain/deficit amount. Get yourself pH measuring drops and a meter to be sure of plant health and safety.

9. Ignoring The Soil Status


If you have unknowingly used potting or contaminated soil for growing cannabis, the crop failure is understandable. How to figure out the right kind of soil for your marijuana seeds?


Check the soil for light-weight, pre-fertilization properties and quality.

Cannabis requires airy and light soil for free root expansion and proper drainage.

Pre-fertilized soils are a good deal as the seeds when initially planted, do not need to be fed with nutrients. This kind of soil is adequate for the plant to grow and thrive in.

Soil quality is essential to ascertain that the soil you are using is not contaminated.

10. Excessive And Unnecessary Talking


Witnessed the loud-mouthed man getting robbed of his cannabis buds? Probably, attracting minimum attention is the best way to ensure growth and safety.


Although advertising is beneficial for manufacturers and sellers, marijuana sellers can keep it low.

Potential customers will find their way to you, no matter what.

Even if you are operating in a country where cannabis is legalized, not announcing your business is advantageous. It is a way to keep your plant safe from thieves and miscreants.

Get The Right Seed Variety

If you are still confused about which cannabis strain is best suited for you, you can check out Homegrown Cannabis Co’s grower personality quiz.

The survey can help you select the relevant seeds that would enable you to earn a profitable deal.