Weekly maintenance in your grow room can be one of the easiest ways to spot pests, find equipment failures and prevent losing an entire crop of medical marijuana to a simple error.
The best thing you can do is make yourself a check-list, and go over it on a certain day every week, or even twice a week. The important part is you make a list and stick to it.
Things to keep an eye out for:
- Fans / Airflow
- Pests on plants, soil or walls and floor
- Unhealthy leaves
- Plants needing pruning
- Water level / Moisture level of soil
- Canopy level
When doing a weekly checklist, it is also a good time to go ahead and do some cleaning. Marijuana plants will thrive the best when given proper attention, in a clean, controlled area. As a marijuana grower you will be picking soil, dirt, debris and leaves off the floor on a regular basis. If you make it a habit to clean up any mess you see, every time you enter your grow room, you will make life easier on yourself. Remember – pests don’t like clean areas! If you want to keep pests away, clean your indoor garden area on a regular basis and keep it clean.
Check your fans.
When checking the fans, you want to clean the fan blades of any debris that may have collected. Most fans used in indoor gardening, will work exactly like your home fan and just like the fan you use in your living room, the indoor garden fan will pick up dust and debris that will stick to the blades.
Cleaning the fan blades and motor of any debris will ensure that air is flowing at it’s best at all times.
This is also a good time to look at the wiring of the fan to make sure everything is in order and there are no loose wires.
Loose, or frayed wires can be a fire hazard to your indoor marijuana garden and your home/greenhouse.
Check ALL wiring on a REGULAR basis!
Make sure all wires are off the ground, or away from any water source, or places that might possibly get wet.
Look for PESTS!
Keeping a careful eye out for pests can keep you from losing your marijuana crop. If you are always looking for pests, you will surely spot them before someone who is never looking. Spotting any signs of pests early can mean the difference between winning the pest war, and losing your crop – it’s just that simple!
If you wait until you see spider mites jumping all over, and webs are completely covering your buds, well you are likely not going to have a harvest anytime soon.
If, on the other hand, you are checking your plants and clones carefully every time you are in the room, you will likely spot the early signs of an infestation and knock the mites out in a hurry, before they destroy your crop.
Unhealthy leaves can lead to other problems, that may lead to bigger problems, that may lead to you losing your crop of marijuana. Anytime you see unhealthy leaves on a plant, you should inspect them and see what is wrong with them. If the leaves are simply turning yellow and falling off, but you have no other signs of trouble great.
If you see leaves that are turning black,spotted,curled-up and upside-down, then you may have serious problems on your hands. The point is, pay attention to what is going on. Many times the plant will tell you whats wrong – if you just pay attention to the signs.
Plants that are growing too tall and need pruning, not only start to look bad after awhile, but they can also pose a fire hazard!
Marijuana plants grown indoors are known to grow like WEEDS – literally, they have growth spurts and may grow a couple inches in height overnight. This could mean your plants may grow up into your lights without you noticing, not only burning your precious plant, but possibly starting a fire at the same time.
Always watch out for plants that are growing up near lights, fans, electrical plugs, or anywhere else they may pose a problem.
If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to your garden, well first you shouldn’t be growing marijuana. Secondly – you should set your maintenance day up around your work schedule so you can perform your weekly maintenance on your day off. This way you can devote a couple good hours to going over all the details.
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