promote bushier plants that yield all “tops” (but do not pinch your plants if the crop is less than 14 days away from the beginning of the bud phase). 2) Pluck fan leaves away sparingly, since these are energy factories. You should only pluck fan leaves if they’re blocking a lot of the light from other growing points on the plant—and it’s always smart to consider trimming a leaf blade or two away instead. 3) Patience is a virtue, and to be a good grower, you have to exercise plenty of it. 4) Pruning is best done all at once—for example, in the second week of flowering. Constant pruning creates stress on your plants, as they are forced to keep “rewiring” themselves.
One of the best uses of power when growing indoors is to supplement your high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting with fluorescents such as T5s or CFLs (compact fluorescent lights). These not only offer some of the best light spectrum for your plants, but they’re also very efficient in terms of electricity usage and emit very little heat. Additionally, fluorescents can be placed lower on the side walls to better penetrate the garden canopy and effectively get light to the middle third of your plants.
—Nico Escondido, HIGH TIMES cultivation editor
When it comes to growing cannabis, nothing makes sense without an understanding of genetics—nothing. Good cannabis genetics are everything. Give me a grower with a 1,000-watt HID and bad genetics, and I will show you a grower who’s fared far better with fluorescent lights and some good genetics. On the other hand, give me a grower with a 1,000-watt HID and good genetics, and I will show you Superman. Behind every stunning grow, every breathtaking bud photograph, every unbelievably gorgeous and dazzling bag of bud, every memorable cannabis experience, there was someone who paid for good genetics to begin with. Even a thousand-dollar growroom is ineffective without the right DNA to put into it.