What could be worse than a cannabis crop that produces a pitiful yield? Easy - a crop that produces an extraordinary yield, only to then succumb to the horrors of bud rot.
An awful problem to contend with at the best of times, bud rot is made even worse by the fact that there’s typically only one person to blame…that being you. Assuming you’re cultivating your crop indoors, careful control of humidity is really the only way of avoiding this hideous problem altogether.
Just as soon as bud rot sets in, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of. So take our advice and pay attention to the following six expert recommendations, in order to sidestep bud rot in the first place:
Keep the Air Moving
First and foremost, air movement is of critical importance for the production of a successful crop. Air that sits around for too long quickly becomes stagnant and allows the kinds of pests and problems you are trying to avoid to flourish. Without good circulation, you are basically welcoming trouble and it’s only a matter of time before it pays you a visit.
Control Your Canopy
Of course, good circulation around your grow space is also fundamentally dependent on the extent to which you control your canopy. When things become far too overcrowded or dense around your grow space, it becomes increasingly difficult for air to circulate as effectively as it needs to. Even if it seems as though you are doing a good job with air circulation and movement on the surface, this doesn’t mean that air still isn’t stagnating and becoming problematic within the canopy. Hence the importance of giving your plants a good amount of space to breathe…literally!
Don’t Count on HVAC Alone
Ventilation and air conditioning systems across the board can be great for keeping humidity levels balanced. But at the same time, there are plenty of instances where they are simply not up to the job alone. It’s a shame and a waste to put your crop and your harvest on the line, simply to avoid having to shell out for a dehumidifier. Dedicated dehumidifiers are not particularly expensive these days and are comprehensively easy to work with. Where humidity is problematic, tackle it directly with a purpose-built machine.
Avoid Low-End Dehumidification Devices
That said, it also isn’t going to help you to invest in a dehumidifier that is simply not up to the job. Work out the exact size and specification of dehumidifier you need in accordance with the dimensions and volume of your grow space, being sure to stick with recommended brands and products – rather than bargain basement alternatives.
Seal Your Grow Space
The more effectively you seal your grow space, the easier you are going to find it to keep tabs on humidity levels. Which is precisely why it can be easiest of all to provide superior growing conditions in general for crops cultivated in a grow tents and similar enclosed spaces. You can do all you want to control humidity in your grow space, but if things are sent completely out of balance every time the door is opened, you are going to struggle from start to finish.
Watch Your Temperatures
Last but not least, the temperature of your grow space will also have a direct effect on its humidity levels and management thereof. Experts generally recommend keeping temperatures no lower than 68° to 70° F, given that lower temperatures increase the likelihood of excess humidity. Exactly how easy or difficult it is to do will depend on your grow space and your location, but temperature control is nonetheless something that will have a significant impact on everything else you do across the board.