Complete Guide to Growing Kush Marijuana

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Do you want to grow one of the most famous Cannabis Sativa mother plants in the world? We present you the Kush marijuana, with an origin in the Hindu Kush mountainous region.

Growing this plant represents an exciting adventure for amateurs and experienced growers alike, because it is quite easy to achieve good results. Known for its robustness and high quality buds, Kush is an ideal strain for those looking for impressive results with moderate care.

Before you start growing this plant, you should know the basics to understand the cultivation process it needs. This is covered in the next point, if you want to go directly to the step by step click here.

Understanding Kush Marijuana

Before diving into cultivation, it is crucial to understand what makes the Kush variety of Cannabis Sativa unique. Native to cold climates, this strain has adapted to survive in adverse conditions, making it a hardy and versatile choice for growers in diverse environments.

Now that you know the origin and why you can grow it under adverse conditions and without as much care as other strains, let’s start with the preparation of the environment.

Preparation for Kush cultivation

There are two initial factors that will determine the results, the first is to have quality seeds, and the second is to choose a healthy and optimal growing environment.

  • Seed selection: Opt for quality Kush seeds from reputable seed banks to ensure that you have quality seeds and that your plant will germinate properly. Genetics play a crucial role in the health and production of your plant.
  • Growing environment: Decide whether you will grow indoors, outdoors or greenhouse, depending on the environment you will have to take care of some or others. Every environment has its advantages, but Kush is well suited to all, thanks to its compact and robust nature.

Crop conditions

There are 3 key factors to get the best results in your crops, this is the same for any variety, although it should be adapted differently according to the preferences of each genetics. The 3 factors are:

  • Lighting: Kush plants thrive with plenty of light. Indoors, consider using LED or HPS lights to simulate the intensity of sunlight.
  • Temperature: Maintain a warm environment during the day and cooler at night, simulating a real scenario in nature, especially its region of origin, a mountainous climate.
  • Humidity: Kush prefers dry environments. Control humidity to avoid the development of fungi and mildew, especially during flowering. If you grow indoors you will have to control this factor with a ventilation system.

Specific care of Kush marijuana

Although the care required to harvest a cannabis plant is usually very similar among the different varieties, Kush strains have some special care, as they come from a colder and mountainous region.

The specific cares are:

  • Watering: Although Kush varieties are very robust, they require regular but controlled watering, avoiding waterlogging.
  • Nutrients: Supplement with nutrients rich in phosphorus and potassium during the flowering phase to stimulate the production of dense and resinous buds. If nutrients are lacking, your buds may be lacking density and crystals.
  • Pruning: Practice pruning to promote greater light exposure and better air circulation between branches.

Now that we know how to control the environment and know the specific care required by this type of plant, let’s see what happens during the flowering period.

Flowering phase of Kush strains

The flowering phase, a very beautiful phase in the process of growing Kush and any cannabis strain. In this phase there are two very important factors that you must take care of:

  • Light cycle: The light cycle is different in the different phases of the plant, and in the flowering phase you should reduce the hours of light to 12 hours per day, in this way you will induce your plant to the flowering phase. Kush usually enters this phase after 7-9 weeks of vegetative growth.
  • Bud Care: Watch for the development of dense and resinous buds. Consider the use of supports if branches become too heavy and lean downward under the weight.

When we have the flowers shining, we move on to the harvesting phase, where we will see how the flowers have to be in order to harvest at the ideal moment.

Kush Harvest

Let’s see how to identify the optimal point for harvesting and how to do it:

  • Identification of the optimum point: What will indicate the state of the flowers are the trichomes (the hairs of the flowers). These trichomes should change from clear to a milky amber or brown color, indicating that it is the optimal time to harvest.
  • Harvesting process: Cut the plants, prune the leaves and hang the branches in a dark and ventilated place to dry. If they are kept in a humid environment you run the risk of fungus appearing on your flowers.

Now you have your kush plant harvested. Congratulations! But… Are you ready to enjoy them? There is still one more step to optimize the results, this phase is the curing of your flowers.

Curing of flowers and buds

In this case, there are two factors to take into account:

  • Drying: Let the buds dry slowly to preserve the terpenes and guarantee a better quality of the buds of your plant.
  • Storage: store cured buds in airtight jars, opening them daily during the first week to aerate.

Conclusion of Kush cultivation

You are now an expert on the cultivation of cannabis Kush strains. Growing this plant can be a rewarding experience, culminating in the production of potent and aromatic buds of great quality. With proper care, this strain is not only accessible to growers of all levels but promises high quality results that reflect its noble lineage.

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