How To Increase Terpenes When Growing Your Cannabis Plants
If you’ve never thought of ways to increase the production of terpenes while growing cannabis, now is the time to begin thinking about it. Terpenes can not only alter the scent and fragrance of cannabis and thus the pleasure of the user, but they’re also claimed to boost the plant’s potential health benefits and potency. So we’ll take a closer analysis of how to increase the amount of terpenes produced.
Cannabis like all plant, requires a suitable soil to thrive and produce robust, terpene-rich buds. While it is obvious that adequate nutrients must be in the soil, opinions differ on this matter; some advocate for natural nutrients, while others believe that supplements manufactured are just as effective. Whatever you choose, be certain that they aren’t overwhelming your plants. If this isn’t what your trying to find, you can flush your plants around two or three weeks prior to harvest. It will remove any extra nutrients that can interfere with the scent of the flower.
In fact, the greatest soil tip is to develop it into “super,” or “alive,” soil, which is rich in microorganisms. You’d be emulating the natural world in this manner. When combined with the correct supplements, you’ll have more variety and depth of Terpenes.
To stress or not stress, that’s the question.
To stimulate the plants in producing terpenes you’ll have to provide them with the LST or low stress training. The reason for bending the plant , and spreading the tiny branches in the right direction is that the beloved foliage will be more luminous and grow at a more similar rate.
Allow it to shine.
In that regard, UV light, particularly UV-B light, is suggested to increase the harvest. UV light is believed to stimulate the growth of trichrome. Moreover, since Terpenes are created by those tiny glands, it also stimulates the production of terpenes. In simple terms they are made by the plant in order to defend itself from UV radiation. However, don’t get excited be sure to wear your protective glasses. In the stage of flowering the exposure to light should last about two to three weeks.
Whether it’s hot or chilly,
In the last six days of blossoming, temperatures plays a major role to the development of buds, as well as the concentration and quality of terpenes.
The temperature should remain lower than 80 degrees during the second half of the blooming period because anything higher than this could cause the buds to become hard and lose their amazing scent. Reduce the temperature by 5 to 10 degrees at evening, as this tiny modification has shown to be helpful.
The blooming stage is when humidity should be approximately 50% for the best synthesizing terpenes. But, prior to harvest you could lower the humidity to 30percent as this causes strain on the plant, and encourages it to generate more trichomes. Of course, it also acts as a protection against dying buds.
It’s harvest time!
Terpenes however beautiful they are, are extremely delicate. Since they are comparatively volatile chemicals, they’re extremely easy to break down. It’s a shame when you consider the number of different kinds available to help you in making the most beautiful fragrances. Therefore, it is critical that you harvest when you are ready. Every terpene has distinct characteristics which may vary from harvest to harvest, even within the same strain So, it is essential to keep a tight eye on your plants during this period or risk losing the beneficial Terpenes. Examine the trichomes of the buds with a magnifying glass regularly.
The steps to complete
If you’ve been doing everything right up to at this stage, you’ll need to be patient let the buds give their full effort. They should be dried with care and the humidity be kept low to prevent the growth of mold.
Lastly, place the dried buds in containers such as jars or other containers (not plastic bags or white paper bags) and open them at least once or twice a day to let fresh air to circulate. Make sure there are no indications of mildew or damaged buds. After a few weeks you’ll be able to do it less often. This takes around 1 month, but the longer you put off longer, the more smooth the smoke will be. However, you should keep checking for any signs of mold.
As you can see, it all comes down to the buds and the proper treatment. If you follow the instructions to the letter it will be possible to make the most of all the amazing terpene benefits.