What is the difference of growing 10 pound plants vs 1 pound of weed?
In a perfect world, you'd be swimming in a sea of cannabis buds as far as the eye can see. In the cannabis world, growing pounds upon pounds of pure bud with a thick blanket of milky, resinous trichomes requires a lot of cannabis plants, patience, passion, and skill.
Cannabis yields vary by plant depending on their climate, growing environment, and genetics. And, with home cultivation limits, you can only grow so many plants in your home if weed is legal in your state.
Our cannabis grow guide can teach you how to legally work around these limits to grow the most amount of weed possible, which in some cases, can be up to 10 pounds or more. Get ready to significantly improve your cannabis yields!
How Many Plants Can You Grow at Home?
Let's start by discussing the state limits on home cultivation. In medical and recreational cannabis states, regulations place a certain limit on the number of cannabis plants that a medical patient and a recreational user are allowed to grow.
Sometimes, the home cultivation limits in a state are different for medical patients and recreational users.
In addition, some jurisdictions may completely prohibit home cannabis cultivation for medical and recreational users. Avoid growing in a jurisdiction that prohibits home cultivation because possession and cultivation are punishable by a misdemeanor or felony depending on the amounts of cannabis you are caught with, have produced, or plan to produce.
In the United States, home cultivation limits range from 2 plants to 12 plants per household or more. Generally, users are limited to growing 6 cannabis plants. Often, caregivers can have a larger cultivation limit since they are growing for multiple patients.
Before you start getting together your garden equipment and tools to grow 10-pound marijuana plants, it is important to research your state and local cannabis cultivation laws.
Cities may allow only indoor cannabis growing, which can limit the amount of weed you can grow per plant. The cities that allow outdoor cultivation may have requirements to keep your garden private and secure and not visible from public view.
In addition, certain home cultivation laws may only be allowed for patients who are too far away from a dispensary. Other regulations may require registration with the city to start growing cannabis plants.
In short, do your research before setting up your garden. It'll save you a lot of headaches and heartaches in the future with law enforcement.
How Many Pounds Can One Cannabis Plant Grow?
How much can a weed plant yield, in terms of pounds per plant? This is one of the most commonly asked questions by new marijuana growers. Unfortunately, the answer isn't so simple. Yields can be unpredictable and vary wildly.
Even as an experienced grower, your yield can vary. It is often hard to estimate how much your plants will yield based on looks alone. Common factors that influence the yield of your plants include:
- Light quality and footprint
- Grow medium
- Grow space
- Grower’s skill level
- Relative humidity
- Training techniques
- Pest control
As you can see, a cannabis grower must take into account a variety of factors in the grow space. They must check on their plants daily to ensure they remain healthy through all stages of the growth cycle.
Generally, outdoor-grown plants tend to produce a higher yield compared to indoor-grown plants. As a new or seasoned cannabis grower, there are a few ways you can improve your yield.
Growing 10 pounds per plant is an incredible feat that takes years of experience and often occurs at commercial cannabis facilities that have space and budget to grow monster cannabis trees.
As a home grower, you will need to grow several plants to even reach near the 10-pound goal. On average, cannabis plants can grow about one pound per plant if it is grown under the right conditions. As you gain experience, your yields can increase significantly.
How Many Grams and Ounces Are In 1 Pound of Weed?
If you plan to grow several pounds of cannabis throughout the year, you'll need to know a bit of simple math when dealing with this volume of production. Most cannabis users deal with grams or ounces of cannabis when buying flower at dispensaries.
In the recreational and medical market, you are not allowed to purchase several pounds of weed at a time due to possession and purchasing limits that vary by state. In addition, these limits may vary by medical and recreational user.
In terms of ounces, 1 pound of weed is equal to 16 ounces. In other words, an ounce is 1/16 of a pound.
16 ounces are equal to 448 grams.
To put things in perspective, common cannabis bud products range in sizes between an eight (3.5 grams), a quarter ( 7 grams), a half-ounce (14 grams), and one ounce (28 grams). Marijuana producers and dispensaries tend to round down the grams.
Invest in an appropriately-sized digital scale to get an accurate measurement of the amount of weed you have on hand. It's nearly impossible to estimate its weight by looks since it can depend on the moisture content and not just its size.
In order to have the best possible chance of growing up to 10 lb with a few plants or in a single cannabis plant one day, follow our cannabis cultivation tips listed below.
Your end result will largely depend on the genetic material you start with. Do you plan to grow from seeds or weed clones? Seeds tend to produce larger plants at a faster rate, but clones may be easier to grow for new growers since the cannabis plant skips the germination stage.
No matter what you choose, we recommend buying photoperiod strains over auto-flowering strains, since auto-flowering strains tend to switch to the flowering stage after a certain amount of time and grow much shorter than strains that can remain in the vegetative stage for a longer period of time.
All photoperiod strains are not created equal. Some are naturally predisposed to grow bigger and taller and produce more buds than others, although the growing environment can significantly affect your yield, too.
Some marijuana strains are known for yielding up to three times more than low-yielding strains. For best results, ask your budtender if you're buying in person. If you're buying online, seed stores often have a category of seeds for high-yielding strains.
Popular High-Yielding Strains
- Strawberry Kush
- Super Silver Haze
- Big Bud
- NYC Diesel
- Super Skunk
- Amnesia Haze
- THC Bomb
- Lemon Skunk
- Mango Haze
- Blue Dream
- White Widow
- Critical Kush
- Cheese Quake
- Purple Trainwreck
If you start with the right strain genetics, you will have a better chance of an increase in your yield as long as you care for your cannabis plant throughout the growing season.
Even though outdoor plants tend to provide higher yields, one of the secrets of growing extra big plant yields is to start growing your plants indoors early in the growing season. This can be especially helpful if you live in an area with a shorter growing season.
Growing indoors in a tent or climate-controlled room, in the beginning, gives your plants plenty of time for their vegetative growth, which focuses on growing the stems and leaves. This plant growth is needed to absorb light from the light source and produce the energy needed for vigorous growth.
So, when is it time to move your plants outdoors? It depends on how big you want your plants to grow and the time of year. Here are a couple of recommendations:
- If you're growing in a greenhouse with artificial lighting, you can keep them in there for at least 45 days.
- If you're growing completely indoors, you can keep them indoors for up to 60 days.
Make sure you have your outdoor area prepared for the big moving day.
You may need to gradually reduce the daylight hours indoors to match the natural lighting outdoors so the plant can properly acclimate to the outdoor environment. A sudden shock of climate can stress out your plants and affect their health or turn it into a hermaphrodite.
Extended Vegetative Stage
Whether you're growing indoors or outdoors to start, it is wise to allow your plant to have an extended vegetative stage where it can fully grow its stems and leaves. Ideally, you want to keep it in this veg growth stage for as long as you can. Make sure you have enough indoor space to accommodate your plant growth.
When the artificial lighting or natural lighting gets shorter down to 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, photoperiod plants are triggered to begin the flowering stage to form their bud. In this stage where it is forming its buds, a plant can nearly double its size. If you grew a big vegetative plant, expect to reap a monster yield during your harvest.
Generally, the larger the growing space for the roots, the larger your plants will grow. Because of this, the larger the container size the better off your plant will be. Generally, marijuana growers use pots between 3 and 5 gallons in size.
Your growing space and container may be limited by the amount of growing space you have indoors or outdoors. Use the largest container possible for your space and keep moving your plants into bigger pots if needed to accommodate the root growth.
In a small container, your plant roots can be limited and when they fill up the space, they can become rootbound.
Most importantly, you want a pot that has proper drainage. Growing in bigger containers means you will need to ensure you are properly watering your plants without over or underwatering.
One of the biggest disadvantages of growing in large containers is that you cannot easily move the plants around.
In fact, some growers that use Smart Pots hundreds of gallons in size may need a forklift to move around this huge plant and its container.
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