How Far to Push OG Kush

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QUESTION: “I just started growing and went from a 8 week plant to growing some OG Kush that I hear is a 10-weeker. I’m in the 2nd week of aggressive bloom. Should I extend the aggressive bloom cycle or extend the ripening cycle? When should I transition to the ripen? How long should I ripen and flush for?

Dru West: First off I wouldn’t worry so much about your involvement in “aggressive bloom cycles and ripening cycles”. The fact is, you can’t dictate the length or onset of a plant’s life cycles. Regardless of what the label on the nutrients says. There is a lot of hype out there that can be very confusing for the beginning grower.

Remember that you can’t force feed your plants if you want your buds to be the best they can be. It is your job to just make the food available to the plants when they need it. Only add nutrients every other time you water and your will nutes go twice as far. The more excess nutrients you apply to the medium the harder it will be to flush out in the end. This will severely compromise the overall quality of your smoke.

If a plant is an “aggressive bloomer”, it will accept more food than a plant that is not. Not every plant is an aggressive bloomer. OG Kush for example, is not an aggressive bloomer, so there’s no sense in overfeeding it. OG Kush is renowned for its potency, not its huge buds. That’s not to say you cant get great yields off properly trained OG Kush plants.

When learning the tendencies of new strains, it is always prudent to start small in terms of feeding. You can always add a little more later if necessary, but if you give too much now, there’s no taking it back if it does harm. Let the plant do it’s own thing and take note of the weeks in which it displays different characteristics like “aggressive blooming” and use that information the next time around. Then you will know exactly what time to experiment with heavier nutrient applications.

If it is a 10-week plant, that means it typically takes 10 weeks to fully ripen. The plant is going to ripen on it’s own terms and there is nothing you can do to transition the plants into ripening. They are always ripening and are not waiting to be fed in a particular way before they begin. You can’t extend the ripening cycle because once they are ripe they are ripe. To extend would be to over-ripen. Remember it is a plant like any other. What is true for flowers, fruits, and vegetables, is also true for cannabis in many cases. Strawberries are delicious. However, a strawberry picked too early tastes sour and bitter. If it is picked too late, it has lost its sweetness and often tastes rotten.

One easy indicator that the plant is ready for harvest will be the noticeable reddening of the pistils (white hairs). Once approx. 80% of the hairs have changed it’s ready to go.

You should always begin flushing two weeks before harvesting. This means you discontinue adding nutrients to the water you give the plants. First you must leech the built up nutrients from the soil. Do this by slowly pouring a large volume of water through each of the plants. Always apply the water at an equal rate to the pot volume. Ex. 5gal pot = 5gal of water. This must be done at least twice during your ninth week. Then just continue to give straight water until harvest. Starving the plant in these final weeks forces it to consume the nutrients it has built up within itself (which would otherwise end up in your bong and then in your lungs).

I hope you find this helpful. For more info check out my book  Secrets of the West Coast Masters: Uncover the Ultimate Techniques for Growing Medical Marijuana

–Dru West

 

 



9 Responses to “How Far to Push OG Kush”

  1. Edward

    Hey man I am wondering if my og kush is doing okay. You said that a good way to determine the plant is done once 80% of the white hairs are amber it ready to flush, well My girl is about 3.5 weeks into flowering and most of the hairs approx. 50-60% are turning or are amber. I am in Ca and the heat was pretty hot a few days ago now it’s starting to cool down. I am using outdoor; nuts ever other cycle 1/2 suggested amount. BOTANICARE pro blend, cal mag, and liquid karma..I can email pictures if needed. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks again.

    All the best

    -Edward

  2. admin

    We’ll get this over to the MASTERS right away, dude!

  3. Dragonspit415Kush

    I dont see any place where at the end you add…1ml of Gravity and 1/2 ml of snow storm and 1 tbl spoon of Mollasis per gallon 1 week before the finnal pull………….trust me it makes a diff…

  4. Jenny

    It really doesn’t…

  5. Jay

    I live in northern Ca. about 55 miles north of San Francisco. One of my buddy gave me 5 clones of OG Kush to plant outside in the ground, but someone told me it may not do well because this strain is for indoor only. Are OG Kush strictly an indoor strain? Please help.

  6. [email protected]

    Mann can anybody help me and teach me how to grown a kush plant? Please… If so you can contact me by textin me at 4346887155 my name is kia

  7. Lotapros

    I’m trying to make cutie_gangsta64 my “Clyde”!! I needa gangsta!!

  8. Lotapros

    Lol…I meant “Bonnie”! But i need that ride or die!!

  9. Ben

    I like to turn down the temperature a tad during the flowering to turn my og kush purple…doesnt effect thc level but makes it look cooler lol!

    we have some more go kush growing tid bits on http://www.wikileaf.com

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