So you want to be a master grower, huh? Or at the very least you're curious about what it takes to be considered a master of the craft of growing weed. Either way, you're here to learn exactly what being a master grower of cannabis entails — the ins, the outs, and the in-betweens of high-level weed growing. From gardening tips and tricks to the trickier side of genetics, the masters know it all. If any of that sounds interesting, then you're in luck since that's what this Leafbuyer article is all about!
Mastering growing weed is all about absorbing as much knowledge as you can. Like mastery of any subject, it takes time, effort, and significant skill to be considered the top dog of weed growers. And with so many people out there who grow good weed (even really good weed) it's hard to be the best.
So what separates a master grower from the casual or accomplished cannabis grower? Where exactly is the line in the sand that dictates who is and isn't a master? Well, the answer simply isn't as easy as 10,000 plus hours of work or knowing this and that. Mastering anything is all about earning your title, not questioning it!
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Unless you've already mastered growing to the point that you've figured out how to grow weed without gardening, this is probably the first and most crucial step. After all, the dirt in your fingernails and mud on your boots is all part of the weed growing experience! And you simply cannot be a master grower if you haven't first mastered the necessary elements of gardening. Do you know when the seeds go in the ground? What are the benefits and detriments of indoor vs. outdoor cannabis grows? How do you perfectly balance the nutrients in the soil and with what? If you can't answer these questions, then you definitely are not a master grower. Add in the other essential parts of gardening like irrigation, damage control from pests, and just knowing the entire processes from seed to harvest and you've got your work set out for you. Once you're finally comfortable with every stage of cannabis gardening (and can recite the steps in your sleep) you might be considered a master grower — or at least a master gardener. But it takes more than a green thumb to become a master cannabis grower, so don't get comfortable just yet. There's (much) more to come!
You can grow fantastic weed without ever having taken a high school chemistry class, but that doesn't mean you're a master grower just yet. A master cannabis grower knows the chemistry behind their craft. From cannabis terpenes to the plant's chemical construct, you can't call yourself a master until you know what exactly is going on behind the curtains (scientifically speaking). Sure, you can get a lab to do all the testing for you — but if you don't know what those wacky reports mean then you're not truly connecting with your grow. Again, you can produce great cannabis without chemistry, but it's essential to mastering growing weed.
Breeding and Genetics
Apart from smoking the weed, breeding and coming up with new strains is probably the most fun you can have with everyone's favorite herb. What happens when you mix Trainwreck with God's Gift, and should you name the result Train Gift or Godwreck?
Understanding the genetic side of cannabis is important for master growers since it lets them play around with strains to produce even better strains. All those punnet squares from biology finally pay off for people in this field (and stoners). You can mix the potency of your favorite strain with the mellow hits and tasty flavor of another, all because of genetics! And who knows, maybe you'll breed the next Blue Dream of weed strains if you master cannabis breeding and genetics. So is it possible to be a master grower of weed without understanding breeding and genetics? The answer is, decidedly, no! On the flip side, remember mastery takes more than just playing god with your homegrown plants — you really have to understand what you're doing and why to make next-level weed!
You wouldn't want to visit a doctor who stopped studying medicine a few decades ago, would you? Especially if they hadn't kept up to date with current studies, practices, and trends. This is also true of any subject mastery. One of the most important tricks of becoming (and staying) a master grower of cannabis is making sure you never stop learning. Subscribe to some weed magazines, sign up for emails, or even visit your local library for some good ol' down-to-earth research. The second you start stagnating, even if you are currently a master grower, is when your mastery starts to slip. You'll never be top of the game if you don't stay ahead of it, and that's what learning is all about! So read up on all the current cannabis growing trends to get started on one of the most important aspects of cannabis growing mastery.
Absolutely no one can say they're a master of their craft if they're new to the trade. You wouldn't trust a barber of two months with an important haircut, right? It takes time (a lot of time) to understand the fine art of weed growing enough to be considered a master. The more you do it, the more you learn! And every mistake along the way is important because it gives you first-hand experience of what NOT to do. You can read as many books on growing weed as you want but without doing it yourself you can never be considered a master grower. Part of mastery is just doing something consistently for a very long time — then you'll have the experience that truly dictates whether or not you've mastered growing weed.
What Makes a Master?
After all this info it seems like we still don't have a straight answer for what makes a master grower. Is it scientific understanding or hard work and time that truly differentiates the amateurs from the professionals? In short, it's neither. Becoming a master of anything usually means a lot of doubt and second-guessing. A master grower may never truly be satisfied that they are a master grower since those who achieve such high levels of understanding are rarely satisfied with how much they've accomplished. There's always more to learn, more to do, and more (for weed enthusiasts) to grow.
A good way to determine whether or not someone is a master grower is by gauging how comfortable they are talking about the subject. Someone who can explain what they do in simple terms (without losing the less experienced audience) is more likely to be a master than someone who struggles to explain their process. So are you a master grower? Only if you understand every step of growing from A to Z, can explain it, and can actually do it. Otherwise, it may be time to hit the books and study up because there's always more to learn even for a master grower.
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