Tips for Growing Alaskan Thunderfuck
If you want to grow ATF but don’t know where to start, these helpful tips will guide you through the process and prevent any major blunders that might ruin your crop.
Maintain the right pH. ATF thrives in a more acidic medium with a pH level of 5.5.
Improve Disease Resistance. As mentioned, Alaskan Thunder Fuck is only moderately resistant to diseases. To enhance your ATF’s resistance, dissolve silicon in water but apply it separately from your two-part feed. These are the benefits of using silica:
- It is an effective alternative to fungicides and pesticides.
- It has been shown to encourage the formation of cell walls in plants, resulting in a healthier and more robust plant with better resistance to pathogens.
- It increases the water and nutrient uptake of a plant growing in soil. If you are using a hydroponic system, use potassium silicate as the main silicon additive.
Top and prune. Topping helps control the shape of the plant and encourages lateral growth instead of vertical. On the other hand, pruning increases air circulation and light exposure of the lower foliage. If performed correctly, both improve the overall quality and size of ATF’s yield.
Only use high-quality medium. To produce big yields, experienced growers of ATF recommend the use of nutrient-rich soil. Choose an organic mix that is high in both nitrogen and microorganisms to enhance development.
Grow in colder conditions. Whether you intend to grow indoors or out, bear in mind that the optimal temperature range for Alaskan Thunder Fuck is between 65 to 80°F.
Stable temperature. Alaskan Thunder Fuck is vulnerable to sudden temperature changes. ATF is more susceptible to fungal infections like powdery mildew when the temperature drops too low. On the other hand, increased temperatures can harm or kill the plant.
Know when to start and harvest. Autumn is the best season to grow Alaskan Thunder Fuck, with crop gathering being most ideal in October.
Use the right lights. Avoid light sources that will heat up the grow room and shoot temperatures above the 80°F. Expert growers of ATF recommend the use of lower wattage High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps. They use less power to operate and produce less heat.
Bonus Tip: Hide the smell of ATF. To keep your cannabis grow discreet, use a carbon filter for odor control and ensure there is adequate ventilation in the grow room.