Tips for Growing Sour Punch
Being a Super Silver Haze bud child, the roaring Sativa genetics of Sour Punch can be pretty challenging to tame or regulate. However, if you do it right, you’ll find that the strain is a gift that keeps on giving. Here are some tips that can help you make the most out of growing this weed:
Use Screen of Green (Scrog). Training your Sour Punch entails bending or even breaking parts of the plant, which can help to boost yield size and quality. The Screen of Green (SCROG) technique is one of the finest methods for this hybrid.
SCROG’s major appeal is that it only requires smaller lights, such as LED or CFL grow lights. This training technique also needs a screen, like garden or poultry netting. The holes in the net should not be larger than 5 centimeters. Some growers prefer to hasten the maturity of their cannabis plants by forcing them to flower early, but it’s best to wait and allow your Sour Punch to grow through the screen.
The screen should be placed between 20 and 30 cm above the growing medium. Once they have grown, tuck the plants back beneath the screen using your fingers. This is to train the ladies to bush out across the screen as much as possible.
To avoid mold issues, make sure there is adequate ventilation in the grow room. Also trim away any growth underneath the canopy to ensure the plants send more energy to the bud sites.
Avoid Nutrient Burn. Burning weed with too much nutrients is quite common among new growers. There’s a variety of reasons for nute burn. Overwatering, applying growth stimulants on a regular basis, misuse of bloom boosters, and combining nutrients over the recommended amount are all causes.
Sour Punch needs a considerable quantity of nitrogen during the vegetative phase, but don’t go crazy! Begin with 25-50% of a pre-packaged nutrient mix’s recommended dosage and increase as needed. These signs may be noticed if a nutrient burn transpires:
- Branches and stalks may become deep crimson, purple, or even magenta.
- Leaf edges are bent at 90°.
- The leaves become a deep green color.
- The tips of calyxes and sugar leaves turn yellow and start to curl back.
- The ends of the leaves appear burnt yellow.
Once you have identified that your cannabis plant is suffering from nutrient burn, remove all the damaged parts, then use pH-balanced water to flush out the growing medium. It should be between 6.0 and 6.5 for soil or 5.5 to 6.0 for hydroponics systems. Start with half the nutrients when you resume feeding Sour Punch.
Do Not Overwater. It’s critical to allow plenty of time for your plant’s roots to absorb enough oxygen between feedings. If you don’t, the roots of your plants will be unable to obtain enough oxygen. Overwatering is by far the most frequent blunder made by inexperienced gardeners.
When the leaves of the Sour Punch become full of water, they droop or curl in on themselves. Another noticeable symptom of over-irrigation is yellowing foliage.If you notice any of these symptoms, start watering less often. Also make sure that there’s adequate drainage in the soil and excess water is draining out of the pots.
When determining whether your plants require watering, stick your index finger into the soil as far as the knuckle. If it’s dry, water your plants. Wait a few days and repeat the process if some of the earth is wet.
Keep a High Humidity. Plants respire CO2 via their leaves, losing a portion of the retained water during the process. In a dry environment, cannabis plants lose more water when respiring than they do in moist air, and if they have lower moisture content, a plant’s CO2 intake is reduced, which could lead to cell death if not remedied right away. However, if the humidity level is too high, you’ll cut down on the amount of air in the growing medium, suffocating the plants and raising the likelihood of root rot.
When growing Sour Punch for the first time, adjust the humidity to see what works best. Note that the temperature in the grow room also impacts how humid it should be.
Increase humidity levels by:
- Increasing the temperature in the grow area.
- Misting the cannabis plants.
- Reducing the speed of the exhaust fan to keep warm air in the grow room.
Decrease humidity levels by:
- Increasing the amount of cool air available.
- Utilizing a dehumidifier.
- Using an exhaust fan vent at a higher speed to expel heated air from the grow room.
Maintain Warm Temperature. Sour Punch thrives in a warm and humid environment with an average temperature of 70°F to 80°F. If the temperature in your grow room falls too low, it will decrease evaporation through the leaves. The suction force, which absorbs nutrients via the roots, is also diminished, resulting in unused nutrients accumulating in the growing medium. When the acidity levels become high, water and nutrient absorption are reduced, causing stunted growth.