Sour Diesel, a popular sativa-dominant marijuana strain, is known for its pungent smell and uplifting effects. Although growing Sour Diesel can seem difficult, it is possible to produce high-quality, abundant buds with the right techniques. This article will cover the best methods to grow Sour Diesel cannabis strain.
Select the right growing medium
The key to successful Sour Diesel cultivation is choosing the right medium. There are three main growing media for cannabis: soil, hydroponics and coco coir. Each medium has its advantages and disadvantages. Although soil is the most common and cost-effective option, it can be difficult to maintain the desired pH levels. Although hydroponics and coco-coir offer better control over pH levels and nutrient intakes, they are more costly and require more maintenance.
Provide Adequate Lighting
The growth of cannabis plants is dependent on the lighting. To produce dense and healthy buds, Sour Diesel needs high levels of light. Indoor growing requires at least 600 watts (HID) high-intensity lighting per square meter. LED lights are also an option as they emit less heat and are more energy-efficient. You should maintain a consistent lighting schedule with 18 hours of daylight and 6 hours darkness in the vegetative stage and 12 hours light and 12 hour darkness in the flowering stage.
You can control the temperature and humidity levels
The Sour Diesel cannabis strain is best suited for a humid and warm environment. Sour Diesel can be grown at temperatures between 20-28degC during the day and 18-24degC at night. During the vegetative stage, humidity should be maintained at 50-70% and 40-50% in the flowering stage. Low humidity levels can lead to plants drying out and mold growth.
Pruning and Training Techniques
Pruning and training can greatly improve the quality and yield of Sour Diesel buds. Topping involves removing the top of the main stem in order to encourage lateral growth and produce multiple colas. Fimming, a similar technique, involves cutting off a portion from the top of the main stalk to create four new main stems. Another popular technique is LST (low stress training). This involves tying the branches down to create a uniform canopy and allow for better light penetration.
To produce high-quality, potent cannabis, the Sour Diesel strain needs a balanced nutrition regimen. The plants need higher levels of nitrogen during the vegetative stage to encourage leaf growth. The plants need higher levels of potassium and phosphorus to encourage bud growth during the flowering stage. To ensure proper absorption of nutrients, it is important to monitor pH levels.
If you use the right methods, Sour Diesel can be a rewarding way to grow cannabis. You can get a high yielding crop of Sour Diesel cannabis buds by choosing the best growing medium, managing the temperature and humidity, using pruning techniques and controlling the nutrient intake.
Sabine Downer is a scientist and cannabis writer with a passion for education. She has been writing for various clients in the cannabis space since 2015 and has worked in biotechnology since 2010. Along with content creation, she is also a knowledgeable resource on quality assurance, regulatory, and legal topics.