I decided to write this blog post about the magic word YIELD and try to put my spin on the subject. Over the past few months that I have been working on this blog I have consistently received questions about my yield and how it compared with my 1000watt HPS grows. After sending many emails back with my thoughts it appeared to me that this is a more complicated question that I have originally thought.
I am not sure when marijuana growers became so competitive. I am actually happy that we are a bunch of egomaniacs because the type of genetics and strains that we have come up with are incredible. So, I thought of a great analogy and would love to share that with everyone:
Farmers and growers have always been super competitive, I am sure that this has been for thousands of years and hundreds here in the great United States of America. How many local fairgrounds have had competitions for the largest pumpkin? There is always someone who is trying a new nutrient, soil, strain, etc. to have a pumpkin at the fair that breaks a record or that all the kids want to take a picture with.
Freaky large fruit and most of all there was a winner, someone who was awarded for their dedication and patients to grow such a huge fruit from a plant.
So why does this analogy compare with cannabis growers? I think every grower wants to have amazing yields and more bud to share;) brag about, say things like ” I grow 2 finger ounces” but the one thing i know is that Quality is King. Those pumpkins maybe super huge but they are pretty scary looking and it does not mean they taste good. If you know a little bit about fruits and vegetables most of them with the highest flavor and taste are not the largest ones and usually fetch the highest price. Actually the fruits and vegetables with the highest price are the ones that taste the best and deliver satisfaction to the consumer.
I would like to share a picture for everyone of my first grow trial that I did. What I would like to point out to you is that I have been able to take my growing methods and quality of harvest to a whole new level. iGROW has given me the tool to develop new techniques to increase quality while not majorly effecting my yields and now that I am so dialed in with this light my yield are now getting up there with what I use to do with HPS.
If you look at the bud and plants I used to grow they seem nice and healthy and produced high quality not super yields.
This is a picture of a bud and my plants at the same time as the above picture. What you will notice is that my bud is just so much nicer and with more quality. Even my plants are healthier and using my iGROW lights I have learned to be that top notch grower who people want to know.
The first picture is from my vegetative trials using T5HO lights, which I thought were the best. The second picture is of my vegetative grows now using iGROW. Just having such a healthier plant from clone or seed to flower has increased my yields and remember – QUALITY!
For me to pull all my thoughts together I would like to end with one of my SteveyG stores:
For 3 years I have had this one strain that everyone seems to love and I am always sharing that by request first. I took that strain from clone – to – veg – to – flower – to – using the up-light with iGROW and that strain turned hot pink. I am not even done yet but I showed a few friends of mine that told me they want me to share that with them first.
It is pretty awesome that a light can do this to a plant, but it does make sense. All the colors of the sun allow the plant to be able to produce its natural essential oils, color and most of all flavors.
Well the funny part of the story is why my friends want this pink strain, they both said that they wanted to give it as a gift for their significant other. We were laughing a lot when we talked about how guys want thick dense hard nugs – but woman like purple, pink and lots of flavor.
iGROW has allowed me to become not only a better grower all around but after now working with it for the last 6 months the ability to dial in all my growing methods to produce good yield and superior quality, which has proven by the amount I share with people and the bardering they do with me to be more rewarding.
I may not win the award for biggest pumkin – But I do win the most colorful, tasting one!