Tips to protect cannabis from the rain
Written by Redacción Mota Radio on 1 October, 2022
Growing cannabis outdoors is not always easy, as there are many factors you can not control, such as heavy rainfall, but not all is lost.
This time we will give you some simple recommendations so you can protect your plants from the rain, which, in excess can damage your harvest.
1) Place a trellis
To protect your plants you must be prepared. Wet buds are often much heavier than normal, so you have to provide additional support by placing a trellis (a structure or mesh with a grid pattern).
Place it with the help of posts. Let the grid or cage cover the plant (vertically and horizontally). In addition, make sure that the first stems of your plants are correctly reinforced with the trellis, but carefully remember that the points where the branch divides into 2 stems are stress points that can easily break.
Identify these points, and secure the large branches using bamboo stakes and rope ties. Next, braid and guide the marijuana branches through the trellis, forming a sort of wall or roof, to protect your buds, and do not forget to leave enough space to provide good airflow.
2) Correct drainage
Make sure that the drainage of your growing is working properly, as this is a fundamental point to protect your plants from the rain.
If you grow in a pot, make sure that the water does not accumulate and remains around the pot. To do this, make sure that your pots have the right holes that allow or facilitate the passage of water to avoid excess.
If your cannabis plantation will be in the ground, check before growing that the drainage works properly after a storm, to avoid inconvenience. You will see some natural drainage blockages are not visible to the naked eye and that could mean a problem for your plants.
3) Protect it against strong winds
Strong winds can pose a threat to your cannabis, so before choosing a planting space you should consider which direction the wind usually blows, and plant accordingly. This way, you will also prevent the pollen on the buds from being blown away by the wind.
Another thing you can do is to grow near dense trees or bushes, but do not block the light. It is recommended to plant in a south-facing location.
Also always, keep in mind that the upper parts of the plant need the most care.
4) Check your cannabis
After a storm, check, your growing area carefully to make sure it has not suffered any damage and that there are no plants with brown spots, flowers and dead branches. If so, cut them off and discard them.
Unless it is very necessary, it is advisable not to cut the plants directly after a storm. A good habit is to let the plants dry out a little on their own.
You have to be very careful that there is no mold present, both before you cut your plants and after, as it could damage the entire harvest and be harmful to you, so get rid of the buds and moldy plants.
Anyway, always check your plants because excess water is conducive to mold. Drying must be done properly.
It helps to eliminate the weight of the water accumulated in the plant, shaking the stems gently. Make sure there are no rotten buds. In addition, make sure that wet marijuana does not stay together too long, even when planted in pots.
6) Repair your plants
If you find broken branches while you are in the process of protecting cannabis from the rain, repair them immediately. You can use body tape or Teflon.