Cannabis plants use a variety of tactics to attract our attention. They give us a spectacular high, protein, antioxidants and delicious smelling buds. Today we will be looking at improving the smell and scent of cannabis. When we put our nose into a pot of buds, close our eyes and go inside, it’s one of the best sensations in the world. If you follow the basic principles, your strains’ aroma and taste can be improved quite easily.
We will give you some important tips and tricks that will help you achieve intense results.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT VARIETY
There are a thousand different cannabis varieties on the market, which give off a range of flavours such as citrus, pine, cedar, coffee, tangerine, melon, etc. The Kush varieties from the mountainous Hindu Kush region revel in earthy aromas, while the Haze varieties, created in California in the 1970s, give off more fruity and exotic flavours.
Strains with Skunk and Cheese genetics are generally very fragrant. Find out which strain you want to grow and choose the one that best suits your taste preferences.
THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE AND HUMIDITY
Cannabis plants produce terpenes and terpenoids to regulate their temperature and ward off insects. These terpenes are responsible for the delicious smell and taste of cannabis! The main reason why the buds lose their smell is too much heat during the last phase of flowering, when the terpenes start to form. Temperatures below 26°C during the flowering phase allow the plants to retain their terpenes and provide sensory experiences for the end users.
Plants are better able to withstand the high temperatures outside because the roots are cooled in the soil, unlike in a grow room. In a grow room, they absorb heat from the environment.
The humidity level during flowering should be less than 50%. Especially if the flowers are very dense and prone to mould. The humidity should not be less than 30%, as the flowers are not at all comfortable with this.
USE ORGANIC FERTILIZERS
Organic fertilizers have many advantages over synthetic fertilizers. Natural fertilizer serves as food for soil microbes, which in turn provide nutrients to the plant. This gives phenomenal taste buds and is also good for the environment.
Some growers enrich the soil with black molasses, which gives the buds a pleasant smell. Sugar cane molasses is a carbon that is produced when sugar cane is refined. It can be added from the beginning of flowering until 2 weeks before harvest. If the fate of your plantation does not depend on the application of sugar cane molasses, many growers swear by it. Compost is also an organic fertilizer. However, it can be too acidic for small plants. This form of nutrient management should be left to professionals.
USE THE “LIVING SOIL
Living soil is rich in bacteria, organisms, nematodes, algae and various insects and ensures decent plant growth. By “living soil” you can imagine a habitat for the microorganisms that live in the earth’s ecosystem. The organic nutrients serve as food for the soil microbes, which in turn provide the plants with biological nutrients. For plants, this food is natural and organic and stimulates the production of terpenes.
DO YOU WANT MORE TERPENES AND TERPENOIDS? YOU CAN FORCE THEIR PRODUCTION DURING CULTIVATION
Inexperienced growers can skip this part. Experienced growers should only use this method. This trick may work, although many growers say it makes no difference. Some growers believe that stressing a plant will intensify its smell. Here’s the theory: terpenes and terpenoids are synthesized in trichomes, which are produced as part of the plant’s natural defense system. If plants are subjected to controlled stress, they can produce larger trichomes, which in turn produce better tastes and smells.
It is imperative to rinse your plants before harvesting. Especially if they have been filled with nutrients. When plants absorb nutrients, they move through the plant and into the flowers. This allows the inflorescences to flourish and develop great flavours. However, we absolutely do not want to consume these fertilizers.
Unrinsed buds smell bad and cause headaches for consumers. You can do wonders by growing your plants without anything during the last 1-2 weeks of flowering. This allows the plant to use all the remaining reserves for the flowers without needing new ones.
Several solutions on the market remove fertilizers and salts from the soil, but ordinary water is just as suitable for this purpose, so you can save some coin.
DRYING AND HARDENING
When the harvested buds are properly dried and cured, they develop a great smell. Both terpenes and cannabinoids develop during this phase. The optimum temperature for drying and hardening is around 21°C, with a moisture content of just under 50%.
This advice is particularly valuable, as many growers consider the plant’s actual cultivation as a central point, as the drying process is often neglected. However, your crop stands or falls on this last stage. If they are well cared for, top-quality, intensely fragrant buds are guaranteed.
Remember that the production of delicious buds is not different from any other aspect of cultivation. If plants are exposed to extreme levels of nutrients during the growing phase, they can die and you will be left empty-handed! Familiarize yourself with the basics of cannabis cultivation that you need to ensure your plants’ healthy growth during the growing season.
The best advice for enthusiastic beginning growers is: less is more. During your first growing cycle, you don’t need to make a homemade mix of live soil, make super crops or feed your plants with 8 different nutrients. Start with the basics and build up more expertise over time.