With heatwaves consuming areas of the United States this Summer, many have begun to panic that this may cost them their yield from this season. In Washington state, residents can expect temperatures of over 100 degrees over the next few weeks. Without proper care, you can expect marijuana plants to dry out, and even halt the production of trichomes that contain large amounts of THC.
If the heat has worried you, there are a few ways to make sure your plants stay safe…
Making sure your plants are covered by a shade cloth will help to reduce the direct amount of sunlight that reaches your plants. This will decrease the likelihood of drying out and will lower the ground temperature significantly. Additionally, it would be a good idea to invest in mulching your growing area. Doing this will prevent dust from compromising your plants. Dust can contribute to things like slower rates of photosynthesis which will make gathering nutrients and essential vitamins harder than ever. Farmers recommend weekly applications of chip-bark mulch to ensure your plants stay as healthy as possible.
The time of year you plant your crops may also impact the quality of your production. Planting, trimming, and tending the plants during hotter months will cause the potency of your marijuana to decrease. This is due in part to the fact that the hotter temperatures cause trichomes to get stuck to the equipment being used. This will reduce the THC content of your products and increase their probability of becoming dried out or drooping. To combat this, it is smarter to plant your seeds in the springtime months.
One more interesting alternative to these preventative measures is genetically breeding plants that thrive in hotter climates. Founder of Western States Hemp, Adrienne Snow, has discussed how their company has opted to use seeds that are meant to withstand the heatwave temperatures of up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The seeds also have to be resilient enough to survive the frigid night and scorching day temperatures. This process is much more difficult than it sounds, as you must evaluate the genetic features and combinations of countless seedlings.
Good luck with all of your future growing endeavors!