Anybody can grow marijuana, technically it's just a plant after all. Once you plant it, it will do what mother nature intended; it will grow. However, if you want it to flourish you should avoid making the following rookie mistakes.
This first mistake may seem like common sense but it's actually one of the most frequent ways that growers get caught or robbed. Don't tell anyone that you're growing marijuana. It sounds so simple, yet people continue to blab about it and then get upset when suddenly the whole community knows you're doing it.
Sure, I get it, growing cannabis is something you would want to share with your best friend but it's simply too risky to talk about with anyone. Think about and consider the possible consequences of telling people about your crop. Even after your harvest, when someone could ask you where you got your weed, as a proud grower you may be tempted to say it was your very own home grown batch. Resist temptation and avoid telling them that you grew it.
Next rookie mistake
The next rookie mistake to avoid is choosing a marijuana strain to grow that doesn't suit your needs, the climate of your grow space, or seeds with bad genetics. Often times new growers get tempted to start growing from bagseeds. I'm talking about the seeds found in their marijuana bud that they bought. It may be enticing to plant it, afterall it is a free seed. However, these bagseeds are usually duds. They can also be male seeds, hermaphrodites, or runts. In any case you will probably be disappointed and you may have spent a lot of time and money growing these bad seeds.
Regular gender mixed
Often rookie growers want to test the waters a bit before going full blown growing so they purchase seeds from any 'ol Joe Blow. Not only that, they will often go for the regular gender mixed seeds that are the cheapest. Especially rookie growers need to opt for feminized seeds to make it easier for themselves. Otherwise they will have to fish out the male plants on time before they pollinate their female plants.
Do the research
If you're a smoker that enjoys a creative and energizing high, then do the research before you end up buying an Indica strain that gives you couchlock. Instead, know the genetics of the strain you're buying, and make sure you are buying from a reputable source, like AMS.
Not being prepared
Another rookie mistake is not being prepared. Just like with many things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Expert growers plan well in advance before the growing season ensuring that their crop will have the best chances of being prosperous. Being prepared means doing your research of what supplies you will need while growing. You should also be aware of what your cannabis plant will need including, water, nutrients, light, pest prevention, and CO2. Be aware that if you order some supplies online they may take weeks until you receive them, so don't wait until the last minute to purchase necessary items.
Having said that your plant needs the right nutrients, it leads to the next rookie mistake. You need to use the right fertilizer and soil. Don't go out in your backyard, digging a hole and putting the dug up dirt in a pot to grow your marijuana. This won't work. The soil might be too acidic or too alkaline. The pH of your soil needs to be managed or else you could end up with dead marijuana plants. If you want to grow outside in the ground then add soil to the ground you tilled.
Just any fertilizer won't do
Also take note that just any fertilizer won't do. Even though they might grow, they won't flourish like you want them to. Fertilizers specifically made for growing cannabis will make it a no brainer for the newbies. Be careful not to over fertilize as this can be just as bad as having insufficient nutrients as it can cause nutrient burn to your plants.
Over fertilizing often happens when you fertilize every time you water. It's also a good idea to leach the plants with lots of pure water every few weeks. Luckily if you do over fertilize then you can still save your plant, although, the "nutrient burn" on the leaves will remain there for the rest of the plant's life.
Stay clear of making these rookie mistakes to ensure your crop has the best chances of being prosperous.