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There's nothing quite as satisfying as growing your own cannabis - but like any master grower will tell you, its not easy. So we've put together few easy-to-follow resources to help you get your home grow started...

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A breakdown of the most common cannabis diseases by cultivation stage


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There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of growing weed at home. But the majority of home growers out there will tell you it's no easy feat.

The biggest challenge your home grow faces is preventing and overcoming cannabis plant diseases.

Ask any home grower and they'll likely tell you a story about a nutrient deficiency that went undiagnosed and stunted yield, or a nasty pest that decimated their leaves, or a bad case of bud rot that destroyed their resinous buds right before harvest. 

In fact, according to A Review of Cannabis Diseases, there are 88 fungal pathogens alone, and that doesn't even include things like insects or environmental stressors - that's just fungi!

The key to growing healthy, high yield cannabis plants is to start by creating an environment that prevents the development of disease, and following that, knowing what to look for so you can quickly deal with it in case your best efforts just aren't enough.


Cannabis disease by life cycle stage

A cannabis seed goes through various stages throughout its life cycle. The cannabis life cycle can be broken down into four primary stages:

  1.  - Germination
  2.  - Seedling
  3.  - Vegetative
  4.  - Flowering

While mold, bacteria, pests, and nutrient deficiencies can happen at all stages of the life cycle, there are certain conditions that commonly develop during certain cultivation stages.

Let's start by looking at why your plants are susceptible to disease at each stage...


Germination

During germination, your cannabis seed first splits and its tap root extends out of the seed itself. 

This is a very sensitive stage of the life cycle that's prone to a variety of pathogens, the most common of which are fungi. These pathogens can develop as a result of contaminated water, the transfer of spores from soil, touching the seed - especially the tap root - as they begin to split, or equipment that hasn't been sterilized.

A germinated seed that's been exposed to a pathogen may still survive, but could result in a weak seedling that are at a greater risk for future diseases.


Seedling

While germination is all about nurturing a seed to viability, the seedling stage is when your plant takes root and leaves begin to form. It's at this stage that your plant because very vulnerable to diseases, so it's important to take extra care at this point of the growing process. 

The most common mistake made during this stage is overwatering, which can lead to a variety of mold and fungal issues. Additionally, the development of leaves creates a habitable environment for pests, such as aphids.

Carefully monitor your humidity and moisture levels to prevent mold, and as always, keep your grow environment and equipment clean. 


Vegetative

When you notice your plant is developing 5-7 blades for each new fan leaf, you've entered the vegetative stage. This is when plant growth will really take off and when your plant starts to require higher nutrient levels. As a result, nutrient deficiencies are incredible common throughout this stage, the most frequent of which is nitrogen deficiency.

Nitrogen is critical to your plants growth as it delivers the proteins and chlorophyll your plant needs for the process of photosynthesis. Without the right set of nutrients your plant health and the potency of your bud will deteriorate, so keep an eye on your nutes!

While feeding your plant with nutes, be sure to keep an eye out for pests. Your plants growth taking off at this stage means lots of dense, green foliage for pests for latch on to, making it the second most common ailment in this stage.


Flowering

The final stage of your plant life cycle is the flowering stage, where your resinous buds develop and your hard work finally pays off.

Nutrients play an important role in this stage as well, but the more common issue here is mold, specifically bud rot. Molds and mildews are caused by too high levels of humidity that cause the bud and leaves to decay. Pests remain an issue in this stage as well given the sheer density of your leaves.

By keeping a close eye on your humidity levels and inspecting your leaves for signs of pests, you and your plants will make it to harvest in no time.


Most common issues by stage

To make it easier to know what exactly to look for, we've put together the below graphic outlining the most common disease to watch for at each cultivation stage. As mentioned previously, under the right conditions a plant can develop any of these diseases at any stage, so understand the signs and symptoms of each for good measure.


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Proactively dealing with plant disease is what separates the pros from the amateurs when it comes to growing cannabis. Always maintaining a clean environment and regularly sterilizing growing equipment is the most effective preventative measure you can take - but it doesn't guarantee your plants won't be affected by disease. Knowing why your plants are susceptible to disease is the first step to understanding how to diagnose a plant issue.

If your plant is exhibiting strange symptoms, try the Canari app for free and diagnose your plant ailment with a single photo!

There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of growing weed at home. But the majority of home growers out there will tell you it's no easy feat.

The biggest challenge your home grow faces is preventing and overcoming cannabis plant diseases.

Ask any home grower and they'll likely tell you a story about a nutrient deficiency that went undiagnosed and stunted yield, or a nasty pest that decimated their leaves, or a bad case of bud rot that destroyed their resinous buds right before harvest. 

In fact, according to A Review of Cannabis Diseases, there are 88 fungal pathogens alone, and that doesn't even include things like insects or environmental stressors - that's just fungi!

The key to growing healthy, high yield cannabis plants is to start by creating an environment that prevents the development of disease, and following that, knowing what to look for so you can quickly deal with it in case your best efforts just aren't enough.


Cannabis disease by life cycle stage

A cannabis seed goes through various stages throughout its life cycle. The cannabis life cycle can be broken down into four primary stages:

  1.  - Germination
  2.  - Seedling
  3.  - Vegetative
  4.  - Flowering

While mold, bacteria, pests, and nutrient deficiencies can happen at all stages of the life cycle, there are certain conditions that commonly develop during certain cultivation stages.

Let's start by looking at why your plants are susceptible to disease at each stage...


Germination

During germination, your cannabis seed first splits and its tap root extends out of the seed itself. 

This is a very sensitive stage of the life cycle that's prone to a variety of pathogens, the most common of which are fungi. These pathogens can develop as a result of contaminated water, the transfer of spores from soil, touching the seed - especially the tap root - as they begin to split, or equipment that hasn't been sterilized.

A germinated seed that's been exposed to a pathogen may still survive, but could result in a weak seedling that are at a greater risk for future diseases.


Seedling

While germination is all about nurturing a seed to viability, the seedling stage is when your plant takes root and leaves begin to form. It's at this stage that your plant because very vulnerable to diseases, so it's important to take extra care at this point of the growing process. 

The most common mistake made during this stage is overwatering, which can lead to a variety of mold and fungal issues. Additionally, the development of leaves creates a habitable environment for pests, such as aphids.

Carefully monitor your humidity and moisture levels to prevent mold, and as always, keep your grow environment and equipment clean. 


Vegetative

When you notice your plant is developing 5-7 blades for each new fan leaf, you've entered the vegetative stage. This is when plant growth will really take off and when your plant starts to require higher nutrient levels. As a result, nutrient deficiencies are incredible common throughout this stage, the most frequent of which is nitrogen deficiency.

Nitrogen is critical to your plants growth as it delivers the proteins and chlorophyll your plant needs for the process of photosynthesis. Without the right set of nutrients your plant health and the potency of your bud will deteriorate, so keep an eye on your nutes!

While feeding your plant with nutes, be sure to keep an eye out for pests. Your plants growth taking off at this stage means lots of dense, green foliage for pests for latch on to, making it the second most common ailment in this stage.


Flowering

The final stage of your plant life cycle is the flowering stage, where your resinous buds develop and your hard work finally pays off.

Nutrients play an important role in this stage as well, but the more common issue here is mold, specifically bud rot. Molds and mildews are caused by too high levels of humidity that cause the bud and leaves to decay. Pests remain an issue in this stage as well given the sheer density of your leaves.

By keeping a close eye on your humidity levels and inspecting your leaves for signs of pests, you and your plants will make it to harvest in no time.


Most common issues by stage

To make it easier to know what exactly to look for, we've put together the below graphic outlining the most common disease to watch for at each cultivation stage. As mentioned previously, under the right conditions a plant can develop any of these diseases at any stage, so understand the signs and symptoms of each for good measure.


click here to open in a new tab











Proactively dealing with plant disease is what separates the pros from the amateurs when it comes to growing cannabis. Always maintaining a clean environment and regularly sterilizing growing equipment is the most effective preventative measure you can take - but it doesn't guarantee your plants won't be affected by disease. Knowing why your plants are susceptible to disease is the first step to understanding how to diagnose a plant issue.

If your plant is exhibiting strange symptoms, try the Canari app for free and diagnose your plant ailment with a single photo!

Keep your plants healthy & free from common issues, like: 

  • grey mold 
  • powdery mildew 
  • yellow spot leaf 
  • bacterial blight
  • spider mites
  • aphids 
  • whiteflies
  • nitrogen deficiency
  • phosphorus deficiency 
  • potassium deficiency
  • magnesium deficiency
  • calcium deficiency

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Build faster with instant answers

Unlock insights for everyone

Curabitur quis purus congue ante interdum mattis sit amet at ante. Nulla volutpat, magna quis convallis tristique, purus mi sollicitudin sem.

Set up an unlimited number of grow profiles to capture all of your important environment & plant details.

Document readings, take notes, and track your plant growth from seed to harvest.

So you want to start a home grow? Congrats!

If you've make the decision to start growing then you've done enough research to know cannabis can be challenging to grow, and that there's an overwhelming amount of information to absorb.

That's why we like to adopt the keep it simple stupid approach - especially when it comes to starter equipment.

A basic set of equipment is a great place to start. Once you have one grow or two under your belt and you know what worked and what didn't, you can adjust your setup, but until then, keep it simple!

We've put together the following checklist of all the equipment you'll need for each phase of your plants growth cycle. We've divided it up that way so you know you don't need to purchase everything at once, because let's be honest, the cost can add up quickly.

Here's everything you'll need to start growing marijuana at home:


click here to open checklist in a new tab



So you want to start a home grow? Congrats!

If you've make the decision to start growing then you've done enough research to know cannabis can be challenging to grow, and that there's an overwhelming amount of information to absorb.

That's why we like to adopt the keep it simple stupid approach - especially when it comes to starter equipment.

A basic set of equipment is a great place to start. Once you have one grow or two under your belt and you know what worked and what didn't, you can adjust your setup, but until then, keep it simple!

We've put together the following checklist of all the equipment you'll need for each phase of your plants growth cycle. We've divided it up that way so you know you don't need to purchase everything at once, because let's be honest, the cost can add up quickly.

Here's everything you'll need to start growing marijuana at home:


click here to open checklist in a new tab


How the [email protected]#$ do I start growing cannabis at home?

There's nothing quite as satisfying as growing your own cannabis - but like any master grower will tell you, its not easy. So we've put together few easy-to-follow resources to help you get your home grow started...