Growing strains has become a popular recreational activity for many people – especially in the last couple of years. However, growing anything can be frustrating, time-consuming, and expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. We are here to make it as easy as possible for you by discussing flowering time, strain difficulty, what yield can be expected, the strain’s preferred nutrients and training techniques – all in 8 top tips.
So, read on to find out how to produce the tastiest Bubble Gum strain around!
Tips for Growing Bubble Gum Cannabis
Bubble Gum has become renowned for its sweet yet earthy taste and relaxing effects, but it hasn’t always been a stable strain.
The Bubble Gum strain was initially developed by growers in Indiana, who were trying to create a balance of physical relaxation and a euphoric high. However, it didn’t go to plan and the strain, after making a few rounds in Indiana, ended up in Holland. More specifically it ended up with TH Seeds, who are now one of the oldest seed banks in Holland. They managed to stabilize the strain, making its growing habits, flavor and smell as consistent as possible.
Want to know how to grow your favorite strain? Keep reading this growing guide for Bubble Gum for lots of steps and tips.
Tip #1: Bubble Gum Strain Review
Bubble Gum has gone on to win the Cannabis Cup in 1994 and has come second twice, in 1995 and 1999. Needless to say, it became a success.
It’s a popular hybrid strain, with indica only just taking dominance, creating a perfect balance. And with a name like Bubble Gum, there’s no hiding from its tasty sweet flavor that is remarkably reminiscent of berries. If grown well, its highs can be euphoric and induce an intense physical relaxation. And good news – it’s easy to grow.
Read on to discover just how difficult – or rather, easy – it is to grow Bubble Gum cannabis.
Tip #2: Difficulty Growing
Bubble Gum can be particularly susceptible to mold. There’s nothing worse than finding the signs of rot creeping into the buds after weeks of hard work and dedication.
One of the most common types of mold is bud rot (botrytis cinerea), which is a mold that develops in the core of the plant’s buds. The most frustrating thing about this type is that by the time you see the mold on the outside of the bud, it has already devastated the inside. So how can growers prevent this difficulty?
The best way to protect your plant is by controlling the humidity of the room. Too much moisture in the air can cause the plant to become ‘too wet’, and this encourages mold growth.
Tip #3: Growing Techniques
It’s important to know both how to prune Bubble Gum and the best lighting to use in order to promote a healthy plant.
Bubble Gum does well when lit by a 250 – 400-Watt charge, and can thrive with a variety of different bulbs. One viable option is a high-pressure sodium vapor light (HPS). This light works through a high-pressure sodium vapor which counteracts the yellow glow that is typical of other light sources such as LED, and produces some blue emissions. It can be a particularly efficient light source, but others such as LED and fluorescent grow lights can also be used.
Pruning is an essential step in caring for your marijuana plant, and this is certainly true for Bubble Gum. But don’t start too early; wait until the plant starts getting bushy so you don’t stunt its growth. An important trick to know is not to prune during and after the 2nd week of flowering, as pruning during this time can encourage foliage growth instead of focusing on bud growth.
Pruning doesn’t only increase the health of the plant, but spending time pruning can also be therapeutic for you, too.
Tip #4: Bubble Gum Yield
Often, growers associate high yielding plants with high difficulty strains, but this isn’t always the case. You can be a first-time grower and still achieve high success with the number of buds you produce. In fact, seed banks purposefully develop easily grown strains with high yields for just this reason.
With Bubble Gum, if grown well, you can expect a yield of about 400 to 500 grams per m2 (16 ounces). And when grown outdoors, they can produce 300 to 400 grams per meter squared (14 ounces). This is considered a reasonably high bud production for a strain
Tip #5: Feeding for Bubble Gum
Some of the most popular ways of feeding a strain are organic fertilizers, chemical fertilizers, and hydroponics. These can help add important nutrients to the soil that the plant needs to thrive.
Organic and non-organic fertilizers are fairly self-explanatory. If you want to avoid using chemicals in your grow and to keep the plant as natural as possible, look to use substances that are completely natural themselves. Compost from fruit and vegetables, or chicken manure, are good examples of this.
Hydroponics is a method that doesn’t require any soil. Instead the plant roots live in substances such as sand, rockwool, and clay. In this way, you apply the nutrients using a solution administered directly to the roots. Although this will give you more control, it can be more difficult and time-consuming than other methods.
Bubble Gum can grow just as well using any of the above methods, which is one of the reasons it’s considered an easy plant, but just ensure you’re maintaining a healthy amount of nutrients, especially if you want the strain to retain that sweet and intense berry flavor that Bubble Gum has become renowned for.
Tip #6: Growing Outdoors/Indoors
Should I grow inside or outside? This is probably one of the most debated questions for growers. Where do you have the space? What kind of budget do you have? What type of strain are you growing?
Bubble Gum can be grown well both indoors and outdoors, but it can be more difficult outdoors. As mentioned before, Bubble Gum should only be grown outside if the climate permits it – especially as its sensitive to moisture. Growing indoors can protect against the weather, and allows you to control the temperature and humidity, but it may be more expensive.
The best course of action? Experiment.
Tip #7: Bubble Gum Flowering Time
Being patient is much easier said than done, especially when you are waiting for those sweet buds to develop. Luckily, Bubble Gum has a very fast flowering time of about 8 to 9 weeks, which is likely due to its indica dominance.
Many growers have remarked on its initial slow growing. It’s possible that you won’t see much growth during the first 2 weeks of planting but don’t worry, this is typical of the Bubble Gum strain.
Tip #8: Climate for Growing Bubble Gum Strain
Bubble Gum naturally thrives in a warm and dry environment – a Mediterranean climate is considered ideal. Its preferred temperature is between 68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, or 20 to 27 degrees Celsius, during the daytime. It likes to be between 60 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit or 16 to 18 degrees Celsius during the night.
If this cannot be achieved outside in a natural setting, then growers will have to design a grow room to imitate the climate. Take into consideration that the light source you use inside will increase the temperature of the room. Many growers build or buy a temperature control system to give the plant the best possible finish.
Should I Grow Bubble Gum?
Bubble Gum is a suitable strain for experts and novices alike. We hope through this guide you have found easy tips on how to grow this top-quality strain which is so well-known for its flavor.
Many good-quality growing products can be found bought from Botanicare. They can help equip growers with a series of hydroponic growing tools, nutrients, and more. They may also be able to give you more advice on a sufficient set-up for Bubble Gum.