It isn’t always easy to find detailed information when trying to grow your favorite strain. Fortunately for our readers, we have compiled a comprehensive growing guide for the Maui Wowie strain. It is full of helpful tips for growing this tropical delight.
As you might expect from the name, Maui Wowie comes from the Hawaiian Islands. This old-school sativa’s long-lasting popularity is due to its exotic scent, tropical taste, and relaxing high.
It was created on the island of Maui and has the sweetness one associates with a freshly cut, Hawaiian, tropical fruit. As alluded to, this strain has been around for decades, and many believe its origins include the Hawaiian sativa. Without further ado, let’s find out how to grow this fruity delight!
Tip #1 –Strain Review: Maui Wowie – What to Expect When Using It
The sweet citrus and tropical scent make you think you’re in for a treat, and Maui Wowie does not disappoint! Just like a juicy pineapple, it’s absolutely bursting with a tropical flavor.
This sativa-dominant hybrid has a THC content of up to 20%, so proceed with caution.
Maui Wowie’s effects are incredibly uplifting and invigorating, which is why many consume it in the morning or early afternoon. It’s easy to see why this strain is such a firm favorite among cannabis consumers who like to ‘wake-and-bake.’ Its other purported effects include instilling a heightened sense of focus in its consumers and a short-term energy boost.
Newbies, don’t allow the alluring, tropical taste and aroma to fool you. This sativa-dominant hybrid has a THC content of up to 20%, so proceed with caution.
Tip #2 – Difficulty Growing Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie’s growth difficulty is easy to moderate. It is highly resistant to pests and diseases, so it is an ideal strain for a beginner to try and cultivate. When you purchase your marijuana seeds, germinate them in sterile soil if you intend to plant them outdoors.
The paper towel method is one of the easiest ways to germinate seeds. All you need is four paper towel sheets, your Maui Wowie seeds, and two clean plates. Soak the sheets in distilled water to the point where they are wet, but water is not dripping off. Place two of the sheets on the plate, and put the seeds on the sheets. Make sure the seeds are at least one inch apart.
Cover the seeds with the other two sheets and cover with another plate. Do all of the above in a room with a temperature of between 70- and 90-degrees Fahrenheit. Check the sheets every so often to make sure there is enough moisture. It can take anywhere between a couple of days and a week for the seeds to germinate.
You know it has happened when you see a single sprout, known as the taproot, protruding from the seed. The next step is to transport the seedlings to the growing medium. We recommend using sterilized tweezers. Do not touch the taproot with your fingers.
Tip #3 – Best Growing Techniques for Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie is a plant that stretches a lot when it enters the blooming phase. It is a strain that responds well to the SOG method. This growing technique involves harvesting numerous small plants for fast bud production and a quicker harvest. Maui Wowie is a sativa-dominant hybrid, which means its flowering time is rather long.
Avoid topping this strain if your goal is a faster harvest. With Maui Wowie training, you can grow double, treble, or even quadruple the number of plants for a massive yield. Invest in twist-ties to tie down the branches of this plant. Wrap a tie around the top of the plant, pull it over until it is bent to at least a 90-degree angle. Attach this part of the plant to the main stem, which is lower on the plant.
Keep the branches in this position for an entire week. When you get this right, your Maui Wowie plants will grow bushy and take up less vertical space.
Tip #4 –Yield Expectations for Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie’s yield is moderate to high. It provides a return of 14 ounces per square meter indoors and 16 ounces per plant when grown outdoors. Those growing this strain outside can expect it to be ready for harvesting by the middle of October, if not earlier.
You can boost this strain’s yield by adding more carbon dioxide (CO2) to the air. Marijuana plants use CO2 during photosynthesis to create the sugars used to build their tissues. Elevating the grow room’s CO2 level boosts these sugars’ production, which significantly enhances plant growth.
It will cost a few hundred dollars for a CO2 tank setup. However, if you have a large grow room, it may be worth the price for the boost in yield. It is undoubtedly an economically viable option for commercial growers. However, experienced growers say that elevated CO2 levels near harvest time lowers potency. Therefore, it is essential to switch off any CO2 tanks you have about two weeks before harvesting.
Tip #5 – Feeding Maui Wowie
Maui Wowie is a strain that prefers regular light feedings rather than large amounts spaced out. The three main nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. They appear on the label of the plant food as N-P-K. For example, food with an N-P-K reading of 25-20-15 means it contains 25% nitrogen, 20% phosphorus, and 15% potassium.
Secondary nutrients include magnesium, sulfur, and calcium. Examples of micronutrients include copper, zinc, iron, manganese, and boron, which are only necessary in trace amounts.
Although you can purchase pre-made food, there are plenty of simple ways to add nutrients.
You need to give your Maui Wowie plant lots of nitrogen during the vegetative stage. Although you can purchase pre-made food, there are plenty of simple ways to add nutrients. As it is used to the volcanic soils of Hawaii, it thrives in soil with a healthy perlite percentage.
Believe it or not, fresh human urine is a potent source of nitrogen. Though, you must heavily dilute it before being added to the soil. A tablespoon of hydrated lime per gallon of soil is excellent for plants in a hydroponic setup. The reason for this is because hydrated lime contains calcium, magnesium, and nitrogen.
When feeding your Maui Wowie plants, begin by providing just 25% of the plant food recommendation to see how they grow. Add more if the leaves show signs of wilting. Though bear in mind that there are various reasons for yellowing and limp leaves beyond nutrient deficiency.
Tip #6 – Should You Grow Maui Wowie Indoors or Outdoors?
Maui Wowie prefers being grown outdoors, but this isn’t always possible. One possible solution is to combine indoor and outdoor growth for maximum yield. For instance, you could use indoor space during winter for seedlings or cuttings. These can be placed outside in spring, assuming you live in a suitable climate.
The natural sunlight helps the cannabis plants grow, and you can enjoy up to three harvests per year. If you have enough space and are dedicated to growing your Maui Wowie commercially, it is possible to have a harvest every ten weeks or so.
You need to understand the two growth cycles of Maui Wowie to benefit from all-year-round production. After you germinate the seeds, your plants enter the vegetative stage. At this point, offer 24/7 light, if possible, indoors. With no dark cycle, it means the plants will be in photosynthesis constantly and grow much faster than they would outdoors.
Weather permitting, transport the plants outside once they are 12-18 inches tall. They need to be exposed to 12 hours of continuous darkness daily to enter the flowering stage.
Tip #7 – Maui Wowie Flowering Time
Maui Wowie’s flowering time ranges from 9 to 11 weeks. If growing indoors, it would be ideal if you can have two separate rooms for this strain. One for the vegetative stage with almost constant light. The other for flowering, where the plants are exposed to 12 hours of light followed by 12 hours of darkness.
Depending on where you live, it should be possible to leave Maui Wowie outdoors in Spring or Fall. This time of year will automatically send the plants into flowering due to the ideal natural lighting schedule.
During flowering, you should increase the plant’s phosphorus intake. A plant food with an N-P-K reading of 10-20-10 is fine. However, you can go very high in phosphorus with a reading of 5-50-17; that’s ten times more phosphorus than nitrogen!
Tip #8 – What is the Best Climate for Growing Maui Wowie?
Maui Wowie handles high humidity levels well and isn’t adversely affected by heavy rainfall. It likes warm temperatures so keep it between 75 and 85 degrees during the daytime. This is only a rule of thumb, however. It doesn’t take into account that this strain can absorb more light at higher temperatures of up to 90 degrees. Maui Wowie can reportedly handle up to 95 degrees if there is an elevated level of CO2 in the grow room.
Do not allow the daytime temperature to go below 70 degrees for any significant period. Likewise, the minimum nighttime temperature is 60 degrees. Once it goes below that level, it has a severe negative impact on growth. Allow the temperature to dip to 55 degrees, and your Maui Wowie plants will go into shock.
Maui Wowie can reportedly handle up to 95 degrees if there is an elevated level of CO2 in the grow room.
Repeated exposure to temperatures below 50 degrees will eventually kill your plants. Please pay special attention to the roots to ensure they are kept warm. If you believe the ground is taking the heat out of the roots, elevate the pots. Maui Wowie likes high temperatures. However, allowing it to be exposed to excessively high temperatures during flowering can reduce the buds’ potency.
We hope that you found this growing guide for the Maui Wowie strain informative and helpful. Let us know in the comments how you got on growing the Maui Wowie strain.