The Skywalker cannabis strain has developed a reputation for helping people manage anxiety, pain, and stress. It is an indica dominant strain that’s a cross of Mazar I Sharif and Blueberry. Users love its sweet berry flavor and relaxing high. With a THC level ranging from 15% to 23%, it is a potent bud that commands respect.
The good news is that if you live in certain states, you could cultivate Skywalker at home! It is best to grow indoors where it has a flowering time of 9-10 weeks. It can produce a yield of up to 14 ounces per square meter. Follow these tips when growing Skywalker marijuana to enjoy the best possible harvest.
1 – Find High-Quality Clones
While you can get Skywalker seeds, you may find that clones provide a higher yield. Clones are cuttings taken from mother plants in the vegetation stage. Once you get a cutting, you need to root it before placing it in your growing medium. The clone you receive is a genetic replica of the mother plant.
If you take the clone from a female plant, it eliminates the risk of male plants growing in your garden. You also don’t have to germinate seeds, so you immediately save some time.
There are downsides to clones as well, however. First of all, it isn’t that easy to find them. Also, they are more delicate than seeds. If you don’t take great care at the beginning of their life cycle, they could die before putting out roots. Finally, mother plants pass on bad traits to clones.
2 – Consider a Hydroponic Setup
The Dutch Passion Seed Company bred the Skywalker strain, which seems to grow best indoors using a hydroponics system. You should only go down this route if you have experience growing cannabis. It enables you to control the crop’s nutrient intake but requires more knowledge and is time-consuming.
Skywalker grown hydroponically could grow up to 50% faster and provide a 20% increase in yield. This is because the nutrients are more available to plants. With a hydroponics system, the nutrients are suspended in water and enter the root system directly. Plants find it easy to locate their food, thus saving energy for the growing process.
Common growing mediums include perlite, clay pebbles, coco coir, and Rockwool.
3 – Skywalker Likes Moderate Feeding
There is no need to overdo it when feeding Skywalker. It gets by just fine with moderate feeding, although you should check for signs of nutrient deficiency now and then. As always, focus on providing nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Skywalker is no different from other strains in that it prefers high nitrogen during the vegetative stage and lower levels while blooming.
However, don’t forget secondary nutrients. Calcium, for instance, is essential for proper cell wall development. Magnesium plays a crucial role in photosynthesis. Meanwhile, sulfur helps produce the vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes that keep plants safe from disease. Make sure your nutrient supplements contain small amounts of boron, zinc, manganese, iron, and chlorine.
4 – Learn to Read a Feed Chart
In general, fertilizer brands include feed charts with their products. These charts outline the full growing cycle, which is usually 12-13 weeks long. It provides information on when to change lighting and when to give specific nutrients to plants.
Typically, you can expect to feed your plants once a week. Pay attention to the ratio of nutrients to water. Otherwise, you will accidentally overfeed or underfeed your crop.
Feeding Skywalker plants is relatively straightforward. Prepare the water by heating it to around 72 degrees Fahrenheit. This process increases the rate of nutrient absorption by the roots. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packet, and stir the solution. You may need to invest in tools such as a PPM meter, pH meter, and an EC meter.
5 – Keep Temperature & Humidity at the Right Levels
Keep Skywalker in a grow room at a temperature of between 68- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit. You can reduce it by 10-15 degrees at night. However, don’t allow the temperature to fall any further. Rapid fluctuations can send plants into shock. This process brings a temporary halt to growth and negatively impacts yield.
If you buy Skywalker seeds, keep the humidity at 65-70% during the seedling stage. Ideally, you will ensure the temperature is in the 75–80-degree range. Higher humidity is necessary at this stage because the root system isn’t yet established.
During the vegetative stage, drop the humidity by around 5% a week. It should be close to 40% by the time you’re ready to force Skywalker into flowering. You can keep the temperature close to 80 degrees as it will cause the roots to absorb more water.
Make sure the humidity is at a maximum of 50% by the start of the blooming phase. Lower the temperature slightly to 70-75 degrees. With a couple of weeks left to harvest, the grow room’s humidity level should be between 30% and 40%. The temperature can be 65-70 degrees at this point.
6 – How to Control Humidity
When you grow Skywalker indoors, you at least have the chance to control the temperature and humidity. Bear in mind that warm air holds more water than cold air and that temperatures and relative humidity interact.
If the humidity is too high, you can take the following steps:
- Invest in a moderately large dehumidifier.
- Water your plants as soon as you switch the lights on.
- Buy a fan to increase the supply of fresh and cool air.
Here’s how you can increase humidity:
- Use a spray bottle to increase humidity manually.
- Ensure the surface of the soil is moist rather than wet.
- Place open water containers in the grow room, or hang wet clothes or towels.
- Purchase a humidifier with a decent-sized tank.
7 – What to Do During the Blooming Phase
Growing Skywalker indoors gives you a greater measure of control over its flowering phase. In theory, you can keep your plants in the vegetative stage for a significant period. In practice, most growers switch to the blooming phase after four weeks of vegetative growth.
In the first three weeks of flowering, you’ll likely get a noticeable sweet blueberry aroma. During this period, increase the level of potassium and phosphorus in the nutrients. Keep a close eye on signs of overfeeding or nutrient deficiency. An NPK ratio of 5:10:7 is ideal.
In weeks 4-6 of flowering, your plants will start producing large buds, and the aroma gets even stronger. This is probably the peak period for most strains, and you should increase Skywalker’s calcium intake. Avoid stressing your plants, and consider using bamboo stakes or plant clips to support the branches.
In the final weeks, begin reducing nutrient intake. Perform a ‘flush’ with pH-balanced water in the last two weeks before harvest.
8 – Harvest Time
After a flowering time of up to 10 weeks, your Skywalker plants are ready for harvest. One tip is to leave your plants in complete darkness for up to 72 hours before cutting them down. Some growers believe it helps the plants produce even more trichomes, thus increasing potency.
Don’t rush to harvest your plants, as cutting them down even a week too soon will reduce potency and quality. Wait until Skywalker’s trichomes turn milky white. Also, please take note of the calyxes, as they become plump when the buds reach maturation. Finally, the pistils turn color when it is time to harvest. Usually, your plants are at their peak potency when approximately 70% of the pistils have turned an orange-brown color.
If up to 90% have changed color, the process of THC degrading into CBN begins. Make sure you harvest your plants before this happens.
One final tip is to consider staggering harvest times if you find that the lower buds aren’t ripe, but the top ones are. The progressive harvesting technique involves clipping off the individual buds that are ready. Then you trim back the remaining leaves and branches to ensure the less mature flowers get more light.
Final Thoughts on Growing Skywalker Cannabis
Hopefully, the tips above help you to produce a great harvest. By the way, make sure you have a few glass mason jars handy. You’ll need them to cure the buds. Proper drying and curing are the difference between average and excellent cannabis. It would be a shame if all your hard work was ruined by a failure to complete the drying and curing process.