Humidity Levels needed for Cannabis

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What Humidity levels at each Stage of Life

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In today’s article we’re going to cover the relative Humidity levels at each stage of life.
As you may know in nature the Humidity levels varie depending on the seasons, which all plants count on in order to thrive, Marijuana is no exception.
This means that at each stage of their lives you’re going to want to adapt the humidity levels within their environment for them to thrive

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What Is Relative Humidity

Relative humidity is the ratio between the amount of moisture in the air and the greatest amount of moisture the air could hold at the same temperature.

In other words the hotter it is, the more water the air can hold. at that is because air holds different quantities of water at different temperatures.
When the temperatures in your grow room climb the humidity levels will climb with it and moisture starts to condense.

Where does the water go when temperatures drop?

Once the temperatures drop, at night time for example, it condenses onto the surface of plants and grow-room walls, just as dew condenses out side.

The greater the temperature variation, the greater the humidity variation will be, the more variation can increase stress to your plants.

Extra heat or ventilation at night can be necessary if the temperature variation exceeds 8/10°C (15°F)

Humidity levels for each stage of cannabis development

Before going into each stage of development here’s a table regrouping the levels of humidity you’ll want during each stage of growth of cannabis

StageHumidity levels
Cuttings90% to 100%
Seedling and Sprout70% to 75%
Vegetation stage60% to 70%
Flowering stage40% to 50%
Drying20% to 30%
Curing & storing50%

 

Where does the water go when temperatures drop?

Once the temperatures drop, at night time for example, it condenses onto the surface of plants and grow-room walls, just as dew condenses out side.

The greater the temperature variation, the greater the humidity variation will be, the more variation can increase stress to your plants.

Extra heat or ventilation at night can be necessary if the temperature variation exceeds 8/10°C (15°F)

Humidity Levels for Seedling and Sprouts

During the sprouting stage of cannabis, it is important to maintain a specific range of humidity levels to ensure the best growth conditions for the young plants. Ideally, the humidity levels should be kept between 70% and 80% to promote proper seed germination and early root development.

Once the plant has established a healthy root system (around the growth of the 3rd set of leaves), the humidity levels can be gradually reduced to between 40% and 60% to prevent the growth of mold and other harmful pathogens. This lower range of humidity levels will also encourage the development of strong stems and leaves.

It is important to monitor the humidity levels regularly using a hygrometer and adjust them accordingly to maintain optimal growing conditions for the cannabis plants.

Seedlings and very young plants enjoy higher levels of humidity which allows them not to sweat too much, saving energy for the plant and enabling her to focus on root development.

Humidity levels for seedlings and sprouts should be around 70%/ 75%

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Humidity Level for Cuttings and Clones

For Cuttings humidity levels are one of the most important factor off success or failure.
We covered this subject in depth in our Cuttings guide.

When you’re cloning the plant you need to have the cuttings in an environment nearing the 100% humidity as long at the clone hasn’t rooted.
This is crucial, if the cutting starts to sweat your chances of success dramatically drop, your clone will most likely die.

Humidity levels for cuttings : From 90% to 100%

Humidity Level during the Vegetative Stage

During the vegetative stage you’ll want to keep the humidity levels between 60% and 70%.

Higher humidity levels will

  • (May) increase chances of diseases
  • High humidity slows down evaporation rate
  • Stomata close
  • Slows growth

Lower humidity may/will

  • Lower chances of diseases
  • Increase plant sweating (water is evaporates easier)
  • Stomata’s open up
  • Growth increases
  • You’ll need to water your plants more often

During this stage, the cannabis plants will be growing rapidly and developing new leaves, stems, and branches. To promote healthy growth, it is important to keep the humidity levels within this range to prevent any mold and other harmful pathogens, as well as ensuring that the plants are receiving enough moisture to thrive.

Additionally, it is important to maintain proper air circulation and ventilation during this stage to prevent the buildup of excess humidity and ensure that the plants are receiving enough fresh air.

Humidity levels during the vegetation stage : 60% to 70%

Humidity Level during the Flowering Stage

During the flowering stage you really don’t want to have high humidity levels or else you’ll increase a risks of mold developing.
Basically here you’ll want to stay in the 40%-50% humidity bracket.

Humidity level during the flowering stage : 40% to 50%

Humidity Level while drying your Weed

When you’re drying your weed you’ll need to have them in the dark and around 20/30% relative humidity.
You’ll want to keep them in that environment for about 10 days.

After this you will transfer the buds to the jar, where the curing can start. You can read about it in depth in the article dedicated to this, but basically you will want to open the jar a bit every day to keep the humidity levels around 50%

Humidity levels while drying : 20% to 30%

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Humidity Level to store your Marijuana Buds

Once you’re done drying and curing your buds, meaning that it’s ready to smoke (at least 2 weeks of curing after drying) you’ll want to store the buds in about 50% relative humidity.
Keeping them at that stage will avoid your buds to dry out and be totally flaky.

The other possibility is to place them in an air-free bag

Humidity level when storing your cannabis flowers : ~50%

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