Maui Waui is a legendary strain that is a favorite strain to be grown mostly in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a strong Sativa with sweet citrus and tropical scent. It has the flavors of fresh pineapple that boost energy, mood and heightens motivation and focus throughout the day. In this article, we’ll know more about Maui Waui and how it is being grown through different growth factors.
A Guide to Growing Maui Waui
There are different ways in germinating this strain, you can germinate directly into a sterile soil or you can use the paper towel method. To ensure a high germination rate, make sure that the room temperature where you are doing the process has a temperature between 72-80 degrees where it is warm. If you are to pot a germinated seed, make sure to sterilize the containers especially if it has been used previously by another cannabis plant.
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 the 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.
B. VEGETATIVE GROWTH
As soon as the seed sprout, it is an indication that the strain is now starting the vegetative growth. If you are growing indoors, it is advisable to maintain an environment with no dark period or at least make sure that the plant is exposed to 18 light hours because this is the phase where the plant will photosynthesize for it to grow tall and have left. This strain should be at least 12 inches before it can be forced to flower.
A nutrient solution of 20-20-20 is required for both hydroponic and soil gardening. Epsom salt can be used as a replacement for magnesium and sulfur minerals. This is the phase where you can practice different training methods for it to produce thick and strong stems.
Maui Waui’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, and a room for flowering set up so that 12 hours of light are followed by 12 hours of darkness. Depending on where you live, it should be possible to leave Maui Wowie outdoors in Spring or Fall because it will automatically send the plants into flowering due to the ideal natural lighting schedule.
During this phase, there are no other requirements but make sure that there will be no light interruptions and that the cannabis plant is given high levels of phosphorus. If you are growing indoors, you can transfer your plant outdoors during the final stages of the flowering phase to give space for new batches to be grown indoors.
The yield of this strain is classified as moderate to high. Expect to have a yield of about 14 ounces per square meter in indoor growing and a yield of 16 ounces per square meter in outdoor growing. If you would like a potent strain, check the pistils. If there are few pistils that turned brown there is a high tendency that the strain has a high THC content.
If you would sell this strain, it would be better if the buds have fully ripened because it would weigh much more. The best indication that your cannabis plant is ready to harvest if it stops growing new white hairs, you can easily check this using a magnifying glass. Another indication that your cannabis plant is ready to harvest if 50% of the white hairs have darkened. Don’t harvest this strain late because its potency may be affected.
Factors to Consider Growing this Strain
1. Growing Environment
To have a successful yield, it is advisable to combine indoor or outdoor growing in cultivating this strain. This strain is cultivated and grown indoors until the last phases if flowering stage where you can transfer it outdoors before it is ready to be harvested after 1-2 weeks to reach its maximum potential for its bud quality and terpene content.
- Indoor Growing
In growing this strain indoors, you can utilize a closet, basement area, an attic, a part in your bedroom or an unused room. You need to ensure that the whole room is equipped with lighting equipment and ventilation system.
- Outdoor Growing
Indoor growing is the easiest way to cultivate this strain because of no need to set up any expensive equipment. Make sure to place your pot where there is direct light penetration. You can transport your cannabis plant outside if it is already at least 12-18 inches tall.
2. Lighting Equipment
High-Intensity Discharge lamp is the suitable lighting equipment for this strain grown indoors. It produces red light spectrum which is suitable for the flowering phase and blue spectrum for the vegetative phase. It is observed that when this strain is grown using this type of light, it shows maturity pattern in as early as 1 week.
It is advisable to horizontally mount the HID lamps because it can boost the amount of light that can reach the plant up to 30%. HID lamp is also a type of grow light gives you a closer spectrum like that of the sun. If this is the grow light intended it is really advisable to have an exhaust fan or ventilation system because it runs very hot and that is why a heat control is necessary before using it.
3. Growing Technique
The suitable growing technique for this strain is Sea of Green (SOG) since it grows to be a compact and bushy plant that creates a green canopy that is why there is a tendency that the lower parts of the plant receive little to no light penetration. This technique also allows you to control the size of the cannabis plant so that you can plant in more additional pots in a constricted area. If your goal is to flower in the fastest way, the topping is not recommended because there is a possibility that the plant will no longer recover.
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, which involves harvesting numerous small plants for fast bud production and quicker harvest. MauiWowie is a Sativa-dominant hybrid, which means its flowering time is rather long that is why effective techniques to expedite the growing process is helpful.
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. Secondary nutrients include magnesium, sulfur, and calcium while micronutrients include copper, zinc, iron, manganese, and boron which are only necessary for trace amounts.
You need to give your Maui Wowie plant lots of N 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 a soil with a healthy helping of perlite. You can see in the leaves if the nutrients are absorbed properly. Know more about feeding this strain by watching this video
5. PH Level and Fertilizers
The pH level is crucial in your nutrient solution. To ensure that there is no nutrient lock-up, the best pH level should be maintained within 6.2-6.7. Adding in fertilizers can change the pH level and make it more acidic, which is why it is important to invest in a pH meter to know if your soil is alkaline or acidic.
If the soil is acidic, the concentration in the salt may affect the growth of the plant because the roots may have a hard time transporting nutrients and it may cause browning out of the foliage. To avoid salt accumulation, you may practice leaf-feeding during 1 ½ month by dissolving the fertilizer in world water and directly spray it into the foliage.
6. Humidity Level and Temperature
This strain has the ability to handle a high humidity level. It loves to thrive in temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees during the daytime in outdoor growing. If there is an elevated CO2 level in your grow room, it can handle a temperature within 90-95 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure not to have a temperature below 70 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid any impact on its growth.
This strain can handle high temperature but during the flowering period, make sure not to overexpose it to heat because it may affect the potency of the buds but maintain a high temperature during the flowering phase for faster growth of the plant. Protect your roots from extreme heat and cold temperature especially if you are growing outdoors directly on the soil.
If you are going to use an HID lamp, proper ventilation is advisable to avoid humidity buildup. It is advisable to invest in a thermostat so that the fan will automatically light up when the temperature exceeded its optimum temperature. A venting fan will keep the humidity and the temperature level go down and it helps distribute the CO2 along with the new air.
An oscillating fan is the best option to allow the air to absorb more moisture and reduce fungus and mold infestations. Mount the oscillating fan so that it won’t take up so much space but if your grow room has windows you can just open it for new air to circulate.
Tips in Growing Maui Waui
- Practice foliar feeding to promote growth speed and increased yield.
- If there is a pest infestation, it is advisable to use a spray that is organically made. It is advisable to use insecticides during the vegetative until the earliest phase so that there is still time to flush off these spray before harvest.
- You can use baking soda to make the pH level higher and vinegar to make the pH level lower.
- Avoid conducting cuttings such as trimmings or pruning since this strain is a fast flowering cannabis plant if you conduct unnecessary cuttings the plant may have a hard time recovering leading to an unhealthy and low-quality yield.
- It is ideal to harvest the plant in sequence. The first thing to harvest is the colas to give ample time or the lower buds to dense until they are ready for the next harvest.
- Conducted training or growing technique is to create several colas that lead to increased harvest. It is commonly performed during the vegetative phase.
- keep in mind that cannabis plant also needs the warm temperature to grow but keep in mind that if the temperature is way too hot for you then it means that it is also hot for the cannabis plant. Too much rain exposure is a risk to bud rot which is harmful to your cannabis plant that may affect your harvest.
- It is advisable to prepare the next batch of cannabis seeds as you harvest to maximize the most out of your cannabis strain and so that your growing area is continually producing to save time and energy.
- Transplanting this strain is not advisable because the roots may be damaged while conducting the process.
Maui Waui is a well-loved cannabis strain for both recreational and medicinal uses. It is a perfect strain for those who want a tropical cannabis experience. Growing this strain is a testament that on growing cannabis, there is a process that needs to be followed to achieve your goal which is to have a successful yield may it be for personal or commercial use.