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The cannabis buds we know and love have a noticeable smell. They stink. I love the smell, some people hate it, and every strain is different.
The answer is that each individual strain and plant is different. But here’s what to keep in mind:
Short Answer: The smell starts at 3-6 weeks old (depending on strain) even in the vegetative stage. But the smell gets much worse after plants start flowering/making buds.
At what age do cannabis plants start to smell?
But when growing weed, do the plants start smelling? And how much?
Odour neutralisers, gels, and blocks work particularly well at removing the smell of weed. These products are easy to use, require almost no space, and work almost instantly. Odour neutralisers don’t simply mask the smell of weed, they actually strip it from the air through the mechanisms of absorption, adsorption, and chemical reaction.
Companion planting involves sowing beneficial species in close proximity to your weed plants. Although largely practised outdoors, indoor growers also utilise the power of companion plants to protect their crop and cover-up suspicious smells. Companion planting comes with a whole host of benefits. Several species generate terpenes of their own that help to repel hungry pest species with an appetite for weed. Other companions emit smells that help to attract beneficial insects that help to take down pest populations.
These techniques are effective at keeping a crop under the radar, but the smell of flowering weed remains the most obvious give away. Cannabis terpenes are powerful enough to stink out an entire apartment block if left unchecked. Growers must do everything they can to prevent terpenes from leaking out of their growing space if they want to stay undiscovered.
Odour Neutralisers and Gels
Despite their effectiveness, growers need to use these products with caution. Never place them inside the same room or tent as your plants, as they can change the taste and smell of flowers over time. Instead, place them outside of the growing space to intercept odours that leak out.
Carbon filters are easy and cheap to make at home. Just make sure you match the requirements of the carbon filter to the extractor fan.
Many species of companion plants generate odours that are almost as powerful as cannabis. For example, a mix of lavender, basil, and chamomile does a great job at masking cannabis terpenes that would otherwise run riot. Companion plants also work wonders outdoors at keeping cannabis plants out of sight, as well as masking their scent. Taller species such as yarrow and sunflowers will keep your plants undercover.
Some strains just don’t smell as much as others. Just as cannabis breeders have developed some cultivars to produce sky-high levels of terpenes, the botanical masterminds have also created varieties with subtle smells designed for covert growing. Some of the best low odour genetics include: