Grower's Bookshelf

ElBarto

Well-Known Member
Here's a selection of books (in no particular order) which I've found helpful in my growing career.

The Marijuana Grower's Guide
by Ed Rosenthal & Mel Frank


I think this was the first grow book I ever read back in the mid-seventies. It was a classic for its time but it contained a large number of pretty nutty sounding ideas. I'm not going to pick fault with the two of the fathers of the cannabis cultivation movement, but let's just say there's some stuff in this book that I would never try. On the other hand, I think this book covers all the basics fairly well and if you use a bit of common sense it might be a good place to start. It's available hard-copy or for free online.​

Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible
By Jorge Cervantes


The bible. 512 full color pages and 1120 full color photographs and illustrations. There are chapters on the cannabis life-cycle; vegetative growth; flowering; indoor growing; outdoor growing; growing in soil; growing in hydro; lights & electricity; water & nutes; ventilation; diagnosing and treating pests, fungi and diseases; hash making. The chapter on breeding, written by Chimera, is a particular stand-out.

Sometimes the book reads a bit awkwardly and there is quite a lot of repetition, but there is an incredible amount of useful info in here. You can sit down and read it chapter by chapter and the comprehensive index also makes it useful as a reference.

If you only buy one cultivation book, then make this the one.​

Cultivating Exceptional Cannabis: An Expert Breeder Shares His Secrets
by DJ Short


This is a collection of legendary breeder DJ Short's columns in High Times. The book is in two parts. The first part is a cultivation guide with enough info to get you started. Even if you've read through the Cervantes book, this section is well worth going through for DJ Short's own thoughts on cultivation. In the second part of the book, the author discusses breeding, seed making, and lists some of the heritage strains he has worked with. This second section is what makes this book special and a must have IMO.​

Buds for Less
by Seymour Buds


A little love for Seymour Buds, AKA RIU's own Garden Knowm. "Buds for Less" gives day by day, step by step instructions on how to grow 8 ounces of chronic using CFLs. The book includes pictures from every single day of the GROW! it says here.

This book is basically an 80-some day grow journal. It's nicely produced and very inspirational but not much hard info. I think most readers will be left with the same impression that I got: the author was pretty lucky to get half a pound from three plants (one mango seed and two blue dot clones) under half a dozen cfls, MG soil and no additional nutes. On the other hand, the author does a good job of demystifing the growing process and if you follow his method, you might not yield half a pound, but you should end up with some decent smoke.​

Dank: the Quest for the Very Best Marijuana: A Breeder's Tale
by Subcool


This book is not a cultivation guide and there's not much in the way of nuts and bolts "how to"--hopefully, that will be sub's next book. I guess one way to look at this book is as a catalog of TGA strains, past and present. In a perfect world, it would be marketed with a blister pack of seeds. *sigh* maybe one day.

The text offers some interesting insights into how each strain was developed and some tips on how to get the best out of growing each strain but for me the first couple of times I've browsed through it, it's difficult to tear my eyes away from those beautiful buds. I have never seen such gorgeous bud shots in my life. They seem to pop off the page.

One for the coffee table, not the grow room.

I believe personalized/autographed copies are still available from the author at time of writing.​

Please feel free to comment on these books or recommend others, but let's try to keep this thread as useful as possible by staying on topic. Thanks!
 

Doalude

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Is there any books that have a problems section? Most of the books I've read have do a good job about germinating, life cycles, & harvesting but through the growing process different problems come up but I haven't seen a book out there that discusses that.
 

ElBarto

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Is there any books that have a problems section? Most of the books I've read have do a good job about germinating, life cycles, & harvesting but through the growing process different problems come up but I haven't seen a book out there that discusses that.
The Cervantes book has a chapters on diagnosing nutrient deficiencies and diagnosing and treating pests, fungi and diseases, including many illustrations. Other problems arising from environmental factors (temperature, humidity, over and under watering, etc) are discussed in the relevant chapters.
 

ElBarto

Well-Known Member
Organic Marijuana Soma Style
by Soma


Soma is a legendary American breeder, currently living in Amsterdam. He has been growing MJ for close to forty years. He specializes in organic methods. In this book he shares his tips and tricks for cultivating connoisseur cannabis.

This is not a beginner's book. The author explains right away that he's assuming you have some knowledge of the basics of germination, vegging, flowering, harvest, and curing.

The book concentrates on organic growing. Soma shares his unique take on many aspects of MJ cultivation, including his soil recipe, instructions on how to build the beds for which he is probably best known, supercropping, cloning, and breeding, how to produce feminized seeds without the use of chemicals, etc. Most of the info in this book you will not find anywhere else.​

Please feel free to comment on these books or recommend others, but let's try to keep this thread as useful as possible by staying on topic. Thanks!
 

BigBudBalls

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I kinda recant my last post.

I just grabbed (at Borders)

Marijuana Garden Saver
Handbook for Healthy Plants
by
J C Stitch
edited by
Ed Rosenthal
ISBN 978-093255191-7
$17.95

Where most books go over how to grow with a small chapter on probs. This book is all about probs. Soil, nutes, bugs, diseases, environment, etc.
I think 'how to grow' is the easy part, but how to fix is the more difficult part. And thats the point of this book. This book also has TONS of color photos and makes things a lot easier. Short, concise, but not cursory. Well laid out, and reads like a text/reference book.
 
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THseaman

Guest
I kinda recant my last post.

I just grabbed (at Borders)

Marijuana Garden Saver
Handbook for Healthy Plants
by
J C Stitch
edited by
Ed Rosenthal
ISBN 978-093255191-7
$17.95

Where most books go over how to grow with a small chapter on probs. This book is all about probs. Soil, nutes, bugs, diseases, environment, etc.
I think 'how to grow' is the easy part, but how to fix is the more difficult part. And thats the point of this book. This book also has TONS of color photos and makes things a lot easier. Short, concise, but not cursory. Well laid out, and reads like a text/reference book.
I just bought this book for $12 and the Jorge Cervantes book for $17 at amazon and got free super saver shipping. Thanks for the recommendations guys!
 

BigBudBalls

Well-Known Member
I just bought this book for $12 and the Jorge Cervantes book for $17 at amazon and got free super saver shipping. Thanks for the recommendations guys!

LOL I got the jorge book too. I like the garden saver book. devouring it looking for my typical prob under flowering.

When I checked out the gal was like 45-55 and asked me of cali was a med state. We chatted for a few seconds/minutes. Her mom was on morphine (bad thing for for constant pain) Nice to know even in the heartland of conservative America, the stupidity of it being illegal is obvious.
 

JinxedSoul

Active Member
I got Jorge's book, Buds for less, and the garden saver online the other day.
Waiting for the new edition of the cannabis grow bible to come out in next month or so.
 
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THseaman

Guest
I got Jorge's book, Buds for less, and the garden saver online the other day.
Waiting for the new edition of the cannabis grow bible to come out in next month or so.
Are you talking about the greg green grow bible? They are putting out a new edition? Where did you hear this?
 

K1Ng5p4d3

Junior Creatologist
I kinda recant my last post.

I just grabbed (at Borders)

Marijuana Garden Saver
Handbook for Healthy Plants
by
J C Stitch
edited by
Ed Rosenthal
ISBN 978-093255191-7
$17.95

Where most books go over how to grow with a small chapter on probs. This book is all about probs. Soil, nutes, bugs, diseases, environment, etc.
I think 'how to grow' is the easy part, but how to fix is the more difficult part. And thats the point of this book. This book also has TONS of color photos and makes things a lot easier. Short, concise, but not cursory. Well laid out, and reads like a text/reference book.
An AWESOME book. Everything you need to know about plant problems. Just bought this myself. An awesome read.

Also, the CANNABIBLE is a must have if your a strain hound and looking to pick out the best strains to grow out, depending on what type of high your looking for, and characteristics that you would love to have in your growroom. Also beautiful shots of finished product, as well as nuggets still growing on the plant. Has plant lineage, and just all around an awesome series to buy. Get the whole collection for like 25 bucks.

N i Second the motion to pick up Sub's book DANK. Its fuckin awesome, and again, those pics really look like you could light them the fuck up n smoke them bitches, lol!
 
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