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Eleven Best Books for Growing Cannabis – Cultivate Bigger and Better Buds

Reading grow books is one of the best investments you can make as a commercial cannabis cultivator.

They enable you to protect your crop from pests and disease, optimize every stage of growth, and increase yields, potency, and quality.

If you’re looking to take your crops to the next level and maximize your bottom line, then look no further than these 11 books on growing cannabis.

Packed with expert insights, proven strategies, and actionable tips, these books will help you master the art and science of cultivation, enabling you to grow bigger yields of better, more valuable buds.

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1. CCI Black Book: How to Grow 3 to 4 lbs of World-Class Cannabis per Light at Scale (2023)

The CCI Black Book tops our list for good reason. This comprehensive manual is full of science-backed solutions and step-by-step guidance that make growing 3 to 4 lbs of world-class cannabis so simple, even new growers can produce larger yields of better, more potent, terpene-rich cannabis than most seasoned growers who’ve been cultivating for decades. Written by industry expert Jack Whipple, the CCI Black Book distills knowledge gained from extensive experiments across millions of square feet of canopy, encompassing hundreds of different genetics. The result is a practical, easy-to-understand guide that enables you to consistently yield 3 to 4 pounds of top-shelf flower per 1000W light.

While not the cheapest book on the list, the return on investment possible with the CCI Black Book makes it a no-brainer for serious cannabis cultivators. Applying just one of the techniques can pay for the book many times over. With beautiful step-by-step illustrations for every phase of cultivation, it’s your blueprint to maximizing crop value and efficiency.

In fact, we are so impressed with what the CCI Book can do for cultivators that Advanced Nutrients is now the single largest sponsor of the book.
More information about the CCI Black Book and what the book contains can be found here.

Download a Sample Chapter of the CCI Book here.

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2. Marijuana Garden Saver by Ed Rosenthal (2019)

Legendary cultivation authority Ed Rosenthal delivers a go-to field guide for rapidly identifying and fixing problems to restore plant health. This visual resource covers pests, diseases, nutrient deficiencies, environmental stresses, and more that can impact your harvest. With straightforward advice and great photos, it’s an informative resource you’ll reach for again and again.

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3. Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower’s Bible by Jorge Cervantes (2006)

A classic in the field, Cervantes’ 512-page, photo-rich book provides detailed info on every aspect of cultivation from start to finish. While some info may be dated, growers praise the depth and breadth of knowledge shared. However, some find the writing and layout hard to follow at times.

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4. The Cannabis Grow Bible by Greg Green (2017)

Green’s 720-page tome offers step-by-step guides to marijuana horticulture, breeding, and hash production based on the author’s expertise and global travels. Easy to read with helpful pictures, it’s great for first-time growers. But some feel it lacks uniqueness and cutting-edge details for advanced cultivators.

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5. Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana by Dan Michaels (2015)

While more of a stylish coffee table book than an in-depth manual, Green delivers 396 pages of interesting info and excellent photography on cannabis strains, derivatives, consumption methods, cannabinoid chemistry, and more. It’s educational and visually stunning, yet some readers say it lacks advanced, in-depth technical content.

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6. Cannabis Grower’s Handbook by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs (2021)

Rosenthal returns with a 668-page updated guide covering setting up different grow environments with new equipment like efficient LEDs and sustainable techniques. Highlights essential topics for beginners.

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7. True Living Organics by The Rev (2012)

Prolific Skunk magazine writer The Rev reveals several methods to create optimal soil for organic cannabis in this 262-page guide. Well-written and called “all you need to grow exceptional cannabis,” while other readers say it overly complicates a straightforward approach with methods.

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8. What’s Wrong with My Marijuana Plant? by David Deardorff & Kathryn Wadsworth (2017)

With a clever visual diagnostic system, this accessible 192-page book helps identify and prevent pests, diseases, and growing problems. Step-by-step details and treatment options make it beginner-friendly. But small photos and lack of advanced indoor info disappoint some.

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9. Homegrown Marijuana by Joshua Sheets (2015)

Horticulturalist Sheets’ 192-page hydroponic handbook is well-written with lots of beginner-level photos and step-by-step instructions. But those seeking next-level knowledge call it too basic.

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10. Cultivating Exceptional Cannabis by DJ Short (2004)

Breeder of the iconic Blueberry strain, Short shares organic growing and breeding secrets in this slim 102-page volume. It is good for learning basic breeding concepts, but readers share it lacks unique, up-to-date, and advanced cultivation information for average to expert growers.

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11. Three A Light by Joshua Haupt (2017)

This slick, photo-heavy book provides an overview of Haupt’s growing style and nutrients promising to substantially boost yields with a short veg and specific feeding. Critics say it’s more style than substance for the cost.

The Verdict: The CCI Black Book is the clear winner.

Unlock Your True Potential with the CCI Black Book

This one-of-a-kind book is your roadmap to efficiency, consistency, and profitability that sets your business apart.

Quite simply, it’s the most advanced grow book ever published.

By applying its methods, growers produce 3 to 4+ pounds per light of connoisseur-grade cannabis, ensuring success in any market.

Order the CCI Black Book: How to Grow 3 to 4 lbs of World-Class Cannabis per Light at Scale.

Or simply download a Sample Chapter of the CCI Black Book.

And take your cultivation skills and business to the next level and beyond.

Watch below to see how BigMike & Jack Whipple Discuss the Impact of the CCI Black Book on Cannabis:

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Over time, components within the nutrients settle on the bottom of the bottle. When you pour a bottle without shaking it, you can potentially be pouring out an unbalanced solution. Shaking up the nutrient bottle ensures you are pouring the right blend into your reservoir, giving your crops the nutrition they need.

Usually, it’s not a problem. But some products are incompatible with each other and can damage your plants when they’re used together. For example, bloom boosters with high PK numbers or low-grade silica products can destabilize your nutrient mix and cause nutrient lockout.

Nutrient manufacturers design their products to be used with each other. In doing so, they include specific portions of each nutrient in each product, so crops receive the right nutrition through each stage of the grow cycle. When you stick with one manufacturer, you don’t have to worry about inadvertently destabilizing your nutrient mixture. One example of why you need to stick with only one manufacturer’s products is Advanced Nutrients’ pH Perfect line. These products are designed to keep your crops’ root zone within a specific pH range. When you use them alongside products from another manufacturer, we can’t guarantee your root zone will maintain its optimal pH level.

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