The Life Cycle Of Marijuana Seeds
Marijuana seeds can be grown both outdoors and inside. Indoor growing requires specialist lighting and intake and extractions fans to provide fresh air, while outdoor grows need very investment
Although indoor and outdoor growing requires different skills and techniques, both need the Marijuana seeds to be successfully germinated. There are several methods for germinating Cannabis seeds, you could use the natural outdoor method of planting the Marijuana seed directly into the soil, about two centimeters deep, cover the seed and keep it warm and watered. A cut plastic bottle or glass jar turned upside down makes a great miniature greenhouse, trapping moisture and warm air. After a few days the seed will have sprouted, although certain seeds and strains need a day or two longer.
One of the more favoured methods for germinating Marijuana seeds is to soak them for a day or two in a cup of water. Once they have swollen and begin to crack open, tip the seeds onto some damp kitchen roll, toilet paper or paper towels. It is important to keep the paper towels or kitchen roll moist, never allowing it to dry out after two-three days you should see the seeds sprouting. It is possible for seeds to be ready for planting as quickly as 24 hours or as long as a week. Once the seeds have germinated, they will need to be planted into the soil or container you are housing them in. This should be done as soon as it starts cracking open to allow the tiny sprout to emerge. Do not allow the soil to dry out during these vital first few days, and make sure it is covered on the top.
Be sure to give your new plants plenty of light once they begin to grow. For indoor growers, fluorescent lights should be as close as possible to the top of the pots, and should not be moved upwards until the seedling has grown a decent amount. Many people provide their baby marijuana plants with 24/7 light for maximum growth, but this part is up to you.
Once the marijuana seedling has developed roots and produced its initial leaves, growth will happen rapidly as the plant begins to increase it’s leaves and branches. This fast development is called the vegetative period, and is vital in achieving a good crop The stem will become stronger and thicker, and the plant will be producing new leaves at an increasingly fast rate. The vegetative phase is very important for your plant being able to absorb as much sunlight as possible (as the leaves absorb this energy), and this will be needed in the flowering stage later using all the energy it has stored up during this stage. A bigger marijuana plant means a greater quantity of buds, which will only be achieved through good vegetative growth.
That being said, the plant can only be grown to use the space as you have in your home. If you are growing a plant for personal consumption, a vegetative time of around four weeks would be required. Using certain growing techniques it is possible to reduce the vegetative phase to as short as two weeks, while still achieve a good harvest, this depends on which type of marijuana seeds you planted and the environment they are grown under.
The more experienced Cannabis growers use training techniques to improve growth and promote closer branching, this substantially increases the amount of growth without growing too huge for the indoor space that they have.
If you are planting cannabis seeds indoors, you are responsible for everything. The soil, how much to water and the Ph levels, the nutrients, and even the “sun” all provided by you. The quality and number of hours of light that Marijuana seeds receive is vital when growing plants you will need to adjust the hours of light, increasing the amount of darkness hours it is the increase in the amount of hours of darkness which triggers the commencement of the flowering stages.
To trigger the flowering phase, which should be done after your plant has had ample amount of time to develop and grow, you will need to expose it to 12 hours of sunlight or artificial light when grown indoors and, more importantly, 12 hours of continuous darkness. During this stage it is important that the darkness is complete and allows no light to penetrate, as this may cause the plant to hermaphrodite or produce rogue male flowers in the later flowering stage. Additionally, the 12 hours of light the marijuana plant does receive should be as strong as possible to maximize growth.
The main advantage of growing marijuana plants in pots is that you can move them to wherever you want it, whenever you need to. In this case, before you start triggering the plant to enter the flowering stage you should move it to some sort of enclosed location, such as a closet or small room. If you are going to keep them in there. install the artificial lights you have selected so the plants receive 12 hours of lighting and 12 hours of darkness without an interruptions. Using an outlet timer is the preferred choice because it leaves out the chance of any mistakes..
Total and complete darkness is vital during the flowering phase. Should any light get into the enclosure such as opening the door during the darkness hours, even for a second, the plants may begin to get confused leading to them becoming stressed. This stress can produce a range of problems, one of which is the plant developing into a hermaphrodite, producing both male and female flowers, or else it may simply have a lower quality and lesser yield at the end. The flowering phase lasts approximately eight to ten weeks, and it will remain in this phase until the harvesting time has come.