The Stages Of Growing 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, growing Marijuana or Cannabis outdoors does not require this equipment and is a lot cheaper
Whether you are growing inside or outdoors, the first thing you will need to do is to germinate the Cannabis seeds that you wish to grow. There are a number of methods for germinating Cannabis seeds, you could put the seed about a quarter inch to a half inch into the soil, covering it completely. The soil should remain moist but never get truly wet, and should stay at a nice, warm 75-degree temperature. All you have to do after that is wait to see the tiny sprout beginning to appear in 3 to 7 days (which can vary according to the strain and a number of other factors).
Another method for germinating Cannabis seeds is to soak the seeds inside a few pieces of kitchen or toilet roll paper. You can also use a damp sponge for this. Then keep the paper towels or sponge moist after two-three days you should see the seeds sprouting. They could sprout as quickly as 24 hours while others may take up to a week. Once the seeds have germinated, you should plant it into the soil or container you are housing them in. It is important that you plant the seeds as soon as you have seen the seed cracking open to allow the tap root to take hold. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and make sure it is covered on the top.
New Marijuana seedlings require as much light as possible once they begin to grow. For indoor growers, fluorescent lights should be as close as possible to the top of the pots, and should be kept about two inches from the tops of the plants to encourage good, strong growth. Often people give their young seedlings light for twenty-four hours a day for maximum growth, while others grow under eighteen or twenty hours per day, believing the young seedling requires a rest period.
The “middle” stage of your plant’s life is its vegetative stage, when it will produce most of its leaves, branches, and height. Its main stem will become stronger and thicker, and the plant will be producing new leaves very quickly, almost daily. This vegetative phase is vital in allowing the plant to absorb as much energy from the sun as possible (as the leaves absorb this energy), and this will contribute to a healthy flowering phase later needing all the energy it has stored up during this stage. A bigger plant creates more buds, which can only be achieved through healthy vegetative growth.
That being said, you can only grow your cannabis plant to use the space as you have in your home. If you just want a small plant for personal consumption, a vegetative phase of about 4 weeks would be sufficient. It is possible to reduce the vegetative stage to as short as two weeks, while still achieve good growth, it often depends on the type of cannabis seeds you planted and the conditions they are growing in.
The more experienced Marijuana gardeners use training techniques to get their plants to grow outwards rather than vertical, thus maximizing the amount of growth without growing too huge for the indoor area that they have.
If you are planting marijuana seeds indoors, you are responsible for everything. Selecting the best growing medium, how much to water and the Ph levels, which nutrients the plants require, and most important, the artificial light all provided by you. The quality and number of hours of light that Cannabis seeds receive is vital when growing plants as you move from the vegetative stages into flowering you will have to change the number of hours of light that your plant is exposed to — in fact, it’s actually the number of dark hours they receive that begins the commencement of the flowering stages.
To activate the flowering phase, once the plant has had time to develop and grow, it needs to be exposed to 12 hours of sunlight or artificial light when grown indoors and, twelve hours of continuous darkness. Make sure the darkness is complete and does not have even one instant of light, as this may cause the plant to hermaphrodite or produce rogue male flowers in the later flowering phase. During this time it is also important that the Twelve hours of light your cannabis plants receives is as strong as possible to maximize the bud sizes.
The main advantage of growing indoor potted marijuana plants 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. set up your lighting so the plants receive 12 hours of lighting and 12 hours of darkness perfectly. A lot experienced growers use a timer to control the lighting, this makes sure the lights turn on and off at the same time every day.
Ensure that the twelve hours of darkness are total and entirely uninterrupted. Should any light get into the growing area such as opening the door during the darkness hours, even for a second, your plant will begin to get stressed and confused about the seasons. Stress in marijuana plants may produce a range of problems, not least 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 quantity yield at the end. The flowering phase lasts approximately 8 -10 weeks, and once completed it is time to cut and harvest your cannabis plants.