Growing Marijuana 2017
Cannabis seeds can be grown both outdoors and inside. Indoor growing requires the purchase of equipment, such as lights and intake and extractions fans to provide fresh air, growing Marijuana or Cannabis outdoors does not require this equipment and is therefore a lot cheaper
Although indoor and outdoor growing requires different skills and techniques, both need the Cannabis seeds to be successfully germinated. There are several 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).
One of the more favoured methods for germinating Cannabis 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. They could sprout within 24 hours or up to a week. Once the seeds have germinated, you should plant it into the soil. It is important that you plant the seeds as soon as you have seen the seed cracking open to allow the tiny sprout to emerge. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and make sure it is covered on the top.
Be sure to give your new plants plenty of light once they begin to grow. The lights should be as close as possible to the soil, and should be kept about two inches from the tops of the plants to encourage good, strong growth. Some growers allow their baby cannabis plants light for twenty-four hours a day to gain maximum growth, while others grow under eighteen or twenty hours per day, believing the young seedling requires a rest period.
Once the cannabis seedling has produced roots and developed its initial leaves, growth will happen rapidly as the plant begins to produce leaves and branches. This fast development is known as the vegetative period, and is vital in achieving a good crop The stem will be getting thicker and stronger, and it should be growing many new leaves at an increasingly fast rate. The vegetative stage is vital in allowing the plant to receive as much sunlight as possible as through photosynthesis the plant uses sunlight to create energy, and therefore will contribute to a healthy flowering stage later using all the energy it has stored up during this stage. A bigger plant creates a greater quantity of buds, which can only be achieved through healthy vegetative growth.
Although most of the cannabis plants growth happens in the vegetative phase, the plant still grows while flowering. If you just want a small plant for personal consumption, then approximately thirty days of vegetative growth would be about right. It is possible to minimize the vegetative time to as short as two weeks and still achieve good growth, this depends on the type of cannabis seeds you are growing and the environment they are growing in.
More experienced Cannabis growers employ training methods to increase growth and promote closer branching, thus maximizing growth without the plant becoming too big for the indoor space that they have.
With indoor marijuana seeds, you will have to provide for all the plant’s needs. The soil, how much to water and the Ph levels, the nutrients, and even the “sun” all provided by you. Because marijuana plants respond to the amount of light they are receiving, you will need to adjust the number of hours of light that your plant is exposed to — in fact, it’s actually the number of dark hours they receive which triggers the beginning of the flowering phase.
To start the flowering phase, once the plant has had time to develop and grow, it needs to be exposed to 12 hours of “sunlight” (or lamp-light, as it were) 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 phase. Additionally, the 12 hours of light the cannabis plants gets should be as strong as possible to maximize the bud sizes.
The beauty of growing cannabis plants in pots is they can be easily moved around whenever you want 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. There, install the lighting so that you are able to expose the plant to its 12 hours of lighting and 12 hours of darkness without an interruptions. A lot seasoned cannabis growers use a timer to control the lighting, this makes sure the lights turn on and off at the same time every day.
Complete and total darkness is essential during the flowering stage. Should any light get into the growing area (i.e. if you accidentally open the door during the 12 hours of darkness), even for just a moment, your plant may begin to get confused leading to them becoming stressed. This stress may produce a range of problems, one of which is the plant turning into a hermaphrodite, producing both male and female flowers, or you may reduce the buds to a lower quality and lesser quantity harvest at the end. The flowering phase takes between 56 to 70 days, and it will remain in this phase until the harvesting time has come.