The Life Cycle Of Marijuana Seeds
If you are considering growing Marijuana seeds, you need deciding whether you are going to grow. There is not one perfect or right way to grow Marijuana seeds with some methods proving more costly than others.
Although indoor and outdoor growing requires different skills and techniques, both need the Cannabis seeds to be successfully germinated. There are many ways for germinating Marijuana seeds, you could use the natural outdoor method of planting the Cannabis seeds directly into the soil, about two centimeters deep, cover the seed and keep it warm and watered. A glass or plastic bottle turned upside down makes a great miniature greenhouse, trapping moisture and warm air. After a few days the seed should have germinated and sprouted, although some strains and seeds require slightly longer.
A favoured way for germinating the seeds is to put the seed inside several moist paper towels. You can also use a damp sponge for this. It is important to keep the paper towels or kitchen roll moist, never allowing it to dry out until you see the main tap root appear. They could sprout in as little as 24 hours others might need as long as a week. After germinating the seeds this way, 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 it starts 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 as much light as possible once they begin to grow. The lights should be only about two inches away from the soil, and should be kept about two inches from the tops of the plants to encourage good, strong growth. Often cannabis gardeners allow the young seedlings light for twenty-four hours a day for maximum growth, but this part is up to you.
The second stage of your plant’s life is called the vegetative stage, when it will produce most of its leaves, branches, and height. The main stem will become thicker and stronger, and it should be producing new leaves very quickly, almost daily. This vegetative phase is vital in allowing the plant to obtain as much sunlight as possible as through photosynthesis the plant uses sunlight to create energy, and therefore will be needed in the flowering period later using all the energy it had acquired. A bigger cannabis plant produces more buds, which can only be achieved through good vegetative growth.
That being said, you can only grow your cannabis plant to use as much space as you have in your home. If you just want a small plant for personal consumption, a vegetative time of about four weeks would be sufficient. Using certain growing techniques it is possible to minimize the vegetative phase to as short as two weeks, while still achieve good growth, this depends on the type of marijuana seeds you planted and the conditions they are growing in.
Some Marijuana seed growers (especially the more experienced gardeners) employ training techniques to improve lateral branching and growth, thus maximizing growth without the plant becoming too big for the growing space available.
If you are planting marijuana seeds indoors, you will have to provide for all the plant’s needs. The soil, the Ph levels and when to water, which nutrients the plants require, and most important, the artificial light all come from you. Because marijuana plants respond to the amount of light they are receiving, you will need to change the number of hours of light that your plant is exposed to it is the increase in the amount of dark hours they receive which begins the commencement of the flowering phase.
The flowering stage starts by reducing the exposure of the marijuana plant to twelve hours of “sunlight” (or lamp-light, as it were) and, 12 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. Also the Twelve hours of light your marijuana plant receives should be as strong as possible to maximize the bud sizes.
The main advantage of growing indoor potted marijuana plants is they can be easily moved around whenever you want to. To achieve the plants maximum flowering potential, it must have twelve hours of total darkness, many people move their plants to an enclosed indoor area, 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 perfectly. A lot experienced growers use a timer to control the lighting, this makes sure the the plants receive the same amount of light at the same time every day.
Total and complete darkness is vital in the flowering phase. If there is any light that gets into the growing area (i.e. if you accidentally open the door during the 12 hours of darkness), even for a second, the plants will begin to get stressed and confused about the seasons. Stress in cannabis plants can cause all sorts of problems, not least of which is the plant developing into a hermaphrodite, or you may have a lower quality and lesser harvest at the end. The flowering phase usually lasts between 56 to 70 days, and it will remain in this phase until the harvesting time has come.