How To Grow Cannabis Seeds In Minnesota
Cannabis seeds can be grown both outdoors and inside. Indoor growing needs the purchase of equipment, such as lights as well as some form of air circulation to be set-up before growing, growing Marijuana or Cannabis outdoors does not require this equipment and is a lot cheaper
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 Marijuana seeds, you could use the natural outdoor method of planting the seeds 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 should have sprouted, although certain seeds and strains need a day or two longer.
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. Then keep the paper towels or sponge moist 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 seven days. After germinating the seeds this way, you should plant it into the soil. This should be done 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 keeping it covered with a propagator lid will help retain moisture.
Be sure to give your new plants as much light as possible once they begin to grow. The 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 marijuana gardeners give the young seedlings with 24/7 light for 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 developed roots and produced its first few sets of leaves, growth will happen rapidly as the plant begins to produce leaves and branches. This phase of fast growth is called the vegetative stage, and is very important in achieving a good crop The stem will be getting thicker and stronger, and the plant will be growing many new leaves very quickly, almost daily. This vegetative stage is crucial in allowing the plant to obtain 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 more buds, so you should take the vegetative stage seriously.
Although the majority of the marijuana plants growth occurs in it’s vegetative phase, the plant still grows while flowering. If you just want a small plant for personal use of marijuana, then approximately thirty days of vegetative growth should do the trick. Some people even go as short as two to three weeks of the vegetative phase and still get everything they need from their plant.
More experienced Cannabis growers employ training techniques to promote lateral growth instead of upwards, this substantially increases growth without the plant becoming too big for the growing space available.
With indoor marijuana seeds, you will have to provide for all the plant’s needs. Selecting the best growing medium, the water, the nutrients, and even the “sun” all provided by you. The quality and number of hours of light that Cannabis seeds receive is vital when growing plants you will have to adjust the number of hours of light that your plant is exposed to it is the increase in the amount of dark hours they receive that begins the start of the flowering phase.
The flowering phase is activated by reducing the exposure of the marijuana plant to 12 hours of “sunlight” (or lamp-light, as it were) and, more importantly, 12 hours of continuous darkness. Make sure the darkness is complete and does not have even one instant of light, as this will cause the plant to hermaphrodite or produce rogue male flowers in the later flowering stage. Additionally, the 12 hours of light the cannabis plants does receive is as strong as possible to maximize growth.
The beauty of growing cannabis 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 cabinet. There, set up your artificial lights you have selected so that you are able to expose the plant to its 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness perfectly. Many experienced growers use a timer to precisely control the time the lights come on, ensuring the the plants receive the same amount of light at the same time every day.
Ensure that the twelve hours of darkness are total and entirely uninterrupted. If any light that gets into the growing area (i.e. if you accidentally open the door during the 12 hours of darkness), even for just a second, the plants may start getting stressed and confused about the seasons. Stress in cannabis plants 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 reduce the buds to a lower quality and lesser harvest as they mature. The flowering stage lasts between 8 -10 weeks, and it will remain in this phase until the harvesting time has come.