Understanding Cannabis Seeds
The first decision that needs consideration when growing Marijuana seeds is to decide whether you are going to plant the Marijuana seeds indoors or outside in a more natural environment. There is more than one way to grow Marijuana seeds but it certainly can be kept simple and effective.
Whether you are growing inside or outdoors, the first thing you will need to do is to germinate the Marijuana seeds that you wish to grow. There are a number of methods for germinating Marijuana 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).
An additional option to germinate Marijuana seeds is to put the seed inside a few pieces of kitchen or toilet roll paper. 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 after two-three days you should see the main tap root appear. It is possible for seeds to be ready for planting as quickly as 24 hours others might need up to a week. After germinating the seeds this way, you should plant it into the soil. It is important that you plant the seeds as soon as it begins cracking open to allow the tiny sprout to emerge. Do not allow the soil to dry out during these vital first few days, and keeping it covered with a propagator lid will help retain moisture.
Be sure to give your new plants plenty of light once they are planted in the soil. The lights should be only about two inches away from the top of the pots, and should not be moved upwards until the seedling has grown a decent amount. Many cannabis gardeners give the baby cannabis plants 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 the plant’s life is its vegetative stage when it will grow the most in its leaves, branches, and height. Its stem will be getting thicker and stronger, and it will be producing new leaves very quickly, almost daily. The vegetative phase is very important in allowing the plant to absorb as much sunlight as possible as through photosynthesis the plant uses sunlight to create energy, and this will contribute to a healthy flowering period later using all the energy it has stored up during this stage. A bigger cannabis plant produces more and bigger buds, so take the vegetative stage seriously.
That being said, you can only grow your cannabis plant to use as much space as the growing area allows. If you are growing a plant for personal use of marijuana, a vegetative period of around four weeks would be required. Sea of Green growing techniques often require just two to three weeks of vegetative growth and still get a reasonably good amount of buds at harvest.
The more experienced Cannabis growers employ super-cropping techniques to increase lateral branching and growth, thus maximizing the amount of growth without growing too huge for the growing area available.
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, the nutrients, and even the “sun” all come from you. Because marijuana plants respond to the amount of light they are receiving, you will have to adjust the number of hours of light that your plant is exposed to — in fact, it’s actually the amount of dark hours they receive that activates their progression from vegetative to the flowering phase..
The flowering stage is activated by reducing the exposure of the marijuana plant to twelve hours of “sunlight” (or lamp-light, as it were) and, twelve hours of uninterrupted darkness. Make sure the darkness is total and allows no light to penetrate, as this will cause the plant to hermaphrodite or produce rogue male flowers in the later flowering stage. Also the Twelve light hours your marijuana plant gets is 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. 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 cupboard or small room. If you are going to keep them in there. set up your lighting so that you are able to expose the plant to its 12 hours of lighting and 12 hours of darkness perfectly. Many experienced growers use a timer to control the time the lights come on, this makes sure the lights turn on and off at the same time every day.
Remember, make sure the 12 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 moment, your plant will start getting stressed and confused about the seasons. Stress in cannabis plants can cause all sorts of problems, one of which would be it developing into a hermaphrodite, producing both male and female flowers, or else it may simply have a lower quality and lesser yield as they mature. The flowering stage lasts approximately eight to ten weeks, and once completed it is time to cut and harvest your cannabis plants.