Growing Marijuana 2017
One of the first decisions that needs to be made when growing Cannabis seeds is deciding if you are going to grow. There is more than one way to grow Marijuana seeds but it certainly can be kept simple and effective.
Although indoor and outdoor growing requires different skills and techniques, both need the Marijuana seeds to be successfully germinated. There are many ways for germinating Cannabis 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 sprouted, although some strains and seeds require slightly longer.
Another option to germinate Marijuana 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. 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. They could sprout as quickly as 24 hours others might need as long as seven days. After germinating the seeds this way, they will need to be planted 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 tap root to take hold. 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 are planted in the soil. 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. Often cannabis gardeners allow their baby marijuana plants with 24/7 light to attain maximum growth, but this part is up to you.
The second stage of the plant’s life is called the vegetative stage, when it will produce most of its leaves, branches, and height. Its stem will become stronger and thicker, and the plant should be growing many new leaves at an increasingly fast rate. This vegetative stage is vital in allowing the plant to obtain as much energy from the sun as possible as through photosynthesis the plant uses sunlight to create energy, and therefore will be needed in the flowering phase later needing all the energy it had acquired. A bigger cannabis plant produces more and bigger buds, which will only be achieved with healthy vegetative growth.
Even though most of the plants growth occurs during the vegetative phase, the plant will stretch while flowering. If you just want a small plant for personal use of marijuana, then approximately 30 days of the vegetative phase would be about right. It is possible to minimize the vegetative time to as short as two weeks and still achieve good growth, it often depends on which type of marijuana seeds you are growing and the conditions they are grown under.
Some growers (especially the more experienced ones) use super-cropping techniques to improve growth and promote closer branching, this substantially increases the amount of growth without growing too huge for the growing space available.
If you are planting cannabis seeds indoors, you are responsible for everything. Selecting the best growing medium, the Ph levels and when to water, the nutrients, and most important, the artificial light all provided by you. Because marijuana plants respond to the amount of light they are receiving, you will need to change the hours of light, increasing the amount of darkness hours it is the increase in the number of hours of darkness that activates their transition to the flowering stage..
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, 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 will cause the plant to hermaphrodite or produce rogue male flowers in the later flowering stage. Also the 12 hours of light the marijuana plant receives should be as strong as possible to maximize the bud sizes.
The main advantage of growing marijuana 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, 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. Using an outlet timer is probably your best option because it leaves out the chance of any error..
Remember, make sure 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 may begin to get confused leading to them becoming stressed. Stress in marijuana plants may produce a range of problems, not least of which would be it developing into a hermaphrodite, or you may have a lower quality and lesser quantity yield at the end. The flowering stage lasts between eight to ten weeks, and once completed it is time to cut and harvest your cannabis plants.