Basic Facts About Growing Marijuana Seeds
If you are considering growing Marijuana seeds, you need deciding if 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 Marijuana seeds to be successfully germinated. There are many ways 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. Then keep the paper towels or sponge moist after two-three days you should see the main tap root appear. They could sprout within 24 hours while others may take as long as a week. After germinating the seeds this way, they will need to be planted into the soil. This should be done as soon as you have seen the seed 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.
New Cannabis seedlings require as much light as possible once they begin to grow. For indoor growers, fluorescent lights should be only about two inches away from the soil, 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 gain maximum growth, but this part is up to you.
Once the seedling has developed roots and produced its first few sets of leaves, growth will happen rapidly as the plant begins to increase it’s leaves and branches. This fast development is called the vegetative period, and is vital in creating a large number of budding sites The main stem will be getting stronger and thicker, and the plant will be producing new leaves at an increasingly fast rate. The vegetative phase is very important in allowing the plant to obtain as much energy from the sun as possible (as the leaves absorb this energy), and therefore will contribute to a healthy flowering phase later using all the energy it had acquired. A bigger plant means more and bigger buds, which can only be achieved through healthy vegetative growth.
That being said, the plant can only be grown to use as much space as you have in your home. If you are growing a plant for personal consumption, a vegetative time of approximately four weeks would be required. Some people even go as short as two to three weeks of the vegetative phase and still get a reasonably good amount of buds at harvest.
Often Marijuana seed growers (especially the more experienced gardeners) use training methods to improve growth and promote closer branching, this substantially increases the amount of growth without the plant becoming too big for the indoor area that they have.
If you are planting cannabis seeds indoors, you are responsible for everything. The soil, the water, which nutrients the plants require, and even the “sun” all come from you. Because marijuana plants respond to the amount of light they are receiving, as you move from the vegetative stages into flowering you will have to change the hours of light, increasing the amount of darkness hours it is the increase in the amount of dark hours they receive that starts their transition to the flowering stage..
The flowering phase starts by reducing the exposure of the cannabis plant to 12 hours of “sunlight” (or lamp-light, as it were) and, 12 hours of continuous darkness. Make sure 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 stage. Also the Twelve light hours your marijuana plant receives is as strong as possible to maximize growth.
The beauty 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. If you are going to keep them in 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 without an interruptions. Using an outlet timer is probably your best option because it leaves out any room for error..
Remember, make sure the twelve hours of darkness are completely uninterrupted. If any light that gets into the enclosure (i.e. if you accidentally open the door during the 12 hours of darkness), even for just a moment, the plants will start getting stressed and confused about the seasons. This stress can produce a range of problems, not least of which would be it turning into a hermaphrodite, or you may have a lower quality and lesser quantity harvest as they mature. The flowering phase usually lasts approximately 56 to 70 days, and it will remain in this phase until the harvesting time has come.