The Stages Of Growing Marijuana Seeds
One of the first decisions that needs to be made when growing Marijuana seeds is to decide if you want to grow. There is not one perfect or right 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 Cannabis seeds to be successfully germinated. There are many ways 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).
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. 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. It is possible for seeds to be ready for planting within 24 hours while others may take up to seven days. Once the seeds have germinated, 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 tap root to take hold. Keep the soil moist but not wet, and keeping it covered with a propagator lid will help retain moisture.
New Marijuana seedlings require plenty of light once they are planted in the soil. For indoor growers, fluorescent lights should be as close as possible to the top of the pots, and should be kept about two inches from the tops of the plants to encourage good, strong growth. Often people allow the young seedlings light for twenty-four hours a day for maximum growth, but this part is up to you.
Once the cannabis seedling has produced roots and developed 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 stem will become stronger and thicker, and the plant should be producing new leaves very quickly, almost daily. This vegetative phase 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 this will contribute to a healthy flowering phase later needing all the energy it has stored up during this stage. A larger marijuana plant creates a greater quantity of buds, which will only be achieved through healthy vegetative growth.
Even though the majority of the plants growth occurs during it’s vegetative phase, the plant will stretch while flowering. If you are growing a plant for personal consumption, then around thirty days of vegetative growth should do the trick. Using certain growing techniques it is possible to reduce the vegetative time to as short as two weeks and still achieve a good harvest, it often depends on the type of cannabis seeds you planted and the conditions they are growing in.
Some Marijuana seed growers (especially the more experienced gardeners) employ training methods to increase growth and promote closer branching, this substantially increases growth without the plant becoming too big for the growing space that they have.
With indoor marijuana seeds, you are responsible for everything. The soil, the Ph levels and when to water, which nutrients the plants require, and even the “sun” all come from you. The quality and number of hours of light that Marijuana seeds receive is vital when growing plants as you move from the vegetative stages into flowering you will need to change the number of hours of light that your plant is exposed to — in fact, it’s actually the amount of hours of darkness that starts the beginning of the flowering phase.
The flowering stage is activated by reducing the exposure of the cannabis plant to twelve hours of sunlight or artificial light when grown indoors and, 12 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. During this time it is also important that the 12 light hours the marijuana plant does receive is as strong as possible to maximize growth.
The beauty of growing indoor potted cannabis plants 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 cupboard or cabinet. If you are going to keep them in there. install the lighting 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 the preferred option because it removes the chance of any error..
Complete and total darkness is vital in the flowering phase. Should any light get into the growing area such as opening the door during the darkness hours, even for just a moment, your plant may start getting stressed and confused about the seasons. This stress may produce a range of problems, not least of which would be it turning into a hermaphrodite, or else it may simply have a lower quality and lesser quantity yield at the end. The flowering phase takes approximately 8 -10 weeks, and it will remain in this phase until the harvesting time has come.