Growing Cannabis Seeds
Marijuana seeds can be grown both outdoors and inside. Indoor growing requires specialist lighting as well as some form of air circulation to be set-up before growing, while outdoor grows need very investment
Whether you are growing inside or outdoors, the first thing you will need to do is to germinate the Cannabis 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).
Another way for germinating the 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 while others may take as long as seven days. Once the seeds have germinated, they will need to be planted into the soil or container you are housing them in. This should be done as soon as you have seen the seed 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 as much light as possible once they are planted in the soil. For indoor growers, fluorescent lights should be only about two inches away from the soil, and should be kept about two inches from the tops of the plants to encourage good, strong growth. Often growers give their young seedlings light for twenty-four hours a day for maximum growth, but this part is up to you.
Once the seedling has produced roots and developed its first few sets of leaves, it will begin to rapidly grow and produce leaves and branches. This phase of fast growth is known as the vegetative stage, and is very important in creating a large number of budding sites Its stem will become thicker and stronger, and the plant will be producing new leaves at an increasingly fast rate. This vegetative stage is very important in allowing the plant to obtain as much sunlight 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 cannabis plant means more buds, which will only be achieved through good vegetative growth.
That said, the plant can only be grown to use the space as the growing area allows. If you are growing a plant for personal consumption, then just 30 days of vegetative growth should do the trick. 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.
Often Cannabis seeds growers (especially the more experienced gardeners) use super-cropping techniques to increase 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.
With indoor marijuana seeds, you are responsible for everything. The soil, how much to water and the Ph levels, the nutrients, and most important, the artificial light all come from you. The quality and number of hours of light that Cannabis seeds receive is vital when growing plants you will need to change the number of hours of light that your plant is exposed to it is the increase in the number of dark hours they receive that activates the beginning of the flowering phase.
To start the flowering stage, once the plant has had time to grow and develop, you will need to expose it to twelve hours of sunlight or artificial light when grown indoors and, more importantly, 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness. During this stage it is important that 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 Twelve light hours your cannabis plants gets should be 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. There, set up your artificial lights you have selected so that you are able to expose the plant to its 12 hours of lighting and 12 hours of darkness perfectly. A lot experienced growers use a timer to precisely control the time the lights come on, this makes sure the the plants receive the same amount of light at the same time every day.
Ensure that the 12 hours of darkness are completely uninterrupted. If there is 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, your plant will begin to get stressed and confused about the seasons. This stress can produce a range of problems, not least of which is the plant developing into a hermaphrodite, producing both male and female flowers, or else it may simply have a lower quality and lesser quantity harvest as they mature. The flowering phase lasts between 8 -10 weeks, and it will remain in this phase until mature and ready to harvest.