Growing Marijuana Seeds
Cannabis seeds can be grown both outdoors and inside. Indoor growing needs the purchase of equipment, such as lights as well as intake and extractions fans to provide fresh air, 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).
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 until you see the seeds sprouting. They could sprout within 24 hours while others may take as long as a week. Once the seeds have germinated, you should plant it into the soil. 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 keeping it covered with a propagator lid will help retain moisture.
New Cannabis seedlings require as much light as possible once they are planted in the soil. For indoor growers, fluorescent lights should be as close as possible to the soil, and should not be moved upwards until the seedling has grown a decent amount. Some people provide the baby marijuana 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 your marijuana plants life is known as vegetative stage, when it will produce most of its leaves, branches, and height. Its main stem will become thicker and stronger, and it will be growing many new leaves at an increasingly fast rate. This vegetative stage is crucial in allowing the plant to obtain as much energy from the sun as possible (as the leaves absorb this energy), and this will contribute to a healthy flowering stage later needing all the energy it has stored up during this stage. A larger 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 the space as you have in your home. If you are growing a plant for personal consumption, then approximately thirty days of vegetative growth should do the trick. Some people even go as short as two to three weeks of the vegetative phase and still get everything they need from their plant.
The more experienced growers employ training techniques to improve growth and promote closer branching, this substantially increases growth without the plant becoming too big for the indoor space available.
If you are planting marijuana seeds indoors, you will have to provide for all the plant’s needs. Selecting the best growing medium, 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 have to change the number of hours of light that your plant is exposed to — in fact, it’s actually the number of hours of darkness that starts the beginning of the flowering phase.
To activate the flowering phase, which should be done after your plant has had ample amount of time to grow and develop, it needs to be exposed to twelve hours of “sunlight” (or lamp-light, as it were) and, 12 hours of uninterrupted 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 stop entering the flowering stage. During this time it is also important that the 12 light hours the plant does receive is as strong as possible to maximize growth.
The beauty of growing cannabis plants in pots is they can be easily moved around whenever you want to. To achieve the plants maximum flowering potential, it must have twelve hours of total darkness, many people move their plants to an enclosed indoor area, such as a cupboard or small room. There, set up your lighting so the plants receive 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness perfectly. Using a timer to control the lighting is probably your best option as it leaves out the chance of any error..
Complete and total darkness is vital during the flowering phase. If there is any light that gets into the growing area (i.e. if you accidentally open the door during the 12 hours of darkness), even for a second, your plant may begin to get confused leading to them becoming stressed. Stress in cannabis plants may produce a range of problems, not least of which would be it turning into a hermaphrodite, producing both male and female flowers, or you may reduce the buds to a lower quality and lesser harvest as they mature. The flowering stage lasts approximately 8 -10 weeks, and it will remain in this phase until mature and ready to harvest.