Understanding Marijuana Seeds
If you are considering growing Marijuana seeds, you need deciding if you want to grow. There is not one perfect or right way to grow Marijuana seeds with some methods proving more costly than others.
Whether you are growing inside or outdoors, the first thing you will need to do is to germinate the Marijuana 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).
A favoured option for germinating the 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. Then keep the paper towels or sponge moist after two-three days you should see the seeds sprouting. They could sprout within 24 hours while others may take as long as 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 tiny sprout to emerge. Do not allow the soil to dry out during these vital first few days, and make sure it is covered on the top.
New Marijuana seedlings require as much light as possible once they begin to grow. For indoor growers, fluorescent lights should be as close as possible to the soil, and should be kept about two inches from the tops of the plants to encourage good, strong growth. Often growers provide their 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 called the vegetative stage, when it will produce most of its leaves, branches, and height. Its main stem will be getting stronger and thicker, and the plant will be growing many new leaves very quickly, almost daily. The vegetative phase is very important in allowing the plant to absorb as much energy from the sun as possible (as the leaves absorb this energy), and this will contribute to a healthy flowering period later needing all the energy it had acquired. A bigger marijuana plant means a greater quantity of buds, which can only be achieved through good vegetative growth.
Even though most of the marijuana plants growth occurs during it’s vegetative stages, the plant will stretch during flowering. If you are growing a plant for personal use of marijuana, a vegetative phase of about four weeks would be sufficient. Some people even go as short as two to three weeks of vegetative growth and still get everything they need from their plant.
Some growers (especially the more experienced ones) employ super-cropping techniques to get their plants to grow outwards rather than upwards, thus maximizing growth without growing too huge 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, which nutrients the plants require, 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 as you move from the vegetative stages into flowering you will need to adjust the hours of light, increasing the amount of darkness hours it is the increase in the number of dark hours they receive that begins the commencement of the flowering stages.
The flowering stage starts by reducing the exposure of the cannabis plant to twelve hours of sunlight or artificial light when grown indoors and, 12 hours of continuous darkness. Make sure the darkness is total and allows no light to penetrate, as this may cause the plant to hermaphrodite or produce rogue male flowers in the later flowering phase. Additionally, the Twelve light hours your marijuana plant receives should be as strong as possible to maximize the bud sizes.
The beauty of growing cannabis plants in pots 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 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 without an interruptions. A lot experienced marijuana growers use a timer to control the lighting, this makes sure the the plants receive the same amount of light at the same time every day.
Total and complete darkness is extremely important in the flowering stage. 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 just a moment, your plant may start getting confused leading to them becoming stressed. This stress can produce a range of problems, one of which is the plant turning into a hermaphrodite, producing both male and female flowers, or you may reduce the buds to a lower quality and lesser quantity yield as they mature. The flowering stage usually lasts between eight to ten weeks, and it will remain in this phase until the harvesting time has come.