The Foundations Of Growing Marijuana Seeds
Marijuana seeds can be grown both outdoors and inside. Indoor growing needs specialist lighting as well as intake and extractions fans to provide fresh air, growing Marijuana or Cannabis outdoors does not require this equipment and is a lot cheaper
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 several methods for germinating Marijuana seeds, you could use the natural outdoor method of planting the seed directly into the soil, about two centimeters deep, cover the seed and keep it warm and watered. A glass or plastic bottle turned upside down makes a great miniature greenhouse, trapping moisture and warm air. After three-four days the seed will have sprouted, although some seeds and strains need a day or two longer.
A favoured 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. Then keep the paper towels or sponge moist after two-three days you should see the main tap root appear. It is possible for seeds to be ready for planting in as little as 24 hours or 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 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.
Be sure to give your new plants plenty of light once they are planted in the soil. The lights should be only about two inches away from the top of the pots, and should not be moved upwards until the seedling has grown a decent amount. Some people provide their young seedlings with 24/7 light for maximum growth, while others grow under eighteen or twenty hours per day, believing the young seedling requires a rest period.
The second stage of the cannabis plants life is its vegetative stage when it will grow the most in its leaves, branches, and height. Its stem will become stronger and thicker, and the plant will be producing new leaves very quickly, almost daily. This vegetative stage is crucial for your plant being able 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 has stored up during this stage. A bigger marijuana plant creates a greater quantity of buds, which will only be achieved with healthy vegetative growth.
Although the majority of the plants growth happens during it’s vegetative stages, it still grows during flowering. If you just want a small plant for personal consumption, then just thirty days of vegetative growth would be about right. Sea of Green growing techniques often require just two to three weeks of the vegetative phase and still get everything they need from their plant.
The more experienced Marijuana seed gardeners use training techniques to promote lateral growth rather than upwards, thus maximizing growth without growing too huge for the indoor space that they have.
With indoor marijuana seeds, you will have to provide for all the plant’s needs. Selecting the best growing medium, the Ph levels and when to water, the nutrients, and most important, the artificial light all provided by 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 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 activates their progression from vegetative to the flowering stage..
To trigger the flowering stage, 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. 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 hours of light the marijuana plant receives is as strong as possible to maximize the bud sizes.
The beauty of growing marijuana 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 cupboard or cabinet. If you are going to keep them in there. set up your lighting so the plants receive 12 hours of lighting and 12 hours of darkness without an interruptions. A lot experienced marijuana growers use a timer to precisely control the time the lights come on, ensuring the the plants receive the same amount of light at the same time every day.
Complete and total darkness is extremely important during the flowering stage. Should any light get into the enclosure such as opening the door during the darkness hours, even for a second, the plants will start getting confused leading to them becoming stressed. Stress in cannabis plants may cause all sorts of problems, not least of which would be it developing into a hermaphrodite, producing both male and female flowers, or else it may simply reduce the buds to a lower quality and lesser harvest as they mature. The flowering phase lasts between eight to ten weeks, and it will remain in this phase until mature and ready to harvest.