Basic Facts About Growing Marijuana Seeds
If you are considering growing Marijuana seeds, you need deciding if you want to plant the Marijuana seeds indoors or outside in a more natural environment. There is not one perfect or right way to grow Cannabis 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 Cannabis seeds that you wish to grow. There are many 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 method to germinate Cannabis seeds is to soak the seeds inside several moist paper towels. You can also use a damp sponge for this. Then keep the paper towels or sponge moist until you see the main tap root appear. They could sprout as quickly as 24 hours or as long as a week. 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 it begins cracking open to allow the tap root to take hold. 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 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 not be moved upwards until the seedling has grown a decent amount. Some people allow the baby marijuana plants light for twenty-four hours a day to attain maximum growth, but this part is up to you.
The “middle” stage of the cannabis plants life is known as vegetative stage, when it will produce most of its leaves, branches, and height. Its main stem will become stronger and thicker, and it should be growing many new leaves very quickly, almost daily. The vegetative stage is vital for your plant being able to absorb as much energy from the sun as possible (as the leaves absorb this energy), and this will be needed in the flowering stage later using all the energy it has stored up during this stage. A larger plant produces a greater quantity of buds, which will only be achieved through good vegetative growth.
Although the majority of the marijuana plants growth happens during it’s vegetative stages, the plant will stretch during flowering. If you are growing a plant for personal consumption, a vegetative phase of approximately four weeks would be sufficient. Using certain growing techniques it is possible to reduce the vegetative stage to as short as two weeks and still achieve a good harvest, this depends on which type of marijuana seeds you planted and the environment they are grown under.
Often growers (especially the more experienced gardeners) use training techniques to increase growth and promote closer branching, this substantially increases the amount of growth without the plant becoming too big for the indoor space available.
With indoor marijuana seeds, you are responsible for everything. Selecting the best growing medium, the Ph levels and when to water, which nutrients the plants require, and most important, the artificial light all come from you. Because marijuana plants respond to the amount of light they are receiving, you will need to change the hours of light, increasing the amount of darkness hours it is the increase in the amount of dark hours they receive which begins their transition to the flowering phase..
To start 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 artificial light when grown indoors and, more importantly, 12 hours of continuous 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 phase. Additionally, the 12 hours of light the cannabis plants receives should be as strong as possible to maximize growth.
The beauty of growing marijuana plants in pots is they can be easily moved around whenever you want 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 cabinet. If you are going to keep them in there. install the lighting so the plants receive 12 hours of lighting and 12 hours of darkness perfectly. Using a timer to control the lighting is probably your best option because it leaves out the chance of any mistakes..
Remember, make sure the twelve hours of darkness are total and entirely uninterrupted. Should any light get into the enclosure such as opening the door during the darkness hours, even for a moment, the plants may begin to get stressed and confused about the seasons. This stress may produce a range of problems, one of which would be it developing into a hermaphrodite, or you may have a lower quality and lesser harvest at the end. The flowering stage takes approximately 56 to 70 days, and once completed it is time to cut and harvest your cannabis plants.