The Life Cycle Of Cannabis Seeds
If you are considering growing Marijuana seeds, you need deciding whether you are going 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 Cannabis seeds, you could use the natural outdoor method of planting the Marijuana seed directly into the soil, about two centimeters deep, cover the seed and keep it warm and watered. A cut plastic bottle or glass jar turned upside down makes a great miniature greenhouse, trapping moisture and warm air. After three-four days the seed should have germinated and sprouted, although some strains and seeds require slightly longer.
One of the more favoured methods for germinating Marijuana 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 main tap root appear. They could sprout within 24 hours while others may take up to a week. After germinating the seeds this way, you should plant it into the soil. This should be done as soon as it starts 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.
Be sure to give your new plants as much light as possible once they begin to grow. For indoor Cannabis seed growers, fluorescent lights should be as close as possible to the top of the pots, and should be kept about two inches from the tops of the plants to encourage good, strong growth. Many people provide their baby cannabis plants with 24/7 light to gain maximum growth, but this part is up to you.
After the seedling has developed roots and produced its first few sets of leaves, it will begin to rapidly grow and produce leaves and branches. This fast development is called the vegetative period, and is very important in achieving a good crop The stem will be getting stronger and thicker, and it should be producing new leaves at an increasingly fast rate. This vegetative phase is vital for your plant being able to get as much sunlight as possible as through photosynthesis the plant uses sunlight to create energy, and this will contribute to a healthy flowering stage later using all the energy it has stored up during this stage. A larger marijuana plant creates more and bigger buds, so take the vegetative stage seriously.
That said, you can only grow your cannabis plant to use as much space as you have in your home. If you just want a small plant for personal consumption, then just thirty days of vegetative growth should do the trick. Using certain growing techniques it is possible to minimize the vegetative time to as short as two weeks and still achieve good growth, it often depends on the type of marijuana seeds you are growing and the environment they are grown under.
The more experienced Cannabis growers employ training methods to improve growth and promote closer branching, this substantially increases the amount of growth without the plant becoming too big for the growing area available.
If you are planting cannabis seeds indoors, 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 come from you. The quality and number of hours of light that Cannabis seeds receive is vital when growing plants you will have to adjust the hours of light, increasing the amount of darkness hours it is the increase in the amount of dark hours they receive that begins their progression from vegetative to the flowering stage..
To start the flowering phase, once the plant has had time to grow and develop, you will need to expose it to twelve hours of “sunlight” (or lamp-light, as it were) and, more importantly, 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness. During this stage it is important that the darkness is total 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 hours of light the plant does receive is as strong as possible to maximize the bud sizes.
The main advantage of growing indoor potted marijuana plants is that you can move them to wherever you want it, whenever you need to. To achieve the plants maximum flowering potential, it must have 12 hours of total darkness, many people move their plants to an enclosed indoor area, such as a closet or small room. There, install the lighting so the plants receive 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness without an interruptions. A lot experienced cannabis 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.
Remember, make sure the 12 hours of darkness are completely uninterrupted. If any light that gets into the enclosure (i.e. if you accidentally open the door during the 12 hours of darkness), even for a second, your plant will begin to get confused leading to them becoming stressed. This stress may produce a range of problems, not least of which is the plant developing into a hermaphrodite, producing both male and female flowers, or you may reduce the buds to a lower quality and lesser yield at the end. The flowering stage takes between 8 -10 weeks, and it will remain in this phase until mature and ready to harvest.