If you’re thinking of growing your weed, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to get started. We’ll cover everything from choosing the right strains to grow to setting up your grow room to harvesting and curing your buds. So whether you’re a first-time grower or a seasoned pro, read on for tips and advice on cultivating the perfect cannabis crop.
Choosing Your Cannabis Seeds
The first step in growing weed is choosing the right cannabis seeds. There are many different seeds, and not all will be good for growing weeds. So you want to make sure you choose seeds known to produce high-quality marijuana.
There are a few things to look for when selecting your seeds. One is to make sure that the seeds are from a reputable source. There are a lot of scams out there, so you want to be sure that you’re getting your seeds from a trusted source.
Always check whether or not the seeds are feminized. Feminized seeds have been bred only to produce female plants. This is important because you only want female plants if you’re growing weeds. Male plants can pollinate your female plants and ruin your crop.
Light, air, water temperature, and humidity are all critical to growing healthy cannabis plants. So let’s look at each of these factors in more detail.
It needs a lot of light to grow well. If you’re growing indoors, ensure you have plenty of bright, artificial light. Outdoors, make sure your plants are getting enough sunlight.
Good airflow is important for keeping your plants healthy. Ensure your grow room or tent has proper ventilation to keep the air moving.
The ideal water temperature for cannabis plants is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Too cold and your plants may suffer from shock; too hot and they may suffer from heat stress.
Cannabis plants like relatively high humidity levels, around 40-60%. Too much or too less humidity can cause problems for your plants.
Lights For Indoor Cannabis Growing
Indoor cannabis growers have a lot of options when it comes to choosing lights. The most popular choices are fluorescent, HID (high-intensity discharge), and LED (emitting diode) lights. Each light has its benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs.
Fluorescent lights are popular because they’re inexpensive and easy to set up. They emit a soft, diffused light ideal for seedlings and young plants. However, fluorescents don’t produce as much light as HID or LED lights, so they’re not ideal for large grow operations.
HID lights are more expensive than fluorescents but produce much more light. HID lights are typically used in commercial grow operations because of their high light output. In addition, the HID lights produce a lot of heat, requiring special ventilation and cooling systems.
LED lights are an expensive option but also the most efficient. LED lights produce very little heat, so that they can be used in small spaces without special ventilation. LED lights last longer than the other lights, saving you money in the long run.
Germination And Cannabis Seedlings
The most critical phase of growing weed is the germination and seedling stage. A lot can go wrong during this time, so it’s important to be extra careful and attentive during these first few weeks.
To start, you’ll need to choose the right cannabis seeds. Unfortunately, not all strains are created equal, and some are better suited for beginners than others. Once you’ve chosen your seeds, it’s time to germinate them.
The foolproof method is to place them between two damp paper towels and leave them in a dark, warm place. Check on them daily; you should see little white sprouts poking through the paper towels after a few days.
Once your seeds have germinated, it’s time to plant them. Fill small pots with high-quality potting soil and ensure drainage holes in the bottom. Gently place the seeds in the soil, careful not to damage the delicate sprouts, and cover them with a thin layer of soil.
Cannabis seedlings are delicate creatures, so handle them with care. With a few sets of true leaves, you can transplant them into larger pots or even directly into your garden.
The Vegetative Phase Of Cannabis
After your seedlings have been transplanted, it’s time to let them grow! The vegetative phase is when plants develop most of their leaves and roots.
The length of the vegetative phase will depend on the strain you are growing; some strains can stay in this phase for months, while others only need a few weeks. In general, however, most strains will be ready to begin flowering after around 6-8 weeks of vegetative growth.
Ensure your plants get plenty of light to encourage optimal growth during the vegetative phase. They also need to be fed a nutrient-rich diet; good commercial fertilizer will do the trick.
You may need to stake them or support their stems to prevent them from toppling. Be sure to do this carefully, as roots are easily damaged.
The Flowering Phase Of Cannabis Growth
The flowering phase is when your plants will begin to produce buds. The length of this phase will again depend on the strain you are growing, but most strains will be ready to harvest around 8-12 weeks after flowering has begun.
To induce flowering, you must change the light cycle from 18 to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. This simulates fall weather conditions, which tells the plant that it is time to begin flowering.
During the flowering phase, your plants will need less fertilizer than they did during the vegetative phase. Unfortunately, too much fertilizer can damage the buds, so be sure to cut back on feedings as the flowers start to form.
As harvest time approaches, keep an eye on your buds and trim away any leaves starting to yellow or die. These leaves will not add anything to the final product, so removing them is best.
Harvesting Your Cannabis Plants
It’s harvest time! This is when you reap the rewards of your hard work and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
The first step is to dry your buds. This can be done by hanging them upside down in a dark, well-ventilated room for around two weeks. Once they are dry, you can trim away any remaining leaves and stems.
Your buds are now ready to be enjoyed! They can be smoked, vaporized, or used to make edibles. However, you choose to enjoy them, sit back, and enjoy the fruits of your labor!