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Knowing how to grow a small weed plant is likely the hardest part of actually growing it. Now that you know what to do, you are well on your way to enjoying hassle-free, home-grown marijuana.
What are some of the best practices for planting marijuana seeds?
Our favorite thing about starting from a seed, rather than a clone, is that you get to see the full life cycle and enjoy a plant that is unique, just like you. An entirely new genetic makeup will enter the world for the first time, and if you’re lucky, something remarkable might be born.
5) Watering Seedlings
We like to use seedling pellets that are made of a mix of compressed peat moss and coco husk. To expand, soak it in water for 10 minutes. Once your seedling pellet has absorbed enough water and has expanded to its maximum size, drain off any excess water. The growing medium should be like a damp sponge that would not leave streaks on the table. Dig a small hole about 1/4 in deep for your seed. Use a spoon to lift the seed out of its bath. If it has popped out a taproot be careful not to damage it. Gently place the seed into the hole and lightly cover it with dirt from the pellet. Now that you have started the germination process, your seedling will come above ground within two weeks. The older the seed, the longer it takes for it to germinate.
The first set of leaves to come above ground are called the cotyledons. These little leaves are packed with energy and will grow to about 1/4 in in size before eventually falling off. Your second leaves to emerge will be single blades and look like regular pot leaves.
Dampening off happens when the seedling is in too moist of an environment. The stem starts to rot at the bottom. When this happens, the plant will bend over and die if not treated. To help fight the infection, lightly spray a 0.5% solution of hydrogen peroxide around the affected area.
How do I provide adequate lighting for my seedlings?
And some plants take up to 14 weeks to be ready. You may want to pick out seeds that will be ready for harvest in the allotted time for the season outdoor or indoor. If picking out Sativa-strains, remember that they can take a while in flowering and some strains refuse to finish before the winter sets in.
Some people who are new at planting marijuana seeds tend to be too eager or too keen to see how the seeds are doing. In their eagerness, they miss out or overdo something that can be harmful to the seedlings. So here are some of the things to avoid to ensure that your weed seeds do not die.
Sexing: Choosing Females or Going for Naturals?
Unfertilized female flower buds are very potent. Within a week after inducing flowering, it can be determined whether you get a female flower or a pollen sack male. Male plants pollinate female plants to produce seeds. The plants must be quarantined until their sex is determined to prevent accidental pollination. In most cases, male plants are destroyed and females are kept to finish.
There are more than 2000 strains of marijuana and gardeners can choose among Sativa, Indica or a hybrid plant to grow. Depending on the kind of seed or strain that you choose to grow, you must also choose the right kind of environment and soil. There are also various ways to temper their growth and these plants can survive in various garden environments.
The tiny taproot of the weed seed is very sensitive and it can be easily damaged. And while it is possible to move the seeds using your fingers, it might be safer to use a pair of tweezers to handle the seeds better and transfer it to individual pots or in the soil.