After purchasing a number of different strains of weed, you have decided which one you like the best. You also determined that you would like to start growing it on your own so that you no longer have to buy it. As a next step, you researched the different types of seeds that are used and decided that you would have the most luck with feminized marijuana seeds.
You went to the seed bank and got a bunch of seeds. You then folded them into a damp paper towel and left them in a warm place in order to germinate the seeds and get them to start growing. Overnight they began to sprout and now you need to know what to do with your “babies.”
As soon as possible and using tweezers in order to avoid the root, place the seedling in about a half inch of moist soil. They should be planted root down. However, if you place it upside down, it will grow its roots down anyway, so no worries. Be sure to place the planted seeds under a grow light as the light and heat will further enable growth.
It may be best to plant the newly germinated seeds into a plastic drinking cup filled with soil. Once each plant has grown a few sets of leaves, you can cut the cup away and plant it in the environment where it will reach maturity.
Under proper conditions, it should take no more than 10 days for a sprout to appear. If you have planted into cups as recommended above, place a plastic dome over each cup in order to retain humidity. This dome can be made by cutting a 20 oz. soda bottle in half and placing it over the cup.
Be careful as seedlings at this stage are delicate. Unlike other plants that benefit from a nutrient rich soil, this can be harmful to cannabis seeds. In addition to the proper soil, be sure that the water you use to keep them moist has the proper pH.
As the plants mature, they are able to withstand more heat and you will need to either increase the amount of power to the grow lamp or move the plants closer to the lamp. Be sure to test the temperature to ensure it is not too hot by placing your hand underneath it. If you cannot handle it, neither can the plants.
After 14 days, the plant will enter the vegetative stage and begin to grow leaves and stems. Whether you are growing outside or inside, be sure that the plants have enough light, nutrients, water, heat, and circulated air to thrive.
The next stage is the flowering stage and occurs when the plant is exposed to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark. It is at this stage that the plant reveals whether it is male or female. This is also the time that the plant grows to its maximum size along with its buds. It is best to ask a professional when the best time to harvest is as this can affect the potency, size, and taste of the buds.