Are you interested in growing your own cannabis but don’t know where to start? If so we are here to give you a detailed guide to make growing your own cannabis a breeze.
Growing your own cannabis will save you money while giving you a great product to use for any of your needs. To learn how to grow your own cannabis plants keep reading below.
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How Is Cannabis Grown?
Now that marijuana is becoming legal across the United States wondering how this plant is grown is a common thought. It’s even more common to consider growing cannabis yourself since it’s legal.
We are here to help you grow the best cannabis plants so you don’t have to waste any more money at the store. By following our detailed guide below you’re bound to have your very own cannabis that’s a great quality in no time.
Before we dive into the guide let’s talk about how cannabis is grown. To grow the best cannabis plant education is key. First let’s talk about the two ways to grow these plants, indoor and outdoor.
Outdoors the plant will get its energy naturally from the sun. Growing indoors you will need artificial lights that are specifically made for growing marijuana.
We will look at growing cannabis inside and outside below so you can choose which way is best for you. The main difference between the two that should be noted is that when the plants are grown outside they will flower at certain times throughout the year. Inside you can control the environment so your plants will flower whenever you want.
This guide will tell you how cannabis is grown by going through the following steps:
- Before flowering
- Cleaning roots
- Harvesting and drying
- Cutting buds
First Things First – Germination
To grow a cannabis plant you will need to successfully germinate the seeds. To do this you will need to sandwich your seeds between damp paper towels. It’s important to note that these paper towels should not be dripping wet, just damp to the touch.
The paper towels with the seeds should be placed between 2 paper plates or even in an opaque container. You will leave your seeds alone for 24 to 48 hours. After this time your seeds should have popped open and the root should be easily visible.
Once the root can be easily seen it’s time to move it to a small pot. Start small and as your plant grows place it into a bigger home.
The Vegging Stage
After the germination of your plant is complete the root system will get bigger. This is when you should move your plant to a larger pot so the root system can grow.
Your plant will be in a bigger pot for around a month. During this month you can add fertilizers to the water that you are giving your plant. Choose fertilizers that are rich in nitrogen.
It’s important to note that you should be keeping an eye on how much fertilizer you’re giving your plant. The first few days give it the lowest dosage and increase slowly.
When it comes to growing your plant indoors then it should be in this state for 21-30 days. For outdoor growth, you need to be aware that your plant will continue to grow into summer. Outdoor plants will need to be transplanted more often since they will be growing faster.
Transplanting to Pots for Flowering
Once summer has begun for outdoor plants or the growing phase of your indoor plant has been completed you will need to move it to a flowering pot. Since cannabis plants need to grow a large root system.
These plants will also need enough room to grow out and stretch their branches wide. This will help light reach each inch of the plant.
If you don’t transfer your plant into a flowering pot then it will begin to die. If the plant lives through not being transferred then it may not flower and yield any buds.
The flowering pot should be at least twice the size of the pot you’re transferring your plant from. For your indoor plants, you should now change your lights from 18 hours on to 6 hours off to 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
In the old days, you had to wait for pre-flowering to figure out what s*x your plant was. Today you can buy female seeds to ensure you get a product. If you don’t know what s*x your plant is you will figure it out now in this stage.
At this phase, your plants will be growing a lot in a short period of time. Once you have seen the plant pre-flower it’s time to switch out your growth fertilizer for a flowering based one.
Once small white hairs appear on the buds of the branches it’s an indication that your plant is flowering. At this stage, flowers will begin to appear all over your plant.
After 40 days of changing your lights to the 12-hour cycle, or after a month of your outdoor plant flowering, you should start seeing some decent flowers. This will also be when the flowers begin to grow fatter.
You can start using fattening fertilizers at this point. Keep in mind that since they contain a high level of PK that it should be used only once a week.
When using this fertilizer you should water your plant with sugars and the fertilizer, and the next watering should include the flowering fertilizer and your fattening product. It’s also important to say that at this point there are 15 days of harvesting left.
When your plants have little to no white hairs left it will be time to flush the root system. This helps to create a minimum amount of residue when you harvest your plants.
If you find that your plants are taking a lot of water when you harvest you should drip them in a bathtub. Proceed to wash them until the water that comes from the plant is clear. This means you’ve cleaned most of the fertilizer residue away.
If your plants are hardly taking any water you should continue to water them with pure water only. This should be done every 10 days when the soil dries up. Keep in mind to not flush these plants with too much water because it could cause the flowers to rot.
Harvesting and Drying
After the soil has become dry after being washed out it’s time to cut the plants down to dry and smoke each one. When you harvest the plant’s soil must be completely dry just in case there is a lot of humidity in the flowers themselves.
At this point, you can either cut the leaves off of your plant one by one or you can harvest the plant as is and dry it with the leaves still attached. When it comes to drying your plant you have two methods to choose from, in a warm or cold area.
If your plants are going to be dried in a cold area we recommend removing all of the leaves. This even goes for other conditions that will take 15 or more days to dry your plant.
If you plan to dry your plant in a warm place where it will be completely dry in less than 15 days then you should leave the leaves on your plant. When you dry your plants should be hung upside down on a cord or string.
Now that you know how to grow and dry weed you need to know how to cure your yield. Curing is when you get rid of the chlorophyll so the buds lose their bright green color and become a slight yellow.
To cure you will need to wait until the buds are completely dry. Take the buds and place them into a jar or wooden box. Leaving the buds in an airtight container will kill off the remaining chlorophyll.
You should open the jars for 5 minutes every day until the buds are crispy and dry again. This means that they are cured and ready for whatever you want to use them for, even to decarb.
Now You Know All About Growing Cannabis
We have given you a detailed guide on growing cannabis so you can do so from the comfort of your home. From germinating the seeds to curing the buds, you’re going to have a great yield and amazing product.
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