Growing marijuana is a popular hobby, especially in places where growing medical marijuana is legal, and many marijuana magazines have covered different aspects of this activity before, but we are presenting you with the secrets of growing marijuana at home. Marijuana is broadly classified into two types; Cannabis sativa that gets you high and Cannabis indica, which gets you stoned.
When you know the correct technique of growing marijuana, you will reap more, and better cannabis.
With modern techniques, growing marijuana has become easier, and they provide seemingly infinite varieties of hybrid strains. While most growers are satisfied with a yield of two ounces per plant, they don’t know that it is possible to consistently yield over a pound, and in some cases over two pounds, all while remaining within the restrictions of their medical marijuana programs. You can grow them outdoors as well as indoors.
To start, try to get some good seeds that are guaranteed to sprout from an online store. Quality seeds are best for this purpose under artificial lighting, outdoors or in the greenhouse. These seeds produce marijuana of high quality, flavor, and potency (THC/CBD).
For indoor, germinate Marijuana seeds in rock wool cubes and maintain the temperature between 75° and 85° Fahrenheit. If you want to get potent buds, remove the male plants before flowering takes place. This will let the female plants to utilize all her energy in producing sticky, THC-laden flowers rather than the seeds. With this, you will get a virgin plant or sensimilla.
Though you can use nutrient film technique for growing marijuana, the most popular choice of indoor growers for this is ebb and flow system. Cannabis likes lower temperatures and cool blue light, so Metal Halide(MH) and High-Pressure Sodium(HPS) are the best lights for growing hydroponic marijuana. Blue light of MH is good for vegetative phase while the red spectrum of HPS is optimum for flowering growth. Keep the lights on for 16 to 24 hours a day during the vegetative phase. To initiate flowering, when the plants are at least 6 inches tall and have at least four sets of leaves, 12-13 hours of light is sufficient. Make sure dark period is very dark else, it will stay in vegetative phase only. Give your plants N-rich diet during vegetative and P-rich diet during the flowering phase. Flush the plants with clean, nutrient-free water once during the flowering period, again after six weeks, and then just before harvesting.
Harvesting time of marijuana is a question of choice. If you want high THC content, then reap your plants when about 50% of trichomes have turned from clear to a milky color. If you can be patient until they are brown with high CBD content, you will get a heavier, stoned effect.
If you grow outdoors, thoroughly clean the roots with water and hang your marijuana plants upside down where there is good air movement around the plant, semi dark is good but not that critical. Let the plants DRY until the branches snap and break, not just bend. This may take a week or two depending on the size of your plants. A light fanning will quicken the process. This will prevent mold. Cut into six inch branch lengths or leave the buds on the individual branches but separate from the main stock. Put the buds in a sealed plastic container or bag for a time until they rehydrate(turn soft to the touch not as dry) usually a day. Add some lemon peel or apple to quicken the process but only for a short period and check. If the air is humid or dry it will affect your buds quickly, try to work with your marijuana buds in the morning or when there is more moisture in the air (rainy periods) to prevent loss of crystals when they are too dry and brittle.
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