Cannabis Care: How To Grow Weeds From Seeds in 10 Simple Steps

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One of the most interesting and polarizing plants is cannabis or marijuana. Though it offers numerous health benefits, some states and countries prohibit growing them.

But if you live in a cannabis-friendly state, then lucky you. And if you wish to grow cannabis inside your home, it takes a little bit of learning. You must first understand the essentials of growing weed.

How do you do it? What are the important steps you need to consider? Continue reading below as we teach you how to grow weeds from seeds the easy way.

The Beauty of Growing Seeds

Before we proceed with the steps, let us first discuss the advantages of growing seeds at home.

Growing them indoors is cheaper. You also don’t have to worry about running out of your supply.

Your stash at home can be more than enough. This means you don’t need to rely heavily on marijuana dispensaries for your medical needs.

Moreover, you can control the quality of your cannabis. With you in charge of the growing, you can be sure of the purity of your weed.

How to Grow Weeds From Seeds

Learning how to grow weed from seeds is simple, but it takes careful attention to detail. Here are 10 simple steps that'll guide you in growing your cannabis indoors.

1. Understand the Location

Since you're looking to grow indoors, you need to understand some key factors that affect the location. Compared to outdoor growing, indoor growing will give you more control of the environment. The catch, however, is that your plants require more of your attention.

There are several options where you can plant and grow your marijuana seeds. The common denominator is easy-to-access fresh air and water. You can grow the seeds in a closet or inside a spare room.

You may also use a grow tent or an extra bathroom that you rarely use. Moreover, you may also use your garage or even your old computer case.

The key is to regulate the temperature. You want your cannabis to grow in warmer temperature, preferably within the 70-85 F (20-30 C) range.

2. Light Matters

Apart from water and fresh air, your cannabis plants also require the right amount of light. There are several options to choose from when it comes to light.

Of course, there's the sun. You want to give your plants at least 8 hours of direct sunlight every day. Expose them to the sun from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm for the best results.

Another option is your good old household LEDs or CFL light bulbs. Though they don’t have the same power as dedicated grow lights, they can work as a cheaper alternative.

As for the grow lights, go for the light-emitting ceramic (LEC) ceramic metal halide (CMH) type. This type of light provides a more natural color.

Additionally, make sure to store your seeds properly. Invest in high-quality cannabis seed storage.

3. Soil or Others?

Next, you need to choose your medium. Do you want to use soil or do you prefer water-based approaches? 

Taking the soil route allows you to use organic composted super soil. This will give your seeds a growing experience without much hassle.

You may also opt for hydroponics or direct growing in water. Hydroponics involves a combination of water and some HID/LEC/LED grow lights. This is perfect for growers who want the fastest and most abundant results.

4. Pick Your Nutrients

Like any other plant, cannabis requires the right nutrients for growth. If you’re using organic composted soil, its nutrients will suffice.

But if you opt for hydroponics, you need to buy some nutrients. Go for the General Hydroponics Nutrient Trio.

Also, you need to maintain the right pH of your cannabis roots. Test the pH level of your water before showering your plants. 

Your roots must have the right amount of pH. Otherwise, they won't be able to absorb the nutrients efficiently. 

5. Get Your Plants

Now you're ready to get your plants. Start with your network. Find out if you have friends who are also growers, as this is the easiest way to get your cannabis plants.

You may also check the local dispensaries and collectives. Some of them sell clones while others carry seeds. However, most of them tend to offer clones more often.

If you want to go for seeds, you can try a seed bank or a breeder. You may also get some online.

6. Commence Germination

Now that you have your seeds, it's time to germinate them. One of the easiest ways of germinating marijuana seeds is through a specialized starter cube. You'll place your seeds directly in the cube.

The key is to keep the cube moist and warm. Make sure it isn't soaking. Simply wait for about a week and the seedlings will start to pop.

7. Get Them Big and Strong

With the seedlings sprouting and showing some leaves, they're now entering the vegetative stage. During this stage, your only goal is to keep them big and strong. Start using the nutrients at half strength.

You can raise the amount to three-quarters strong if you see the plants growing robustly. You may also do so if the plants show signs that they need more nutrients.

If you notice the plants turning lime green or yellow, that's a sign of nutrient deficiency. Go full strength on the nutrients in this instance.

8. When They Flower

Once they start to show buds, expose them to light for 12 hours, then place them in pitch darkness for 12 hours as well. Find out the gender of the plants, then get rid of all the males.

9. Harvest Time

When the buds start growing and 40% of the white hairs become darker, it means you can prepare to harvest your cannabis. The moment 50% to 70% of the hairs become dark, commence with the harvesting.

Do so until 90% of the buds turn dark.

10. Dry and Cure

Lastly, you must dry and cure your harvest. Cut and trim the buds. Hang them upside-down inside a cool and dark area. Make sure the place is well-ventilated. 

After drying them up, store them inside quart-sized mason jars. Place the jars inside a cool and dark room to start the curing process. Make sure to fill only ¾th the size of the jar.

Open the jars once a day for the first two weeks of curing. Thereafter, you can open the jars once a week. Continue curing for an entire month.

Increase Your Knowledge of Cannabis

Learning how to grow weeds from seeds will ensure you have enough supply for your medical needs. It'll also help you appreciate the cannabis plant much better.

But to maximize its benefits, you need to expand your knowledge of cannabis. We invite you to check our different articles on marijuana and other natural herbs. We discuss topics on their health benefits and other advantages.

 

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