Before we get started, there are a few things to keep in mind before you start growing your perfect marijuana strains. It’s always nice to have someone you can trust that can help you lend a helping hand.
One of the most important things that you need to know, that you will always hear when growing marijuana. It that people have lived their whole live growing cannabis and have never encountered the law busting down their doors, but please be advised that it can happen, even to you.
NEVER BRING A PLANT INSIDE THAT HAS BEEN OUTSIDE.
People who have done this have managed to kill nearly every plant in their house because they brought a plant indoors that had spider mites. Marijuana plants are very vulnerable to mite attacks because the spider mites love to suck marijuana plants dry. They are tiny, about half the size of this dot. I can not stress how important this is.
The next thing we will talk about is what we expect our seeds to do before they become full flowering plants.
Marijuana Plants are growing in 6 stages. Here is the life cycle of the cannabis plant.
Germination: This is the initial stage of growth and occurs when your seed’s embryo cracks open and the seedling produces a root. It takes anywhere between 12 hours to 3 weeks for seeds to germinate. Once the plant has reached this stage it goes into the seedling stage.
Seedling Stage: The seedling stage can last between 1 and 3 weeks. At the end of the seedling stage your plant will have maybe 4 -8 new leaves. Some of the old bottom leaves may drop off.
Vegetative Growth: The plant now begins to grow at the rate which its leaves can produce energy. At this stage the plant needs all the light and food it can get. It will continue to grow upwards producing new leaves as it moves along.
Pre-flowering: During this phase of the plant cycle your plant will start to show a calyx which appears where the branches meet the stem (nodes). Pre-flowering can take anywhere between 1 day to 2 weeks.
Flowering: During this stage the plant continues to fill out. The plant will show its sex clearly. The male plant produces little balls that are clustered together like grapes. The female plant produces little white/cream pistils that look like hairs coming out of a pod.
Seed: The female plant will produce seeds at this point if she has received viable pollen from a male plant. The seeds grow within the female bud and can take anywhere between 2 weeks to 16 weeks, to grow to full maturity.
So what are you going to do? Are you going to buy a batch of 10 seeds and grow them all in one go? Are you going to then kill the males and just smoke the females? Are you going to keep the males and produce more seeds from the females? How many seeds can a female plant produce? Should I plant my 10 seeds in one go? What should I do to guarantee that all my seeds will grow? These are the questions that you should be asking before you begin to grow and this is where propagation logistics comes into play. The answers depend largely on the size of your grow area and what your budget is.