There’s never been a better time to be a cannabis enthusiast in the United States. Around 75 percent of states in the U.S. have made cannabis legal for medical use, and recreational cannabis is legal in 19 states and Washington, D.C. Moreover, it appears that the federal government is closer than ever to legalizing cannabis at the federal level.
With the cannabis industry growing at an impressive rate, many people are becoming growers. However, growing weed seeds into healthy cannabis plants requires more than mere enthusiasm. So, are you ready to make the leap from being a cannabis enthusiast to a cannabis cultivator? Continue reading to get some tips for growing cannabis.
Choose a growing method.
The first choice you have to make when you start growing is which growing method you want to use. Do you want to grow your plants indoors or outdoors? If you decide on an indoor grower, the next step is deciding whether you want to grow your plants hydroponically.
Most experts say that new growers should start by growing outside. Indeed, you’re not as in control of your yield when you grow indoors, as your cannabis plants will be subject to the elements. However, growing indoors is a larger investment and requires more expertise.
Procure high-quality marijuana seeds.
After you’ve decided how you want to grow your plants, the next step is finding the right cannabis seeds. Not all seeds are the same, so it’s important to learn as much about choosing the right seeds as possible.
Weed seeds are either male or female, and there are a few ways to tell. Male seeds are pale in color, soft, and tiny. In contrast, female seeds are usually dark in color and much harder than male seeds. One way to test the quality of a seed is to put it in a glass of water for a few hours. If the seeds sink to the bottom, then they’re probably good. If the seeds are floating after a few hours, they’re probably duds.
Another key to finding high-quality seeds is knowing what effects you’re looking for. Many people like indicas because they give you a “body high,” making you feel relaxed. Conversely, many people also love sativa strains, as they’re great for concentrating and can even give you a slight energy boost. Hybrids give you the best of both worlds.
Germinate your seeds.
After you’ve procured your seeds, the next step is to germinate them. Germination is key, as it’s the first stage of your marijuana plants’ lives.
Start the germination process by lining a plastic container with paper towels. Place the seeds on the towel and dampen them with room-temperature water. You should put water in a spray bottle and spray the paper towels every few hours to keep them moist. Store the container in a warm, dark place.
Your seeds should expose a taproot within three days (or as little as 12 hours), at which time it’s ready to go into a growing medium. It’s a good idea to move your plants into peat pots or cups and let them continue growing until they’re ready to go into a more permanent space.
Don’t overwater your seeds.
Once your seeds are planted, it’s important to tend to them regularly to ensure they grow as they should. Be sure to water them regularly, but don’t overwater your plants, which is a common mistake among new growers.
The most important thing to remember when growing cannabis plants is patience. Your first harvest probably won’t be perfect, and neither will your second one. However, with time, you’ll learn the best practices for growing high-quality bud strains and become a great cultivator.
The first thing you must do is choose a growing method and procure the right marijuana seeds. Next, you must germinate your seedlings and put them in the soil. It’s important not to overwater your marijuana plants, as that’s one of the most common mistakes of beginners. With these tips, you’ll be producing high yields before you know it.