Growing weeds at home can be enjoyable. It’s a great way to have your own cannabis seed or strain supply. Perhaps, you like to grow cannabis at home because of the climate conditions in your region or because of the lack of healthy space in your backyard.
It all begins with germinating your cannabis seeds at hand. Once done, you can start planting your seeds in the starter cube or soil. After planting the seeds, take care of them to encourage continuous growth.
What Types of Cannabis Seeds are Suitable to Grow at Home?
In growing cannabis at home, there’s no limitation when it comes to the kind of seeds you can grow on your own. Feel free to choose your favorite strain and look for high-quality seeds of that specific strain.
Many cannabis strains are suitable for indoor and outdoor growing. In fact, a lot of them can grow even under harsh climate conditions. It is best to know the details in growing your favorite strain before you get started.
Getting Started in Growing Weed at Home
In growing cannabis at home, you must prepare first the needed materials. You need:
- Garden Pots
Make sure the soil is of the highest quality. Choose healthy soil. Also, in watering the seeds, be sure you give them just the right amount of water every day. Both overwatering and underwatering can harm your growing cannabis seeds.
For now, you can’t give nutrients to your seeds. Wait for the right time for doing so. Find out when and how you should give each of the 3 main nutrients to your growing plants. These nutrients are:
How to Germinate Cannabis Seeds
There’s one trick to simplify the germination process. Soak the cannabis seeds in tap water in a bowl for up to 12 hours. Viable cannabis seeds will go deeply to the base of the bowl while the floating ones are non-viable. Put the viable seeds on a towel after 12 hours.
Next, wet a paper towel and place it on the plate. A paper towel is thick and can hold the moisture to help the cannabis seeds germinate. Put a piece of paper towel under the running water but make sure it is not dripping wet. Use a ceramic plate or dish. The paper towel must cover the plate or dish.
Place the seeds a half inch away on the paper towel. Put the blunt tip of the cannabis seeds, the end without a point on the paper towel. This will prevent the roots from getting tangled.
If the space on one plate is not enough for the seeds, soak two or more paper towels and put the remaining seeds on the new plate wrapped in the wet towel. Wet another paper towel and put it on top of the seeds. Be sure the towel touches them.
Then, store the cannabis seeds at a temperature between 70 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 21 to 19 degrees Celsius. The seeds should sit on a warm and consistent temperature for a successful germination process. Store them away from direct sunlight in a dry, warm place like on the top of the fridge.
You can use a heat lamp to keep your seeds warm. However, avoid keeping them too warm. The temperature should not dry out your paper towels.
In keeping the paper towels damp, spray them with water. Check your paper towels from time to time to make sure they don’t dry out. If the cannabis seeds dry out, they may fail to germinate and die.
Now, you just have to wait until the seeds germinate. Viable seeds are normally open in 48 hours. The roots must be visible in the next few days. The length of time will still depend on the seed form. You can start planting the seeds if their tap roots are ¼ to ½ inch long.
Be extra careful with the cannabis seeds while they open. Don’t prod, pull, or touch them to avoid causing damage to the roots. Discard those seeds that failed to open or with grown roots.
How to Plant Your Cannabis Seeds
Fill the garden pots with potting soil. Get some small plastic garden pots that will house the seeds. Look for some garden pots at the local garden supply shop or through the web.
Choose airy and loose potting soil. It should feel damp when you touch it. Get the pots and fill with them ¾ soil.
Starter cubes are the best alternatives for soil. You can get them from an online shop or a local nursery. They are pre-cut growing pods crafted using composted bark. Starter cubes have a hole wherein you can put the seeds and let them grow under optimal conditions. Basic starter cubes are cheap and easy to use.
After that, create a ¼ inch deep hole on the soil. Use a pencil or pen in making a hole for the seeds in the soil. Don’t poke the hole too close or too deep to the soil’s surface. If the planting holes are too narrow, the roots of your cannabis seeds will not have much soil they need to grow well. On the other hand, if the holes are too deep, the seeds will struggle to sprout.
When the holes are ready, drop the cannabis seeds in them by using tweezers. Drop the with their taproots facing the holes. The taproots of your cannabis seeds are the long roots which will appear from one tip of the seeds.
In using the tweezers, make use you don’t tug or pull at the cannabis seeds as you pick them. if they’re stuck to the wet paper towel, damp the towel to make the cannabis seeds easier to remove.
To finish the job, cover the dropped cannabis seeds with soil. Put ¼ inch soil to the holes. Avoid pressing hard to the seeds as you wrap them as it can affect their growth. If you use starter cubes, squeeze the top part of the holes in these cubes.
Take Care of Your Cannabis Seeds
Take care of the planted cannabis seeds. Keep them away from direct sunlight in a humid area. Don’t put potted cannabis seeds on the windowsill or close to the heater. It makes the air too hot and dry. A basement or closet are two good internal spots for growing cannabis seeds.
Maintain the ideal temperature for growing cannabis seeds. Set the temperature between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit or 24 to 29 degrees Celsius. Keeping the temperature within the right range will encourage the seeds to thrive well.
Wet the soil once or twice every day. Use a bottle so that the cannabis seeds will stay humid. Make sure they are smooth when you touch them but not soaking and dripping wet. Avoid putting too much water to the soil because it can cause growth issue as a result of overwatering.
Stick to the regular watering time so that your young plants will get enough exposure. Spray your plants with water in the morning and at night to keep them hydrated.
For their light needs, use cool white grow lamps. Young cannabis plants need light within 24 hours every day. Use white grow lights with a constant temperature of 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the lamps two inches from the garden pots. Each pot should receive 3 up to 5 watts of light.
The prices of grow lights may range from hundreds to thousands. The bigger the lights, the more expensive they are. White grow lights are often available online or at a local hardware store.
Avoid touching the cannabis seeds while they grow. Touching the seeds can lead to damage and stunted growth. With proper care and the suitable growing conditions, your cannabis seeds must sprout and poke out of the healthy soil in 5 to 10 days.
Feel Free to Use a Growing Method
According to DrugLibrary.org, there are several growing methods used for cannabis seeds. Which method is the right to use in growing cannabis in your backyard will depend on the circumstances. Also, it will depend on how much time and money you can invest in using one.
Any of those methods will yield great results for dedicated gardeners. On the other hand, what you will get from it will depend on what you have done for the plant. Your choices for growing methods for weed are:
- Plain dirt
- Rock wool or coco fiber
Some of these growing methods are easy and cheap while others are a bit expensive. They also vary in terms of effectiveness. Every cannabis strain responds well on a particular growing technique. You just need to know which growing method works well with your preferred cannabis strain.
Growing weed on your own is a nice idea, especially if you are a regular cannabis user. It saves you money since you do not need to buy cannabis buds as your plants will give you a stable supply every month.