As human beings, people are as much a part of the natural world as every other living creature, so it’s no surprise that you may enjoy nurturing plants. People have taken pleasure in plant care since recorded history. Today’s Millenials have coined the term “plant parent” for those who enjoy cultivating green things. As more states legalize marijuana, you may decide to become a plant parent to a cannabis crop. Fortunately, with some help from experts, anyone can learn to cultivate robust plants and enjoy a bountiful harvest.
Take Time to Prepare
Before planting the first seed, spend time learning as much as possible about growing cannabis. Decide on a growing space and learn which containers, nutrients, and watering supplies are required. Whether cultivating indoors or out, taking time to research helps guarantee an abundant harvest.
Cultivating a healthy marijuana plant isn’t difficult if you create the right conditions and learn how to look for problem signs. For example, pH and lighting stress can harm plants, and it’s essential not to over or under water plants. There are excellent guides that explain how to identify and correct trouble signs as you go, and it’s well worth studying them.
The Germination State
You’ll need to germinate your seeds before planting them. According to a Leafwell guide, growers can germinate seeds by placing them between sheets of damp paper towels.
Store seeds at temperatures between 70 and 90 degrees until they develop taproots. Then plant them.
The Seedling State
The new seedlings must be transplanted into containers to develop into traditional marijuana plants. Professionals like Cleanleaf offer suggestions that can help you through this stage.
It’s essential to ensure the correct nutrients and temperature. Seedlings must get adequate amounts of light. Once leaves emerge, plants like about 18 hours of light daily.
The Vegetative and Flowering Stages
When plant roots outgrow their pots, they have entered the vegetative state and must be transplanted again. Follow professional instructions for nutrient requirements, which increase at this point.
Unless feminized seeds are used, it’s also time to remove male plants from the crop to prevent them from fertilizing female plants. You can recognize male plants by their pollen sacs or consult a professional guide to help identify male plants.
Plants will soon enter the flowering stage, developing buds and flowers. They typically require 12 hours each of light and dark at this point. Transplant them into larger containers and adjust the lighting to meet their needs.
Depending on the strain, flowering time can take from 6 to 14 weeks. Check a professional reference to determine this period’s light, nutrient, and watering requirements. A quality guide will also explain when the plants are ready for harvest.
Using professional guidelines, chop and dry the plants for harvest. Timing is essential to get the best results, so stick with the recommendations for the plant type. The timing for this stage varies, but many professionals suggest beginning when 70 to 90% of plant pistils are brown.
Plants must be pruned to save trichomes for tinctures, edibles, and extracts. Then growers will need to dry cannabis for one or two weeks to prepare the plants for chopping into smaller buds and prevent mildew or mold growth.
Place marijuana in airtight containers for two weeks to a month to cure it. This final process ensures the highest quality results.
Growing green things like cannabis can be satisfying, but it takes preparation and attention. By preparing carefully and following the directions for each cannabis strain, it is possible to cultivate healthy plants and enjoy an ample harvest.