Contrary to what people originally think, the process on how to grow regular marijuana seeds is not really that hard as with feminized seeds or autoflowering variants. Being the first type of seeds that growers were able to access, regular cannabis seeds are accessible for every type of growers – whether they are classified as beginners or experts.
In this article, you will be able to learn more about growing regular cannabis seeds, so that you can try it out on your own.
The Basics of Growing Through Regular Cannabis Seeds
Until the early 2000s, regular cannabis seeds are the sole way into growing cannabis seeds, as they are the only type that you can acquire from breeders, dealers, and seed banks. Though everyone is well aware of the extra step that dictates separating the males from the females, everyone just takes this as a normal part of the process. After all, it was very easy to learn about, just like the process of germinating cannabis seeds.
In its natural state, regular seeds will give the grower a 50% chance of getting a male plant and a 50% chance of getting a female one. However, 50-50 is not the actual ratio, and no one can really say what gender would show up. In fact, there are groups of people that believe the environmental conditions can change the chances of getting either males or females – but this theory is still just a theory.
Steps on How to Grow Regular Marijuana Seeds
1. Choosing the strain to grow.
Before starting your cultivation, decide on the type of cannabis plant that you want to have. Do you want it to have Sativa characteristics? Do you want it to be a relaxing Indica? Are you planning to find a strain for specific medical benefits? With these things in mind, you should also consider the growing environment where you will place this strain. Make sure that the strain that you will select will properly match the space available, the local climate, and your growing experience.
2. Understand the most important parts of cannabis growth.
Though this might be a problem for outdoor growing, growing indoors would mean preparing fresh air and having a fan to make sure there is air circulation.
Water is a vital requirement for the plant to accomplish its biological functions. If you are located somewhere with consistent rainfall, that would be good news. But, if not, or if you are growing indoors, ensure that you can provide clean water as needed while making sure that the pH level is at a good point.
You can opt to go to the classic option: soil. If you are a little adventurous, you can also grow regular marijuana seeds through rock wool, perlite, vermiculite, or coconut coir. Once you have a little more experience, you can also go for hydroponics or aeroponics.
Regular cannabis seeds need 12 hours of light every 24 hours when you are growing outdoors. For indoor setups, you can manipulate the lighting through some timers.
Generally, cannabis can survive in places where it is hot or cold. However, if these are at the extremes, the plants can be stressed – or worse, die. The ideal temperatures are at 27 degrees Celsius. Depending on where you are, you can manipulate this through heating mats, cooling mats, air conditioners, or fans.
Just like it needs water, cannabis plants also need food. You can acquire a soil mix that possesses the correct amounts of nutrients. Just make sure that you never go overboard with the amount you provide by following the recommended feeding schedules.
3. Begin cannabis cultivation through germinating seeds.
The life of a plant begins with a seed. To trigger its growth, you should perfect three conditions: water, warmth, and location. You can opt to do so by placing the seeds directly into your preferred growing medium to avoid transplant shock. But, one of the most famous germination techniques involves placing the seeds on a moist paper towel, cover them with plastic or a plate, and wait for a few days until the seed sprouts.
4. The seed enters the vegetative stage.
Once the seedling produces leaves, photosynthesis begins, and the plant starts its metabolic processes.
If you are growing indoors, the lighting must be 18:6, with 18 hours being direct exposure to light. The plants should also be provided with the nutrients that it needs. Low stress training can also be introduced to increase the chances of higher yields.
If you grow regular marijuana seeds outdoors, the vegetative phase usually kicks in the spring and summer, when the days are slightly longer, and plants receive longer exposure to light. You can also apply different plant training techniques to control the height, but if not – plants can grow up to 4 meters or even longer.
5. The flowering phase begins.
After the vegetative stage where the plant grows, it will start blooming and producing buds. You will begin tracing the strong cannabis aroma, and you might also notice various floral arrangements. At this point, the plant is still fed with nutrients – but using a specific formula that is meant for blooming plants. The plant produces calyxes, and you will notice resin developing on the pistils, calyxes, and even the plant’s leaves.
6. The time for harvest.
During this time, prepare to flush out the extra nutrients. This will ensure that the user will taste the pure flavor of the strain, without any form of chemical or nutrient interference. At this point, you might notice that the pistils are changing its color – most likely becoming a dark shade of brown, mauve, or orange. When you see these signs, you can start the collection of the buds to undergo drying and curing.
Now that you know how to grow regular marijuana seeds, it is time to apply these theories into action. Take the pick of your favorite cannabis strains and begin testing out your green thumb. Enjoy the journey, and learn as you go. This will make the beginning experience more worthwhile.