Germination is the process in which a seed sprouts and begins to grow into a new plant. Also referred to as “popping,” germination is the very first step in starting your weed grow.
Cannabis plant sex organs appear on nodes, the points where branches grow off from the main stalk.
To get the buds found in medical and recreational stores, female cannabis plants are grown in an environment without males—or the males are removed from the area before they release pollen—so the females don’t create seeds. Females can then focus their energies on producing buds and not seeds—this high-potency marijuana is traditionally known as “sinsemilla,” meaning “seedless.”
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You can also minimize headaches and avoid the hassle of seed germination and sexing plants by starting with clones.
Ask yourself a few questions to decide if it’s worth the time and energy to grow the seed.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the chemical components—known collectively as cannabinoids—found in the cannabis plant. Over the years, humans have selected plants for high-THC content, making cannabis with high levels of CBD rare. The genetic pathways through which THC is synthesized by the plant are different than those for CBD production.
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Growers who grow their plants indoors without the proper equipment to neutralize the smell of a flowering cannabis plant often choose cannabis seeds that produce plants in which the smell is limited during flowering. An example of this is the Pure Power Plant strain.
Because not all species are suitable for indoor or outdoor cultivation, you have to determine where your breeding will take place. For example indoors (in a tent), outdoors in the open air or in a greenhouse.
Beginners often opt for an autoflower. Autoflower strains are very easy to grow because they have the ability to automatically bloom. This means that the lighting scheme doesn’t have to be adjusted to make the plant bloom.
The plant gender is of course not entirely unimportant. Only the female plants develop smokable weed buds. A grower who intends to grow weed will therefore opt for female seeds (feminized seeds). However, growers who want to create their own species or grow their own seeds choose regular seeds while they also need male plants.
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The plant height is mainly determined by the characteristic Indica or Sativa. Indica species have as main characteristic that they remain low and grow mainly in width, while Sativa species are known for their high and narrow stature.
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A third option is to go for autoflowering seeds. These are a relatively new phenomenon, and can be a great option for a novice grower as they combine pretty much everything you’re looking for in a plant – they’re usually fairly cheap, feminised, and indica dominant, and are extremely forgiving. They’ll grow pretty much anywhere, and quickly.
Whether you choose to grow indoor or outdoor pretty much comes down to where you live, and whether you’re prepared to put in a little extra effort. In terms of making it easier for yourself, indoor is definitely the way to go. It allows you much greater control over the environment in which your plants are growing, but it does have drawbacks. Namely the initial cost of setting up, and the future costs of electricity and what your increased energy usage might be doing to the planet.
The downside is that the plants they produce will be smaller, and will therefore yield far less bud. Again, this does come down to personal preference. My advice would be that if you’re a recreational user experimenting with growing your own supply, autoflowers are a great place to start. But if you’re a medical user, or just need a large yield, they’re probably not for you.
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The last thing you want is to not notice a male plant in your grow, and to find after weeks (if not months) of hard work, that he has ruined everything for you.
Once you’ve made a decision on where you want to grow, you will have narrowed down your choice of seeds somewhat. Certain strains are better suited to outdoor growing – these are usually the more traditional, landrace varieties from the Middle East, Africa, and the Himalayas – whilst more modern hybrids have usually been developed for indoor growing. That’s not to say you can’t switch them around, but it’s a good rule of thumb, which you need when you’re just starting out. Once again, you can always experiment later.
Indicas are also generally more forgiving of mistakes than sativas, and as I keep mentioning, you are likely to make a few. But having said that, it may well be that your choice depends on your needs. Not everyone likes the couch lock effect that is associated with indica dominant strains, and some need sativas for medical reasons, so to some extent this is down to you.
But if you’re not specifically in need of a sativa, your best bet is to play it safe with an indica. You can always mix things up a little in future grows.