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Growing your own weed has many advantages; you wont need a middle man, you know where your weed is coming from, how it was grown and the quality of the weed. Naturally, growing your own weed has disadvantages too. Growing weed is still illegal in many places for example. However, more and more countries are decriminalizing or legalizing the growth and consumption of weed.

Before you start growing marijuana plants, there are three essentials to consider:

  1. Choose which seeds you would like to use and buy them. You can do so right here at City Seeds Bank; we have a wide range of feminized seeds.
  2. Choose a space to grow. This can be outdoors but also indoor in the attic, a growtent or in the windowsill.
  3. What more do you need? Lights, fresh air, a medium, the right temperature, nutrients and water. Whether you grow your plants indoor or outdoor; these are six basics you always need to consider.

When you prepared all of the above you are ready to start growing. The basics of growing cannabis are not too complicated and you can do it too if you follow the following steps:

  • Sprout your seeds. This can be done in several ways.

o   In a glass of water: put the seeds in a glass of lukewarm water. Within 5 days, white tips will start to show; these are the roots. When these are 1,5-2cm, it’s time to transport.

o   On a humid underground: with this method, you can choose for paper towels or cotton. Make wet and put the seeds on top. Check every now and then because the water evaporates quickly. Make sure you create an environment that can condensate. You can do so by placing to plates on top of each other (with the top one upside-down).

o   In soil: cover the seeds with 2-3 centimeters of soil and dampen the soil. Check the soil regularly to make sure it does not dry out.

Normally, it will take about 1-4 days for a seed to sprout.

  • When a root comes out of your seeds, it is time to transfer the seeds to soil in a container or pot. Make holes in the soil with your finger, put the sprouted seeds in the holes (roots pointing down!) and cover them with a thin layer of loos soil. Add a tiny amount of water.

Lights

Growers that are not in the position to grow their plants outdoor, lights will be needed to cultivate cannabis successfully. Grow lights take the place of natural daylight and are important for the development of buds.

The cannabis plants need different types of light in the grow period and the flower period. During the growth period the plant needs cool white and warm white lights; during the flower period the plant needs more yellow light.

There are many options for grow lamps but we will only focus on the three most important kinds:

  1.        Compact Fluorescent Light lamps (CFL-lamps)

CFL-lamps are ordinary lamps that are easy to find. They are not very strong but they provide the entire light-spectrum. For this reason, CFL-lamps are particularly suitable for plants that are genetically programmed to grow wide and short. Also, CFL-lamps are cheap to purchase and energy-efficient.

  1.        High Intensity Discharge lamps (HID-lamps)

These lamps are popular amongst indoor growers and come in different kinds: High-Pressure Sodium and Metal Halide. HID-lamps are best-used in the flowering period. These lamps are powerful, efficient and easy to maintain. Besides that, they provide a big yield. One disadvantage of this type of lamp it’s price; they are expensive to purchase but also in maintenance. Another disadvantage is that these lamps generate a lot of heat which means that good ventilation is needed.

  1.        LED-lamps

LED-lamps haven’t been around as long as the previously mentioned lamps, but they seem to be promising. Lamps of high quality with a broad light-spectrum can maximize the flavor and quality of the buds compared to other lamps. LED-lamps also generate less heat, are energy-efficient and easy to install. LED-lamps are the most expensive in purchase. Because the technique behind these lamps is quite new, there is a lot of room for improvement.

Medium

For the growth of cannabis plants, there is a wide range of mediums to choose from. The most basic medium is a pot with soil. This method is simple, cheap and the buffer is good. It is important that the soil is air permeable so oxygen can reach the roots. In theory, most types of soil could be used. Best is to purchase soil that was developed for the growth of cannabis plants, you can do so in a special growshop.

Another method to grow plants is hydrophonically. Please be aware that growing in hydro is considered professional (in the Netherlands), meaning that it is illegal! With hydrophonic systems, you basically grow on water; the plant absorbs all nutrients through a soil-less medium. With this technique, plants can be grown through rockwool or plastic baskets.

Temperature

Crucial for the growth op plants is the right temperature, fresh air and humidity. But what is the ideal temperature? The perfect temperature for cannabis plants is 21-23 degrees Celsius.

Nutrients

For the growth of cannabis plants, it is very important that they are able to absorb sufficient nutrients. In general, normal soil contain enough nutrients for the entire grow cycle however, it is wise to provide your plants with additional nutrients, at least in the flowering stage. There are three elements that are fundamental in nutrition: nitrogen, potassium and phosphor.

Step 3

When the grower notices that a root came out from a seed, the seeds will be taken carefully out from the object and will be transferred to a pot or container. This part of the procedure is highly important to not damage the seeds in the transferring activity.

Water

For cannabis plants to grow successfully, water quality is of great importance. Variables to consider:

  • Temperature: always use lukewarm water.
  • Quality: tap will work but it’s not ideal. Water cannot contain toxics like chloride. Furthermore, the pH-value should be between 5,6 and 6,2. The pH-value can be controlled with formulas available in a garden centre or growshop.

For the beginning grower, this is enough to start with. When gaining more experience, you can “play” with the quality of your water.