All cultivators are aware of the amazing benefits that using feminized seeds bring. Here, we will show you the 5 basic steps of growing feminized marijuana seeds. Make sure to continue reading if you have plans about growing your own garden and considering feminized seeds.
5 Steps of Growing Marijuana Seeds – Feminized from Canada
For the benefit of this article, we are going to focus on marijuana seeds that are feminized from Canada or can be purchased from any parts of the world. The first step of any cannabis cultivation process is choosing the type of seeds you’ll use, but since we have already mentioned feminized, we will skip this step.
Know your Cannabis Fundamentals
Growing your own cannabis garden using feminized seeds will need you to be knowledgeable in all the cannabis fundamentals which include the following.
Light – When your cannabis feminized seeds are still in the vegetative stage, they need more than 12 hours of light per 24-hour period. With indoor growing, you can control this with a timer.
For outdoors, germination should be delayed until your plants can be exposed to more than 12 hours of daylight and receive a minimum of 8 hours of direct sunlight per day.
Growing Medium – You will have a lot of medium to choose from, you just need to know which one will work for your garden. Soil is not the only choice you have, you can also use rock wool, coconut coir, and perlite.
You can also do aeroponics, hydroponic or deep water culture that don’t use mediums at all since the suspended root matrix gets nutrients directly from the nutrient mix.
Air – Your cannabis plant will need fresh moving air to make it strong and proper exchange of gases. This is not going to be a problem for outdoor plants since there’s plenty of air outside.
For indoor plants, you might need to use exhaust or a fan to ensure an air movement.
Water – Cannabis seeds need water to grow and perform all its biological functions. Large cannabis plants can be notoriously thirsty and if your feminized seeds produce these type of strain, you will certainly need a big supply of water.
Water carries nutrients for indoor plants and it can also be used to flush hydroponic and soilless systems regularly.
Temperature – Cannabis can be very strong as it can survive both hot and cold weather. However, when put in extreme weathers, you can be assured that it will get stressed and it can either freeze or boil to death.
27-degree centigrade is the accepted ideal for healthy cannabis growth. For indoors, this can be easily achieved with fans, air conditioning units, heating, and cooling mats.
For outdoors plants, however, you need to pick your time and check the climate as well. You can use a sun cycle app or chart to make sure your timing is right.
Nutrients – A soil that is filled with compost, vitamins and minerals and living organisms can help your plant with getting enough food for their whole life cycle.
These nutrients encourage your plant to grow healthy and give good quality harvests in the future.
Humidity – Control of humidity for indoor plants are very important from seed to flower. It leaves the area properly moisture that makes the environment pest-free and with no molds.
Checking the Lights for Indoor Cannabis Growing
There has been a wide selection of light that you can use for your indoor garden. Maybe the main factor for your decision is knowing your budget, how much are you willing to spend on your cannabis garden.
On the lighting scale, you can find the rudimentary yet efficient Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) or a small Light Emitting Diode (LED) panel set-up that can be purchased for $300.
The heat factor generated by these lights must be considered however if you don’t exhaust efficiently your grow space, it will become too hot for healthy cannabis growth.
Germination and Cannabis Seedlings
Each feminized seed will contain all the information needed in order for you to successfully grow the strain you have chosen. Remember that your seeds will not germinate until the three specific needs are met. These are water, correct temperature, and a good growing space.
Growing your cannabis plant using feminized seeds comes with no set of rules, there’s a number of ways to germinate your feminized seeds. Soon, you will be able to find one that works best for you.
Vegetative & Flowering Stage
During the vegetative stage for indoor plants, the lights are set to 18 hours a day with a 6 hour night light regimen. You can just set this to the times of the day that will best suit you.
For outdoor plants, you will see that the cannabis plant will grow very quickly once the daylight hours start to increase while in the spring then summer. Your cannabis plant may grow up to 3-4 meters during the vegetative stage because of unlimited root room and good genetics.
The flowering stage can also be referred to as the blooming or the budding stage. This is an exciting phase as you will not only see buds and flowers but your plant may also develop aromas.
For outdoor plants, you can see the first stage of the flowering phase when summer’s heat has just passed and autumn is approaching. While for the indoor plants, you can adjust the flowering stage by changing the lighting schedule to 12 hours a day and 12 hour night photoperiod.
Harvesting, Drying, and Curing
Knowing if your cannabis plant is mature means that you know it’s ready for harvest. Some of the signs to watch out for are: the plant is covered in trichomes, pistils are changing color and shrivels at the back. It will change color into a deep orange, mauve, brown or scarlet depending on the species.
The swollen resin sacks also begin to change color in waves all over the plant going from milky to an amber color. Know also that in harvesting, there’s no perfect way to do it, you just have to be rakish and learn by doing it.
Some cultivators practice wet trimming that is removing all the leaves while the plant stands then breaking the plant further down Cultivators will then hang the branches to dry or lay the individual buds on a drying rack.
You just need to remember that in harvesting, you should carefully handle it as you don’t want to disturb the delicate trichomes as little as possible.
Put your buds in a cool, dry place with little humidity, this might take a couple of weeks.