Growing marijuana in Canada will be a common practice for many households (well, unless you live in Manitoba or Quebec). For the rest of the provinces in Canada, each home will be able to grow up to 4 cannabis plants however growing marijuana isn’t as simple as some might think.
Mastering the steps in growing marijuana seeds is essential to establish a sustainable supply of this medicinal plant on your backyard. Unfortunately, some people think that just because they have the seeds, they are assured that they’ll get a good harvest automatically. As any farmer would tell you, growing marijuana is half getting the best seeds, and half providing the best conditions in which they can grow. And farming all starts with germination. In this article, I would chronicle the steps in ensuring successful germination.
Getting The Required Supplies
Of course, you’ll need some items for planting your marijuana seeds. But don’t worry because it doesn’t really require special equipment to get it done. You’re going to need a glass filled with water for the pre-germination process. You’ll also need a glass filled with soil or grow mix for the later stages of germination. You’ll also need a lighting system (similar to an incubator) to ensure the plant’s life cycle is not compromised during its early stage. And last but not least, you’ll need an open space (or at least pots with enough space) once the seeds have matured enough. Basic gardening tools and skills can also come in handy to do germination successfully.
The Initial Steps In Germinating Marijuana Seeds
While the seeds are new, it’s important that you soak them first underwater. For best results, use purified water. If you’ll use tap water, make sure to let it stand for at least 24 hours first to allow chemicals to escape. As you can observe, when you immerse the seeds on the water, they’ll be floating. That’s a normal occurrence. Take the container to a dark place as it facilitates water absorption. After at least 24 hours, you can observe the seed sinking. Once it has sunken, it’s now ready for the next step of germination. Those that don’t sink after 48 hours still can be planted, but their success rate is significantly lower compared to seeds that did sunk.
Advanced Steps In Germinating Marijuana Seeds
You can now transfer the freshly sunk seeds to cups or small containers that contain soil or grow mix. Make sure that these cups have holes at the bottom as it ensures proper water drainage and extra aeration. Carefully place the seed into the soil with the knot side up. You can place it outdoors, but it’s better if you’ll use a grow light. For best results, it’s recommended that the plant is provided with 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness as it triggers the later growth stages to commence. Once the seedlings break open (it usually takes 2-5 days), it’s now ready for the final step of germination.
Preparing For Growth
Once the seedling has broken forth, strengthening the plant becomes the top priority. It takes about a week to a month to prepare your seed for adulthood, but once it’s prepped properly, you’ll reap the benefits both literally and figuratively. Properly germinating marijuana seeds is essential to get the most out of your planting experience.