For a seed to be viable, it must be mature enough to have a completely formed genetic blueprint, and it must be strong enough to germinate and pop through its hard casing and sprout its crucial taproot.
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.
Make sure the area the seeds are in is warm, somewhere between 70-85°F.
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Cannabis used for hemp production has been selected for other traits, including a low THC content, so as to comply with the 2018 Farm Bill. Consequently, many varieties of hemp produce significant quantities of CBD.
A lot of classic weed strains that have been around for a while come in feminized form. Some popular fem seeds are:
If you’re ready for a more serious approach, make sure you have the space for a proper garden and pop the seeds to see what fruit they bear.
Additionally, every long-time grower will tell you that clones degrade over time.
Methods of germinating cannabis seeds vary. The most common is soaking in water followed by germination on wet kitchen paper. Other growers use methods such as moist cotton, planting directly into the soil or germinating in a Jiffy pot.
Growing cannabis depends on the type of plant you grow. Each plant has its own characteristics that influence the life cycle. Which characteristics these are exactly you will read later in this article, but think about when the plant starts flowering. Do you want to grow with autoflowering seeds or with feminized seeds and also issues such as whether you want to grow weed indoors or outdoors play a role.
Phase 1 – Germination
Your weed is dry when you try to bend the stem where the buds are. Do you hear crackling without the stem breaking? Then your buds are dry enough for the next step, which is ripening
This process generally takes between 2 and 6 weeks. Ripening is complete when the bud cracks when you gently pull it.
The growth phase of a photoperiod variety when grown indoors can be limited by making the plant think that it must flower. How to do that, you will read below.
Sativas can also grow to be very tall, up to 20 feet in an outdoor setting, which makes them difficult to conceal from neighbors in an outdoor grow setting. Even when confined inside, they may still grow long and lanky, a challenge for anyone trying to manage a small grow space.
If you do decide to grow your own cannabis, plan on approximately seven months from when you plant to when you can consume your homegrown stash.
Do you have any experience growing cannabis at home? How long did it take you from seed to harvest? Share your stories in the comments below.
Cultivation Time for Indica Cannabis Plants
Grow times for cannabis plants vary widely, but on average, are about three-to-five months for indoor grows. However, there are many factors that could add or subtract from that range, including whether you choose to grow from a clone or a seedling, the target yield (how much consumable product) and the growing method, whether indoor, outdoor, greenhouse, hydroponic, coco, etc. A very loose breakdown of a growing timeline could look like this:
This cerebral and uplifting cannabis variety poses more challenges than growing indica. In addition to their longer ten-to-twelve week flowering period, sativas tend to produce a smaller yield (although this is certainly not true of all sativa strains).
A genetic mix of both indica and sativa strains, the growing time for hybrid marijuana strains may vary depending on which way the genetics lean. But, on average, hybrids tend to grow faster in the vegetative stage like a sativa, but may have a shorter flowering period like indica, about six-to-ten weeks. Since hybrids are a true blend of both sativa and indica, cultivators often prefer to grow them because of their higher output, generally faster growing time, and consumer appeal.
But the number one determinant of growing time depends on whether you’re growing sativa, indica, or hybrid cannabis strains. Let’s take a look at some average grow times for each.