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how to grow marijuana from seed part 1

If growing male and female cannabis seeds, they’ll start to show their sex organs, or “pre-flowers,” after 8-10 weeks from germination.

To create a dark, protected space, take another plate and flip it over to cover the seeds, like a dome.

Take four sheets of paper towels and soak them with distilled water. The towels should be soaked but shouldn’t have excess water running off.

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Most seeds that you will buy are regular seeds as described above, but here are a couple more types.

Check out Johanna’s full video series on how to grow weed on Leafly’s YouTube .

You can also minimize headaches and avoid the hassle of seed germination and sexing plants by starting with clones.

Marijuana seeds can be acquired from an array of sources and can vary in quality. For more info on how to buy marijuana seeds, check out our Guide to buying cannabis seeds.

When your cannabis is cured, you should divide it into several portions. It is also a good idea to weigh each package! It is best to keep the wrapped marijuana in a sealed mason jar to keep it fresher for longer. You should also store it in a dark place at a temperature of no more than 70 degrees.

The trichome method is a popular way to see if a cannabis plant is ready for harvesting. A good rule of thumb is to harvest when the trichomes have a cloudy or milky color. Wait too long, and the trichomes turn brown. If this happens, it means much of the THC in the plant has become CBN. Such marijuana is less intoxicating than usual and will make you feel sleepy.

If you have a clone, you can skip this section. The germination process requires cannabis seeds, air, heat, and water. There are several ways to proceed, although the paper towel method is one of the quickest and easiest. As you can guess, it involves using paper towels! You also need a couple of plates and your seed.


Another way to determine if cannabis is harvest-ready is the pistil method. It would help if you harvested when around 70% of the pistils turn brown. Again, wait too long, and your plant will start losing THC. You will benefit from a higher CBD level if you wait until 80-90% of the pistils are brown. However, the risk isn’t worth the reward if it is generally a low-CBD plant.

Please make sure you live in a place where it is legal to cultivate cannabis before you begin. Also, check out these easy to grow marijuana strains. We recommend choosing one of them before beginning your adventure.

Choose a healthy full-bodied soil, but more importantly, find nutritious soil boosters to add to the plant. There are many organic boosters on the market. However, you can DIY and use bat guano, compost teas, or even fish guts to fertilize and bring nutrients to your weed crops.

If you don’t get much sunlight in your region, you’ll need stronger indoor lighting. You can use a 250-watt HID light in a dark and enclosed area. However, the fixtures for these are costly. You probably can’t justify the cost of HIDs or LEDs for a single cannabis plant. Unless, of course, this is a trial run, and you plan to cultivate more plants in the future.

My outdoor cannabis adventure has only just begun. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be documenting my outdoor cannabis crop all the way from seed to harvest. More grow reports, strain reviews, and a new YouTube video series documenting all the action are already in progress. Check the RQS website regularly for more outdoor cannabis blogs soon.

If you are starting later in the season or expect patches of inclement weather at some stage during cultivation, it’s wise to invest in a greenhouse. A sudden summer thunderstorm or treacherous weather in autumn when you’re days away from harvest could be devastating.

Cannabis cultivation—whether indoors or outdoors—should always be a discreet affair. You don’t need to completely drop out of society like I have to grow outdoors. All you need is a sunny, private space like a back garden or a balcony, really. But I value my privacy and won’t tolerate man or beast messing with my marijuana. A large rooftop terrace in the middle of nowhere is the perfect private place to grow weed trees outdoors.


I plan to order a simple PVC greenhouse from Amazon with the same dimensions as a large grow tent in the coming weeks. It even has poles and joins just like a grow tent, in the same familiar 2.4 × 1.2 × 2m dimensions.

Whatever your level of outdoor cannabis cultivation experience, now is the moment to take that bold step outdoors. If the sun is shining, you can use this blog to guide your ganja-growing adventure. Using simple methods, low-cost supplies, and with a little luck from Mother Nature, there’s a real prospect of raking in a couple of impressive harvests by the end of the season.

During the first week of July, I’ll be busy potting-up. I plan to transplant the rooted seedlings directly into large white containers and move outdoors. Approximately 15 hours of sunlight per day should be enough for 4–6 weeks of vegetative growth.

Select strains suited to the local climate from only the best cannabis seedbanks. I carefully scrutinised the catalogues of both Royal Queen Seeds and Zamnesia Seeds for the most desirable specimens likely to perform well in the hot, sunny local climate. However, my prime objective for this marijuana mission is to grow some amazing purple weed again.