Grow with wisdom #1 - The first two weeks
I truly love cannabis, and if you love cannabis the way I do you too can grow this sacred plant. Don’t let fear hold you back. Don’t let politics hold you back. Approach this sacred plant with wisdom, and it will truly help you grow. In this article I’m not going to go into extreme detail explaining how to build your grow room, that will come later. As for now I assume you have one. I will however go over some important points to consider. Your neighbors, try your best to get along with them, at the same time being low key and not drawing unwanted attention towards yourself.
Electricity, make sure you have safe wiring, good fuses and you don’t have water and electricity mixing anywhere.
Light, make sure you have no light leaks, go into your room when the lights are out in the daytime and see if you can see any light coming in, do the same from the outside of your house when the lights are on and see if any light is visible.
Genetics, is a very important subject to consider, there are many, many cannabis strains and it’s worth doing a little research as to which one’s are right for you and your particular situation. Care of the seeds themselves must be done in the correct way. Seeds can’t get to hot, they can’t get moist or wet and keep best when kept in a dark cool dry place.
Sprouting the seeds can be done in a few different ways. When I first started I would put the seeds in a moist paper towel in a warm dark place, that was fine for making the seeds open up and sprout, but what I didn’t know at the time was that the micro roots would get damaged when I would pull them away from the paper towel, leaving opportunity for infection and stunting. Since those days I’ve learned a better method. First take a clear plastic cup and label it with the name of the strain you are going to germinate.
Next put your seeds in and add a third of a cup of distilled water. At first the seeds will float on the top. Put your cup(s) in a warm dark place overnight. In the morning when you look in the cup swirl the seeds around with your finger and all the good ones will sink to the bottom. On close observation you will see that the seeds have slightly split open and have begun to germinate. They are now ready for planting.
You must use very mild, airy soil with a good moisture level. I prefer to use a tray with sixty jiffy peat pots, but small plastic pots work very well. When putting the seeds in the soil be very careful not to plant them more than two seeds deep. If planted too deep they can entangle themselves in their own roots exhausting them of their vital starting energy. The tray or pots with the seeds in them must be then placed in a well lit warm environment. The light that is used must be at least a 250 watt metal halide, but a full spectrum 400 watt light is even better. I keep the light at least a meter and a half away from the top of the plants. When the seeds first start to break through the top of the soil, many times the outside of the seed will stick to the top of the plant and the stem. You can sometimes help it off the seedling with a very gentle lift from a fingernail. The first hint of green that you will see will be these little round leaves called cotyledons. In the middle of them you will see the first signs of their beginning set of serrated leaves that we all know to be cannabis. As the top of the plant gets larger the stem starts to strain from the weight and bends over, a little wooden stick or a piece of wire with a hook works well to keep the little plant standing up as straight as possible. After the 7th day I give the plants a mild mixture of a vitamin B1 and kelp seaweed, mixed with 3 ml per 10 liters bio- N27. This isn’t totally necessary ,but it definitely helps.
With all the little plants standing straight with their little wire supports holding them up, the tray of babies is kept growing under the light at 24 hours a day. The temperature that I keep the room at is about 27. I find that the roots develop quickly under that temperature. The colder the room, the slower the roots will grow. You don’t want to go above 27 either. The tray must be checked daily to make sure it doesn’t dry out and can’t be left too wet. It needs a kind of happy medium between being too wet and being too dry. At the end of two weeks, the little plants are carefully transplanted out of the tray into small pots. The soil mixture that I use is a mix of all-mix 2 parts, cloning soil 1 part, and perlite 2 parts. I then water them from the bottom using a product called power thrive, a mixture of kelp seaweed and vitamin B1. I make sure to use a mild mixture. These plants can stay in these little pots for 7 to 10 days, before needing to be transplanted. Check your plants every day, quiet time spent communing with your plants can be found to be a very rewarding experience. By growing biologically you can make it a non-toxic, life enhancing project, that will help expand your consciousness, green up your thumb, and give you some good exercise.
Happy gardening, Soma