Growing marijuana may sound like a major endeavor, but really it can be as easy as you want to make it. Still, it’s a good idea to know at least a little bit about what to expect before you begin. Having a basic idea of what a “normal” marijuana plant’s growing season will look like is an excellent way to get started. Keep reading for the basics of growing marijuana.
Basics of growing marijuana
What happens during growth?
Light is where plants get their energy. Thanks to the chlorophyll in all plants, they perform a process called photosynthesis, which involves taking in the energy provided by light. They also use water and carbon dioxide to convert that light into energy.
With a Pot for Pot, your marijuana plant receives everything it needs for growth with light from the sun, water from the tap, CO2 from the air and a specially selected nutrient mix.
The leaves of your plants help process all the energy needed for growth. Having some big, green leaves allows your plant to take in and distribute even more of these necessary sugars, especially if those leaves are exposed to lots of direct sunlight. This is why your plant will grow faster and faster; the bigger the leaves, the more energy it can take in, and the more fuel it has to grow.
What do the plants need?
Now that you know why your plants need certain elements to grow, it’s easy to see how a Pot for Pot makes the process simple. The main things any marijuana grower worries about are water, light, CO2, and nutrients and we’ve made sure those aspects were covered.
It’s crucial that you don’t give your plants too little or too much water. Under-watering can deprive your plants of the fuel they need to survive while overwatering can “drown” them and encourage mold to develop. It’s tough to give perfect advice about watering since it really varies in different growing environments.
a Pot for Pot features everything you need to properly water your plants, such as:
- Watering and feeding schedule
- Pot drain saucer
- Aeration topsoil mix
- Adorable watering can
Light is essential for all plants, but it is especially important for marijuana plants because they are photosensitive. This means that traditional strains will need a specific light schedule to reach their flowering stage. The light schedule needs to be uninterrupted and consistent, or else your plants will get confused.
a Pot for Pot has simplified this process as well, by using auto-flowering strains, which flower and are ready to harvest in about 80 days, regardless of light cycle. Now, instead of worrying about complicated lighting schedules, you can focus on watching your plant grow.
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The main thing you need to know about CO2 is that it helps your plant produce sugars, or energy. The other thing to know is that most plants do fine on their own as there is usually plenty of CO2 around naturally.
Your plants are going to be hungry for the right nutrients during different stages of growth. This can be a bit tricky for many growers since feeding nutrients to plants is not quite like feeding humans. It is easy to do too much or the wrong combinations and actually hurt your plant.
Once again, a Pot for Pot removes this worry with a feeding schedule and specially formulated nutrients such as:
- Rooting Booster
- Beneficial Bacteria
- Specially formulated Superb Soil
The Marijuana Growth Stages
There are three stages worth thinking about when it comes to marijuana plants: seedling, vegetative (or the “growth” stage), and flowering.
Your plant is at its most vulnerable during the seedling stage, but it doesn’t last long. It takes between 2-3 weeks. Be careful not to over water at this stage. Keep your seedling’s soil moist, but not too wet or too dry, and water directly onto the seedling soil puck, called a jiffy pellet, and not on the seedling’s stem. If you water directly onto the stem, bacteria can grow within small droplets of accumulated water and create stem rot. Check out our Seedling Starter Kit.
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This is when your plants grow the most. You can practically see them getting bigger in front of your eyes! This will last between 2 and 4 weeks (depending mostly on the strain). Pay attention to the watering schedule as it will increase in frequency during this time.
This is the time your plants start producing their delicious, THC-filled buds. It lasts anywhere between 6 and 9 weeks. This stage is often the most complicated for marijuana growers because ordinary marijuana plants grown indoors will need to be triggered into flowering; however, this is not the case with seeds used for a Pot for Pot. Your kit includes a discount coupon to purchase auto-flowering seeds that will naturally enter the flowering stage without any help from you.
Prepare for harvest
When the flowering phase slows down, it’s time to prepare for the harvest. Check out your plant’s pistils; when half to most of them are brown, your plant is ready to harvest. a Pot for Pot makes sure you are prepared for this stage as well – use the included scissors to harvest your buds.
For the most successful harvest, it’s a good idea to do a little research before trying it the first time. Check out the ILGM blog for more details.
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