Getting started with growing marijuana is very exciting and concerning at the same time. We are here to help ease the confusion and help you begin growing marijuana easily and effortlessly. You must decide whether to grow in soil or hydro, indoors or outdoors, and what types of seeds to choose. The first step is knowing where you want to grow your weed.
Grow in or outdoors
Growing indoors is ideal for those new to marijuana because your plants are not exposed to the potential harsh elements in the great outdoors. It is much easier to control your environment to ensure your plants are properly cared for when growing indoors.
If you choose soil as your grow medium, you will need a pot that will accommodate the size of your marijuana plant. Your plant will need enough room to grow to its fullest potential, and when it is too big for the pot, the plant will have issues absorbing water and nutrients.
Indoor growers will need nutrient-rich soil that has been sterilized before potting the plants to prevent parasites and disease. When using soil indoors pay attention to the humidity, the amount of nutrients, and acidity. A Pot for Pot has kits that already include Superb Soil that has exactly what your plants need.
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Growing outdoors is environmentally-friendly because there is an abundance of energy. Outdoors, plants get the benefit of natural light, you don’t have to run up your electric bill, and it may produce higher quality bud due to the natural elements. You can also hide your weed better because it is harder to trace an outdoor garden.
You can plant your marijuana directly in the ground since it can grow there, but ideally you’ll want to use 5 – 20 gallon pots. Check out our 5 gallon pots here.
With photoflowering seeds, usually you can start planting outside in the late spring up to the middle of July. The earlier you plant, the larger the yield will be. If you want a smaller plant start growing later. The flowering stage is sparked by the long nights in the late summer. Once the plant starts flowering, it should take around 55-70 days for the buds to mature. Once your plant starts flowering it is time to change the fertilizer to a bloom formula which is better for large buds.
The dark period which lasts between 9 and 12 hours is when marijuana plants enter the flowering phase. If the dark period is short in your region, then your plants are better off in higher latitudes.
Hydro or soil
Marijuana growers using hydroponics systems have many different options to choose from. Hydroponics will produce the highest possible yield in comparison to any method, but you are more likely to experience higher yields from more advanced systems. It is easier to manage the different nutrients you will be introducing to your plants.
It is much easier for oxygen and nutrients to move around because it is open. You can better observe nutrient and water levels which makes this method more precise than growing in soil. However, you can expect to pay way more for hydro systems, and this does not include the additional equipment required.
Hydro-grown marijuana uses a substrate of Rockwool, clay pellets, coconut fiber, perlite or vermiculite.
If you aren’t ready to dish out the higher investment required for hydro growing, then soil is a great way to learn the full process of marijuana growing.
One of the advantages of growing in soil is that it's not as hard to irrigate the plants in soil and fertilizing is simpler. On the other hand, it is messy business dealing with soil, plus it's heavy and takes up some space.
Always check the pH of the soil to ensure your plants are getting the nutrients they need. Pay attention to water retention in your soil. Your plants will be easily deprived of water if the soil drains water without retaining it. However, too much water could lead to fungus and root problems.
The key here is to water the soil enough so it is a bit moist but not wet.
Fast or slow (regular/auto)
Regular photoflowering seeds
It’s no fun choosing seeds when you don’t know what to look for. Regular marijuana seeds derive from a male and female plant and can create either sex. It is not until the plant reaches the flowering phase that you will be able to determine if it is male or female.
Since about 50% of your seeds will be female, it is a good idea to germinate a few extra seeds to replace all the male plants that you won't need later, unless you start with feminized seeds. Regular seeds are best if you plan on producing new seeds which require male and female plants.
Autoflower seeds are great for growing outdoors, and the plants are usually small. These seeds will automatically transition into the flowering phase regardless of how much light they get. The growth process takes about 10 weeks in total. You can expect a fast harvest.
Autoflowering seeds will not yield as much as regular seeds, but you’ll still end up with anywhere between 0.5 and 8 ounces.
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What do you need
When you have kits that offer everything you need to grow marijuana easily, such as the ones at a Pot for Pot, getting started is a lot smoother. Simply select a kit that fits your needs.
With the Expansion and Complete Kits, windowsill growing is a breeze. Find a large window that gets plenty of sunlight, and you are good to go. You’ll need an appropriately sized pot, soil, nutrients, spray bottle, watering can, fertilizer, seed germination medium, and trimming scissors, which are all included in Pot for Pot Complete Kits.
How to select seeds
As you have learned, autoflowering seeds are well suited for outdoors and grow quickly in comparison to regular seeds which produce a higher yield and are great for breeding. Now it’s time to select your seeds so here are a few newbie favorites.
This is a very easy strain to grow and provides a smooth relaxing high. It is strong and capable of thriving in challenging conditions. Blue dream can be grown outdoors and indoors.
Another resilient strain is Green Crack. This sativa likes warmer climates, and flowers fast with a high yield. It is potent and easy to grow.
Gorilla Glue #4 is much loved by many newbies especially since they don’t take up a lot of space. This strain has a high yield, and you can expect it to flower very fast, within 8 to 9 weeks. Gorilla Glue #4 can be grown indoors and outdoors.
Indoors growers will like this indica strain because it is easy to grow and can be planted during any time of year. It flowers extremely fast at just 7 weeks.