Getting Seeds Ready for the Spring of Growing
It is a little difficult to write about how to grow marijuana in the dead of winter. Yes, it is more than possible to grow indoors at this time, but with the temperatures dropping and ice building, not many people aside from dedicated and experienced home growers might be fully prepared for indoor growing. Indoor growing is an investment after all, and it takes time to learn, along with the resources to keep a light on your plant for 12 plus hours a day. Because of this, and as with many of our past articles, we have focused more on the aspects of how to harvest weed when grown outdoors.
Now, right now is obviously not the time you are going to want to be planting your next crop of weed. We still actually have a few months before we are going to want to even considering putting our seeds in the grounds. (Worth noting, if you are planting clones outdoors you are going to want to plant sometime in the mid-May range.) For our seeds, we are going to want to plant after frost has stopped happening consistently at night, generally the end of March or April, although, with the current climate, we have no idea when exactly this might be.
For now, we are going to discuss the potential benefits of growing from seeds and information on how you can make the most out purchasing your seeds for growing. Also, we do not want to just leave it there. Check out our other article where we rank the top seeds for growing we have seen in the last few years. These seeds have been discussed by our staff and are known for both their ability to produce some great pot and sometimes for their ease of growing for home growers instead of only focusing on clones.
The main benefit of growing from seeds as opposed to clones is variety, the spice of life and indeed strains. When growing from seeds, you have the potential to produce a diverse range of buds within the same genetic arena, something much more limited with clone growing. As you learn and evolve as a grower, you can use seeds to consistently improve your harvest. Variety also matters in other areas. More plants are available in seed form than there are in clone form, giving you a wider access to new strains you can breed together to produce some beautiful hybrids. Now obviously, it may take you years before you become a master grower and can replicate some of the beautiful hybrid strains coming out of our dispensaries, but growing from seeds gives you the chance to try making something new; overall, growing from seeds gives you more control than a clone.
They also give you a bit of a stronger rooting system because they start from square one. This is essential to the health of the plant when it reaches its flowering stages. Also, seeds are easier to germinate if you know what you are doing, meaning a better success rate for home growers than clones. Although you are going to have to wait a little longer to plant, unless you are growing outdoors, the end products can be infinitely more rewarding for you as you watch your hard work unfold. Growing from seeds presents many home growers a level of control and reward they will recognize the moment they yield their crop.
Picking the Right Seeds
Selecting the right seeds to grow is another story, again we can recommend some strains for you and do later in this issue of the Gazette, but it is important you understand what you are buying before jumping into the growing process. In general, there are a few questions you are going to want to answer before beginning growing. First and foremost, you are going to want to pick the type of weed you are hoping to grow. This comes down to the strains you are hoping to produce.
For this first question, the general concept is what high do you want. Space is also a consideration. Sativas tend to grow tall where indicas are short and bushy. This might not seem like much a difference, but it is when it comes time to growing. Although it is legal to grow in a few states now, you still might be concerned with things like privacy or security. Take these into consideration when growing to make sure you are not uncomfortable if your sativa plant is towering over your fence and your grandparents, who also happen to be your neighbors, start to judge you for growing pot.
You will also want to talk with the seller of your seeds. Every plant has a different grow style due to features like climate and unique properties. Ask questions about which one will work best for you because you do not want to kill your plants before they ever begin. Growth characteristics will include the type of soil you want to use, fertilizers, the amount of time it takes to grow, and when the plant will flower. This is all important information and will change per the seed.
Again, the best thing in these areas is to never be afraid to ask questions. Talk with whoever you are buying seeds from and if they do not know, the internet is a great place for research along with local stores. The community has plenty of information out there, sometimes we just need to ask.
Picking Healthy Seeds
The last thing to pay attention to is not just the type of seeds you are buying in regards to strain, but also the health of the seeds you are buying. There are a few things to look for in good, healthy seeds.
1. Color: Good seeds are generally dark brown with some spots. Indica strains can have stripes where sativa seeds might have little spots.
2. Texture: Good cannabis seeds should be hard.
3. Things to Avoid: The following are signs of bad seeds; pale, green, or cracked seeds. Soft seeds as well. Avoid these seeds as they will likely fail to germinate or even if they take, will probably produce weak plants.
If it is your first time growing and you are unsure what to look for, ask an experienced friend to come with you and help look over the potential seeds you are buying. Also, do not be afraid to ask questions. Again, questions can help save you hassle later when growing and you should feel comfortable knowing what you are buying. There is nothing wrong with wanting to get the most out of your money, so feel free to ask away. This is your product, and only you can decide when you are happy with the result of what you are buying.