April Showers Require March Planting
Traditionally in the United States, spring starts in late March. Now, whether or not you believe in global warming, the fact of the matter is that many of our seasons have begun or started later than imagined. It is not uncommon in current times to see where it is 80 degrees far into October and cold into what would be late spring. For the purpose of this Growers 101, we are going to discuss the growing of outdoor cannabis like it would traditionally be done, at the beginning of spring, a la, the end of March.
We will see if this information is accurate but, in the arena of cannabis, traditional growing advice tells us that for home growing that takes place outdoors, you want to plant at the end of March.
The reason for this is primarily the life cycle of the cannabis plant. Every plant has a growing cycle and for cannabis, it grows tall in the spring and the first half of summer, with the cycle reaching its bloom near the end of the summer, making for a perfect harvest later in the summer. Once summer reaches its highest peak and starts to fade, the marijuana plant will grow less, but places its cultivation into the growth of flowers that we all know are the smokable bud we want to grow.
Most will recommend germinating the seeds before planting them. By germinating seeds, you give your plant a stronger chance of surviving to their yielding period. You are going to want to germinate your seeds for about 3 to 4 weeks indoors before attempting to plant them outdoors, meaning if you want to start planting sometime in April, make sure to begin the germination process in March. This is crucial to proper outdoor growing so your plants are not eaten or do not die from frost. You want your plants to be a decent size before planting them in their sunny outdoor location.
To begin the germinating process, you are going to want to get some healthy and fresh peat or good growing soil. You will need a good amount of soil for the process, making sure you can not only cover your seeds about half and inch deep, but also allowing room for the seeds to begin to plant roots. You will want to keep your soil or peat round for the roots to spread, so pots are a great solution.
Start germinating by digging the hole in the soil about half an inch deep and place the seed in there. Cover the seed with the soil you removed. From there, you are going to want to keep the soil warm indoors without having an unnatural warmth to the soil. Also, you want to make sure the soil stays moist the entire time and never dries out. Check your pots throughout the day to remain up-to-date on the soil.
If you germinate carefully, most healthy seeds have a strong chance of success and turning into a plant. It usually takes about a week before they start to appear out of the soil.
The other key to successful germination, and also growing in general, is the amount of light your plants receive. Direct light is always best, even when indoors. At this point in the germination process, it should not be too hard to get your plants the sunlight they need.
Once your plants reach a place where they are starting to grow, you can continue to move them into the deeper soil to create a more firm stem that will grow and continue to root throughout the process. As your plant grows, eventually, it will be time to move the quality soil from the pot to the outside ground. Remember, when relocating your soil, your emphasis should be making sure the soil quality around the plant will nurture healthy growth and has access to direct sunlight.
By germinating your plant at the end of March and beginning of April, you are setting yourself up for a healthy harvest much later down the line. Happy growing and good luck!