If you read the home page, you are probably ready to get started on the actual growing process. If you haven’t, read up on the best grow light kits and soil for you. Whether you chose the Apollo, Vivasun or iPower, the tutorial is going to work the same way. While the article may seem lengthy, its just words. In reality, the steps are incredibly simple and so is growing.
Step by Step: Growing Weed
Once again, let’s make sure you have all of your tools ready for the job:
- Grow light kits
- A place to grow, preferably a grow tent
- Ventilation system
- Soil & Nutrients
If you do not have any of these, please visit the home page where I break everything down specifically. It’s a must-read before getting to this step.
1) Set up your grow space
If you want to grow cannabis indoors, you’ve got to set up your space. This includes picking a place to grow it and then assembling the grow light kit you purchased. Don’t worry, you get all the tools to hang up the lights and the instructions are easy to follow so it makes no sense for me to repost them here.
If you’re going to be growing indoors, I really really really suggest getting a grow tent from Gorilla. Its a lot more discrete than growing it out in the open, reduces the smell and helps increase your yields by keeping in the light. It also makes everything a lot more organized, and has room for cables.
Next, you’re almost certainly going to need a ventilation system. You can try going cheap on this, buying some used equipment on Craigslist but I just prefer getting everything brand new. iPower (works even if you have an Apollo light kit) has an entire ventilation kit for this, and Amazon has it for a decent price. You’re welcome to get all the parts separately at Home Depot or Lowes, but once again, I just don’t have the time for it and I know its made with growing cannabis in mind.
2) Starting your grow
At this step, you can easily go to your local dollar store and purchase a pot to grow your pot (pun intended). You don’t need anything high quality if you’re looking to try this for the first time. If you want to do this perfectly, you can purchase a fabric pot as it helps increase oxygen flow to the roots of the plant and helps to drain any excess water, thus improving the quality of your bud. I noticed a huge difference, but it’s not mandatory.
However, you can’t plant the germinated seeds into the big pots right away so you’ll have to use Jiffy pots. I recommend using Jiffy pots as they’re biodegradable, versus the traditional plastic containers, and they offer greater air circulation & moisture retention, which helps your plant grow healthier. They’re also very inexpensive and you can usually get 12 of them for under $5 which is a sweet deal for better quality.
- Place seeds in a cup of room-temperature water, avoid distilled water, preferably filtered water, but tap works too.
- Let them float for a couple of hours in a place without any light and in a room-temperature environment.
- Check back to see if any of them have sunk to the bottom. For those that haven’t sunk to the bottom, try poking them to see if they go down. If they don’t sink to the bottom give it a few more hours and repeat the process.
- The next day they should have roots starting to appear.
- On the next day, you should start the process of removing the seeds from the water as they can’t be in there for more than 3 days. Take a glass plate, put a layer of paper towels on it and moisten them with a syringe or in another careful manner.
- Remove the seeds from the cup carefully and move them onto the moisten paper towel.
- Spread them out so if they have enough time to sprout.
- Cover the seeds with another moist piece of paper towel.
- Put a plate on top or seal it with plastic wrap so there’s little to no air-flow coming in.
- After 3-7 days they should have entirely sprouted and it is time to plant them in the soil.
I’m not sure why but there seem to be very little actual guides on planting weed seeds in soil so I’m going to do my best to try to shine some light on this area.
Once your seeds have sprouted, it is now time to move them into some actual soil. These are the most delicate days so you don’t want to cause too much shock to the plants. Grab your Jiffy pots and put the soil that I recommended you on the homepage into the pots.
Once the soil is in, it’s time to moisten it with water so that we can put the seeds in with ease and so that they have some water to help them grow.
The next step is very easy but be careful in the way you handle the seeds. You will want to gently place each seed into its own pot. Now slowly push the seed into the soil until it just barely disappears. You don’t want to see the seed but you also want it to be close to the surface.
All that’s left to do is to either cover them with a humidity dome or just use plain plastic wrap to keep all the moisture in. To better secure the plastic wrap, tie an elastic band around the pot and plastic wrap.
Watch the cups carefully for stems as this is when you’ll want to take the plastic wrap off so your plants can be set free and start growing.
I’m not sure if you’re aware but you won’t be able to keep your plants in the Jiffy cups forever. It’s time to use those amazing fabric pots I recommended earlier in this page.
Grab your fabric pot and fill it with either the premium soil that I recommended on the homepage, or whichever other premium, organic soil that was recommended to you. Did I say premium enough? Once you have the soil in the pot, make a cave in the middle so as to make room for the marijuana you’re re-potting from the cups.
Next, you’re going to need to gently cut the Jiffy cup open on the side and gently place it into your fabric pot. Once again, gently cover up the plant with the existing soil in the fabric pot and make it into one entire unit. That’s it!