MARIJUANA GROW GUIDE
Growing good quality marijuana can be very simple or extremely complex. From dropping a seed into the ground to high tech automated hydroponic grow systems and everything in between, today’s growers have a variety of options available to them when it comes to cannabis cultivation. Often a matter of personal preference, different methods of growing have their specific advantages as well as drawbacks.
The Cannabis Grow Bible
by Greg Green
The Cannabis Grow Bible fully explains both the art and science behind growing high-grade pot. Author and aficionado Greg Green blends a thorough understanding of marijuana botany with practical advice on coping with the day-to-day demands of maintaining a high-yield garden, and offers proven methods that maximize both yield and potency. Fully updated and illustrated in full color, and with techniques for both indoor and outdoor cultivation, this comprehensive guide covers everything growers need to know, including how to select the best plant genetics, soil and hydroponic grows, dealing with pests and predators, advanced systems and breeding, and protecting the crop from nosy neighbors. It also explains the “Screen of Green” technique that gives a higher yield using fewer plants. Green’s easy-to-follow instructions and the accuracy, breadth, and depth of information presented benefit newbies and professional gardeners alike.
Marijuana Growing Basics
Marijuana plants are either male or female. The male Marijuana plants produce pollen which pollinates the flowers of the female Marijuana plant, which once pollenized, produce seeds. If the female Marijuana plant isn’t pollenized (if there are no male Marijuana plants nearby producing pollen), the flower/buds continue to develop and produce THC.
Seeds are the distillation of the plant’s essence. They contain the blueprint for life, which they hold in storage until they sense environmental conditions that favor survival of a new plant.
Yield is the obsession of many gardeners. How much will a plant produce ? That may seem like a simple question, but there are many facets. For indoor gardeners, space, watts, and time are considerations. For outdoor gardeners space, shape, and ripening time are of concern.
One of the best solutions to energy verses output for most home gardeners is to use outdoor light for flowering and use continuous light indoors for germination and vegetative growth. This will take advantage of the natural light/dark cycle and cut your energy use in half compared to the same operation indoors.
Use Super Soil brand in California, as this is the only known soil on the West Coast that is guaranteed to be good. Many other brands are mostly wood products and have very few nutrients, are too moist, etc. Add vermiculite, pearlite or sand to Super Soil to increase the drainage and aeration.
pH affects plant growth and nutrient availability. pH can affect the availability of nutrients. pH can affect the absorption of nutrients by plant roots pH values above 7.5 cause iron, manganese, copper, zinc and boron ions to be less available to plants. pH values below 6 cause the solubility of phosphoric acid, calcium and magnesium to drop.
You should have some experience growing simple plants then start growing hydroponically. You need a little experience before you start hydroponic marijuana growing.
Sea of Green (SOG) is the theory of harvesting lots of small plants, matured early to get the fastest production of buds available. Instead of growing a few plants for a longer period of time, in the same space many smaller plants are grown that mature faster and in less time. Thus, less time is required between crops.
It is possible to breed and select cuttings from plants that grow, flower, and mature faster. Some plants will naturally be better than others in this regard, and it is easy to select not only the most potent plants to clone or breed, but the fastest growing/flowering plants as well.
Cloning is asexual reproduction. Cuttings are taken from a mother plant in vegatative growth, and rooted in hydroponic medium to be grown as a separate plant. The offspring will be plants that are identical to the parent plant.
There are several important points to consider when choosing the optimum time to harvest your marijuana crop. There are different factors to consider between indoor and outdoor marijuana plants. There is the difference between Sativas and Indicas in bloom duration and final effect.
The the plant will be induced to fruit or flower with dark cycles of 11-13 hours that simulate the oncoming winter in the fall as the days grow shorter. As a consequence, it works out well indoors to have two separate areas; one that is used for the initial vegetative state and one that is used for flowering and fruiting.
Guerrilla farming refers to farming away from your own property, or in a remote location of your property where people seldom roam around. It is possible to find locations that for one reason or another are not easily accessible or are privately owned.
Plants that are regenerated, cloned and even grown from seed will need to be pruned at some point to encourage the plant to produce as much as possible and remain healthy. Pruning the lower limbs creates more air-flow under the plants in an indoor situation and creates cuttings for cloning.
Once sprouted, the plant starts vegetative growth. This means the plant will be photosynthesizing as much as possible to grow tall and start many grow tips at each pair of leaves. A grow tip is the part that can be cloned or propagated asexually.
Marijuana Botany – An Advanced Study
by Robert Connell Clarke
Marijuana Grow F.A.Q.
- Should I start my grow from clones or seeds?
- Do roots really grow in the dark?
- What are common mistakes made by first time growers?
- How much will i yeild?
- Hydro vs. Organic
- How should I select my grow space?
- How do I add ventilation to my grow area?
- How much ventilation do I need in my grow room?
- What is a suncircle? (circular light mover)
- What distance should my light be from my plants?
- How can I build my own HPS or MH light system?
- Does the bulb have to match my ballast?
- What is color temperature of a bulb?
- H.I.D Light description
- All you need to know about Mylar
- What are Macro-/Micro-Nutrients, and what is each responsible for?
- The never ending abuse of Phosphorous to enhance flowering
- How do I mix up my nutrient solution?
- How can I properly maintain my hydroponic nutrient solution?
- What do the three numbers on the fertilizer label stand for?
- How do I foliar feed?
- What is Earthjuice catalyst and how do I use it?
- What is Spray-N-Grow and how do I use it?
- Plant Abuse Chart and Photos
- Nutrient Disorder Problem Solver
- Flora feeding schedule for soil growers.
- How do I produce my own Worm Castings?
- Five Most Asked Questions About Earthworm Castings
- What is the difference between ppm and EC?
- How can I raise or lower the pH of my soil mix?
- What is pH?
- What is a pH buffer?
- How much water do I give my clones & seedlings when in rockwool?
- What is the best type of water to start with?
- What is nutrient lockout?
- How can I measure the pH of soil/soilless runoff?
- What are Water-Absorbent Polymers and how do I use them?
- Maximizing root growth in soil containers
- What is the Soil Food Web?
- Treating old soil
- How do I use capillary matting with an indoor grow and why does it help?
- Using Coco as a Substrate
- Super Soil recipes & notes
- What is root-bound?
- Should I use Lavarocks or Expanded Clay?
- What are the differences between aeroponic misting and fogging?
- How do I sterilize and disinfect my system?
- How can I keep my reservoir cool?
- How do I convert watts to amps and amps to watts?
- How do I electrically map my place?
- How can I offset the energy usage of my grow room?
- When do I change my ballast components?
- Basic Electrical Safety Guidelines
- Feeding the worms – Diet
- Worm Farm Maintenance
- Harvesting Worm Castings
- Using Worm Castings