On March 31, Democrat Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced proposed changes to legislation passed in that state earlier in the year that would speed up the legalization of marijuana for Virginia residents by three years.
The law that passed through the state legislature in February would have allowed adults in Virginia to legally possess and grow weed at home, but not until 2024. That time span left much to be desired by advocates for legalization, until Northam proposed a change that would accelerate the process and allow the law to take effect as early as July of this year.
With this news, North Carolina’s refusal to even begin to take steps toward legalization became all the more archaic. While state legislators like Rep. Kelly Alexander continue to carry the torch for legalization, there simply isn’t enough support in the North Carolina General Assembly to report on.
So what we did instead was reach out to a local resident who we know to have 20+ years experience in growing marijuana at home, for those who are sick of waiting around and continuing to risk it in the black market. You can be growing weed at home in just eight easy steps.
Take note: Implementing the following tips in North Carolina is highly illegal. We do not encourage you to risk jail time by doing so. For those of our readers who live in Virginia or other more enlightened states, here’s a detailed guide at how to cultivate your green thumb. For those stuck behind here in North Carolina, grow at your own risk.
Growing container(s) with drainage holes
Grow light (wattage information below)
Small table fan
Grow tent or a small light-proof area
Misting spray bottle
Table of Contents
- Step 1: Germinating your seed
- Step 2: Plant your seed
- Step 3: Bring it to the light
- Step 4: Vegetative growth
- Step 5: Transplant into a flowering container
- Step 6: Forcing it to flower
- Step 7: Let it grow
- Step 8: Harvest Time!
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Step 1: Germinating your seed
So you got lucky and found a seed in that last bag you got from your boy. What to do now? You want to make sure that seed is viable before you plant, so you want to germinate your seed. Start by taking a clear Ziploc bag with a damp (not dripping wet) paper towel and fold your seed in the paper towel, close the bag and put it somewhere slightly warm — think of the top of your cable box or refrigerator kind of warm.
After one to three days you’ll see a tiny white tail poking out if the seed is viable to grow. If you don’t see a tail within five days you need to find another seed.
Pro Tip: Germinate more than one seed at a time. You can’t tell if your plant is male or female until you begin flowering. Having more than one plant ensures your chances of getting a female plant. Male plants only produce pollen for reproduction and don’t produce flowers, which are what you want. Female plants have tiny hairs that appear at the base of the stems, or “nodes” as their called.
Step 2: Plant your seed
Use a standard potting soil mix and preferred container with drainage holes. The easiest, most used container is just a plastic Dixie cup with drainage holes poked in the bottom. Plant your seed in the soil about 1 inch deep with your exposed tail pointing down, then slightly mist the top of the container with clean water and put it somewhere it can get some direct or indirect light, be it sunlight or from a grow light (using a compact fluorescent [CFL] light works well here).
After about two to three days you’ll see your first set of baby leaves emerging from your soil. SUCCESS!! Be proud! One of the most difficult steps is done!
Pro Tip: When watering baby plants, use a misting spray bottle to apply your water the first few weeks of its life instead of pouring water directly on top. Because it has a juvenile root system it isn’t anchored into the soil yet, and sometimes the seedling will “float” after the first few waterings.
Step 3: Bring it to the light
Choosing the right kind of light is important and there’s almost an endless amount of options when it comes to lighting. It is often the most overthought and debated subject for an indoor grower. With so many options for indoor lighting, I find using inexpensive LED lights to be a great choice for the new grower. LEDs can be used for all stages of plant growth. They give off a great quality of light with a low initial investment and often less heat than traditional indoor plant lighting, i.e high pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), or good ole’ fluorescents (FL or CFL).
Pro Tip: Stay away from “Blurple” colored lights. They’re often cheaper but the purplish hue makes it hard to see the real colors of your plant and can be hard on the eyes. Working under natural looking lights helps you see the real color of the leaves.
Step 4: Vegetative growth
Before your new baby is ready to flower you need to grow it a little more and let it become sexually mature so that it’s big enough to give those beautiful flowers that you’re looking for. This step is highly personalized; it all depends on how much space and how many watts of lighting you’re using. But a good rule of thumb is to have 75 watts of lighting for every square foot of gardening area.
Let your baby grow (or veg) for at least three weeks, but you can let it grow as long as you’d like, leaving your grow light on for at least 18 hours a day but up to 24 hours a day if you prefer. Most standard potting soil mixes have enough initial nutrients where you don’t need to fertilize or amend your soil; there’s enough of what your baby needs already mixed in.
Pro Tip: Don’t skimp out and use cheap soil. Pitching out a few more bucks for quality soil will make your life easier in the long run and help ensure there’s enough nutrients available to the plant for it to grow strong and healthy. You want plants that have a medium dark green to the leaves and no brown spots.
Step 5: Transplant into a flowering container
This is where you’re going to put your baby into her final home, where it will live for the rest of its short life. This is a highly personalized step as well but you want to use a container that holds roughly one gallon of soil per foot of expected plant growth. Before you transplant you want to add a quarter cup of granular bloom fertilizer mixed into your soil before planting. Bloom fertilizers have a lower mix of nitrogen and higher levels of phosphorus and potassium often listed as NPK (5-10-10).
Using a slow-release granular fertilizer makes for easy growing for the rest of the plant’s life. Because of its slow release action the plant is fed every time you water it, ensuring that it has all the nutrients it needs for the rest of its life cycle and taking away that lack of surety: “Did I give it too much or too little?”
Pro Tip: Be gentle when transplanting into larger containers. The roots are often delicate and can be damaged easily. If using a Dixie cup, squeeze the side of the cup until the plant becomes loose and gently flip the plant into your other hand while making sure to support its root mass.
Step 6: Forcing it to flower
Since marijuana is a photosensitive plant you need to “force it to flower,” which is its natural cue to begin reproducing by giving it equal times of light and uninterrupted dark periods. This is where you often hear of the 12/12 cycle: 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. The final resting spot for the rest of your plant’s life needs to be an area where it can get uninterrupted dark time.
The classic area is normally a small closet or grow tent if you can afford the investment. You just need a simple 24-hour appliance timer and set it for 12 hours on and 12 hours off.
Pro Tip: Make sure your flowering area is somewhere that can get uninterrupted light cycles. Interrupting the night cycle can cause your plants to “herm,” meaning they will create pollen sacs on your female plants that will then pollinate your female plant and produce seeds. It’s not the worst thing that can happen but when a plant produces seeds, the quality of your flowers will be diminished.
Step 7: Let it grow
For the next eight to nine weeks, just allow nature to do its thing. You only need to water your baby with normal tap water whenever the top 3 or 4 inches of soil are dry and make sure you’re moving your grow light up as it grows. You want to keep your light 12 to 24 inches from the tallest point of your plant to ensure that the tops aren’t getting too warm, an issue known as “light burn.” Flowers begin to form at week three of this stage and most finish with eight or nine weeks of growing in the 12/12 light cycle. You know your plant is ready when the larger leaves have started to turn yellow and when 75% of the pistols have turned red or brown on the flowers (also known as buds).
Pro Tip: Make sure your grow space has air movement. When growing in an indoor space you need air circulation. Adding a small oscillating fan helps bring fresh air into your garden. Plants use CO2 during photosynthesis, so you want to give them as much air circulation as you can.
Step 8: Harvest Time!
After all these weeks of waiting and watering, the day is finally here. It’s harvest time! After the eighth or ninth week your baby is ready to be chopped.
Simply cut your plant and hang it upside down in a cool dark area. You can use the same place you grew it in — just turn the light off. After letting the plant dry for about seven to 10 days you’ll want to manicure it. You do this by trimming off all the remaining leaves and trimming around your bud sites removing any leaves that are not connected to bud sites and any smaller leaves that don’t look “frosty.” At this stage you’re done!
For the smoothest and most quality smoke, you want to cure your flowers simply by putting them in an airtight container and “burping” them once or twice a day. The reason this is done is to allow the chlorophyll to break down inside the leaves and flowers, revealing its flavor and preventing you from having buds that taste grassy or fresh. This step is also very personalized, but most people cure it for at least 10 days, or as long as three months — it just depends on what flavor profile you’re looking for.
Pro Tip: When harvesting, and in the few weeks leading up to harvest, your plant will smell fantastic — fantastic to the point that if you have visitors over they will definitely smell it. It’s advised to use some kind of smell control. They make multiple products to help alleviate this but the most common is known as a carbon filter, which are mesh tubes that are filled with activated charcoal that use a fan to pull air through the filter, absorbing particulates and leaving the air smelling clean and removing the odor. It’s worth the small investment to make sure the only people that know you are growing are people that you want to know, which honestly should be no one.
Stay safe and happy growing!
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How To Grow Your First Cannabis Plant In 10 Steps Zamnesia > Blog >How To Grow Your First Cannabis Plant In 10 Steps Blog 6 min 6 min Miguel Antonio Ordoñez Last updated: March 29th, 2022 For some, cannabis cultivation is a hobby. Many growers want to become marijuana self-sufficient. Others aim to turn pro. Regardless, it all begins with a seed. In this step-by-step guide, we offer you the road map to your first successful cannabis crop. GROWING MARIJUANA IS EASY Cannabis is cultivated all over the world by all kinds of people. Growing your own weed is easy. You don’t need any experience to cultivate a successful cannabis crop. All you need is knowledge and the commitment to follow through with your grow plan. 10 simple steps can and will take you from seed to stash. Get ready to join a growing community. STEP 1: DECIDE TO GROW INDOORS OR OUTDOORS The first decision every grower must make is what grow style to adopt. You can grow outdoors, provided the climate is warm and a minimum of 8 hours per day of sunlight is available. Indoor cultivation can be an ongoing, 365 days a year operation. The growing season outdoors in a hot southern climate can be as long as spring to autumn. In cool northern climates, the cultivation window can be just 8-10 weeks during summer. Timing is everything to the outdoor grower. Sow seeds too late and winter weather can ruin the crop close to harvest. On the other hand, if you sow too early, photoperiod strains will be in vegetative growth for a long time until the natural day-night cycle gets close to the ideal 12-12 to induce flowering. In contrast, indoor cannabis cultivation allows the grower to control the light cycle. STEP 2: TAKE CARE OF LIGHTING ACCORDINGLY SUNLIGHT Outdoor growers must sow seeds at the right time. To figure this out, you must research the weather and climate data available for your locality. Another important factor is to decide whether to use a container or sow directly into the ground. Cannabis plants need strong sunlight. If you plant in a pot, you can always move it to a sunnier spot if your original spot becomes shaded later in the season. Also, should the weather take a turn for the worse, you can take your plants inside to shelter them. OLD-SCHOOL GROW LAMPS Indoor growers must invest in a lighting kit and timer plug to get their grow on. HID lighting is an affordable and reliable source of illumination. 400W and 600W dimmable digital ballasts are a good choice if you are setting up a grow-op on a budget. You can dial down the output to hang the reflector closer to plants and reduce excess heat. And to keep the electric bills down. Micro-growers using customised wardrobes and cabinets should scale down to a 250W system. Both MH bulbs for vegetative growth and HPS bulbs for bloom tend to run hot. Intake and outtake fans will need to be powerful enough to maintain optimal environmental conditions. Air-con is often required for multi-lamp grows. The old-school three-part lighting kit of ballast, bulb, and reflector is still used by pro-growers today. ADVANCED LIGHTING TECHNOLOGY CFL is best used as a supplemental light during bloom, or as a standalone during the vegetative phase as an alternative to an MH bulb. They run cool, but have limited light penetration in comparison with HID or LED. You can hang them close to the canopy and keep power consumption to a minimum. LED is the lighting technology for indoor growers of tomorrow, available today. Unfortunately, the best-performing LED kits are priced at a premium. Full-spectrum systems can be used for the entire cannabis lifecycle. They are ready to grow right out of the box. No more ballasts, reflectors, or replacing bulbs annually with this next-gen illumination. The primary advantages of LED lights are they run cool and emit far more light…
How to grow weed indoors – Leafly
How to grow weed indoors Growing weed indoors is great because you can grow it any time of year and you’ll have complete control over the plant and what you put into it. Live in an apartment or a small house? Don’t worry, you can grow weed practically anywhere, even if you don’t have a backyard or a lot of extra space. Benefits of growing weed indoors High-quality weed Although it’s more resource-intensive than growing outdoors and you will likely have to spend more money on utilities to power equipment, you can control every aspect of your grow environment and what you put in your plant, allowing you to dial in your setup to grow some primo weed. Adaptability Unlike outdoor growing, you aren’t tied to the sun and the seasons. You will be providing the entire environment the plants need to grow, including the grow medium—soil, rockwool, etc.—and regulating the amount of water and nutrients they receive, as well as controlling temperature, humidity, and more for them. Multiple harvests You can let your plants get as big as you want, and can control when they flower and when you harvest, and you can start another batch right away or whenever you want. You can grow any time of year, even straight through winter or summer, and you’ll get consistent crops each time. Privacy and security Even in legal states, you may want to conceal your crop from judgmental neighbors and definitely from potential thieves. Growing indoors allows you to grow discreetly behind a locked door. How to set up an indoor grow room Below is a list of things to consider and equipment you will need to purchase to get started growing marijuana indoors. Indoor space You’ll need a dedicated space for your marijuana plants—you won’t be able to move them around. Ideally, the space is next to a window so you can vent air from the grow space outside. Growing weed plants smell! Especially when flowering kicks in, you’ll want to redirect air so your house doesn’t reek of weed. A lot of people these days buy grow tents for their weed, but they aren’t necessary. You can grow in a closet, tent, cabinet, spare room, or a corner in an unfinished basement. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to tailor your equipment (and plants) to fit the space. It’s a good idea to start small—the smaller the grow, the less expensive it is to set up. Newbie mistakes will be less costly if you only have a handful of plants. Additionally, most state laws only allow for growing six plants, but some allow up to 12. When designing your space, you’ll need to take into account room for your plants, as well as space for lights, fans, ducting, and other equipment. You’ll also need space to work on the plants. Cannabis plants can double in size in the early stages of flowering, so make sure you have adequate head space! Every space is different and there will be a learning curve to growing in yours. Indoor climate Cannabis, like all plants, prefers certain environmental conditions in order to thrive. Temperature, humidity, light intensity, and airflow are all factors that will need to be monitored and regulated in order to keep cannabis healthy through its different phases. Although you’ll be controlling the climate inside the grow space, climate outside the grow space will affect your plants. If the environment outside your grow space is very warm or humid, you’ll have issues controlling your grow space. Choose a cool, dry area with ready access to fresh air from outside. If you’re growing in a cold, wet basement, you might have to run a dehumidifier or heater to stabilize the environment. Conversely, if your space is too hot, you might need to add extra fans or an AC to cool the plants down. One trick to avoid hot temps is to have the grow lights on during the evening, when it’s cooler outside, and leave the lights off during the day when it’s hot. This may help bring down the temps, but you’ll only be able to work on the plants at nighttime when the lights…
How to Plant Cannabis Seeds Indoors – wikiHow
How to Plant Cannabis Seeds Indoors: 15 Steps (with Pictures) Download Article Download Article Growing cannabis at home can be a fun project and a nice way to have your own cannabis plants on hand. You may want to grow cannabis indoors due to inclement weather in your area or due to a lack of green space in your yard. Start by germinating the seeds. Then, plant the seeds in soil or in a starter cube. Once the seeds have been planted, care for them properly so they grow and thrive. 1 Soak the seeds. To make germination easier, consider soaking the seeds in tap water for 12 hours in a bowl. Viable seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl and non-viable seeds will float. After 12 hours, place the viable seeds on a towel. 2Wet one paper towel and put it on a plate. Paper towels are thick enough to retain the moisture needed to help the seeds germinate. Place one paper towel under running water until it is wet to the touch, but not dripping wet. Use a ceramic dish or plate, as it will be strong enough to hold the towels and the seeds. The paper towel should cover the dish or plate. Advertisement 3 Put the seeds 1⁄2 inch (1.3 cm) apart on the towel. Place the blunt end of the seeds, the end that does not have a point, on the towel, spacing them apart so their roots do not get tangled. If you do not have enough space on one plate for all your seeds, soak two more paper towels and put the remainder on a new plate covered in a wet paper towel. 4Wet other paper towel and place it over the seeds. Make sure the wet towel makes contact with the seeds. 5 Store the seeds at 70 to 85 °F (21 to 29 °C). The cannabis seeds need to sit at a warm, consistent temperature to germinate. Store the seeds out of direct sunlight in a warm area, such as the top of your refrigerator. You can try using a heat lamp near the seeds to keep them warm. Do not warm the seeds up too much, as you do not want your heat source to dry out the paper towels. 6 Keep the paper towels moist. Spray the top towel with a spray bottle of water to keep them moist. Check the paper towels several times a day to ensure they do not dry out. If the seeds become too dry, they could die and never germinate. 7 Wait for the seeds to germinate. Viable cannabis seeds will usually open with 48 hours. You should see the roots start to appear within a few days, depending on the seed type. Once the tap roots are 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 inch (0.64 to 1.27 cm) long, the seeds are ready to be planted. Be very careful with the seeds as they open. Avoid prodding, pulling, or touching the seeds, as you do not want to damage the roots. Any seeds that have not opened and grown roots within a few days should be discarded, as they are not viable. Advertisement 1 Fill small, 2 inches (5.1 cm) garden pots with potting soil. Get plastic garden pots that are small enough to house the seeds. Look for garden pots at your local garden supply store or…