We get a lot of questions about cross-breeding your own marijuana strains and saving seeds. Here are a few thoughts on what you can do, and what you can expect.
First of all, saving your own seeds is entirely possible, and really rather easy to do. If you have ordered a non-feminized cannabis strain (maybe this is a reason to finally do so?) all you’ll need to do is keep a strong male plant after you separate males from females (see our post on sexing plants here).
You’ll need to collect pollen from the male plant and selectively pollinate Read More…
I must first apologize for the long pause between posts. All the plants have recovered nicely from topping, and have now been under 12/12 for one week. (For those of you unfamiliar with the trade jargon, “12/12” is short for “12 hours of darkness, 12 of light” – the requisite light conditions to bring maturing marijuana plants into the flowering phase.) It is now time to see if we can determine which plants are male, and which are female. Male plants will be removed and composted in this case, I have enough pollen to last for a long time, and want to focus attention on producing the best possible buds on this low-wattage grow.
If you have been following these posts, you know that two of the plants were our own hybrids; a male “Double Gum” plant crossed with an autoflowering female. The autoflowering trait is recessive, and it turned out that neither plant was autoflowering. They also both turned out to be male, as we will see in a moment. Read More…
[Note: This post is a part of our 100 watt grow journal. See the first post here. Subscribe to follow this grow step-by-step, with tips and tricks along the way. The varieties growing are Dinafem Critical+, and our own house-bred crosses; AK x DG, and RQSAuto x DG. For details on their heritage, see the first post.]
Just two days after the previous post, the then-sprouting hybrid seeds are enjoying a “sun”bath in 6500k CFL lighting and are now showing their first true leaves. Three 25watt 6500k CFL bulbs are shown in the picture, and one more was moved out of the way for the picture – in total they will be under 100 watts for this grow.
This is a good chance to give you a few more seedling care tips that have occurred to me since the previous post on the topic. I like to start seedlings in soil, rather than in rockwool, special sponge pads, etc. I have had better luck in the past transplanting them into soil when they were started in soil.
In this case, I used some flower potting soil I had handy – which is usually a no-no! Read More…
Internet searches for “growing marijuana” or “growing cannabis” release such a deluge of information that beginning growers will become quickly overwhelmed and even discouraged from growing their own medicinal marijuana at home. I’d like to assure you that you can grow a beautiful plant with buds like this on your very first try:
The truth is that cannabis is a vivacious wild plant that grows natively in most parts of the world – from Thailand to Toronto, Malaysia to Moscow, there are subspecies and strains adapted to all manner of growing conditions. We say this tongue-in-cheek, but in most cases, you’ll have a harder time killing a cannabis plants than you’d have trying to grow one! I’ve seen wild Cannabis Ruderalis growing on a roadside, weed-whacked by road crews and run over by a paving truck, only to begin sprouting a dozen branches of new growth a week later. Tough plant!
However, properly cultivating a cannabis plant to the point of harvesting high-quality medical marijuana buds for your own use can be tricky. In nature, a cannabis plant produces a large quantity of seeds which are then spread about by man and nature. The strongest and luckiest (which land in a good growing location) survive and flourish, continuing the genetic line and always adapting to the local environment.
We growers take the seeds indoors and subject them to a custom made micro-climate. The task for the home grower is to create a proper environment for our beloved cannabis plant to flourish in. First we need to decide which type of marijuana plant we wish to grow – and the choices can be daunting! In the next post, I’ll guide you, the beginning grower, through choosing the proper cannabis strain for your needs. If you’re itching to get started, then go ahead and order our ebook here and you’ll be on your way to starting your grow right away; he first step is to inform yourself! (Smashwords will provide you with all formats you could need for an ebook – Kindle, PDF, etc.)
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We hope you enjoy the tips, tricks, and techniques provided here. If you find the advice on this site helpful or would like to start growing your own medical-grade marijuana, then consider ordering Glenn Panik’s “How To Grow Cannabis At Home: A Guide To Indoor Medical Marijuana Growing”. (Also available on Amazon.com here)
Please visit again soon for the first of our articles on growing this healthful plant. Please note that all information provided on this site is expressly for informational/educational purposes for marijuana growers who are legally allowed to cultivate cannabis for their own use. We do not condone growing activities in areas where the narrow-minded local government has deemed this gift of nature to be illegal, no matter how ridiculous this seems to any right-minded individual.