Have you chosen the desired pot? Then fill the pot ¾ with moist, loose and airy potting soil.
How to properly plant weed seeds after germination?
Whether you have chosen autoflowering weed seeds, female or regular seeds, after germination you should plant the weed seeds immediately with which you start the growth process. For this the root from the seed must be at least 0.5 to 1.5 cm long. If you do not plant the seed immediately after germination, the cannabis seed will probably die. It is therefore important to take immediate action.
Are you a beginner and you wonder how to properly plant weed seeds after germination (indoors or outdoors) and what you should take into account? Read the four steps below and grow your own beautiful cannabis plant at home:
What do you need to plant germinated weed seeds in soil?
To plant the germinated weed seeds in soil you need the following attributes:
- Lightproof pots with drainage
- Moist airy potting soil
- Germinated weed seeds
Step 1 – choose the right pot and fill it with potting soil
To choose the most suitable pot you have to ask yourself how big you want the plant to grow. A large plant will not grow optimal in a small pot. As a rule of thumb, every 5 liters is about 20 cm of plant. Although this rule doesn’t apply to all species, it’s a very useful indication for the average height. Are you in doubt? Then choose a larger pot size. Use the table below to choose your pot size.
What size pot for my weed plant?
|Pot in liters||Plant height|
|5||10 – 20|
|10||20 – 40|
|15||40 – 60|
|20||60 – 80|
|25||80 – 100|
|40||100 – 120|
Choose a light-proof pot with drainage
Roots should not be too wet. It’s therefore important to choose a pot with drainage. With drainage the excess water can easily drain through the drainage holes on the underside of the pot. In addition, the pot must be light-proof so the roots do not come into contact with light.
Tip: choose air pots or smart pots. These pots provide roots with extra oxygen with which faster growth is stimulated.
Fill the pots with moist potting soil
Have you chosen the desired pot? Then fill the pot ¾ with moist, loose and airy potting soil.
Step 2 – make a small dimple
Make a dimple in the potting soil. You do this simply by putting a pencil in the ground.
Step 3 – place the cannabis seed in the dimple
Use a tweezers to put the pot seed in the dimple. The root sting (germinated root from the seed) should point downwards. Is the weed seed stuck to the moist paper towel? Don’t pull the seed but spray the seed with water again. You will see that the marijuana seed is now easily released.
How deep to plant germinated cannabis seeds in soil?
The dimple most be 0.5 to 0.6 cm deep. Make sure the dimple does not get deeper than 0.6 cm and not shallower than 0.5 cm.
Step 4 – cover the ground
Once the weed seed is in place, gently cover it with soil. Enough to block the light, but not too much. Do not press the ground but cover the seed gently. The seedlings are ready to grow.
How long doe weed seeds take to grow?
Seedlings normally emerge 24 to 72 hours after the germinated seeds where planted.
I’ve had similar results using at different times the full lines of nutes by Emerald Harvest (you can use just the base nutrients or the whole line), Roots Organics (base nutrients are Buddha Grow and Bloom, and they offer the whole line in a kit) and Fox Farm (soil base nutrients or whole line)…
Outdoor Cannabis Growing Basics by LuckyAcres
by LuckyAcres (Check out his Instagram and Youtube for more!)
Are you ready to start growing cannabis outdoors? If you’re a wannabe grower looking for a quick and basic tutorial on how to grow weed outside, this is it. Check out these plants and learn how to grow plants just like them yourself!
Plants grown outdoors can get huge if you care for them properly
Growing auto-flowering strains can help keep plants from getting so big. This is Night Queen Auto by Dutch Passion not long before harvest.
What you need to get started growing outdoors:
Here’s a complete list of supplies you need to grow plants outdoors.
Seeds (or clones)
- You need to get your plants somewhere. If you can’t get plants locally, here’s a list of online seed sources that deliver anywhere.
Root Riot Plugs
- Seedlings get germinated in RootRiot Plugs (the extra michoryzae is nice!)
Container(s) – Air pots or Nursery Pots
After 20 years of being around black “nursery pots”, airpots have become my number one choice. Better root growth, better access to air, massive root terminals…. day and night to what I was accustomed to. Grow bags can retain salts and pests if not dealt with properly between grows. My access to sun changes thru the season so I must be able to move my ladies as needed.
- Fox Farm Ocean Forest soil does the job. There are better ones out there but I’m happy with the results for the price.
How to Start Growing Cannabis Outdoors
Follow these steps and you will be harvesting your plants in a few months:
1.) Find a growing location
When growing cannabis outdoors, it’s important to find a private spot with easy access to water and 6+ hours of direct sun each day.
I built my backyard for privacy long before growing cannabis outdoors so it was canna-ready, but if fence height and privacy are an issue I’d recommend growing autos or scrogging photos. Have a dog to keep away cats and rodents as much as possible. Be nice to your neighbors, and a little sharing goes a long way! Sunlight availability is my number one challenge. 2-3 hrs in the morning and 3-4 hrs in the afternoon. The more the better!
A private, secluded area with plenty of sunlight is perfect for growing cannabis. Make sure you have access to water!
2.) Set up your containers with soil
Nursery pots are straight forward. Fill with loose soil to the rim, bang the pot lightly 2-3 times on the ground, add soil up to the rim again and that’s it.
In airpots the soil has to be pushed lightly into the holes on the sides as it’s poured in but same tapping and refilling method works great afterward.
3.) Germinate your seeds and place in containers
I germinate seeds in RootRiot plugs (the extra michoryzae is nice!) I drop the seed in water(shot glass in a dark spot for a day or two usually) until the tap root pops out and is about half an inch long.
I move autos in their final pot as soon as they’ve germinated (5-gallon container(= #7 Airpot USA), though 10 gallons is better for the longer cycle strains and super autos.)
Photoperiod plants go to a 1-gallon pot first then 5 or 7-gallon then to their final pot. I use 15 or 20-gallon nursery pots for photos.
4.) Water plants regularly
Cannabis plants like when the root environment is slightly acidic. The optimal ph is 6-7 for cannabis plants grown in soil. It’s important to check the pH of your water because plants get nutrient deficiencies if it’s too high or too low. The city water where I live has a 6.5 ph so on plain-water days it comes out straight out of the hose.
If it’s a day I give nutrients, I mix nutrients then take ppm readings. Once everything looks good I ph the water. Nutrients tend to lower the ph, so on feeding days I usually have to adjust the ph up before giving it to the plants. Your experience may vary depending on the ph of your water source. Here’s a tutorial on how to test the ph of your water.
How often do you water the plants?
- Every other day to every 3 days
How often do you water seedlings?
- I make sure they stay moist until I know the root growth is sufficient to allow for the top to dry out between watering.
How often do you water bigger plants?
- Bigger plants, especially later in the summer get watered every day in between feedings, not a full round of water but enough to sustain them thru the heat. And it helps them use up whatever nutes leftovers were there…
How much water do you give at a time?
- Full pressure on the hose wand, set on shower, and I count until 3 or 5 seconds while I release water.
5.) Plant care
Make sure photoperiod plants don’t get light at night. A privacy fence or a hedge will block street lights pollution enough. No direct bright light at night is the ticket!
A young outdoor marijuana plant
Watch for bugs or nutrient deficiencies and react quickly to problems
Every day, twice a day I survey my plants, if something is spotted I make sure to treat it as soon as possible. Once a week I spray a pestic >
Do you do any plant training like LST, supercropping, topping, etc?
- All of it! Depending on the plant or my mood I might top one and not the other but supercropping is a constant for sure.
How to deal with caterpillars
Caterpillars are one of the most common cannabis pests for outdoor growers. They will eat leaves and may even tunnel through the middle of your buds.
There’s a worm in there, that’s what this leaf tells me… Now I must remove the whole bud.
“B.T.” is an organic and OMRI certified insecticide that kills caterpillars but won’t hurt people, bees, animals or plants. It is safe to use on your plant up until the week of harvest. Get Monterey B.T. Ready-to-Use Spray on Amazon.
Anything else major to keep an eye on?
- The tip of the leaves, if they remain green you’re good, but watch for that yellowing tip, every day! Too much food! When it happens, it’s time to flush!
6.) Harvest plants when ready
When to Harvest
Plants are getting close when most trichomes are cloudy(autos and photos). At that point, I start flushing with mad farmer detox. I chop when the first ambers show up at about 10% max. Learn more about trichomes and when to harvest.
Autoflowering plants are ready to harvest on their own schedule as determined by the breeder.
For photoperiod plants the exact timing depends on your local latitude, but are typically ready to harvest in mid to late fall. Harvest here runs from mid-September to early November for those late sativas.
How to Dry and Cure Buds
My methods remain the same for autos and photos. (Here’s an alternative guide)
- Hang for 10 days at 70F and 60% humidity
- Dry trim
- Store in brown paper bags for another 7-10 days
- Store in glass jars with a 62% humidity pack
That’s it! A quick and dirty tutorial that will get you all the way to your first outdoor cannabis harvest!
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