Spring coming.. .going to germinate the SEEEEEDS! What
Hey guys. About to fire up the seeds for the summer here. I have a few questions as I've NEVER sprouted seeds and have limited resources.
1) Better to sprout in paper towels and then plant or in soil and water.
2) How long do I keep them inside before I put them outside?
3) What do I need to know about putting them outside and "breaking them in to the sun" before I scorch them lol.
Thanks in advance friends....good to be BACK! CANT WAIT TO GROW AGAIN!!!!
you got any indoor grow gear at all mate? It'll be good to keep them indoors for a couple of weeks at least until the roots a strong. But gotta have a decent light for them.
Personally, I go straight into the medium after soaking for a few hours. Paper towel is a good method, but don't forget to keep the paper towel moist and warm.
When they are a few weeks old, just leave them outside for a couple of hours a day to climitise and plant them outside after a week or so.
I have no lights or anything but I will get a CFL bulb and keep them under that at least. So soak and plant is best?
If you start those plants under cfl lights you are going to need to very gradually expose those seedlings to direct sunlight. When moving them outside start them in full shade taking them very slowly and gradually to full sunlight over several days or else you will fry them. I use 2700k cfl lights for seedlings frequently but they are super weak compared to other lights or especially the sun. Growing outdoors I’ll assume you are in a legal area so if you have a sunny window (in a legal state or country) that’s also a good light source for seedlings and also helps get them ready for that super bright outside light if the window receives direct sun.
In the transplant situation Cannabis is no different than any other flower. The bigger the plant you transplant the more head start the plant will get, however this is only the case with photo period plants. If you are going to grow autoflowers it’s a whole different game so if you’re doing autos please say something before we mess your grow up.
My answer is based on many years of outdoor flower gardening, specifically the planting and transplant as in the very early stages most plants have similar needs. Unfortunately I can’t grow Cannabis outdoors here but let’s just say ..... well ...... best not get into that. If I were in your situation I’d be looking for a 3-4 week old plant to put outside but you can go longer if you desire. IMHO young plants adjust easier to a new environment regardless of the species of plant. Any time I shop for regular flowers at the garden center I always look for the younger and vigorous plant that normal customers pass up, not the monster that’s already in bloom. That’s because the younger plant is focused primarily on roots instead of stems or flower production and that’s what you need in a transplant. My best advice is when it’s time to make the move be careful and patient to let the girls acclimate to their new home. Inside to out is a very big deal for the plant and it will take the plant a while to “grab hold” of the soil and be vigorous. How long depends on your environment. Generally you will know when the plant establishes itself because it holds itself differently in the ground. I can’t explain it any other way but you will know when she ready to grow. I think I heard Macky describe it as the plant looks like it is worshiping the light or in this case, the sun. I wish I was in your situation tho, growing in the sunlight is gonna be amazing mate imo. ?
Another thing that can kill young plants outside is wind, it's advisable to use a fan on low setting so seedlings build stronger stems and also to acclimate for the outdoors. Cloudy days are great, but don't forget about the wind.
For sure I will be planting sooner this year than last. I was a nervous over protective shit head last year and learned a lot! This year I will let them be plants....and let them grow and not try too much with them. My plant I let be was the best one....so leave em be. I will most likely transplant to bigger pots after the cup and then the ground. So the planting will go like this.....seed in cup.. seedling to bigger pot... and then into the ground.
Question about the ground? I have a 35Gal fabric pot....which my Durban did the best last year in. I'm hesitant to put them in the ground because I have large trees and roots in my ground with a clay soil. It's a hard really shitty ground....so I dont know if it's better to get BIG pots and keep em there or DIG the ground....I'd really like to avoid the digging shit but want the best for the plants this year. What do ya think?
Well you have thought ahead. You are correct, the trees love to “steal” nutes from surrounding plantings. I’d go with the 35 gal pots and be diligent on watching the moisture as wind will also dry out the fabric pots if not watched. Planting directly in the ground requires significant improvements to the soil for best results.
My problem is now the wife....she wants to use garden beds in the backyard and that may cause my pots to have to be smaller....or not at all because she wants me to plant in the raised garden beds....which I dont think will be a HUGE issue because it will be raised above the clay and filled with soil that will be fertilized with raw banana peels, egg shells and other veggie scraps (another reason I think the Durban poison did outstanding in such a small time).
So if i use the garden beds is it worth it to put the screen down in the bed once it's dug out a bit or just dig and fill with the dirt?
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