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Sweet Sprouts – A Guide to Home Grown Cannabis

admin February 25, 2019

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We at Sweet Tree are so excited to announce the arrival of our first shipment of cannabis seeds! The seeds will be on the shelves of your local Sweet Tree on February 28th.

Growing cannabis at home is a fun, and rewarding process. It also requires some sweet loving care and preparation, but no need to feel overwhelmed, we are here to help. Whether you are a beginner gardener or a sticky green thumb you can start your own little patch of grass at home with up to 4 plants per household (Home Growing Laws Alberta).

While selling your homegrown cannabis is still illegal, you are welcome to enjoy the fruits of your labor at home any way you like or even share with your friends! Check back soon for our upcoming post about how to get the most from your crop, including how/when to harvest.

We are due to receive the Tweed Bakerstreet Hindu Kush in a 4 seed pack, with the added bonus of being feminized, making it even easier to get the flowers you want. Bakerstreet seeds become an indica-dominant THC strain with dense, deep green buds and a bright, juniper scent.  We’ve been waiting for the introduction of seeds since we first opened our doors and we are here to help point you in the right direction to ensure a successful growing experience. Please feel free to call our store and reach out with any questions you have!

We are so lucky to have our own in-house Ganja Guru, Carlos, and he is happy to share his seasoned knowledge with our extended Sweet Tree Family! To get you started, Carlos has put together some need to know basics of growing cannabis.

Germination

Plants/seeds need 3 things to successfully germinate: warmth, moisture, and darkness.  In this phase of growing you are attempting to mimic spring conditions in which seeds would normally start their life outdoors. One of the most effective ways to germinate seeds is as follows:

Soak seeds in a glass of room temperature water for 12-18 hours, they should sink after some time in the water. If they don’t sink, don’t give up on them just yet – still include them in the rest of the process.

Fold a paper towel in half several times until it is thick and will retain moisture well, and place on a plate.

Empty the glass of water/seeds onto the paper towel, making sure not to lose your seeds in the process. Fold part of the now wet paper towel over itself, enclosing the seeds in moist paper towel. Drain most of the water from the plate, leaving the paper towel to stay moist. (Seeds want moisture, but they don’t want to drown!)

Place the plate in a warm (21-29C) spot, and check no more than once every 6-8 hours, the seeds should split and begin to show a white taproot within 24-48 hours, but the process can take up to 14 days, so be patient. Seeds are very delicate at this stage, so try not to disturb them too much! You need to make sure that the paper towel stays damp, but remember the seeds should not be soaking wet. A good way to do this is to use a spray bottle on a mist setting.

When the taproot has begun to show, and is from ¼” to ½” long, it is ready to be placed root end into your growing medium (see options below). Using a pencil, chopstick, or similar tool, create a 0.5-1cm deep hole in your medium and place the seed in the hole. Cover the seed with your growing medium but be careful not be too firm, seeds in this stage are very delicate!

Once the seed sprouts from the medium, it has now entered the seedling stage and is on its way to becoming your own cannabis plant.

Stages of Cannabis Plant Life

Seed

This stage is the embryonic stage of cannabis, it is lying dormant in wait of spring/germination in order to show its potential. Seeds are most viable if germinated within the first year.

Seedling

This stage is much like infancy in people, the cannabis plant is delicate and is beginning to need care in order to thrive. This stage lasts from when the first leaves show, through the first two weeks of growth, until the seedlings resemble tiny cannabis plants.

Vegetative

In this stage the cannabis plants grow robust, and begin to grow into the recognizable cannabis plant form that we all know and love. This stage of growth is where the foundations of the plant are laid and lasts from 2-6 weeks.

Flowering/Bloom

In this stage the cannabis plants produce flowers, this can start as early as 8 weeks and can last for 12-16. The plant will go from no visible flowers to loaded with buds in the course of several weeks, depending on the strain and its lineage. Some strains will take longer than others, but patience will be rewarded with some of your own beautiful blossoms.

The Elements of Growing Cannabis

Growing cannabis is a rewarding experience, putting you in control of creating your own flowers from start, to finish. For anyone looking to grow, the first question should be: “where am I going to grow?” Many people start growing without planning out the use of their space, this can be a very inefficient way to get growing, and can lead to headaches further down the road. One of the best, most effective ways to create a dedicated cannabis growing space is to use a grow tent: they create a separated space that you can dedicate to your plants, they take minutes to set up, and don’t require any extra construction.

Growing cannabis involves creating a micro climate to mimic everything in nature that a plant would need, listed below are the basic requirements to grow cannabis:

Earth – cannabis requires a growing medium in order to support itself, there are different mediums for growing, some of which lend themselves better to different levels of experience. These include soil, soilless mix, coco coir, perlite, rockwool, and expanded clay pellets, to name a few.

Air – in nature, the breeze and wind help strengthen cannabis stems and stalks, making them strong. When growing indoors we need to recreate this for ourselves. Fans are useful in keeping plants moving in the breeze. Air is also an important consideration for those concerned about aroma from growing cannabis, which can be controlled via fans and carbon filters to “scrub” the air of cannabis smells.

Fire – cannabis, like other plants, requires light in order to grow. Determining the right solution for your needs will help you produce quality cannabis. Currently there are several options for growers, ranging from fluorescent fixtures, to High Intensity Discharge (HID) lighting, to LED growing lights.

Water – essential to all life, cannabis doesn’t just thrive on water alone. Unless you are growing organically, in which case most organic soil mixes contain all the required nutrients; you will need to provide nutrition to your plants with the water you are giving them. There are many options of nutrients to choose from, but as long as you pick a complete set of nutrients to give your plants what they need, you will be rewarded with great flowers. As the saying goes, you get out what you put in.

Happy growing and wishing you all Sweet results!

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