Low Stress Training for Cannabis Plants

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Low Stress Training (or LST) is a method used by cannabis growers to increase yields from their plants.

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In a nutshell, the plant stems are gently tied down, which flattens out the plant, changing its shape intensely. This method also makes for better light distribution, as with the plant tied down, bottom foliage and potential bud sites are exposed to light. 

This method is “low-stress” compared to other methods for higher yields, such as topping. This means that your plant is at a much less risk of going into plant shock, which can be a cannabis grower’s nightmare.

You can only use the LST method when your plant is in its vegetative state, which is very important to note.

Not only is LST a fun, easy method to use, but you can get the most out of your cannabis plants by using it!

 To perform this method, you must first prepare your container.

This may consist of simply puncturing or drilling holes in the rim of the container that your cannabis plant is in- the basic concept is to create points in which your plant can be securely tied down.

You don’t want to use anything too thin, which can damage the plant by cutting into it. Plant ties are made specifically for LST and are readily available from all sorts of retailers.

The next part is just as simple- tie your plant down to where it is now horizontal, rather than vertical, and ensure that it is secure and straight, so that all branches of the plant are aligned.

If you have punctured or drilled holes in a plastic container, for example, simply loop the ties you have chosen through the holes and around your plants. Tie a knot to a secure the plant in place. It’s best to check the plant regularly and adjust the tie as needed to maintain the flat shape of the plant.

After doing all of this correctly, you have now successfully used the LST method. Your plant now has more surface area exposed to light, which will lead to higher yields and the conservation of light and space.

Continue to care for your plants, wait, and enjoy the higher yields that this method can result in!

New Free Cannabis Seed Grow

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7/10/2021

Well they are sprouting, and I am looking for ward to a BIG free seed harvest in a few months. It seemed hard to justify spending the time to harvest photo seeds for free seed orders….but these orders really help alot of folks out.

I felt I need to continue to offer these! So this post will be ongoing as I grow these plants out. I am growing the same genetics I had before, so a mix of the big Sativa, and a bunch of auto flowering genetics thrown in.

Here are some images of the strong young seedlings that will be producing the seeds for you guys…..

7/12/21

Transplanted into their forever homes, 5 gal pots.

Growing Cannabis When Temperatures Go Up

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High summer temperatures can make your cannabis plants wilt, look droopy, cause leaf curl, and even curtail trichome production.

Excessive heat can also slow nutrient uptake, and if grown in pots can cause the root mass to over heat.

Most cannabis strains can easily withstand temperatures of close to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. But, when outdoor temperatures exceed 100 degrees, your plants can begin to suffer.

The western USA is struggling through a heat wave right now, and, where I live in WA state the highs have hovered around 115 degrees for the last few days.

So….what to do?

There are several tools cannabis cultivators can use to help them beat the heat!

  1. Utilize shade clothe. Shade clothe can lower temperatures when suspended over your cannabis crop. They do somewhat limit the amount of sunlight, but not enough to slow the plants growth much. I always use shade clothe on my greenhouse in the summer heat.
  2. Grow plants that have come from regions of the world that can experience high summer temperatures.
  3. If growing in pots….bury them in the ground so the root mass is cooler. One must realize that a pot sitting in the sun on a hot day can get as hot as the ambient temperature, and can bring plant growth to a standstill. Your cannabis plant will no longer be thriving…..it will just be surviving.
  4. One can actually water with ice instead of water. I have done this (in my greenhouse) and the plants seemed to love it…a cold drink of water on a hot day.
  5. Do not try to germinate seeds on those hot days, nor grow seedlings under the full summer sun. Well established plants can withstand those high temps much better then seedlings.
  6. Water….water….water….This is what will help your plants withstand high heat of those dog days of summer. Give them a cool drink on those hot days.
  7. Hopefully where you grow the nights are cooler. This can give your plants a nice break from the heat. And help them to withstand those high daytime temps.
  8. You should be aware cannabis plants can withstand high temperatures better when in their vegetative state. Once flowering begins the plant is looking for cooler fall weather. That being said, I have had auto-flowering cannabis plants flower beautifully in the heat of summer.

In conclusion: High summer temperatures do not need to be a deal breaker by any means! By taking a few precautions one can grow some great cannabis even in a hot spell.

I grew the big sativa that made up the bulk of my free seed offer seeds in my greenhouse through some very hot summer months. I was working long hours during that time and couldn’t care properly for her.

The temperatures exceeded 130 degrees in the greenhouse. I didn’t even put shade clothe on it. She was growing in the ground. All I did is pour the water on her. I would leave a hose just dribbling at her base, so she had cool water most days.

She thrived, grew to over 8 ft tall, and produced over 50,000 beautiful beans! Here she is pushing on the top of the greenhouse. She was a Beast!

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Big ‘Free Seed’ Sativa

Is This the Real Santa Marta Colombian Gold? My Journey Hunting for the Phenotype

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Well lets start at the beginning.

Santa Marta Colombian Gold Cannabis Strain

I grew my first Santa Marta Colombian Gold cannabis plant in 1969. I got the seeds from a kilo of ‘redbud’ that I had procured. Cannabis was generally fully seeded and fully mature in those days. No one here in the USA grew cannabis to speak of…..Certainly none was grown for bud to sell. And no one grew indoors either.

I lived in Southern Oregon at the time at nearly 4500 ft. above sea level. Needless to say, not the latitude one could successfully grow a long season tropical Sativa like plant like the Colombian Gold.

The growing season there was about 31/2 months. The Santa Marta Gold plants I grew got to about 6 ft. tall, and were very bushy, as they were about 6 ft. in diameter as well.

Long Season Santa Marta Colombian Gold Pheno

As fall approached the plants just barely began to flower, then the first frost brought an end to the grow. We didn’t know any better so we smoked the leaves, and basically got a sore throat.

I remember the plants were big, robust, healthy, and impressive. Thin Sativa like leaves, and very slow to flower, just what you would expect from a tropical Sativa.

Fast forward to today….

I have made it my passion to bring back some of those ‘old school’ cannabis strains of yesterday. So the pheno hunt has begun! I have grown Santa Marta seeds several times now, and can seed several distinct pheno-types. Some have asked how….if this is a Landrace Sativa strain…there can be ANY different pheno-types?? Well, what has happened is the Colombia Gold has been crossed….there in Colombia! The actual pure Santa Marta Colombian Gold of days gone by may be gone forever.

Santa Marta Colombian Gold Male

I can however try to isolate a pheno-type that is as close as I can get to the original genetics…..just like the plants I grew so long ago. And I am having some success…..

I found several pheno-types while growing out many of these plants….one has large leaves like an Indica dominate plant, and one is short and stocky. Both of these pheno-types are quick to flower, and are basically almost ready to harvest before my chosen pheno-type has gotten into full flower!

The pheno-type I have chosen is very Sativa dominate, and takes a long time to flower just as it should. These plants are very tall, slender, and have the thinner Sativa like leaves. I think this plant is close to the original.

I am propagating it as we speak. I have just one female, and one male….once their seed is mature I will produce enough to sell on this site. These will be F2’s and I will see if they breed true….if so, I think I will be close, and satisfied I have achieved my goal.

Then I will move on to my next project….Panama Red….

CBD and GABA- The Science Behind the Serenity

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CBD is the second most prevalent cannabinoid in cannabis. It is often used and known for its medicinal effects, as although it provides all sorts of physiological relief and relaxation, it is not a psychoactive compound, such as THC is. There are still many skeptics, even after decades of formal and professional research, regarding the therapeutic effects of CBD on the body and brain. CBD is known best for its calming and pain-relieving properties. What happens scientifically, though, and how does this serve as proof of it providing authentic, sought-after effects?

CBD acts on the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, but it’s often neglected to mention that CBD increases the amount of GABA in the brain.

GABA?

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GABA stands for Gamma Aminobutyric Acid. It is the brain’s natural benzodiazepine- an amino acid that serves as an important neurotransmitter which affects our lives in many ways, daily. Its function is to reduce excitably within the nervous system. By lessening electrical activity within the nervous system, as opposed to glutamate, increased GABA can aid in the prevention of seizures, inhibit the activity in the brain that causes migraines, calm one from the effects of anxiety, and possess the opportunity to have a great night’s rest. This is why you see or hear of people who suffer from epilepsy, anxiety disorders, insomnia, and more, using CBD to utilize its undeniably positive improvement of symptoms associated with its functions in the brain.

The connection between CBD and GABA is one of the main reasons that CBD is, actually, as beneficial to the body and mind as it is. This connection leads to a much better understanding of the peaceful, sedating effects of CBD to cannabis enthusiasts and critics alike. This has, gratefully and inevitably lead to an exponential growth in CBD consumers. It has maintained its reputation of a wonderful and trusted herbal medicine, as the improvement to one’s life that CBD can provide, is miraculous.

Benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide for Cannabis Plants

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The Force Cannabis Strain

Hydrogen peroxide is an extremely common antiseptic, found in many homes, as well as supermarkets, and even convenience stores. It is very cheap regarding its price, and easy to obtain. It has many great effects on cannabis plants; some of these effects aren’t commonly talked about.

In this article, you will learn of many different benefits that hydrogen peroxide can deliver to your cannabis plants.

 It is a convenient, safe, and cheap treatment to aid in pest control. Algae, Fungus Gnats, Powdery Mildew, Molds, and more pests can be completely obliterated by the use of diluted hydrogen peroxide.

It’s as simple as making a 1:4 hydrogen peroxide to water ratio solution, and spraying it on infected plants. It also deters pests, so that those pests (i.e., fungus gnats) do not return and cause a second infestation.

It can also eliminate weeds in grows where weeds are an issue, so be sure to use it if you ever encounter this issue also!

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Hydrogen Peroxide is highly beneficial in soil grows. This is because it adds oxygen to the soil to aerate it.

Most of us know that the chemical molecule for water is H2O. However, hydrogen peroxide’s chemical molecule is H2O2. This means that there is one more oxygen molecule in hydrogen peroxide than in water, explaining the addition of oxygen to the soil. By mixing the same ratio as mentioned above of water and hydrogen peroxide, the resulting solution can serve as an excellent fertilizer for happier, healthier plants. It may also be added to water in hydroponic systems for the further incorporation of oxygen into the water.

Seed germination is yet one more process that hydrogen peroxide can provide great benefit to. As previously mentioned, hydrogen peroxide consists of one more oxygen molecule than water, which helps for seedlings to sprout from their seeds more quickly, being much stronger. A soak with the 1:4 hydrogen peroxide to water ratio can bring you outstanding results.

It is a remarkably valuable disinfectant that you may use for your supplies and tools. Since it is safe for plants, you can use it on any tools/supplies that you use in your cannabis gardening, and one cannot stress enough the importance of sanitation. It can also be mixed into the solution above to be sprayed in your growing area, such as a grow tent, or larger areas outdoors. It’s an overall disease-deterrent, so even if you have something on your tools that you definitely don’t want to bring to your plants, hydrogen peroxide will take care of that with very little effort. It also cleanses water, which is necessary for grow systems such as hydroponics.

Overall, hydrogen peroxide is wonderful for cannabis plants. It’s cheap, easy to obtain, safe, a useful disease-deterrent, and provides remarkable outcomes when applied to certain processes in cannabis growth. It serves as an effortless and ideally-suited disinfectant as well. Don’t underestimate the power of H2O2!

Most Common Pests Encountered When Growing Cannabis Plants- With Safe Treatments

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There are many different pests that you may have, or probably will, eventually encounter when growing cannabis. These pests can create huge obstacles in the growth cannabis and have devastating effects, including death of your plants. Some pests are much more common than others, and once the pests are identified, you may treat your plants accordingly with the correct pesticide for best results. Here are some of the most common pests that appear when growing cannabis, along with a few different treatments:

Fungus Gnats

 Fungus gnats are easy to identify and can be a huge problem for your plants. The flying adult fungus gnats are annoying to have around, but their larvae can spread plant disease and inhibit growth of plants, as well as cause plant death, by eating away at its roots. Fungus gnats are commonly mistaken for fruit flies. There are a few different ways to keep these pests away. Focus on killing both the adults and their larvae. There are a number of options for getting rid of these, including:

 Sticky Traps: They trap adult gnats which, ultimately, leads to their ultimate demise.

 Hydrogen Peroxide: Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 4 parts water and water or spray your infected plants for one to two weeks, or until you see a 100% improvement.

 Neem Oil: Spray 100% pure neem oil mixed with water on infected plants and their medium.

Soil Cover: Put a cloth, or layer of perlite over the soil for prevention of fungus gnats; by doing so, the fungus gnats will not be able to access the dirt needed to lay their eggs in.

When dealing with fungus gnats, also be sure to aid in prevention by closing off any entrances they may have to the plants.

Spider Mites

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Sour 60 Purple Pheno Cannabis

These are tiny, oval mites that eat away at the chlorophyll, leaving relatively small yellow and/or white spots on the leaves as a result. If you also see silky web strings (look like spider webs) on your plants- this could be a sign of spider mites. The eating of the chlorophyll can lead to plant death at a rapid pace, and the webs produced by these tiny mites can cause a worthless product. Some of the ways you can take care of spider mites include:

High-Pressure Spray Bottle or Water Hose: Spray the infected plants so that these pests and their webs are knocked off of your plants.

Neem Oil: Just as with fungus gnats, you can use neem oil for spider mite infestations.

Make sure that it is pure so that you can be sure your plants will remain safe during treatment.

Vacuum: As odd as it may sound, you can also vacuum off the mites and their webs from your plants. When doing so, though, be careful not to damage your precious plants.

Beneficial Insects: There are many beneficial insects, such as…Lady Bugs, Praying Mantises, and Lacewings, one can take advantage of in controlling mites.

The best treatment for spider mites, just as with most other pests, is prevention. Be sure that you remain sanitary: wash your hands, check your soil, and be positive that all of your tools and supplies are clean.

Aphids

These insects are extremely small, most commonly yellow in appearance (although they can be brown, red, green, or black), and some can have wings. You can find them underneath plants’ leaves. These pests are terrible due to the fact that can contribute to plant death in a number of ways. They feed on the plants juices, as well as introduce viruses to plants that are infected. Aphids also attracts ants, which will have you with even more of an infestation issue. You can get rid of aphids by numerous ways, including:

Lady Bugs Protecting Cannabis
Hungry Lady Bugs Protecting Cannabis

 Ladybugs and Other Beneficial Insects: Strangely enough, Ladybugs, Lacewings, and Praying Mantises are a great way for ridding your plants of these destructive pests. Beneficial Insects can eat aphids and do not destroy cannabis plants. They may occur naturally, or you can purchase them for the sole purpose of getting rid of aphids.

Neem Oil: Once again, neem oil is a great choice for treatment with these nasty, little bugs. Rub the leaves of the infected plants with pure neem oil.

 Garlic: Mix garlic and mineral oil into a solution and leave alone for 1 to 2 days. After that, apply to only one small spot on one plant leaf; if the spot turns yellow, dilute the solution with water, and try again on only one, very small area. Once you can apply without any damage to your plants you can spray the pests.

To prevent aphids from getting to your cannabis plants, be sure to keep your plants and their areas clean. Remove dead leaves and make sure to ALWAYS use sanitary equipment!

Mice

Some very over looked and less-talked-about pests that can destroy plant growth from early on are mice. Mice can make their way to plants either indoor or outdoor, and eat seedlings and roots. Mice have been known to even girdle a full grown plant, which can kill it! If you have the mysterious issue of disappearing seeds and seedlings, or see signs that something has dug into the plants’ soil, you may have a mouse problem. It’s a common misconception that their favorite food is cheese, however, they prefer seeds and grains over any other food. Prevent mice by setting up mouse traps, using garlic and basil around your plants to deter them, or even having a cat around. As with many other pests, sanitation is also key.

In Conclusion

There are many pests that can attack and destroy cannabis plants; we’ve covered just a few. The top treatments listed, though, can bring you great success in the ridding of these common pests. Almost everyone faces a pest issue when growing cannabis at some point in time, so no need to worry- take proper action in proper time after proper identification, and your plants will still have a chance at thriving throughout the entire grow process. 

Aquaponics For Growing High-Quality Cannabis

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Many talk about hydroponics when naming different methods for growing cannabis. However, it seems as if aquaponics isn’t spoken of nearly as much, although it serves as a great method for growing many different plants- including cannabis. Aquaponics consists of the combination of hydroponics with aquaculture. Hydroponics is the use of water for cultivation of plants, while aquaculture is the keeping of fish, or other aquatic (water) creatures in tanks, no matter the size of the tank(s).  Aquaponics systems are formed and built in a broad range of sizes, from a tiny indoor single fish tank, to a huge fish farm. We will talk about aquaponics on a much smaller scale, as an example here.

The aquaponics system works by acting as an eco-friendly symbiotic relationship. A symbiotic relationship is when two or more organisms live and thrive together while mutually benefiting one another. In aquaponics, the water serves as a medium for the plant to grow in, just as the hydroponics system does. However, it is more complex, and subjectively, much more interesting than hydroponics.

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The Big Cannabis Strain

The fish (or other aquatic animal) contributes waste to the water that serves as a medium for the plant’s growth. This happens from uneaten food, feces, etc., and although natural, this seems like it would lead to an unsanitary environment. However, it proves to be greatly beneficial to the entire system. This waste provides nutrients to the plants, acting as the plant’s fertilizer. In return, the plants convert certain chemicals, such as ammonia, into nitrogen, which is an excellent and necessary ingredient in fertilizer for cannabis, and especially crucial during the vegetative stage of growth. This process of conversion is called nitrification. The plant converts carbon dioxide into oxygen, and since water serves as the growing medium in this system, the fish is provided with the oxygen it needs to live by this. Simultaneously, the water is cleaned throughout the process, making aquaponics a totally self-sustaining system. It acts as a cycle, and requires minimum to absolutely no upkeep to maintain an aquaponics system.

 There are many advantages to using the aquaponics system to grow cannabis. First, aquaponics takes up much less space than grows that use soil as the medium. Also, plants grow quicker, larger, and denser, which is most desirable for cannabis growing enthusiasts. There is a reduced cost once the system is established, considering fertilizer is provided from the fish, naturally, through processes such as nitrification, for instance. Much less water is used in this process, since the water is cycled through and cleaned by the system itself, which also saves on money. Aquaponics also, in general, is a system with considerably less pest problems, because who enjoys fungus gnats, or stubborn weeds? Last, but not least, it is an extremely easy system to build, and you can do so with a simple, small Betta or Goldfish.

Overall, there are many benefits and advantages to using the aquaponics system to grow cannabis. Not only is it interesting to have a pet along with your plants, but this resource-saving, self-sufficient system is one that can be mastered by almost anyone.

How I Handle the Freebies

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Just a quick post to tell you guys how I generally handle giving out freebie cannabis seeds.

I am going to give most orders some free seeds….even the very small orders…so free seeds in nearly every order! The only two exceptions would be a free seed order of $15 (which I have had to curtail temporarily, I am growing more!) and, the various seed packs I offer….they are already a great deal.

Also, if you order seeds I have purchased wholesale you will get at least one extra seed of any strains ordered. However if you order seeds I have grown out myself, and especially if I have many of them I will be even more generous.

If your order is under $50.00 you will get an extra vial of free seeds of another strain I sell (everyone gets some free seeds!) For every additional $50 for an order I will include another free strain. Basically the more you spend the more generous I will be with the free seeds.

I tend to spoil my customers a bit….I do this because I want JustCannabisSeed.com to be your go to for cannabis seeds. I want everyone to become a repeat customer….

If you still have any questions about free cannabis seeds be sure to ask me in a comment below.

Best Cannabis Strains for Growing Monster Plants

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Doing an outdoor grow? Want to grow those big monster plants that will give you a huge harvest? Up to 10 lbs?

I don’t blame you, although harvest time can be a bit overwhelming! But, who doesnt love multiple pounds of great cannabis buds from a single plant.

So which of the strains I offer would be good candidates for 10+ lbs of buds?

Here are my picks for the strains that will grow big, given the proper nutes, time, and light. Here is another post I wrote that goes into the details of growing 10 pound monster plants.

So here are my top picks for growing cannabis trees….

Santa Marta Colombian Gold a mostly Sativa plant ( the locals there have added genetics to this landrace strain)from the mountainous regions of Columbia South America

The Force a mostly Indica hybrid strain that shows excellent hybrid vigor, and the ability to get huge.

Santa Marta Colombian Gold/Jedi Glue a F1 hybrid I grew out that should share the ability to grow huge outdoors.

Paul’s Purple Fire I bought these seeds wholesale, but not only can these plants get big, this strain can turn purple in the coolness of fall.

Sugar Haze is a hybrid strain resulting from the cross of a Santa Marta Colombian Gold and Skunkman’s Original Haze. The Sativa influence will make this hybrid slower to flower, and longer to get bigger during the vegetative state.

BadAss BB’s is a cross of The Black and The Big. And like its mother can get BIG! You can also watch some of these plants turn so purple they almost appear black at harvest. Another purple strain that is sure to please.

The Black is a strain that can not only get huge grown out right, but can turn a very dark purple. This is an exotic strain you and your friends are sure to like. The ultimate purple strain of cannabis!

Santa Marta Colombian Gold X Sugar Haze is a F1 cross I grew out for seed. This strain is a mostly Sativa hybrid that growing huge should be no problem.

Hawaiian is a landrace/heirloom strain straight from the islands. It is slow to flower and Sativa dominate. Should work well for growing into a monster plant.

Lebanese is a landrace strain from that area of the world. A long winded strain that should share the ability to grow big given the right conditions.

So there you go. Either Go Big….or go home. LOL