Can You Sex a Cannabis Seed by Its Appearance?

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Many state that there are tricks on sexing a cannabis seed by its overall appearance. A popular photo shows on the Internet quite frequently, and a lot of cannabis growers use this photo as reference to sex their seeds.

Most cannabis growers would much rather know the sex of their seed immediately, but is this possible?

Here, we will go over this theory, as well as the photo.

Contrary to what many think, you cannot sex a cannabis seed simply by looking at a seeds characteristics. Furthermore, you cannot sex a cannabis seed, period.

Cannabis growers and cannabis enthusiasts alike- beware of this well-known myth.

If this were the case, the process for feminized cannabis seeds would not exist, and would not be such a “hit” in the cannabis seed market.

The Photo Behind the Myth

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Here is that photo that is widely recognized by many tokers and growers as a genuine guide to sexing cannabis seeds.

This photo displays five seeds (which honestly, may not even be cannabis seeds)- the photo states that two of the seeds are male, while the remaining three are female.

According to this photo, if there is no “perfectly round” crater present at the bottom of the seed, it is surely a male seed. This is purely myth.

In addition, you cannot sex a weed seed by the way it rolls on a flat surface. This photo should be considered nonsensical, however, there are still far too many who side with these false statements.

There are also many seed banks online who are currently selling seeds that they claim to be certain are feminized seeds, however, use the seeds’ characteristics as determination that the seeds are female.

There are even some seed banks who offer “free male seeds” to customers as a promotion.

JustCannabisSeed.com may not offer feminized seeds, but we do offer you the guarantee that your seeds’ genders are unknown- which is much better than having your hopes let down by a falsely-informed seedbank.

We would much rather tell you that we are unsure of the sex of your seeds, than to promise that they are either female or male cannabis seeds, and later find out that the exact opposite is true.

In Conclusion

There is no surefire, 100% guaranteed way of sexing a cannabis seed by its appearance. If anyone tells you otherwise, please let them know that this is a common myth. Stay informed with JustCannabisSeed.com.

Cannabis Seeds vs Clones Advantages and Disadvantages

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The biggest step to growing cannabis is making the decision to become a dedicated weed plant grower in the cannabis community.

After making this initial decision, you will be faced with many more options to consider from- including one of very high significance that we will talk about in this article.

Any grower of weed plants, between novice and expert, will all have differing views when participating in the clones vs cannabis seeds discussion.

Usually, you will receive an opinion that is either one extreme, or the other. This can make it awfully confusing for a new pot plant grower to decide for themselves in this popular debate.

Cloning is, obviously, an entirely different method of growing cannabis than growing from weed seeds. Cuttings are obtained from the parent plant to create completely separate plants which contain the exact same genetic makeup as the parent plant.

Many growers consider this to be an unprincipled method when growing marijuana plants, and others- a practical, inventive approach to growing new plants with a high potential for an unmatchable, impressive flower yield.

So, which method should one follow when taking their next steps in growing a cannabis plant?

We will list general pros and cons of growing weed plants by using each method, so you can better decide for yourself which method will suit you best when growing your marijuana plants.

Clones

When growing weed plants from clones, the germination process is one that will be skipped entirely.

This, however, does not mean that growing large, vigorous cannabis plants by cloning them is an easier process than from growing from seed. There are important things to consider since the clone will be genetically composed of the same makeup as its parent plant.

This can mean that issues of condition and health that are present in the parent plant will most likely negatively affect your clone.

Growing Cannabis from Clones- the Pros

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Here are some general advantages of using clones regarding the clones vs seeds debate:

·         The process of growing cannabis plants from clones can be remarkably quicker and convenient, since the early, super-vulnerable stages of growth that occur when growing from seed are “skipped.”

·         If the parent plant of the clone possess great genetics and is in optimal health, this is a good indicator that your clone will be in positive condition as well.

·         Clones may be grown by repeatedly taking cuttings from parent plants, meaning that the need for seeds in order to grow marijuana plants may never arise again.

·         There is no need to worry about growing errors occurring during the seedling stage of weed plant growth.

Growing Cannabis From Clones-The Cons

Now, we will cover some of the disadvantages of using clones to grow cannabis plants that should be taken into serious consideration, especially by beginner cannabis growers:

·         There is an implied guarantee that if the parent plane the clone was taken from was in bad condition, whether it be immunity to common issues, plant disease, or overall bad genetics, your clone will inherit these problems.

·         If you seek to grow autoflowering cannabis strains, autoflowering plants are, in general, not able to be cloned. Photoperiod strains are the cannabis plants which are used for cloning purposes. The reason being is that autoflowering plants do not have a growth stage which is lengthy enough to allow the plant time to successfully grow from the cuttings that are taken.

·         Cloning is widely considered to be cheating when growing cannabis plants, especially by weed growers who believe in the more traditional methods associated with growing cannabis plants.

Growing Cannabis From Seeds

Young Cannabis Plants

·         Plants that are grown from seed have a greater potential to be stronger, much more resilient, and produce more extraordinary yields.

There are both benefits and downfalls when considering using the cloning method to grow cannabis plants compared to the old-fashioned method of growing from seed.

If you have decided that you would like to experiment with cloning plants, though, what information do you need to know in order to achieve results of the highest quality?

Most importantly, ensure that the parent cannabis plant is in good health and appears to exhibit decent genetic makeup.

In general, the best outcomes when taking cuttings to grow by using the cloning method are seen in the third generation- cannabis growers who are knowledgeable in the cloning method often say that this generation of plants has the toughest and speediest-growing plants with the most desirable yields produced.

The popular argument on cloning vs seeds regarding the growing of cannabis plants is still one with extremely opposing views and interpretations.

Nevertheless, no matter which method you choose to grow your cannabis plants, make sure that you conduct all of your research necessary in order to achieve maximum yield when growing weed plants.

The Schuyler Skunk Cannabis Strain

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A guest post from Lindsey….thanks Lindsey

Virginia hasn’t been a terrible place for me to spend my life in, so far. What makes Virginia such a beautiful state, in my opinion, are the admirable natural and agricultural aspects.

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The scenery is amazing, and the plants that surround my hometown in Central Virginia greatly contribute to the loveliness of the area- especially the cannabis plants with a plethora of different weed strains.

Schuyler (pronounced sky-lurr) is a Virginian town located in Nelson County, which isn’t far from me at all; maybe twenty minutes or so down the highway and farther into the woods. Most people probably don’t know about this town, yet many know about the popular cannabis strain native to this town- Schuyler Skunk. This strain, which has been around for decades, is some seriously killer weed.

Schuyler Skunk became popular sometime in the 80s or 90s, especially to the locals.

Possessing a highly pleasant buzz and an incredibly, uniquely strong aroma, Schuyler Skunk is a sativa strain, with a pretty moderate THC concentration.

Actually, many that have tried it would consider it to be a highly potent cannabis strain.

It became widespread due to its unforgettable, undeniably enjoyable head high, and still remains a super sought-after cannabis strain throughout the country.

Although there are some ideas out there on its origination, for the most part, the beginning of this strain’s existence remains a mystery. The collective theory is that it was derived from a home-bred, experimental local cannabis grow.

Sadly, this strain isn’t nearly as common as it used to be. The popularity and availability of Schuyler Skunk dwindled down in the late 90s, but if you’re lucky enough, and happen to know the right people, then there’s always still a chance to relive the sweet memory of experiencing the distinctive feeling that this strain offers.­

The first time that I ever saw this strain being grown, every single weed plant’s stalks grew to a size to where they could only be cut down with an electric pruning saw- this occurred when very, VERY little effort was put into the growth of these plants.

I could only imagine the size that these cannabis plants would’ve reached if the proper love and care had been put forth into their growth. I also recall the duration of its vegetative stage being significantly lengthy.

My old friend would start this strain earlier than most other cannabis strains, yet the Schuyler Skunk marijuana plants would always end up the last ones harvested.

Countless people all over the United States have stated that they want this cannabis strain to make a comeback. Perhaps it will, considering the weed legalization in Virginia that recently took place.

I will hope for the best, and in the meantime, reminisce on the pungent, characteristic strain, Schuyler Skunk, and be reminded by myself of back when 420 was just about every day while smoking this sweet herb.

Using Molasses as Fertilizer for Cannabis Cultivation

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Molasses is a common household item that can provide serious benefit when growing cannabis plants. It is cheap, and easy to obtain- it’s able to be bought at just about any grocery store.

Although very commonly overlooked, molasses can contribute greatly to the desired results when cultivating cannabis.

Soil is, of course, one of the downright most important factors in successfully growing marijuana plants. It contains vital nutrients and microorganisms that are imperative in the process of maintaining healthy cannabis plants during growth.

Soil must contain the proper nutrients, as well as the proper amount of nutrients, which is also vital in order for the beneficial microorganisms to flourish within.

These facts explain why molasses can be such a useful tool in the growth of marijuana plants. Molasses is extremely rich in nutrients that your plants need, and serves as an excellent source of carbohydrates to properly feed the microorganisms within the soil that, essentially, boost the soil’s ability to produce high-yielding marijuana plants.

Molasses also helps to prevent the build-up of potentially harmful pathogens and decreases the accumulation of salt, which can cause many different issues for your plant.

To use molasses in your cannabis grows, to feed your soil; ones needs to simple add it in the correct ratio.

One method is to include molasses in your plant’s watering schedule.

This is one of the easiest and most common methods used when utilizing molasses and its effects on cannabis growth. To do this, dissolve molasses in the water that you are going to water your plants with. It’s that simple. In order to figure out how much molasses to use, use the general guide of 1.5 tablespoons per 5 liters of water as reference. By using smaller doses like this, there’s less risk of issues arising such as nutrient burn.

Most often, the true benefits that molasses will provide to your marijuana plants will be noticed during the flowering phase of cannabis growth. However, it is still recommended that if using molasses to improve success in your weed plant’s growth, use the molasses method from the vegetative stage all the way through the flowering stage.

Molasses is great for many things, including growing outstanding marijuana plants. If the method of using molasses is used correctly, one should experience truly notable results.

Indoors vs. Outdoors? Which Environment is Best for Growing Cannabis?

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The ongoing debate remains a strong one regarding whether or not indoor or outdoor growing is better for cannabis plants. Of course, there are both advantages and disadvantages to indoor and outdoor growing. However, currently, commercial cannabis farming has changed many deciding factors on whether or not indoor or outdoor growing is best for growing marijuana plants.

Before legalization was as widespread as it is today in the U.S., the cultivation of cannabis plants was mainly through indoor growth. This was to keep the plants hidden and out of sight, so that less risk of getting caught growing weed plants was posed. However, now that a significantly large portion of states within the U.S. have legalized the growth of cannabis plants, profit regarding weed plant growth has made a huge impact on the primary environment in which cannabis plants are grown in.

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The answer is simple, though: it all depends on the grower and what works best for them, as well as their motives for growing marijuana. It is dependent on circumstance; the climate and latitude in your growing area, as well as whether you grow in a more rural or urban environment are all deciding factors on whether or not indoor or outdoor marijuana plant growth is best for you.

Indoor cannabis growing offers you complete control over the environment- temperature, light cycles and source, humidity, etc. are all factors that are in the hands of the grower when growing indoors. YOU are Mother Nature! When growing using outdoor farms, there is less investment involved, since light and soil are factors which do not require money (or as much money) to be spent on. However, natural risks can occur more easily and frequently when growing outdoors, which can be harder to prevent or treat than if growing indoors.

To solve the debate of whether or not indoor growing or outdoor growing is the better way to go when growing cannabis, the answer continues to remain an ambiguous one. It all depends on a number of factors. Whichever method works best for you should always be the method that you choose to produce the maximum yields in your marijuana plants.

Auto Flowering Cannabis Strains, Perfect for Beginner Growers

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Autoflower strains are becoming increasingly popular in the cannabis enthusiast communities.  Autoflowers can produce wonderful yields in just several weeks, and are also great for beginners, especially those who have not yet mastered light cycles when growing cannabis. In this guide, we will cover all sorts of topics on autoflower strains, emphasizing on how to grow them for maximum yields.

The Origins of Auto-Flowering Cannabis Strains           

The origination of auto-flower strains lies in their genetic makeup which came from the plant named Cannabis Ruderalis. Cannabis Ruderalis is a strain of cannabis which is native to Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, and was identified in Russia in the 1920s by a Russian botanist. It is a strain that differs from Cannabis sativa and Cannabis Indica, as it tends to be much shorter in size, possesses very low amounts of THC, and does not rely on changes in light cycles for flowering. Due to the environmental conditions that Cannabis Ruderalis plants faced in their place of origin, adaptive evolution was necessary in order for the plants to bypass the traditional 18 hours of light, 6 hours of darkness cycle that cannabis growers are familiar with. Experimentation of cannabis growers involving the creation of hybrid plants, with Cannabis sativa and Ruderalis, and Cannabis Indica and Ruderalis, is what ultimately resulted in autoflower strains that we know today.

Plants that follow the traditional light schedule are referred to as “photoperiods,” and rely on the sun’s (or lights’) signals which, essentially, tell the plant hormones when to start producing flower. This is why we typically decrease the amount of light from 18 hours down to 12 hours when photoperiod strains are ready for flowering. It mimics the natural decrease in daylight that occurs in the later parts of the year outdoors.

Autoflowers, in contrast, rely on the factor of time to start producing flower, and can begin the flowering stage as quickly as the three to five week mark of growth. Autoflowers are typically ready for harvest around two to three months from germination. This changes in phases happens regardless of the light cycle which they are exposed to, since they rely on a time schedule rather than light schedule to start producing bud. These autoflower strains grow at a speedy pace, and can grow in smaller, more confined spaces- making them ideally suited for many beginner cannabis growers.

Pros and Cons of Auto-flowering Cannabis Strains

Here, we will list some of the pros and cons of autoflowers, so that you can take into consideration on deciding whether or not these strains are for you.

Pros:

o   Will grow regardless of light cycle which they are exposed to

o   Can flower year-round

o   Grow very quickly

o   Commonly smaller plants, which is great for confined spaces

o   More resistant to diseases and pests

Cons:

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MI5 Purple Pheno Auto-Flowering Cannabis

o   Smaller yields (often, but not always)

o   Not able to be cloned

o   Not as successful in recovering from growing errors

Now, let’s move on to our next topic- which contains several subtopics which serve as essential information on GROWING autoflower strains. From here, we will cover a wide range of subjects that are imperative to successful growth of autoflowers.

Soil

You MUST have good soil to grow an ultimate autoflower cannabis plant. Autoflowers prefer a light, airy soil, and there’s always the option to buy soil specially mixed for autoflower cannabis plants. However, you can mix your own soil, too.

If you’d like to buy premixed soil, the options are endless, and quality soil can be found by a simple search from an online or in-person retailer. Here are just some of the popular, highly-rated brands on the market today:

o   FoxFarm Happy Frog Potting Soil

o   Mother Earth Coco Plus Perlite Mix

o   Big Rootz All-Purpose Potting Soil

o   Black Gold 1302040 8-Quart All Organic Potting Soil

o   Roots Organics Rod Original Potting Soil

When mixing your own soil, an extremely basic recipe as follows can be used for optimal autoflower growth: equal parts peat moss, compost, and perlite, with one-third part vermiculite. This recipe, although simple, ensures that the proper nutrients (as well as the proper amount of nutrients) are included in the mix.

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It is advised that once you have your soil ready and mixed, to measure its pH level. When measuring the pH of the soil, it is best to keep the numbers in the 6.2 to 6.7 range. You do not want your soil to be too acidic (lower pH) or too alkaline (higher pH). There are many pH meters available in-store and online so that you are able to keep track of your soil’s pH levels.

Lights and Light Cycles

Although, as previously mentioned, autoflowers successfully bloom no matter the light cycle they are grown in, there are still certain cycles considered best for growing autoflowers in. Some growers choose to use the traditional method of 18 hours of light, and 6 hours of darkness, although it is debated among autoflower growers. Some choose to keep their plants exposed to 24 hours of light, constantly. You can experiment to see which method is best for you. Many believe that exposing cannabis plants, even autoflowers, can cause too much stress on the plant. From my experience, the majority of cannabis growers tend to stick with the traditional light cycle for this reason. Another less-known fact is that darkness is necessary for optimal root development and growth in cannabis plants. It is not necessary to decrease the amount of light once the plant enters the flowering stage on its own.

If growing indoors, when choosing lights, there are a vast amount of options. Many popular LED grow lights are on the market, and run less of a chance on burning your plants. The option for lights remains up to grower and his or her experience and success. There should be absolutely no leaks of light whatsoever if you wish for your plant to experience dark phases as well, as the smallest bit of light can interrupt the dark phases of light cycles.

While there are countless types of lights that can be used when growing autoflower cannabis strains, full-spectrum LED lights are highly recommended. LED lights have proven to be both highly accessible and efficient. The full-spectrum very closely resembles the natural light of the sun, which is another reason LED lights have shown to be a favored choice among growers. However, there are many other options you may choose from; research and experiment as you wish.

Germination

In order to germinate seeds, you must first acquire seeds, right? Visit our shop at Justcannabisseed.com if you are interested in browsing selections of high-quality cheap autoflower seeds!

Autoflower cannabis seeds can be germinated in different ways with different mediums- in soil, the paper towel method, etc. It seems that the paper towel method is most common, but you may use whichever method you prefer or are accustomed to.

The paper towel method consists of placing the seed in a damp paper towel, and, for good measure, placing the paper towel in a container that will keep in humidity. It’s important that the paper towel remains moist, but not completely soaked. Once the taproot has emerged and is visible, carefully place the sprout between ½ inch and ¾ inch down into the medium that you plan to grow the plant in (all the way until harvest!), and cover.

If you’d like to germinate in soil (my favorite), place your seed around 15 mm under the soil. Ideally, you should do this in the pot or area that you plan on growing your plant in all the way to harvest, in order to avoid the issues associated with transplanting. Remember that autoflowers strains of cannabis are not as forgiving as photo plants when it comes to errors in growing, such as mistakes made while transplanting.

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The process of germination should be as quick as 24 to 72 hours, and sometimes, even faster. Some even soak their seeds in water for up to 24 hours before following with one of these common germination methods. Soaking seeds for too long can result in seed death, though, so perform this only if you are willing to experiment and risk a loss, or have enough experience to know exactly what you are doing.

Nutrients

If you would like to add nutrients, be careful when doing so, because autoflowers do not spend as much time in the each stage of growth as photoperiods do, and autoflowers are genetically designed to not require as many nutrients as photoperiods. While the plants are small seedlings, it’s important to not add any additional fertilizers. These seedlings will be very delicate and vulnerable to nutrient burn, which is extremely detrimental to your plant’s health. By week two, you may begin to add in between ¼ and ½ the amount of nutrients as you usually would. Then, around week three, or midway through, it is safe to add nutrients in at full-strength.

Water

Water your autoflowers only as needed. This means that a fixed schedule may not suit your plants best. Allow the soil to dry just barely between watering. It is much, much better for a cannabis plant to experience a small period of dryness in its medium than to be over-watered. Over-watering can lead to many problems, including root rot. With that being said, water somewhat conservatively, as over-watering can create a ton of issues that growers do not want to experience, especially with autoflowers. There is no need to absolutely saturate your plants on a daily basis, and it is a very common mistake that is made, especially by beginner growers.

Air Flow

Along with proper watering, your autoflowers will need proper air flow as well, even if that means just a slight breeze that the plants are exposed to during their “lights on” periods. If you’re growing indoors with a grow tent, for example, there are usually holes in the side(s) of the tents made for inline exhaust fans. You want to keep aerobic conditions, and air flow is a necessity for doing so.

Humidity

Humidity is another important, and often overlooked, factor when growing autoflowers. During the germination stage, high humidity is imperative, and can be at an upwards of 80-90%. During the vegetative phase, 50% is a good number to aim for, and when flowering, just slightly lower than in the vegetative phase can result in major success. A simple hygrometer can be used to measure humidity in the plant’s environment. These are relatively cheap tools that can prove to be very handy when growing cannabis.

pH Levels

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Measure your soil’s pH levels regularly, and record those measurements if you believe it would help assist you in ensuring your autoflower plant is healthy and happy. The pH level should consistently remain between 5.8 and 6.5. As long as no damage is done to your plants, you may measure as often as you’d like- it never hurts to keep good check of PH for your autoflower plants!

When entering the flowering stage, autoflowers will most likely double, or even triple in size, at a fast pace. Monitor and maintain the plants’ environment as necessary, for this is a crucial phase regarding cannabis yields.

In the last week or two before harvest, flush your plants. This means to give your plants solely water- cut them off from any nutrients that have been provided to your autoflowers throughout the stages of growth until now. You may give them less and less nutrients in the week or two leading up to the flush- basically, you can wean your plants off of the nutrients that they have been given.

When your plants are ready to harvest, the pistils will be reddish-brown, and the trichomes white in color. Inspect and compare the top buds to the lower buds. If the top buds appear to have finished more quickly, give the buds closer to the bottom just a bit more time for maximum results. The uneven distribution of light can cause some buds to advance more quickly than others, so if you want the maximum yield from your plants, this is a good tip to keep in mind.

Cure and store your buds as usual. Usually, buds can effectively be dried by hanging them upside down for several days. Store your buds in airtight containers, and open the containers once daily for the first week of storage, then drop down to opening the container to every three days. This process can be completed as quickly as just a couple of weeks of time. This is called curing and is important to ensure a smooth, mellow smoke.

Controversy Surrounding Low-Stress Training on Autoflowers

Autoflowers spend much less time during their vegetative stage, so training needs to be very timely. Low-stress training (or LST) is the only recommended training method to be used for autoflower strains; topping and pruning is advised against when growing autoflower cannabis plants. For successful LST, simply tie down the plant stems, gently, so that the plant is horizontal rather than vertical. Regularly examine your plants and adjust the secured ties as necessary.

Do not top or prune your autoflower cannabis plants! Their vegetative state is short, and they may not recover well. And this can cause too much stress on autoflower plants, which can lead to lower yields or even plant shock and death.

Growing autoflower cannabis plants can be greatly rewarding. With faster growth rates, and no demand for specific light cycles, they show to be easy strains for beginner growers to try. Autoflower cannabis strains still have areas in which caution must be taken, though, and if all is performed correctly, autoflowers can result in impressive, quick yields, no matter the time of year.

Common Myths- Busted

Myth 1: Autoflowering strains have a low THC concentration.

Fact: There are autoflower strains which can provide relatively high amounts of THC- as high as some photoperiod plants. The potency of a cannabis plant is dependent on the strain itself, rather than if the plant is an autoflowering or photoperiod strain.

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Myth 2: Autoflowering strains NEED 24 hour light cycles.

Fact: As stated before, it all depends on the particular strain that you are growing to determine which light cycle works best for your autoflowering cannabis plants. Some strains may thrive, producing their best yields in 24 hour light cycles; others may need some periods of darkness for maximum flower production. My favorite light cycle for auto-flower cannabis strains is 18/6.

Myth 3: Autoflower buds lack taste and scent.

Fact: This is false, as many experienced autoflowering cannabis plant growers will tell you. There are varieties of different tastes and scents of autoflowering plants among all sorts of strains.

Myth 4: You cannot transplant autoflowering cannabis plants.

Fact: You can, indeed, transplant autoflower strains. However, it must be done carefully, without disturbing the roots too much. If an autoflowering plant faces root shock, the recovery time (if the plant is able to recover) significantly disrupts the growth process due to the quick, speedy life cycle of autoflowering plants.

Myth 5: Autoflowers aren’t able to be trained.

Fact: One can successfully train an autoflowering cannabis plant, but it must be done with special care. If training is a desired method to be used, Low-Stress Training is the recommended type- although, as stated earlier in the article, there is controversy surrounding this method, so train at your own risk.

In Conclusion

Autoflowering cannabis plants are interesting, convenient, and recommended for those who are new to the cannabis growing community. Although autoflowers must be handled and tended to with extra care, they can produce impressive yields with extraordinary THC concentrations.

Visit Justcannabisseed.com to learn about popular autoflower strains, and as your go to for cheap cannabis seeds. There are so many to choose from, giving you the opportunity to discover which strain best suits you, personally. If you have any questions regarding autoflower strains, feel free to reach out on the contact page of Justcannabisseed.com website. We want to guarantee that you are knowledgeable so that your plants can reach their full potential!

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!

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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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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Hawaiian Cannabis Strain

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.

The Big Cannabis
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.

My Life With Cannabis

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My first encounter with Cannabis was through a story I was told by my father who grew up in Fez, Morocco.

MI5 Purple Pheno Cannabis
MI5 Purple Pheno Cannabis

The story, which dates back to 1942, is a tale of young boys ? my father and his brothers – who decided to horse around with their mother. Somehow, the three oldest brothers managed to buy Hashish and on Friday night dinner they put the hashish on their mother?s plate. She ate it with her dinner without noticing anything at all.

The food she had prepared for the family was enough for both Friday and Saturday for 9 people (parents and 7 children) since cooking on Saturday ?the Sabbath- is prohibited in the Jewish religion.

The family woke up on Saturday only to discover that both the entire prepared and raw food had disappeared from the house. All the pots and pans were empty.

It turned out that the mother of the family, under the influence of the Hashish she had eaten at dinner, woke up in the middle of the night and ate everything in sight ? without knowing it.

For a long time I was against marijuana under the influence of all who opposed it without offering any good reasons why. I have since changed my mind.

Last summer my wife went to Europe and I asked her to buy a few cannabis seeds. She bought three and brought them back on August 4th.

On August 5, 2019, I planted one seed in my garden. It grew into a beautiful plant. I showed it to a few people who commented that it was a model plant that could be on a poster.

Unfortunately, frost came very early in 2019 and before the frost I dug out the plant (very carefully) and put it in a huge planter. It continued to do beautifully indoors but I noticed that its growth had slowed.

Thin Cannabis Flower
Grindspoon Type of Cannabis Plant

I did not provide special lighting to the plant.

It also did not help that my little 12Lb dog started feasting on the bottom leaves and behaving very strangely! Eventually I did put a fence around the plant to protect it from the dog.

The winter in New York is very long and although the plant survived for another 3 months indoors it stopped growing and eventually died.

I did realize I needed 2 more months for the plant to mature but I did not have that time. Now some of my seeds are in the ground, two full months earlier than last year?s experiment.

I truly hope to succeed this year!

A Harel