Seeds or no Seeds?
You can grow cannabis with or without seeds.
Growing without seeds is called ‘cloning’. Clones are small cuttings taken from the mother plant. Since clones are already plants, they can give you a head-start. However, with clones you run the risk of bringing diseases or pests to your growing areas, which can infect and potentially kill your other plants.
For this reason, we recommend using seeds.
How to Identify a Good Seed
Cannabis seeds are either male or female. It is only the female seed that is used for growing buds, so the first thing you want to ensure is that you are buying feminized seeds.
The color of the seed also plays an important role. Stay away from light or green seeds – they are too young. A healthy cannabis seed is dark and has a wax-like coating. Some seeds also have a stripy pattern.
And then there is the hardness of the seed. The harder the seed, the better. If a seed breaks under pressure (for example by placing it between your thumb and index finger and squeezing it), it is of poor quality and should not be planted.
Another way of testing the quality of a seed is to place it in a glass of distilled water. If it floats, it is no good. If it sinks, it is ready for germination.
Soil and Water
Once you have your seed, all you need is soil and water. All out kits come with the best quality, pre-fertilized soil for the best grow conditions – no need to worry about adding nutrients. When it comes to watering your cannabis plants, the most important thing to remember is to not overwater. Cannabis plants are very susceptible to fungal root diseases when conditions are too wet, and overwatering is one of the most common mistakes made by the beginning grower.
Water your plants with filtered water for the best result.
After having cared for your cannabis plants for a couple of months, it is finally time to harvest them. This is the easy part. In this section, we explain how to harvest your crops and how much yield to expect.
How to harvest your cannabis
In total, you can expect to wait about 90 days from planting to smoking your cannabis. Harvesting and fermenting takes about 15-19 days.
When your plants are ready to be harvested, cut the whole plant just above the soil. Avoid touching the sticky buds – you don’t want to waste any of the essential oils.
The next step in this process is to trim your plants to get rid of any parts of the plant that have no active ingredients (these will cause a less smooth smoking experience and can make you cough). Use small scissors like nail scissors to remove the leaves from your buds.
Hang your plants upside down to dry in a cool, dark place with plenty of ventilation. This takes a while, but it’s important to be patient. Drying the plants slowly will make them develop a pleasant smell and taste – and make them milder to smoke. However, if they dry too slowly, they may catch mold which quickly ruins them.
How much yield to expect
The average cannabis plant generates between 4-7oz of yield per grow cycle (a grow cycle is approximately 90 days). As a rule of thumb, you can grow four grow cycles per year.
If you need help during the harvesting process, don’t hesitate to contact our customer service representatives Monday-Friday between 9.30am to 5.30pm (PST).