How to Grow Marijuana – Vegetative Growth and Cloning Marijuana

Marijuana is a wonderful herb that grows naturally all over the planet. Unfortunately it is still illegal to grow marijuana in many countries. Please check your local laws before growing marijuana. With that said, let’s get growing!

Start by placing your seeds in the middle of a paper towel. Fold the towel around your seeds, sealing it. Spray down both sides of the paper towel so that it is very moist. Take your wet paper towel and place it inside of a zip loc bag. Seal the bag and place somewhere dark for 2 days. It’s very important to keep the bag sealed the entire time because those seeds will only pop if it is nice and moist.

So a couple of days have gone by and it’s time to check out the seeds. Don’t be surprised if they haven’t popped just yet. It may take up to five days total to sprout, and it’s almost inevitable that a few won’t pop. Once your seeds have a little white chute sticking out of them, wash your hands and then take the seed out of the paper towel and put the seed into your grow medium with the chute facing down because this turns into the root.

For the first 5 days of growth don’t add any nutrients just run straight water. In the first 2 weeks of life be very gentle with your nutrients. Use either an 18 hour on and 6 hour off, or 24 hour light cycle during the whole vegetative phase.  Follow the nutrient package’s instructions carefully because you can easily end your plant’s life with heavy nutrients. The first 6-8 weeks you should steadily increase the nutrients to a max of 600 PPM. In this time the plant is building up and maturing and it needs a good amount of nitrogen to flourish. Nitrogen is a key building block because it helps establish a good root system and a strong core.

After a solid 6 weeks have gone by you should have some good foot tall plants at least. It is always a good idea to take a few clones before you are ready to flower your plants. This ensures that if you grow a second crop, it will be at least equivalent if not better than the original grow. It also ensures you only female plants. Cloning is a slightly advanced technique but don’t be intimidated. It is easy to pick up and virtually a necessity for any green thumb. Look carefully and you can tell the two kinds of stems apart. Some chutes coming off the stem open up to make more and some just have one large set of odd-numbered leaves (usually 7). You want to clone only the stems that are producing more ends. These eventually will flower and grow buds. To clone grab a sharp knife and some isopropyl alcohol. Dump some of the alcohol onto a paper towel and wipe the blade over it to sterilize. Cut a few of the lower chutes at a 45 degree angle and place the cuttings in a glass of water with some root hormone filled only a couple inches high. This is the cheap way to clone and will work but for the best effectiveness you can build a clone box for about $20 with supplies from walmart. As soon as your clones are cut you can send your plants into flower!