Growth and taking good care of your flower at every growth stage
Once the seeds have sprouted, you can plant them in your grow bags. Lightly spray the seedling with distilled water in a spray bottle. Make sure to moist the soil around your seedling. Repeat this process until seedling sprouts the first leaves. From there, you’ll want to add 1 cup of water twice a day for a week until seedling begins the growing stage. After a week, you can scale up to 6 - 12 cups of water a day. We’ll include a separate watering schedule in another post.
As your plants reach the vegetative phase, and graduate to the flowering phase, position the lights higher up. During the vegetative phase, make sure the plants receive light every day for at least eighteen hours and stay in darkness for six hours (with auto flowers, you can choose to keep the lights on during all stages).
Fresh green leaves, branches, and stems will all develop through the vegetative phase. However, flowers will start appearing only during the flowering stage. This is why we choose to use autoflower seeds so that we do not have to worry about a feeding schedule. You should be extremely cautious not to overfeed or over water the plants under any circumstances. How would you know? Always check the soil. Pick up a grow bag. Check the weight of the buckets by lifting them, and you’ll have a fair idea of whether they can do with or without more watering. If there isn’t much water and moisture in the soil, the bag will be much lighter. Touch the top of the soil around your plants and feel it with your hand. If it’s moist, you do not need to water. Overwatering or over feeding can lead to the common burnt leaf tip problems.
Keep in mind one rule of thumb when you’re growing cannabis for the first time. Do not be too preoccupied or anxious with the growth and development of your crop; rather, let them develop naturally. Also bear in mind that since grow space is very limited in a grow tent, you should ensure to make the most of the available space. On your first grow, 3-5 plants should be plenty.
As a beginner grower, you can expect the best results if you grow auto-flowering varieties such as Six Shooter, Blackberry Auto, Purple Lemonade, Pineapple express or Cream cookies.
For bigger buds and large yields, you can choose to add nutrients specifically designed for cannabis. Here at exotic seeds club, we like to use Advanced Nutrients’ Sensei Grow A & B plus their big buds during the plant's flowering stage. This will usually yield about 2 pounds of buds per plant.
As your plant matures through the flowering stage you will want to start the flushing stage before harvesting. Another way to decipher the flushing stage is when the trichomes on the flowers turn from clear to cloudy indicating it is time to start the flushing process.
Always use plain tap water for flushing the growing medium. Continue to water your plant in the same quantity of water except without any nutrients this time. The time when you will stop flushing the plants depends on the trichomes. Using a magnifying glass, look through the trichomes on your plants. Aim for a 60% cloudy and 40% amber trichomes. Then you can stop the flushing and move onto the harvest.
When it comes to pruning, ensure that you begin early to maximize yield. Make sure to nip away fan leaves that block any bud sites. They take away the light and nourishment of your buds. Control the urge to prune or clip the moment the plants start flowering as doing so might adversely affect your harvest. Your goal here is not to get the biggest plant but to get the biggest yield. This will require some experimenting and growing experience. Sometimes, this will require nipping away extra branches to redirect nutrients to near by buds. As you continue to grow, you’ll develop a sense of when to prune away needless leaves that get in the way of your harvest.