How to grow great marijuana at home.

How to Grow Marijuana Indoors at Home - Guide for Rookies Part I

Part 1 -how to grow medical marijuana legally at home.... See Part II @ 420Ealuationsonline Medical marijuana blog

Part I - Getting Started


“The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture."  - Thomas Jefferson


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Getting started growing cannabis

Part I of a II part series

In this article we discuss the fundamental of growing Marijuana at home.  We address all the frequently asked questions:

  • Where can I get good Marijuana Seeds?
  • What Strain of Marijuana should I grow?
  • What kind of Soil should I use?
  • Should I use fertilizer? If so, how much and how often?
  • What kind of equipment do I need?
  • What kind of lighting is best?
  • How do I know when its time to harvest?
  • Do you have any special tips for a beginner on growing MMJ?


Are you legal to possess, grow and use Medical Marijuana?


First things first.  If you want to grow medical marijuana legally in California, you're going to need

either a recommendation for medical marijuana from a licensed medical doctor or a cultivation permit.  With a Doctor's recommendation and Grower's Authorization patients can cultivate up to 99 plants / possess 8 oz. or more of MMJ. Patient recommendations and cultivation permits can be obtained quickly and affordably online. Click here to learn more.

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Check out local Marijuana Ordinances


Also, it is a good idea to go online and check out the latest ordinances and news concerning medical marijuana at your local town hall or county website. With that out of the way, let's get down to business.


Focus, Grasshopper


“I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them cats.” - Eckhart Tolle


Let's put our mind to the task.  It is not difficult to grow Marijuana and it's also not difficult to mess up as well.  Marijuana is not called a weed for nothing.  Hemp can grow wild everywhere south of the 40th parallel basically. There are varieties (strains) that are bred for semi-arid, moderate, subtropical, mediterranean and tropical climate zones. 


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This means when you pick a strain to grow, the herb will grow best when you emulate the climate it's genetics are adapted for.  The take-away.  You can grow a big fat palm trees in LA but in San Francisco they're skimpy and skinny. Beginners should pick a variety that is described as robust or grows excellently in and outdoors.


What kind of Weed do you like?


Check out the advertised cannabinoid profile before choosing a strain.  Cannabinoids are the main active ingredients of Marijuana.  THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD is non-psychoactive but is highly medicinal.


Beginners, start with established, time proven strains. "Newer strains tend to be less stable and hardy. You’re more likely to be surprised at how the plant grows, how it reacts to its environment, and how buds form. New strains often don’t match the pictures you see in the strain pics listed next to them." -


Do you want high THC? Do you want balanced THC:CBD?  Do you want weed that picks you up or glues you to the sofa? Do you hate getting high, but need potent medical effects?  Then high CBD low THC is strains are for you.  In any case, for your first grow, just choose a strain the seams to fit your needs and is known to grow easily, without the fuss and muss.

Do you have a Green Thumb?


Have you grown flowers or vegetables? If so, it's going to be easy to grow pot.  If you haven't much experience, then you need to read over - the 10 dumb things to do when growing pot - and say aloud, three times - .  Having followed our instruction set, the odds are greatly in your favor; you'll soon be the proud parent of some fine weed.


“May I a small house and large garden have; And a few friends,And many books, both true.”
? Abraham Cowley

Cannabis is a flowering plant which bears its fruits (buds) once a year, every fall, when daylight hours grow shorter.  So when you grow indoors, you place the pot in the sun for 12 plus hours every day and when it's near time to harvest, you give them less light and the plants start to flower.  So don't mess up and cut off the light supply to your precious Herbs in their infancy, otherwise they will blossom prematurely and the harvest will be a big disappointment. Do it right and you'll have ounces of bud, not grams. 

What Kind of Soil should I use in Weed Cultivation?


Ask a friend to recommend a good local gardening shop that has good potting soil.  Inspect your soil, check out the soil, look for wood chips and foreign matter like plastic. If there is crap in your soil reject it;  because iit is crap soil.  You can add 10% peat (sphagnum) to good effect.  You want to stir up the soil so air can get to the root system.  If the soil is hard, your plants can't breathe carbon dioxide (CO2).  In fact, pumping in CO2 can bump up yields by 40%. You can use soil with guano (bird shit) or sea kelp mixed in as fertilizer.  It is kind of cool that guano is an organic fungicide too, which is good because you don't want mold and fungus anywhere near your plants.  We don't recommend you use much, if any artificial nutrients in your first grow, except maybe a little aged manure. 


At the end of the day; without getting fancy, any good potting soil will work fine.


Seed Selection:  See Further Reading Section at the end of this article for a Comprehensive list of Cannabis Seed Suppliers.


Growing Healthy Seedlings is the Key

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Cannabis plants start as seeds, how about that?  Seeds require water or humid conditions to germinate. The seeds also need nutrients to grow properly and survive infancy.


Soak your seeds in non-chlorinated water at about 65-70 °F (18-21°C). Observe daily until the seeds enlarge, split open and a tiny root sprouts out.  Seeds should sprout in 3 days to a week.  Interestingly, the seed knows which way is up.  The root will always grow down and the stem up!  Go figure.  Germinated seeds can remain in water for a week or so without problems, but don't push it, 14 days is the max. After that, your green thumb will start turning yellow.


"Feminized Marijuana Seeds Normally, if you were to buy regular seeds, around 50% would turn out to be male and the other 50% would produce female plants.  Buying feminized seeds increases your chances of growing a female plant from 50% to 95%." -


In this case, you can tell a book by its cover, a good looking seed usually means good sexy buds. Depending on the strain, the seed size will vary.  Indica strains tend to have large seeds with stripes, while Sativa cannabis seeds are generally smaller in comparison, with tiny markings.  Good cannabis seeds are hard and dark brown with spots or mottling. Avoid choosing pale, green, cracked or weak looking seeds. The eye can often tell - sick looking seeds don't usually germinate or if they do, the offspring is scrawny. 



420EVALUATIONSONLINE:  We specialize in providing online Medical Marijuana document that allows Californians to cultivate, possess, use and transport Medical Marijuana.  Our 100% online process is fast and inexpensive.   Just fill out the  form it takes a few minutes, and a medical doctor will evaluate your file same day.  PATIENTS pay, only when a licensed doctor approves your evaluation and prepares your documents.  Click here to check out our latest Grower, Recommendation and ID packages.



FURTHER READING - Where Can I get Quality Marijuana Seeds?

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