Cannabis Grower Crash Course
Introduction to growing (*Page incomplete)
When preparing to plant your cannabis seeds begin by understanding the various options available to you when it comes to medium or method used to grow bud.
The most common way to produce bud is in soil due to outdoor grows typically being consisting of regular soil. Hydroponics is an alternative method and presents various advantages and less disadvantages in comparison.
Broken down into several categories hydroponics and cannabis have proven to allow growers indoors the ability to easily adjust deficiencies, counter act over-feeding, avoiding pests and so forth.
However there are also drawbacks to certain kind of hydroponics setups which may present themselves early or even at a later stage of the grow where it can negatively impact yield or quality of bud production .
In summary this means that each grower will have a preference in the medium of their choice and what sacrifices may need to be taken.
What is Hydroponics?
Recommended water solutions
- Ideal pH Water: 6pH
- Fresh water max TDS: 100ppm recommended (reverse osmosis even better: near 0ppm)
- Dosed nutrition shouldn’t exceed 1200 ppm (if using 3 part solution+ supplements )
General Pros of hydroponics:
- Don’ need to water often (limited to the size of the water container (system max capacity)
- Water can be pH’ed and mixed with nutrients therefore avoiding the hassle of having to prepare batches for watering intervals
- pH and nutrition of plant can be precisely measured and can be adjusted easily and results are rapid (less delay when compared to soil or even coco perlite)
General Cons of hydroponics:
- Water can not be used in a re-circulating system for more than one week (recommended) to two weeks (not recommended);
The method is inefficient in its use of water and plant nutrient reagents. Root disease occurrence and nutrient element insufficiencies can occur with repeated use of the nutrient solution. Because it is a “closed” system, the re-circulated nutrient solution will require reconstitution, filtering, and sterilization. Within the growing period, the nutrient solution may require replacement. The rooting medium will require washing to remove root debris and accumulated precipitates as well as sterilization before reuse.
Common hydroponic styles/methods;
Aeroponics is the process of growing plants in an air or mist environment without the use of soil or an alternative medium. The roots are basically suspended in mid air whilst water is misted in the container where the roots are exposed to no light, good air flow and good exposure to water mist.
The drip method simply consists of water bring pumped in a closed loop water system. The pump attaches to drippers which are placed on the on the top of the plants roots (sits on top surface of clay pebbles or other medium)
Ebb and Flow is a form of hydroponics that is known for its simplicity, reliability of operation and low initial investment cost. Pots are filled with an inert medium which does not function like soil or contribute nutrition to the plants but which anchors the roots and functions as a temporary reserve of water and solvent mineral nutrients. The hydroponic solution alternately floods the system and is allowed to ebb away.
Under this system a water-tight growing bed, containing either clean gravel or coarse sand as the rooting medium, is periodically flooded for a short period (5 to 10 minutes) with a nutrient solution pumped from a supply tank. By placing the nutrient solution supply tank below the growing bed, the nutrient solution can drain back by gravity.
Deep water culture is what will be focused on mainly in this grow guide.
Coco-coir with perlite (90-10 common ratio)
The image to the left depicts wheat grass growing in coco coir.
Good water retention. Holds long enough and does not drown roots or cause molding rotting (so easily, still happens though)
The Cannabis Plant
Myhomegro can only provide the tools needed to successfully get growing whether it be for medicinal, recreational purposes or testing purposes!
1.0 Pre-soak Seeds (1-3 Days)
1.1 Planting seed into peat pellet (recommended) (15 mins)
1.2 Seedling Stage (up to 1 -4 weeks)
2. Autoflowers (up to a total of 90 days from this point)
2.1 Vegetative Stage (up to 3 months or more)
2.2 Changing State (up to a 1 week)
3. Flowering Stage (dependent on strain check description in-store)
4. Harvest and Curing (1-2 months)
5. Smoke-able bud, oil, edibles
How many times to water in coco coir/peat pellet;
Watering you plants is always dependent on the grows conditions and plant size, stage and health of plant, indications of plants being under watered is
over watering show signs of
Plant coming back to life after signs of under watering withing 71 hours;
When you order seeds on myhomegro you will gain access to the following information;
Under R3000 Set-up guide
Under R8000 Set-up guide
Signs of over dosing; What to expect when dosing to much nutrients
Signs of deficiencies;What to expect when dosing to little nutrients