Summary of the Growing cycle of
1. so you have
2. your Promix
ready and your ventilation
3. you sprout
the seeds. usually takes from 24 hours to 1 week
4. When they sprout you transfer them into
Water Promix with plain water. Add no nutrients unless you want to add B1
or Rizotonic or Super thrive.
5. place the pots 4 feet away from a 1000W light, 3 to 4 feet
away from the 400W light, 3 feet away from a 250W light and 1 foot away
from fluorescent lights.
6. Wait until you see small leafs and until they are about 2 to 3
inches in height....... and generally the sprouts look like miniature
plants. This should take between a week or two..... or three... some
cannabis strains may take longer depending how experienced you are
7. After this period you can move the little sprouts closer
to the light. This means 2 feet away from a 1000W, 1.5 feet away from a
400W, 1 foot from 250W and 2 to 3 inches away from a fluorescent lights.
8. Make sure you have an oscillating fan to move the air and the
plants (set the fan to appropriate speed in order to achieve "gently
rocking wind" as oppose to "a hurricane").......
9. When you move the plants closer to the light it is time to add
nutrients to your water. Until now you should be watering them with plain
water. The first time plants receive nutrients it should be mixed at 50%
of whatever your nutrient is recommending. Use Vegetative formula. This
period of plants life is
called VEG PERIOD (Vegetative), when plants simply grow bigger and bigger
but do not produce any bud. Your
lights are ON for at least 18 hours a day. Familiarize yourself with point
#5, 6 and 7 above on this page.
10. When plants reach 4 to 8 inches in height, you can transfer them
bigger pots (I recommend at least an 8
inch pot or 3 Gallons in volume)
11. If the plants reach about a foot in
height but they do not seem bushy enough you can cut the top 2 inches off
of each plant. This is called "super cropping" or "pinching". By removing
the top 2 inches you force the plant to sprout side branches thus become
more bushy. The sooner you do this the better. Remember that when you do
this you have to wait at least a week before you bloom these plants. This
is because you heed to give them a chance to grow new side branches.
12. Your plants should get no bigger than 2 feet tall before
bloom. If you let them VEG longer they will become too big for light to
penetrate inside them.
At this point you have 2 choices.
You can let them grow (VEG) until they reach 1.5 or 2 feet in
switch to bloom.
BLOOM PERIOD is a when you switch your nutrients from vegetative
formula to blooming or flowering formula (see point no.6). You start
bloom by changing the light cycle of your lights to 12 hours ON and 12
hours OFF. This cycle generally lasts about 8 weeks and culminates with
harvest. When you purchase seeds the
package should state the
appropriate time of the bloom cycle. In general however it is usually 8
As the bloom progresses, you should check your plants daily for any signs of
sex and remove
the males as soon as they show, usually
within the first 3 weeks or sooner.
On the 6th week of bloom you can add so called
Bud-Boosters. A bud booster is a high
nutrient with numbers like 10-52-15 or 1-12-13 (NPK number on
every nutrient label). Phosphorus is the middle number of
You can add this nutrient on top of your regular watering cycle, twice in
one week, on the 6th week of the blooming cycle. This very specific
nutrient adds weight to the plant. After the 6th week most plants are
generally ready to consume, however if you spend additional week watering
with the bud booster and spend another week watering with plain water, you
can add a lot of weight to the plant. During the last week of bloom you
should use only plain water in order to leach out any salts and nutrient
build ups. This will greatly improve the taste after its dry. Some choose
to spend up to 2 weeks leaching the plants. This makes the taste cleaner
and the smoke lighter in colour.
harvest the crop after roughly 2 months.
B. When they are still in
take a clone from each plant, place
those cones under a fluorescent light inside a cupboard and bloom the
clones in order to
find sex of each plant. After 2 weeks
the clones would show sex, you could then choose to keep a female
plant as a mother for cloning or simply remove the males, and bloom
Note: feminized seeds
make horrible mother plants.
A clone taken from a
female plant is 100% female as well so keeping a mother plant is a
nice shortcut when growing long term.
When you have two
closets, one used for Blooming and one for mother plants.
If you have a 400W light
you can use it for bloom, but your veg closet can be as low as 100W
If you have a 600W light
you can use it for bloom, but your veg closet can be as low as 150W
If you have a 1000W
light you can use it for bloom, but your veg closet can be as low as