A Guide to Growing Cannabis for Those New to Cultivation

Other than maybe having a smoke sesh with your favorite celebrity, growing your own cannabis can be one of the most rewarding experiences you may ever have as a consumer of the chronic.

And now that the laws are starting to change around the nation in regards to consuming cannabis, more people are choosing to grow their own supply of pot, as opposed to patronizing their local dispensary.

It’s not as if growing a plant genus which is technically classified as a weed is rocket surgery, by any means. But, it’s fairly common for a novice gardener to end up with an epic fail on their first run as a cultivator of the kind bud, which can prove to be quite costly.

So, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a grow guide for those that have yet to acquire two sticky, green thumbs: newbie gardeners.

Cannabis Grow Guide – Step #1 – It All Starts With Cannabis Seeds

Sure, you could always score some clones from a friend or other source(s) like the character Ricky on the show Trailer Park Boys, but then you run the risk of obtaining plants with bad genes, pests, or even disease.

Besides, the principal way to learn about the full lifecycle of a cannabis plant is to start from seed(s).

Seed Selection

Choosing the strain(s) you would like to grow can prove to be quite the daunting undertaking due to the overwhelming amount of selection available via e-commerce and local pot shops.

But the prime way to choose cannabis seeds for your garden is by picking the types of strains you already enjoy consuming. If you’re partial to Indica or Indica-dominant varieties, for example, then choose accordingly.

Other factors can come into play as well when contemplating which cannabis seeds you’d like to cultivate, such as if you’re growing your crops indoors or outdoors, how much space you have for your garden, how difficult certain varieties are to cultivate, etc.

Seed Types

There are basically three different types of cannabis seeds that are bred for retail purposes:

  • Regular or Photoperiod

Regular cannabis seeds can have the potential to produce either female or male plants, depending on the conditions in which they’re germinated. It can be a real crapshoot in terms of which sex your plants may turn out to be, but we feel it’s an experience every gardener should undertake at some point in time. If not on their first attempt at growing pot.

  • Feminized

Feminized cannabis seeds are genetically altered in order to primarily (around 95 percent) produce female plants. This type of seed helps take the guesswork out of sexing plants that are produced from regular cannabis seeds, which can be difficult for some new gardeners to determine.

Feminized seeds are somewhat frowned upon by veterans of cannabis cultivation, however, utilizing them can help speed up the whole gardening process. And as a former newbie myself, I can attest to wanting to harvest as soon as the Gods of Botany would allow.

  • Auto-flowering

Auto-flowering cannabis seeds are not only genetically altered to produce female plants like feminized seeds, they are also bred using a genus of cannabis known as Ruderalis that causes them to flower or bloom automatically regardless of the duration of the light cycle. Hence the name auto-flower. This type of seed is an ideal choice for gardeners that want to grow weed without having to worry about sexing plants and want quick results that require next to little effort to cultivate.

Auto-flowering seeds typically get a bad rap from purist that believes you should only run regular cannabis seeds in your garden. But breeders have made leaps and bounds in regards to increasing potency and yields of auto-flower varieties in the last decade.

Other Seed Shopping Tips

Ordering seeds via the internet can be somewhat of a risk. You take the chance of not only getting popped by Johnny Law but also that the seeds you receive may not be exactly what you ordered. So, be sure you research the credibility of the seed broker(s) before making a purchase so you don’t end up with a bait-and-switch.

It’s a good idea to research the seed breeder(s) as well. Most reputable breeders have their own website that is packed tight with info on everything from potency to yields. Most breeders are even going as far as having their strains tested for cannabinoid levels, and posting those results online as well.

Be sure to stay with Weed Tab for step #2 from our cannabis grow guide where we discuss which grow medium would best suit your needs.

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Neo has been writing for the cannabis industry since 2008 and is an active gardener with two sticky, green thumbs. He would love to see the prohibition of cannabis brought to a close, and is doing his best to make it a reality by staying involved on a grass roots level. When it comes to partaking in a puff or two of the sticky stuff, Neo is partial to just about anything Indica, especially OGs.