How to Water a Marijuana Plant

    Cannabis is a tough plant and most strains will be very forgiving if you lax with their water supply. However, consistent water stress can be detrimental to the health and the ultimate quality of the plant. It is, therefore, imperative for every grower interested in fresh, robust and healthy leaves to know how to water the plants in the right manner and at the right times.

    Here are some key factors to help you out:

    Hydration is very important for Cannabis Plants

    Cannabis plants require a lot of water, especially when they are just about to flower. As a general rule, cannabis plants should never be allowed to go for long without water. Depriving them of water for long will hamper their nutrient intake and as a result, the growth will be stunted, leading to poor yields.

    While watering the plants however, caution should be taken to ensure you don’t supply too much water since this may lead to other undesirable conditions such as botrytis and root rot amongst other problems. Ideally, you should determine the critical amount of water needed by the plant based on the strain, the size, as well as the stage of growth.

    Know when to water the plants

    Just as knowing the amount of water to be supplied to the plant is crucial, it is vitally important to know when you should do the watering. Most growers agree that the best time to water the cannabis plant should be at night time or early in the morning.

    It is argued that watering at night or earlier during the day will allow the plant adequate time to utilize the nutrients effectively since most of the plant processes depends on sunlight and this is available only during the day.

    Watering when the sun is up is, however, not encouraged, since in the natural set up, precipitation never take place then sun is shining. Besides, the water droplets which will remain on the leaves will act like magnifying glass when sunlight falls on them and this may lead to leaf burn.

    The frequency of cannabis plants watering

    Now that you have an idea on how much water is necessary and when the times to apply it are, the next thing is to work out the frequency of the application. The recommended frequency is twice every day on days when the temperature is high and the humidity is low. But as the plant continues to mature and approach flowering, the frequency should be reduced as the quantity is increased. When the plant reaches full flowering, the marijuana plant must be watered once every two to three days.

    The ideal frequency for watering the plant should be determined after you evaluate the moisture levels in the soil or the growing medium. Ideally, the medium should be dry on the top and slightly dump beneath the surface. If the medium is dry up to 5cm beneath the surface, then the plant is probably too dry and the plant may be undergoing water stress. In such a case, you should supply water to restore moisture content of the soil and avoid further water stress to the plant.

    Growing Marijuana for Beginners from Seeds

    If you are an approved patient, then you may tap into a plethora of benefits when you decide to grow your own marijuana instead of spending money all the time you need your dozes. It will excite you to know that growing marijuana is very easy once you learn the basic concepts and you get all the materials and equipment needed for indoor growing. It is discreet, grows fast and you will have access to very good quality marijuana.

    Cannabis Growing Medium

    One of the secrets to growing quality marijuana indoors is to select the best soil once you have chosen the right seeds (discussed later). And since you are interested in growing it indoors, you will have to consider all the factors necessary for optimum indoor growth and these include factors such as water, humidity, temperature, light, and nutrients.

    All these factors need to be availed to the growing plants in the right amounts to ensure that you get the very best of quality. In most cases, you will receive a comprehensive guideline on how to grow the plant from where you purchased the seeds. But that notwithstanding, you also need to know the tiny details necessary to get good harvest.

    Best strains for indoor cannabis growing

    For good results and high quality plants, there are a particular marijuana strains ideal for indoor growing. Below are some worth considering:

    • Critical – originally from Afghanistan and takes between 7 – 8 weeks to flower. It is an all rounder and will give good results for both indoor and outdoor growing.
    • Royal AK – originally from Mexico, Thailand, Columbia and Afghanistan. Takes about 9 weeks to flower.
    • Royal Mobi – this is ideal for patients who desire to grow a smaller number of plants but desire high quality products in low stressing growing conditions.
    • Amnesia Haze – this is ideal for complete novices in cannabis cultivation. It is easy to care for and maintain, though you will have to be patient since it takes up to 11 weeks to flower.

    How many pot plants you are growing

    It is vitally important to know the number of marijuana plants you desire to grow because this will dictate your space requirements. Conversely, you can start by evaluating the available space in your indoor setup and form that; you can easily determine the number of plants to grow. Most of the times, you will be advised to invest in an appropriate grow tent as it will allow you to have an optimal number of plants and it will also provide sufficient growth conditions for a bountiful harvest.

    Cannabis Seed Germination process

    The germination process for marijuana is no different from that of any other seed plant, only that you will be required to be more cautious. To germinate the seeds, you will have to drop them in moist soil and allow them up to 24 hours to sprout.

    Germinating the seeds is also possible when they are placed in a wet towel, only that the towel must not be soaked in water. If you germinated the seeds in a moist towel, you will then have to transfer them into moist soil where they will grow to maturity however, this transplant is not necessary if you the seeds germinated in the moist soil or their final grow medium.