If you are thinking about growing marijuana (also known as weed, cannabis, and pot), you would be surprised to note that it is an extremely easy task if you know the basics. Moreover, growing marijuana hydroponically would offer higher yields and a shorter grow time when compared to growing marijuana in soil.
The first thing before you need to do is to buy marijuana seeds or clones, premium quality hydroponic nutrients, pots for growing weed plants, coco coir, two 42-watt CFL bulbs, enough light sockets, timer, and a pH testing kit.
Now it is the time for you to put the lights a little higher than the height of the pots with enough raised room to the final height of the plants. Once done, you need to start feeding the plants with tap or filtered water that is complemented with nutrients to have a pH of 5.5-6.0 to ensure proper nutrient absorption.
If top of the coco coir starts feeling dry, you need to water the weed plants with nutrient-filled water and keep the plants of marijuana in the vegetative growth stage until they are approximately half their desired height; this can be done by offering them light for 18-24 hours a day. Once the plants have reached the desired height levels, you should change light schedule to on for 12 hours a day, and off for 12 hours a day so that a signal is passed to the plants for start producing buds.
After all thus, you need to determine the plant gender after a period of one to two weeks after the light schedule is changed for the flowering stage to get rid of male plants. It is worthwhile to note that the male plants would start growing grape-like balls to become pollen secs; the female plants would grow white hairs. If both male and female plants are not separated, the female plants would end up making many seeds instead of buds. Thereafter, you need to wait patiently until the marijuana plants mature in the flowering stage, which can last from six weeks to twelve weeks or longer depending on the type of marijuana strain grown.
Now you should start feeding the weed plants just plain and pH’ed water one to two weeks before the harvesting time else you may feel the taste of nutrients in the final buds. When the marijuana plants are ready for harvest, you need to cut down the whole plants. Alternatively, you can cut off pieces of buds at a time when about 50 to 75 percent of the while hairs or pistils have turned brown or amber. Thereafter, you need to trim the plant in such a way that there are no leaves sticking from the buds. Once you are done with this, you just need to hang the trimmed buds in a upside down position in a dark and cool place and allow them to dry until the buds are able to snap off in a clean manner. The last step is all about placing the buds in an air-tight container and leaving them in a dark and cool place for about two weeks to a month.