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First, discard any immature seeds. Mature seeds have a different appearance compared to those who are immature.
Obtaining certified seeds from a seed bank is something we would always recommend, and if you turn to the black market to buy and sell seeds, it is without any guarantees. Local guidelines may vary from region to region, and care should always be taken.
1. Experiment with different growing methods
Did you know that cannabis seeds are extremely nutritious, just like hemp, which has long been sold in health food stores? In fact, they are packed full of protein, fiber, healthy unsaturated seeds rich in omega oils and many vitamins. Plus, they contain an impressive range of minerals, such as iron, sodium, potassium, and magnesium.
And cannabis seeds aren’t just a healthy snack for you; they’re also good for your feathered and furry friends who will also benefit from all the nutrients just mentioned. Mix the seeds with their regular foods and let their digestive system do the rest. Don’t have any pets? Mix them with birdseed and hang them in a feeder or scatter for any passing wild animals or rodents.
When you have plenty of extra seeds for no additional cost, you have the perfect opportunity to experiment with growing conditions. Why not try a stealth guerilla grow in the wild by planting some seeds in the middle of the woods? Or you could try a low-cost hydroponics setup. You have nothing to lose with these seeds, so why not use them to learn a new cultivation technique? After all, if it all goes well, you will have grown some extra plants – ready to harvest!
Growing marijuana takes a certain level of commitment: time, energy, and financial resources, so be sure you can commit to the whole process.
Even if your seed sprouts fast and grows vigorously, it still has roughly a 50/50 chance of being female and producing buds, instead of turning out to be a male.
Finding a cannabis seed in your stash is not ideal, but we’ve all been there before. Although much less common than it once was, it still happens. Sometimes you’ll notice one when grinding down some flower, or you’ll see one pop, spark, and crackle from the heat of a lit bowl.
Was the seed found in good weed?
Because only female cannabis plants produce buds and you want them to focus all their energy on producing buds and not seeds, it’s important to identify and get rid of male weed plants so they don’t pollinate females. If females are pollinated, it will give you buds filled with seeds, making your weed harsh and unpleasant.
Because training happens during vegetative growth, for autoflowering plants, this period could be as short as a few weeks, which means time is limited. Try topping your autoflowers after they have three nodes, and stop once they begin to flower. You will want to prune them lightly.
Autoflowers can be started in early spring and will flower during the longest days of summer, taking advantage of high quality light to get bigger yields. Or, if you get a late start in the growing season, you can start autoflowers in May or June and harvest in the fall.
Many marijuana growers start autoflowers early in the season, and at a different time than a regular crop, so keep the season and climate in mind when growing and harvesting—your plants still need warmth to grow, and rain can give them bud rot. Consider growing in a greenhouse to protect them.