Seed Packets – Regular Seed Packages For Growing cannabis plants
Regular seed packages sold at garden centers come with either male or female cannabis plants. The idea behind this is that when the pollen from one plant is collected and sent to seed, the male plants have a larger proportion of the pollen that will germinate and grow into flowers than the female plants do. And because of that, the sex of flowers in the package will correspond with the sex of buds in the plant – meaning there is more likelihood of an eventual flowering between two bud types. So when buying these packets, be sure you know what you’re buying!
Vegetative Stage: The more immature the plant, the shorter its life span. In this stage, the plants are still growing from the single-celled stage. Some have a more fully developed floral structure and can flower for several months before they reach the point of no return, while others only bloom for a few weeks. Usually, however, after about a month of being in the vegetative stage, the plants stop growing and the led lights stop heating. They can remain on the pot if the lighting source remains on for a week or two afterwards, but after that, they must be kept cool and fed through a feeding tube just like any other vegetable. When the plants stop growing, they must be fed again through a feeding tube and then replanted.
Flowering Stage: When it reaches maturity in the vegetative stage, the flowering buds are complete and ready to produce seed. During the flowering stage, the plants are highly sensitive to temperatures and can easily be affected by frost. The best time to harvest cannabis is in late summer or early fall.
Regular Vs. Feminized Seed packets. You can easily tell the difference between regular seeds and feminized seeds by looking at the package. A regular seed packet contains sterile seeds. In case of feminized seeds, the seeds are hot-planted in the growing medium, which is what happens in regular seed packets. Since the feminized seeds contain only female chromosomes, the plant will develop to be identical to regular cannabis.
Many reasons account for why growers opt for feminized cannabis seeds. Some grow cannabis for the purpose of selling it wholesale. Because the process requires a lot of manual work, some growers find it easier to harvest feminized plants than regular seedlings. Some female plants also require less maintenance than male plants because of the hormone levels in them.
Many gardeners may choose to grow cannabis seeds for another reason, though. Some people want to grow certain types of plants not found in traditional gardens, such as alfalfa, marigolds, and cucumbers. These varieties can be difficult to grow, thus many grow-investors choose to go with cannabis seeds that are not easily accessible. Others may take shortcuts by purchasing small containers of seeds from an online retailer or by growing small plants themselves.
Some of these types of plants, such as alfalfa, can be found in the garden center as “pre-flowers.” It is up to the grower to nurture these plants through the weeks leading up to the flowering event and use the appropriate fertilizers and feedings to encourage the production of their flowers. Some gardeners prefer to use “post-flowers,” which are simply put, uncooked, seed packets placed around the growing period. Growers may prepare this type of pre-flowers ahead of time and place them around the growing period, so that they can simply grab them when the time comes to fertilize the plants.
After a grower has chosen his or her favorite kind of plant to cultivate, he or she should make sure that he or she purchases the proper amount of seed. Some plants produce resinous buds that contain only a few seeds while others will produce large amounts of resin-rich leaves. The smaller number of seeds produced by a plant means that it will yield a smaller crop than plants with larger yields. A grower should make sure that the appropriate amount of seed is purchased for the intended yield. The yield may be smaller per unit volume but a significant percentage of the crop will be seeds and stems, making the yield more significant than the seed quantity.