How to Grow Weed Outdoors – Growing marijuana 2
Can you turn bad weed into good weed? Surprisingly enough, the answer to this oft-asked inquiry is, yes! Like most other things in life, the amount of good you are going to do relates directly to how much effort you are going to put into it.
1. Take a quantity of outdoor weed and dampen it, place in a baggie or another socially acceptable container, and store it in a dark, dampish place for a couple of weeks (burying it also seems to work). The cannabis will develop a mold which tastes a bit harsh and burns a tiny bit funny, but does increase the potency.
2. Expose the outdoor cannabis to the high intensity light of a sunlamp for a full day or so. Personally, I don’t feel that this is worth the effort, but if you just spent $400 of your friend’s money for this brick of super-Colombian, right-from-the-President’s-personal-stash, and it turns out to be Missouri weed, and you’re packing your bags to leave town before the people arrive for their shares, well, you might at least try it. Can’t hurt.
3. Take the undesirable portions of our stash (stems, seeds, weak weed, worms, etc.) and place them in a covered pot, with enough rubbing alcohol to cover everything.
Now carefully boil the mixture on an electric stove or lab burner. DO NOT USE GAS – the alcohol is too flammable. After 45 minutes of heat, remove the pot and strain the solids out, saving the alcohol.
Now, repeat the process with the same residuals, but use fresh alcohol. When the second boil is over, remove the solids again, combine the two quantities of alcohol and re-boil until you have a syrupy mixture.
Now, this syrupy mixture will contain much of the THC formerly hidden in the stems and such. One simply takes this syrup the thoroughly combines it with the grass that one wishes to improve upon.
- Weed grown indoors will not appear the same as their outdoor cousins. They will be scrawnier appearing with a weak stems and may even require you to tie them to a growing post to remain upright, but the indoor varieties will offer far more resin and buds;
- If growing in a room, start with black plastic to the floors and then buy good quality bags of soil form a local nursery. You will need at least one cubic foot of soil for each plant;
- The plants will need fresh air, so the room must be ventilated. It is best to keep tobacco smoke out of the room also.
- At least eight hours of light a day must be provided. As you increase the light, the plants grow faster and show more females/less males when it comes to marijuana sexing time. 18 to 24 hours of light per day seems to be the best combination, beyond this makes little or no appreciable difference in the plant quality. Another idea is to interrupt the night cycle with about one hour of light. This usually gives you more females;
- The walls of your growing room should be painted white or covered with aluminum foil or white plastic like Mylar to reflect the light;
- The lights themselves can be either bulbs of fluorescent, HID’s or LED grow lights. Broad (full) spectrum LED grow lights are the best source as the good ones run cold to the touch, can be set close to the plans and are far cheaper to run than the equivalent light source from an HPS grow light. The light sources should be an average of twenty inches from the plant and NEVER closer than 14 inches although LEDs and CFL fluorescents are at the lower end of this scale. They should be mounted on a rack and moved upwards every few days as the plants grow;
How does sunlight affect growth in nanometres (nm)
- 200 – 280 nm UVC ultraviolet range which is extremely harmful to plants;.
- 280 – 315 nm Includes harmful UVB ultraviolet light which causes plants colors to fade;
- 315 – 380 nm Range of UVA ultraviolet light which is neither harmful nor beneficial to plant growth;
- 380 – 400 nm Start of visible light spectrum in the deep blues. Process of chlorophyll absorption begins which plants require. UV protected plastics ideally block out any light below this range;
- 400 – 520 nm This range includes violet, blue, and green bands. Peak absorption by chlorophyll occurs, and a strong influence on photosynthesis which promotes vegetative growth;
- 520 – 610 nm This range includes the green, yellow, and orange bands and has less absorption by pigments;
- 610 – 720 nm This is the red band. Large amounts of absorption by chlorophyll occurs, and most significant influence on photosynthesis, this light spectrum is required to promote flowering and budding;
- 720 – 1000 nm There is little absorption by chlorophyll here. Flowering and germination is influenced. At the high end of the band is infrared, which is simply heat.
- 1000+ nm – Not required for plants and invisible to the human eye.
- The image above outlines the entire visible light spectrum in nanometres (nm);
- Point (A) which is in the blue spectrum and indicates the peak of vegetative growth;
- Point (B) outlines the yellow, amber and red spectrums required for pre-flowering and flowering (budding).
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