Guide to growing weed outdoors

Growing Guide: Seedlings On The Window Sill

In the first episode of Sista Mary’s Growing Guide, we’ve seen her Amsterdam Genetics Skyrocket seeds germinate. Now, with their seedling roots digging into the soil, we witness their first baby steps towards full cannabis maturity.

On With The Seedlings

We pick up the Growing Blog from were we left off: germination. As you will recall, Sista Mary decided to use kitchen towel for her seeds to germinate. Once light and water had worked their magic, she planted the seedlings into flowerpots with regular garden soil. This was done with great care so as not to damage the emerging taproots. Two weeks later, these fragile little seedlings have changed almost beyond recognition.

Window Seats

To protect the vulnerable baby plant from cold spring nights, pests, and an overdose of May sunshine, the seedlings were kept indoors for a bit. They got a snug spot on the window sill, allowing them to get used to actual sunlight rather than artificial lighting. After all, these Skyrocket plants are meant to be outdoor crops, so a go-between in the form of window seats is a sensible choice. If you don’t have a safe and sunny spot in your home, artificial lighting by fluorescent tubes will do. Just make sure to alternate about 18 hours of light with 6 hours of darkness or your plants may hit the ceiling before you know it. Still, the window sill gives your seedlings a chance to get used to real sunrays, which is a more natural start.

 

Skyrocket cannabis seedling
The seed case clings…
Cannabis seedling emerging
… and is shed.

Theresa, Hilda, and Caroline: Meet The THC Sistaz!

Of course, after their germination‘s  ‘moment of birth’, these three little ladies had to be given proper names. Sista Mary decided on Theresa, Hilda, and Caroline – say hello to the THC Sistaz! Out on the window sill, the little darlings made good progress. The images show how the seed cases were shed, making room for the first tiny leaves to emerge. A few days later, they were followed by the first leaves featuring the tell-tale serrated shape of cannabis foliage.

Leaves on weed seedling
First leaves reaching for the sun.

Seedling Child Support

Weed seedlings have an inbuilt drive to grow towards the light. It allows them to catch all the (sun-)light they can to grow taller. At this stage, watch your little ones closely. If the stem grows too fast, it may become unable to support its own weight as the leaves develop. You don’t want your fragile plants to snap at this point, so if you have any doubts, make sure you give the stems some child support. You can do this by carefully using your fingers to prop them up with a small mound of soil. Another option is using a length of wire or a small stick, but these may be tricky to remove later on. Whatever you do, give your girls some guidance if they need it as they take their first baby steps towards maturity.

Seedling supported by soil mound
A mound of soil supports the base of the stem.

Out In The Sunshine

After two weeks of seedling growth, Theresa, Hilda, Caroline were ready for the next big step: time to take the plants outside. Remember that these baby weed plants still have very fragile leaves. For some extra protection, Sista Mary decided to put them in a greenhouse for a smooth transition to outdoor conditions. The spring sunshine is just too bright and intense due to its high amount of UV radiation, which can damage any organism. The greenhouse also shields the plants from rapid temperature drops that can easily occur well into May. Temperatures depend on your location, of course, but in the Netherlands, they can drop below zero in especially cold May nights – killing for these tiny sisters. Better safe than sorry, right?

Weed plant developing leaves
Starting to look like a proper lady now!

Stick around for the next episode of Sista Mary’s Growing Guide. You’ll find more useful tips and grower’s insights as Theresa, Hilda and Caroline soak up some sunshine outside!