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Welcome to the Growers Guide
Growing your own cannabis is simple, once you know how. Our step by step guide to how to grow cannabis is aimed at all levels of experience, from the newbie just starting out, to the more knowledgeable marijuana grower who wants to find new tips or read about new technologies.
We want to help any new grower realize how easy and fulfilling it is to grow your own cannabis at home, whether you are planning an indoor grow room or to grow marijuana outside. The Grow Guide answers questions as basic as:
- What do I need to grow weed indoors?
- Do I need to have ventilation in my grow room?
- Grow room design and set up
- What are the best grow lights? Do CFLs and LEDs actually work?
- How much will it cost to grow cannabis indoors?
And because growing cannabis is our passion and our lifestyle, we hope always to keep this info up to date and up to spec. The aim is to help you grow weed well, produce the biggest and best buds and enjoy a mellow smoke and toke. We think that experience in growing marijuana should be shared with all cannabis growers in order that all can use this knowledge. We don’t believe the hype and think that every new innovation should be proven before purchased! And because we can’t stop trying new methods of growing we test run as many new methods as space allows to help you get the info you need to make a buying decision.
You should remember that growing cannabis is illegal in some countries and check your local laws.
After a late start here in Spain, the outdoor growing season has finally arrived. Many local weed growers have found it frustrating this year as seedlings failed due to heavy rains and/or occasionally cold nights. The last week however has seen steady temperatures around the 28-33
C (82-97F) and anyone sensible enough to start off their plants inside can now happily plant out for a 2 months growth period. This fact reminds me that wherever one lives, the weather seems more and more temperamental: close to the Mediterranean Sea, we should experience a steady sunshine and high temps from now into late September when the nighttime begins to cool but days stay sunny enough for successful sativa grows. But very little in life comes with a guarantee: a wet autumn would see these plants vulnerable to mold; other variables might be a sudden increase in a particular pest infestation for example. That’s why we recommend that anyone buying more than 3 seeds mix up their planting. We’re unlikely to get cool enough temps to bring out the best in a blue strain, but the sativa grower could also do a few mid September early finishers, and the general grower test out different strains as one may be more pest or disease resistant than the others. Adding variation to your crop is like adding a fail-safe policy. All going well, all your plants reach harvest successfully, but if the unexpected happens, you have more chance with a diverse crop. Free cannabis seeds are great for this: often new breeders donate seeds to be offered out as freebies to get their names known, but they can be the surprise winners of that year’s grow.
What was your most successful outdoor grow?
Obviously climate has a big effect on what strains do best for outdoor growing (see our piece on cold climate strains here). We’d love to know what grows best in different parts of the world – and pictures please! The best local grow to us last year was a high altitude 1024 crop from Medical Seeds: this grower bought a pack of 3 feminized seeds and harvested a dry weight of over 7 kilos! (15 pounds!). He swore that 4.6 kilos came from just one monstrous plant but unfortunately had not thought to take a photo. I didn’t see the plants themselves, but did see the resulting bins of bud, and yes they were all 1024.
I’m not expecting everyone to match this yield: but if you’ve got a cannabis plant grown outdoors that you were particularly proud of, please drop us a quick email to [email protected] (subject: outdoor success!). We’d like to use the information to compile a map of what weed grows well where, but who knows? If we’re suitably impressed we’ll send you a surprise as a thank you for participating …
Join us on YouTube
Grower’s Guide is in the process of gathering all our various grow room videos and putting them up on our new YouTube Channel. Join us there for glimpses into grows past and present – click subscribe and comment freely 🙂
With the start of a new outdoor growing season comes a new look to the Growers Guide. We’ve tried to make it as similar to the old-style blog as possible, but hopefully its fresher and easier to use than before. The truth is, the old theme was outdated and we found ourselves spending more time replacing missing pictures and fixing broken links rather than writing the pieces we wanted to write about cannabis cultivation.
Getting the best from your cannabis seeds
So much joy/relief/relaxation all starts with a tiny seed. But how do you know which is the best cannabis strain to grow, where is the safest place to buy marijuana seeds online, and what method of germination gets the best results?
For an idea of what strain to try this year, we’ve written a couple of articles you should read:
- The 20 Best Strains every cannabis grower should try at least once
- Best Cold Climate Cannabis Strains
- Visit our Cannabis Seed Selection, where the product reviews are based on truthful reporting by ourselves or fellow growers, rather than what the seed breeder’s say!
- Need to know about cannabis seedling care? We’ve got tips to make sure you get good germination rates and help you give your seedlings the best start in life ..
Bulk buy Autoflowering Seeds Cheap!
In line with our opinion that there’s nothing like autoflowers to get a harvest in in the shortest time – but that you need so many of them to get a decent return per area, Growers Guide & Kannaponica are dedicated to getting you guys the best deals around on seeds. We buy in bulk direct from the breeders and pass on the savings to our readers. Sign up for our newsletter to get informed!
The acceptance and use of medical marijuana is possibly the most interesting development in the toking world. GG2C has an expanding medical mj section, with news reports from Colorado and interviews with Jeff Ditchfield & Mel Thomas from Bud Buddies.
We are developing a medical marijuana cannabis seeds selection too.
Start by reading about CBD and the endocannabinoid system and follow the series of linked articles. Its a subject we’d love to expand upon, so if you have something they would like to contribute on the healing properties of cannabis, we’d love to hear from you! Share your story with the world by contacting [email protected]
Like owning your own pub!
Kannaponica, the grower’s guide’s own little grow shop has been open for just over a year now. Its great fun although convincing the local Spanish outdoor growers of the benefits of indoor weed with limited Spanish is a tough thing to do. Still the proof is in the pudding as they say and converts are fast being made. So much so that we have recently moved premises over the quiet winter season – photos to follow!
Here are some of the topics we intend covering this year:
- Roadside drug testing: can you smoke and drive? And if you do, how do you beat roadside tests?
- A report on our biggest grow off yet, with IWS watering system put against a NFT hydroponics system, and HID vs LED grow lights
- The definitive guide to Vaping
- Product Review: The Ultimate Plant Cage
- Bud Buddies’ “Project Storm” film
- Product Review: why we think the Homebox Evolution range make the best grow tents of 2015.