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how to grow a weed plant in a cup

How to grow a weed plant in a cup

I got over an ounce from these little “trash plants”

Definitely not the healthiest leaves at harvest, but it produced 0.75 oz of premium bud under a handful of CFL bulbs!

One seedling did not make it lol. This was the result of heat plus overwatering.

A cool thing about autoflowering strains is you can stick a solo cup challenge almost anywhere since these strains don’t care about light schedules. I snuck two solo cup plants in the upper corners of this tent for about an extra ounce of buds out of no where.

I grew this autoflowering plant in a sunny window. I used a little container of soil to give the plant stability and hold extra water (I cut out the bottom of the cup so the roots could spread out a bit), so I’m not sure this counts as a real “solo cup challenge”. But I wanted an excuse to post a picture of my cat

There’s no real reason to grow this way… but it’s so fun! Here are some examples. Send us your solo cup challenge pictures for a chance to be featured on this page.

The off-topic pics are a litter of bunnies that momma had in a planter pot a week ago (sadly just a rosemary plant) right outside my back door. So much for letting my dog run around in the back yard for a few weeks while they grow up enough to leave the warren? (he is a type that was bred to hunt rabbits and small game and can’t be let anywhere near them). Apparently rabbits have babies in yards with dogs to keep other predators away, but they picked my yard with a dog that specializes in catching rabbits. Slight miscalculation but they were lucky we saw them before he did (unlike last year).

How to grow a weed plant in a cup

However, many people don’t understand the difference between autoflowering cannabis and photoperiod cannabis , aka regular flowering cannabis. Understanding these two options makes a big difference when selecting a 1st time strain based on how easy it is to grow. For beginners, we love autoflowers !

Commercially – grown marijuana or those grown by seasoned growers are typically regular flowering marijuanas plants. More specifically, they are photoperiod cannabis. These, under the right growing conditions, are the giants of the pot world– with the potential to grow 16 feet (or taller) and harvest 10 pounds of dried pot off a single plant.

Steps to Growing Your Own Pot

We love these types of seeds so much that our Grow Kits include a $40 discount coupon on autoflowering seeds from our friends at ILGM.com .

Before flowering, these plants savor what is known as the vegetative stage. This is when the plant enjoys more hours of light than darkness. Indoors, this is typically 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness. During this phase and light cycle, a photoperiod plant will continue to grow in size without flowering.

Step 1 – Pick the Best Marijuana Seeds for You

Cannabis genetics are important to consider when planning your grow. Most cannabis consumers are familiar with the idea of Cannabis indica vs. Cannabis sativa . They understand how an indica -dominant strain is typically more relaxing and that sativa -dominant strains are known for their abilities to energize the mind and aid your creativity superpowers.

How to grow a weed plant in a cup

Anytime space is limited for growing, some basic rules apply: Since square footage is at a premium, plans must take full advantage of each available inch. This means choosing between growing indica-dominant strains such as Hashplant, Afghani #1 or planning on using drastic trellising and training techniques if growing out sativas such as Super Silver Haze, Jack Herer or Kali Mist.

Use a loupe or a strong magnifying scope to take a very close look at the trichomes; the tiny glandular stalk and head sometimes referred to as “crystals”. Up close, they resemble little glass mushrooms with a stem that forms a bulbous round clear top. Inside that gland head resides the psychoactive compounds (THC, CBD etc). Harvest when the majority of the gland heads begin to go cloudy white and before they’ve gone completely amber. Harvest when they’re mostly amber if you desire a more lethargic stone.

Flower Power

Knowing when and how to harvest your buds is as important as knowing how to grow weed.

After you’ve determined that your buds are sufficiently dried you’re ready to jar them up for the cure. The stems should snap instead of bending and the outside of the flowers should feel bone dry to the touch. The truth is there is still plenty of water stuck in the bud and the curing process will slowly “sweat” out the remaining liquid.

Tips on How to Grow Weed: The Smart Pot

After you’ve planted your seeds or rooted your clones, it’s time to get them growing. Lower your reflector so that it’s closer to the plants rather than making them stretch to reach for light. Raise the lighting system as your plants grow. Set your light timer to be on for 18 hours per day and off for 6 hours. During this vegetative stage, the plant will grow leaves and branches but no flowers (unless it’s an auto-flowering plant).