If you live near a clear mountain stream, you can skip this bit on the quality of water. Most of us are supplied water by the city and some cities add more chemicals to the water than others. They all add chlorine. However, in varying quantities. Humans over the years have learned to either get rid of it somehow or to live with it. But your marijuana plants won’t have time to acquire a taste for it so you had better see that they don’t have to. Chlorine will evaporate if you let the water stand for 24 hours in an open container. See Beginner’s guide to growing Marijuana part-5 from here.
Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana part-5
Letting the water stand for a day or two will serve a dual purpose. The water will come to room temperature during that period of time and you can avoid the nasty shock your plants suffer when you drench them with cold water. Always water with room temperature to lukewarm water.
If your water has an excessive amount of chlorine in it. You may want to get some anti-chlorine drops at the local fish or pet store. The most important thing about watering is to do it thoroughly. You can water a plant in a three-gallon container with as much as three quarts of water.
If you can avoid getting bugs in the first place you will be much better off. Once your plants become infested you will probably be fighting bugs for the rest of your plants’ lives. To avoid bugs, be sure to use sterilized soil and containers and don’t bring other plants from outside into your growing room. If you have bets, ensure that they stay out of your growing room, since they can bring in pests on their fur. Examine your plants regularly for signs of insects, spots, holes in the leaves, browning of the tips of the leaves, and droopy branches. If you find that somehow in spite of all your precautions you have a plant room full of bugs. You’ll have to spray your plants with some kind of insecticide.
You’ll want to use something that will kill the bugs and not you. Spider mites are probably the bug that will do the most damage to the marijuana plants. One of the reasons is that they are almost microscopic and very hard to spot. They are called spider mites because they leave a web-like substance clinging to the leaves. They also cause tiny little spots to appear on the leaves. Probably the first thing you’ll notice. However, is that your plants look sick and depressed. The mites suck enzymes from the leaves and as a result. The leaves lose some of their green color and glossiness. Sometimes the leaves look like they have some kind of fungus on them. The eggs are very tiny black dots.
We have found that pruning is not always necessary. The reason one does it in the first place is to encourage secondary growth and to allow light to reach the immature leaves. Some strands of grass just naturally grow thick and bushy and if they are not clipped the sap moves in an uninterrupted flow right to the top of the plant where it produces flowers that are thick with resin. On the other hand, if your plants appear tall and spindly for their age at three weeks. They probably require a little trimming to ensure a nice full leafy plant. At three weeks of age, your plant should have at least two sets of branches or four leaf clusters and a top.
Prune the plant
To prune the plant, simply slice the top off just about the place where two branches oppose each other. Use a razor blade in a straight cut. If you want to. You can root the top in some water and when the roots appear. Plant the top in moist soil and it should grow into another plant. If you are going to root the top you should cut the end again. This time with a diagonal cut so as to expose more surface to the water or rooting solution. The advantage of taking cuttings from your plant is that it produces more tops. The tops have the resin, and that’s the name of the game. Every time you cut off a top. The plant seeds out two more top branches at the base of the existing branches. Pruning also encourages the branches underneath to grow faster than they normally would without the top having been cut.
Harvesting and Curing
Well, now that you’ve grown your marijuana, you will want to cur it properly so that it smokes clean and won’t bite.
You can avoid that “homegrown” taste of chlorophyll that sometimes makes one’s fillings taste like they might be dissolving. We know of several methods of curing marijuana so that it will have a mild flavor and a mellow rather than harsh smoke.
First, pull the plant up roots and all and hang it upside down for 24 hours. Then put each plant in a paper grocery bag with the top open for three or four days or until the leaves feel dry to the touch. Now strip the leaves off the stem and put them in a glass jar with a lid. Don’t pack the leaves in tightly, you want air to reach all the leaves. The main danger in the curing process is mold. If the leaves are too damp when you put them into the jar, they will mold and since the mold will destroy the resins, mold will ruin your marijuana.
Editor’s Note and Important Warning:
This pamphlet was written about 8 years ago. While the facts, figures, and methods described here are still valid, an important note must be added concerning the purchasing of equipment and supplies. The information age is upon us and an increasing amount of data is being kept about all of us whether we realize it or not. With the war on drugs in full effect, the D.E.A. is using this information at every possible opportunity.
When you make a purchase with a credit card, every last bit of information regarding that purchase is filed away into a database. Both at the store and with your credit card company. Not only the price but the exact date, location. And items purchased are recorded and stored away. Many stores and credit card companies routinely sell their databases of customers and transactions to anybody who can afford it. The D.E.A can certainly afford it. After all, they’re using your tax dollars.