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SEEDS The potency of marijliana is, in part, hereditary. Choose your seeds from the best grass available. Different strains grow at different rates, so for uniformity, of growth, take all seeds from the same batch of grass. Choose seeds for their size and color. The large, plump ones with good color-mottled brown-grey-have ihe best chance of germinating. Seeds that are older than three years, badly brtiised or immature (green or white) are probably not viable. Black seeds may indicate fungus at work. Store seeds in a cool, dark place in an airtight container; the vegetable crisper section of your refrigerator is ideal,.

Soak the seeds overnight in a glass of water or wet towels to give them a head start in the germination process through water absorption. Adding about two teaspoons of bleach to each cup of water (a five percent solution) will prevent fungus from forming on the seeds. Poke five or six evenly spaced holes about one-quarter to one-half_ inch deep in the soil in each pot.. Place one seed in each hole and cover lightly wilh soil- Carefully, so as not to disturb the seeds, moisten the soil and keep it moist until the seeds have sprouted. The seeds will sprout in three to fourteen days, depending on their variety and viability.

GERMINATION Hanging the lights as close as possible to Ihe lops of the pols and leaving them on 24 hours a day will warm Ihe soil and encourage germination.

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reaching for the light.. At some stages, the plants wiH grow a couple of inches a day, so you may have lo adjust the lights several times a week.. Usually seeds will sprout two to seven days after planting. Older seeds may take up lo three weeks to sprout...

WATERING Under artificial light with its long photoperiod, plants grow extremely fast and require frequent watering, but you should allow them to go through a wet and dry cycle, which aids nutrient uptake, especially potassium, and aerates the soiL In general, when the soil two inches deep is dry to the touch, water enough so that it is saturated but not so much that water runs out of the drainage holes, carrying away the nutrients.

Lack of water will, cause a plant to will, but it will recover within a few minutes if it is watered. Watering frequency varies according to light, temperature, humidity, size of plant, size of pot and other factors; Use common sense-don't keep the soil constantly moist and don't wail until the plant wilts.

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Try to water during the morning hours, using tepid water and being careful not to disturb the

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roots. Water from the lop of the pol, around ihe stems, not on them. If you want lo water from the bottom with trays (not recommended), place a layer of pebbles or gravel in the tray to ensure drainage. Don't let the pots sit in water until the soLL becomes supersaturated. This prevents oxygen uptake, and the plants grow poorly.

In some locales tap water is highly chlorinated. The chlorine does not harm the plants, but it can kill the microorganisms in the soiL Allowing chlorinated water lo stand overnight eliminates mosi of the chlorine gas.

THINNING AND TRANSPLANTS During the second to fourth weeks of growth, the plants begin to crowd each other. Thin your garden so that one plant is left, in each container. Remove any plants with yellow, while or distorted leaves. Also remove the less vigorous ones and those with the sparsest foliage. Transplant the seedlings you thin oui into empty pots.

To transplant, moisten the soil in the pot from which you will remove the plant and let it sit for a few minutes. Then lake a spade or a large spoon and inseii it between the transplant and the plain that will, be left to grow. Try to leave at least one inch of space from the spoon to the stem. Lever the spoon towards the side of the pot,. Place the transplant in a prepared hole at the same depth that it was growing before. Replace the soil in both pots and moisten lightly again to bond the new soil with the original.. If carefully done, a wedge of soil can be removed intact, so the root system will not be disturbed and the plant will survive with little or no transplant shock.. Do not fertilize a transplant for- two weeks.

SUPPORTS Plants grown under artificial light often need support, especially in the eacly stages of growth. Depending on plant size, cotton swabs, plastic straws or standard plant slakes, such as cane sticks or dowels, can be used. Place a slake in the soil and lie ihe plant stem lo it with a string or a wire twist like those that come with plastic trash bags. Do nol pulj_ the string lightly around the stem; leave il loose.

FERTILIZING When and how often lo fertilize depends on ihe growing medium, ihe size of the pots and general growing conditions. Fertilize small, pots (four to six inches) about three weeks after sprouting. Fish emulsion (5-2-2) is a good organic fertilizer. Dilute one tablespoon per gallon of water and use each lime you water for the first two months. Thereafter, once every two weeks is sufficient... Many growers use chemical fertilizers, such as Rapid-Cro, Miraqle-Gro or Hyponex-be sure nol to overferlijjze, since ihey are

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