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A Guide To Cultivating Your Own Marijuana Plants

In recent years, I don't know if there has been a growing interest in cultivating marijuana. Still, if, for whatever reason, you need marijuana for personal use, you should consider growing your personal plant. This guide will help you with essential steps and insights to ensure a successful and rewarding cultivation experience.

Growing marijuana under LED

Selecting the Right Strain

Assuming you operate within a legal landscape, the first crucial step is selecting the right strain. Different strains offer varying effects and growth characteristics. For instance, Skywalker OG is exceptionally high in THC, making it ideal for serious medical issues or individuals with a high THC tolerance. On the other hand, Super Skunk has a lower THC level and is the perfect strain for beginners.

Creating Your Garden

Then again, Creating an optimal growing space is essential for maximizing the plant's potential. You can choose to have your Garden indoors or outdoors; whatever space you choose has pros and cons. While the indoor space would require adequate lighting, temperature control, and proper ventilation, the outdoor setup needs to control exposure and other external elements.

Germination Method

Then again, consider the germination method. I read a couple resources on methods to germinate marijuana, some of which include: using clones, planting in soil, and planting in water. Whatever method you choose for germinating, remember that your plant needs proper care and attention for healthy plant growth. 


The most rewarding part of planting weed is harvesting it at your desired time. But then, determining the best time to harvest your plant is essential for the desired effect. Weeds have the vegetative stage, where it focuses on its leaves and stem growth, and there's the flowering stage, where your plant has started to produce buds. At this stage, you need a more in-depth understanding of your plant life cycle to know the best time to harvest them for optimal potency and flavor.


And let's not forget to properly cure our plant buds to improve their flavor, fragrance, and general quality. Since the phrase "curing" is vague, the practice of "curing your buds" entails aging or drying collected plant material to regulate its moisture level and promote the breakdown of sugar and chlorophyll before use. However, there are certain methods to maximize yield while curing your buds. Let's highlight a few of these methods. 


Topping is a commonly used technique that involves removing the main stem's apical meristem (the tip of the plant). And doing so encourages lateral growth for the plants and results in a bushier plant. Thereby increasing the potential for more yields. Below, we have the steps to top your plant:

  • Identify the main stem's tip, typically the newest growth.
  • Using clean and sterilized pruning shears or scissors, make a clean cut just above a set of nodes (where leaves or branches emerge). Aim to leave about 20-30% of the plant's height above the cut.
  • After topping, the plant will redirect its energy toward developing new branches. 

Low-Stress Training (LST)

LST is gently bending and securing branches in order to shape-shift the plant and produce an even canopy. This will increase light penetration, enhance airflow, and encourage more even bud growth.

To apply LST, follow these steps:

  1. Identify branches that are taller or obstruct light from reaching lower areas.
  2. Using soft plant ties, gardening wire, or even pipe cleaners, gently bend the selected branches away from the center of the plant.
  3. Secure the branches to the sides of the growing container or attach them to a trellis or support structure.
  4. Over time, the bent branches will grow upward, allowing more light to reach lower areas of the plant. This results in more even growth and improved bud development.
watering cannabis plants


Remember, every plant is unique, and it is important to monitor how they react to different training and pruning techniques. Observe how the plants develop, adjust your approach as needed, and make modifications based on individual plant characteristics and growth patterns. And then do more research.


Cultivating marijuana is sure to be an exciting experience, although we assume that everyone planning to use the guide is operating within a legal landscape. If you aren't within a legal landscape, don't try this at home; you could get severely punished. Remember, growing marijuana requires dedication, knowledge, and attention to detail. Still, with the right approach, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor while reaping the benefits of a personalized cannabis experience.

Written By: Victor Alonge

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