How To Avoid Weak Marijuana Seedlings
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, May, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
Damping off is not a disease, rather a reaction to a disease. When roots, seeds and seedlings are attacked by soil born fungi, the delivering of nutrients upwards through the marijuana plant is thwarted. This results in mushy soft stems, causing the plant to fall over and die. Warm, nitrogen rich soil that is too wet provides a medium for the growth of fungi, especially Rhizoctonia and Pythium. Rhizoctonia do not produce spores; they are asexual parasitic pathogens causing plant disease.
Damping off begins below the soil line. As a result, the marijuana farmer will not be aware of the problem until the stalk and lower leaves show signs of atrophy. At first, the lower portion of the stalk becomes discolored, usually yellowish-brown. The stems will show brown lesions between nodes, eventually becoming dark reddish-brown cankers. The stem will turn brown and soft then it will simply fall over. Without nutrition to keep it strong and sturdy, damping off can kill a cannabis plant, or any other that has been attacked.
Damping off usually hits seedlings before it affects older plants. The condition can first appear as wilting, seemingly due to overwatering. However, as lesions form on the upper portions of the plant, a fungal reaction is evident. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana plants.
As they say, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. Prevention should be foremost in any gardener’s mind; especially the marijuana gardener, since there are profits at stake. We cannot stress enough the importance of moisture control. Wet soil causes ‘wet feet’, which can be the beginning of the end to your healthy cannabis crop. Water only when the surface is dry. This isn’t always possible during a rainy season, but you can help the soil from becoming saturated. Make sure the soil is well drained in order to prevent water from pooling at the root level. Adding perlite or vermiculite to the soil during preparation will help to encourage air flow below ground. When starting your crop from seed, make sure the seeds have come from disease-free specimens and plant no lower that ¼” in the ground. The moisture level lower down is more concentrated. You don’t want to set your plants up for failure from the get-go!
Start your seedlings indoors or in pots. Prepare the outside site properly as mentioned elsewhere in this category. Add properly cured compost (good bacteria are created during the ‘heating’ process of making compost) and let it combine with the soil at least a week before introducing plant material. Transplant your seedlings to the grow site once they have several sets of leaves. They will need their strength when transplanted so they don’t go into shock. This is advice to be taken no matter what you are growing. As an added measure, spray the soil with a copper based anti-fungal treatment, chamomile tea or garlic oil and allow it to dry-in. Always, always, always use sterile tools. Sterilize them after each use so as to kill any varmints that may have hitched a ride.
Once the seedlings have been affected by damping off, there is little to nothing you can do to save them. However, you may be able to help the older, stronger plants. Remove the infected areas and treat any wounds with diluted hydrogen peroxide. If the stem cankers are severe, spray with copper fungicide, clove oil, coriander oil or sesame oil.
So, there you have it. Mary Jane is just as susceptible to lesions, diseases and over-all ill health if you don’t give her a good strong foundation and feed her properly, as are we humans and our pets. Treat her with tender loving care, pay attention to her and you will be rewarded with a healthy marijuana crop.
What To Consider Before Growing Medical Marijuana
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, May, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
It seems to be common sense that, once a state recognized marijuana as a medicine, it would then follow up by developing a system to facilitate access to those who need it the most. That, of course, has yet to happen. There are only a few states that officially permits dispensaries to sell the herb. Patients anywhere else have to depend on their own supply, a caretaker’s supply, or the black market to get their medicine.
Deciding whether or not you should grow marijuana or have a caregiver do it for you must be thought over carefully. The grower candidate must consider many factors.
Is there enough space to grow? Most gardens require a minimum of around 9 square feet (0.8 square meters). This, of course, averages out to a space that’s about 3 feet x 3 feet (0.9 meters x 0.9 meters). If growing outside, a plant can use anywhere between 4 and 25 square feet (0.4 to 2.3 square meters). Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana plants.
Do you feel confident in your horticultural abilities? Marijuana isn’t that hard to grow, but it can be tremendously stressful to begin a project pessimistically.
Do you use enough medicine to make cultivation worthwhile? If you only uses miniscule amounts of marijuana, it probably won’t make sense to waste all the time and money it requires to grow marijuana. For example, if you only go through a quarter of an ounce per month, then the effort, time, and money probably won’t balance out. Indeed, maintaining a garden could cost as much as $1,000 per year, which is an amount many people aren’t willing to part with.
Do you feel uneasy about growing such a controversial plant? In certain states, marijuana cultivation is legal with a doctor’s recommendation. Even in those instances, however, you do run a risk of arrest if their gardens attract adverse attention from neighbors, landlords, cops, or even unfriendly relatives and acquaintances. If you feel wary about having a taboo plant on their property, it might be a good idea to avoid a personal marijuana garden.
Potential growers must prepare themselves for the stark reality in which medical marijuana garners far less than benevolence from most law enforcement, even in locales where it’s technically legal. It’s wise to mentally prepare yourself for potential arrest or, at the very least, some legal hassles.
Gardener candidates need to also be aware that marijuana has somewhat of a seductive quality. It’s entire lifecycle, from seed (or cutting) to ripeness and senescence, spans only about a quarter of a year. One day is like a year in the marijuana plant’s life. It is also dioecious, meaning that male and female flowers grow on separate plants. Also, unlike most birds and mammals but very much like humans, the female form of the plant is prized for its beauty. It is not particularly rare for gardeners to become obsessed with growing marijuana. From my personal observations of these growers, I have concluded that using marijuana is not addictive, but growing it certainly is.
Classical Grass: Colorado Symphony Orchestra Teams With Weed Industry
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, May, 1st 2014 by THCFinder
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra has devised a plan to raise interest in classical music by holding a number of upcoming weed-friendly events. It may be the state's only full-time professional orchestra, but it faces the same budget concerns and diminishing audiences plaguing other ensembles. So why not exploit the state's budding marijuana business? "The cannabis industry obviously opens the door even further to a younger, more diverse audience," the Symphony's CEO Jerome Kern told The Associated Press. For the marijuana producers, Kern said, the symphony offers its legitimacy.
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The concert series, "Classically Cannabis: The High Notes Series," will feature small ensembles of musicians playing in a downtown Denver gallery. It will culminate with a concert at the Mile High City's vaunted Red Rocks venue. "This is a cannabis-friendly event," the Symphony's website said of the latter event. "But cannabis will NOT be sold at this event; it's strictly B.Y.O.C. (bring your own cannabis)." (Smoking pot is officially illegal at Red Rocks, though music fans have been scoffing at that law for years.)
A business called Edible Events Co. has organized the events, encouraging concertgoers to bring joints, baked goods or tinctures of marijuana. "We try to create upscale events where people can come and enjoy some cannabis just like they would a glass of wine," Edible Events' Jane West said. Attendees must be 21 and over and have $75 for a ticket.
The symphony has also scheduled a series called "Beethoven and Brews," putting classical music in hotel bars and local breweries. Tickets for those events are slightly cheaper, ranging from $40 to $65.
One member of the symphony's volunteer guild, Judith Inman, has expressed her reservations about the organization's new fundraising practices. "I know that the symphony needs new sponsors, and they are trying to go after a younger group," she said. "I just don't think this is the way to go about it."
Marijuana sales have been legal in Colorado since January. AP reports that 52 percent of state residents feel that marijuana legalization has been beneficial and 67 percent disagree with the statement that legalization has "eroded the moral fiber" of Coloradans.
Colorado's Cannabis Progress
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, April, 28th 2014 by THCFinder
A little less then three months ago marked the first day of legal cannabis retail in the state of Colorado. There were some people who probably thought that the economy collapse the first day this occurred... But of course, it didn't. Not only with the increased revenue that the state is making from taxes, but the people there feel mostly that life has improved since Amendment 64 went in to effect or that there has been not difference at all.
A poll released by the Public Policy Project showed that now 57% of Colorado voters now approve of legalization of cannabis, which is a huge difference from the 35% that disapprove. With so few ill effects of cannabis legalization, it seems as if people are beginning to realize that maybe the plant isn't as bad as it seems. With the new jobs that have been created in this booming industry, plus the incredible financial gain for the state, cannabis legalization doesn't seem to be the huge deal that some people imagined that it would be.
The money that has been made by the taxed plant is absolutely incredible. Just in January of this year, the state raked in a staggering $14 million in sales. That's just the first month. The Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper released a statement that he expects the sales of recreational and medical marijuana to reach almost $1 billion over the course of the next fiscal year. At least $600 million of that is thought to just come from the recreational sales, while the state themselves is expected to collect at least $134 million in the taxes and fees associated with the plant.
What's this money going to go towards? The state has outlined some decent ideas on where to spend these profits. The plan will include spending money on youth prevention, substance abuse treatment, and at least $12.4 million for public health improvements. The goal, set forth by Gov. Hickenlooper, is to help to keep the marijuana business away from children as much as possible, unless the child is prescribed cannabis for a condition by a licensed physician. Also proposed was a $5.8 three year campaign on marijuana use that would cover the whole state and would aim to highlight any health risks associated with marijuana. In addition, there would be $1.9 million granted to the Department of Transportation to launch a "Drive High, Get A DUI" campaign to tell drivers about the marijuana blood limit standard that drivers will be tested at. Hickenlooper also added the proposal of spending $7 million on buying new beds in residential treatment centers for substance abuse patients to the plan. Of all that is mentioned above, it doesn't even include the addition 15% pot excise tax. This will bring in an estimated $40 million a year for the state. The money from this tax will be put in to school improvement and construction.
Numbers like these can't really be argued with. The drastic improvements to state programs will benefit Colorado in ways we don't even know yet. From schools to roads to buildings, the finical boost from cannabis is sure to be a good thing for the state. If the progress we've seen continues on such a positive note, with such green benefits, other states are definitely going to state reconsidering the cannabis laws. With such money to be made, it would be crazy for states (especially smaller ones that need the money and the jobs in such a terrible economy) to not want to legalize cannabis.
What Is The "Sea Of Green" Marijuana Growing Method?
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, April, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
Sea of Green, usually abbreviated “SOG,” is a method of growing marijuana that forces flowering at a young age. The plants will have only been in vegetative state for about two weeks. This method allows you to harvest much earlier than growing your plants normally.
So, what are the benefits of the SOG technique? It’s really used when space is limited in a grow room. It allows you to maximize your space without sacrificing on yield. When you put the plants into flowering stage with a 12/12 light regimen, you can fit more flowering plants into more space. The yield of a single plant might be smaller, but the yield you get cumulatively will be larger.
SOG growers generally have time constraints, as well. Certain marijuana varieties take longer than 10 weeks to complete their vegetative cycle. With the SOG method, you get more harvests and more marijuana. This is method employed by larger operations where a consistent supply is required. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about growing marijuana plants.
Growing cannabis under artificial light means that you need to make use of that light more efficiently. This is because you’re paying the electricity bill, but also because you want to get the most out of your plants. Many grow rooms are set up to light plants from above. With this system, the upper leaves and branches cast a shadow on the lower sections, meaning that there is always part of the plant that’s not receiving as much light. When you pack the plants in close proximity, you create a canopy of buds that makes the most out of your light. One big HPS light will only give you one option for lighting, but multiple HPS grow lights will give you greater light coverage across your entire crop.
The SOG technique is especially useful with large quantities of cuttings from a cloned marijuana plant. It saves you from having to buy seeds and also ensures that your plants will be female and of a high quality. SOG grows typically don’t require pruning, but some growers like to tidy up the lower branches below the canopy. This helps the plant put its focus on the main bud and improve the overall flow of air underneath the canopy. You can also clone these cuttings and provide another bunch of SOG plants to keep the system on repeat.
Pro-marijuana 4/20 events face backlash from legalization skeptics
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, April, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
A national anti-marijuana group has met with Obama administration officials to encourage the federal government to reverse legalization in Colorado and Washington.
Meanwhile, on Monday, a Colorado group concerned about the impacts of legalization on children issued a statement decrying the scenes of public pot smoking in Denver on Sunday, a day marijuana enthusiasts treat as a holiday called 4/20.
Both are examples of organizations skeptical of legalization pointing to the unprecedented interest around marijuana in Denver this past week as reason to change or reverse the 16-month-old law. Scenes of open toking, cannabis commercialism and pot-fueled revelry, the groups say, run contrary to the restrained system of at-home marijuana use that voters approved in 2012.
"This is not healthy for our young people," said Gina Carbone, a spokeswoman for the group Smart Colorado. "This does not send the right message. ... We're not educating our kids to the harms of it. Instead, we're glorifying it and promoting it."
Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown likewise questioned whether the 4/20 celebrations are beneficial to Denver and said he hopes any added expense incurred by the police department as a result of the events are paid for by taxes on marijuana stores.
"It's not Denver's finest hour, let's put it that way," Brown said. "And it still comes across to me as in-your-face politics."
For the first 4/20 after history-making recreational marijuana stores opened in Colorado, Denver was awash in marijuana-centric events on Sunday — the most notable being the large pro-pot rally in Civic Center park that culminated with a mass smoke-out at 4:20 p.m. This year, Denver police
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