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INSTRUCTIONS – 101

INSTRUCTIONS – 101

What’s in MY POT PLANT?

Choose between different options/packages of High CBD, Low THC autoflowering cultivars.

1 x Autoflowering Cannabis seed. (3 seeds if taking the 3 plant special.)

1 x Jiffy pellet. (3 Jiffy x pellets if taking the 3 plant special.)

7L fabric pot/bag (Washable and reusable – 3 x fabric pots if taking the 3 plant special.)

Special soil, specifically for Cannabis plants and packed with all the nutrients needed for MY POT PLANT to thrive.

What to do when you receive MY POT PLANT package.

Step 1: Soak your Cannabis seed in water overnight. This will help speed up the germination process. Be sure not to leave the seeds in the water for more than 24 hours.

Step 2: After your Cannabis seed has been soaking, take the small round disc (included) known as a Jiffy pellet and place it in a small container, plate or lid and water with lukewarm water gently until it expands like below. Use Filtered water or RO3 Reverse Osmosis for future watering. The Ideal pH of your water should be about 6.

Pour lukewarm water on your Jiffy pellet to make it expand.

Step 3: When your Jiffy bag is ready take a matchstick, twig, end of a spoon or use your clean finger and poke a small hole in the middle of the soil in your Jiffy bag, about 1cm deep. Place your Cannabis seed into the hole and cover.

When your Jiffy bag is ready, poke a small hole, 1cm deep and place your seed into it.

Step 4: For the first week, place the Jiffy bag on a windowsill where it doesn’t get harsh direct sunlight. Water when needed, ideally twice daily, morning and night until your plant starts to sprout. Do not overwater. The Jiffy bag must just be wet enough. High humidity is key. If your area isn’t humid enough you can try placing an empty plastic bottle over your Jiffy pellet or plate/lid etc. Poke a few holes for some air to pass through.

Step 5: 1 to 2 weeks after germination or you can see your Cannabis plant is about 3-4cm or its roots are starting to emerge from the Jiffy bag it’s now time to replant this Jiffy bag into its final pot.

Step 6: Place the soil into the fabric pot/bag and water. Remove some soil (keep aside) to make space for your Jiffy bag to fit into then cover with the soil provided or the soil you kept aside. You do not need to remove the cloth or Cannabis seedling when potting the Jiffy bag into the soil. Plant the whole Jiffy bag with your seedling into the 7L pot.

Step 7: Move MY POT PLANT to a sunny spot out of the wind and away from animals. You want your plant to get the most sunlight possible. You can bring it indoors at night if you wish to give it extra care. A small grow tent or greenhouse is also ideal to maximise yield.

MY POT PLANT should now be ready to harvest in about 7-8 weeks.

How do I know when MY POT PLANT is ready to harvest?

After 7-8 weeks from germination MY POT PLANT should be ready for harvest.

The best way to judge is to look at the flower’s Trichomes. And the best way to see these Trichomes is to buy a Jewellers loupe so you can see what colour the Trichomes are.

The beauty of Cannabis Autoflowering strains is the quick harvest time and the ability to yield more Cannabis by planting new plants every second or third week etc.

What are Cannabis Autoflowers? CLICK HERE.

Learn more about Trichomes and other dagga plant anatomy by clicking here.

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Cannabis aka Dagga Anatomy

Cannabis aka Dagga Anatomy

The cannabis plant is comprised of several structures, many of which we can find on any ordinary flowering species. Cannabis grows on long skinny stems with its large, iconic fan leaves extending out from areas called nodes. Cannabis really starts to stand out in her flowers where unique and intricate formations occur.

Cola

A cola refers to a cluster of buds that grow tightly together. While smaller colas occur along the budding sites of lower branches, the main cola (sometimes called the apical bud) forms at the very top of the plant.

Stigma and Pistil

The pistil contains the reproductive parts of a flower, and the vibrant, hairlike strands of the pistil are called stigmas. Stigmas serve to collect pollen from males. The stigmas of the pistil begin with a white coloration and progressively darken to yellow, orange, red, and brown over the course of the plant’s maturation. They play an important role in reproduction, but stigmas bring very little to the flower’s potency and taste.


Bract and Calyx
A bract is what encapsulates the female’s reproductive parts. They appear as green tear-shaped “leaves,” and are heavily covered in resin glands which produce the highest concentration of cannabinoids of all plant parts. Enclosed by these bracts and imperceptible to the naked eye, the calyx refers to a translucent layer over the ovule at a flower’s base.

Trichome
Despite their minute size, it’s hard to miss the blanket of crystal resin on a cannabis bud. This resin (or “kief” when dry) is secreted through translucent, mushroom-shaped glands on the leaves, stems, and calyxes. Trichomes were originally developed to protect the plant against predators and the elements. These clear bulbous globes ooze aromatic oils called terpenes as well as therapeutic cannabinoids like THC and CBD. The basis of hash production depends on these trichomes and their potent sugar-like resin. The best way to view your Trichomes is with a Jewellers loop which you can purchase here.

Male vs Female dagga plant.
Use a jewellers loupe (Available at the online shop) to see the colour of the Trichomes.
Growers usually opt for mixed Trichome colour but it’s really personal preference and taste.

Here are some general rules about harvesting MY POT PLANT based on trichomes and the colour of the hairs/pistils. If you follow these rules, you’ll know how to harvest your Cannabis plant perfectly every time!


If white “hairs” are almost all sticking straight out and Trichomes are all still translucent (clear) then your plant is too young and not ready for harvest. Harvesting now will result in low yield and non-potent harvests.


The beginning of the harvest window opens when your plant has mostly stopped growing new white “hairs” or pistils and at least 40% of the white hairs have darkened and curled in.


Highest level of CBD is when many/most of the trichomes have turned milky white / cloudy (when viewed under a magnifier or through a jewellers loupe). Buy your Jewellers loupe at our online shop.

Leading cannabis horticulture authority Ed Rosenthal says the best way to know when a plant is ready to harvest is by using a magnifying glass or jewellers loupe and looking at the plant’s glands. If they are clear, it’s a sign the plant might need more time, but if they are amber or cloudy, “that’s a sign that they are beginning to deteriorate and you should take the plant down.”

Autoflowers – 101

Autoflowers – 101

Everything you need to know to grow.

The cannabis plant is a diverse and genetically flexible creature, having species that have developed entirely different traits as a result of evolving in different parts of the world.

Autoflowering strains make use of the cannabis subspecies ruderalis to produce plants that grow and flower independent of the light schedule or photoperiod. This means they flower depending on their age and not on the hours of light and darkness they receive (hence the name). This is due to ruderalis originating in Central Asia, where the light conditions are a bit different.

The species known as Cannabis Ruderalis evolved in northern parts of the world where summers are shorter and therefore less light is available annually. Having adapted to these conditions, cannabis ruderalis developed the ability to flower based on age, instead of a change in photoperiod. This is a stark difference from other types of cannabis, that all require changing hours of light in order to flower.

This characteristic is what has enabled and inspired breeders to merge ruderalis genetics with that of indica and sativa varieties of cannabis, creating hybrids that maintain the cannabinoid content of sativas and indicas, but that flower with age. But if you want your plants to thrive, hit peak potency, and produce a heavy harvest, they need 18+ hours of light per day. The optimal light schedule for indoor cultivation of autoflowering cannabis is a consistent 20-4 for the complete life cycle.


PROS OF GROWING AUTOFLOWERING CANNABIS STRAINS

Let us first explore the advantages of growing autoflowering strains, of which there a quite a few.

Autoflowering strains grow a lot faster than indica and sativa strains and are ready to harvest sooner. Perfect for those who do not have the time or patience to wait to harvest. Depending on the strain you grow, photoperiodic cannabis is usually ready for harvest in 8–10 weeks after germination of the seed. This means you don’t have to work as hard to reap the flowers of your labour. Note: You may still need to DRY/CURE your flowers and plant material before use.

This is a big advantage for first time growers who want to see their valuable yield as soon as possible.
A sooner harvest also means that you can fit more harvests into one season. Under natural conditions, you can only finish one harvest per season. But with autoflowering genetics, you can get multiple harvests. For a perpetual harvest, start with some plants, and when they begin to flower, add more plants to your room or outdoors. Shortly before the first ones are harvested, you plant the next seeds and so on. The number of plants depends on your grow space, of course. This way, you can harvest up to 4–6 times a year!

AUTOFLOWERING PLANTS ARE SMALL AND COMPACT

Another possible advantage of autoflowering cannabis strains – one that is highly subjective depending on the grower – is that they grow to quite a small and limited size. This factor is again due to the introduction of cannabis ruderalis genetics. Cannabis Sativa plants are known for their vast heights and slender leaves, capable of growing into enormous bushes outdoors if allowed to. Indicas, on the other hand, have a smaller stature, yet are broad which thicker, fan-like leaves. In contrast, pure ruderalis plants really do appear like a Cannabis plant. They are small and thin yet hardy and adaptive. This trait makes autoflowering strains quite small and compact. This fact is a massive advantage to some growers who are either looking to make the absolute best out of their growing space, or those who live in areas that frown upon the growing of cannabis plants. In fact, the rapid growth cycle and compact size of autoflowering strains make them the ultimate choice for stealth and covert growing spaces.

NO CHANGE IN PHOTOPERIOD REQUIRED

One of the main advantages of autoflowering strains is that they do not require a change in the light cycle in order to flower. Instead, they flower with age. Autoflowering strains will flower automatically regardless of the light cycle they receive. For example, they can be kept at a light cycle of 16/8, meaning 16 hours of light and 8 hours of darkness each day, all the way through both the vegetative and flowering stages. This differs from usual cannabis, which reuqires a change in light cycles in order to cause flowering.This gives outdoor one major potential advantage – it is possible to grow multiple harvests per season. And if you forget to plant your cannabis seeds in time, you can still start late in the season with an auto and make harvest in time before the weather gets cold.

Autoflowering seeds have the robust genetics of ruderalis in them. This makes them a lot easier to grow. Not only do you not have to keep an eye on the light schedule, plants are also more resilient and naturally tolerate colder climates. Ruderalis is used to growing in harsh environments, and this trait is passed down to autoflowering hybrids. They are also resistant to many diseases. You will experience less hassle during your grow, which makes them particularly useful for beginner growers who want to try out their skills and master their craft before they move on to more picky strains.

Autoflowering strains usually don’t exceed 1–1.2m in height, which is a big advantage for both indoor and outdoor growers. If you grow inside with limited space or restricted height, an autoflowering plant might just be what you want. If you grow outdoors and want a stealthy, well-hidden plantation, you should also look to autoflowering genetics. Their short size makes them suitable for growing in cupboards (You will need an external LED or COB light for this), on balconies, or in garden beds among other plants as well.

Topping auto-flowering cannabis strains is often not recommended because they’re on a tight schedule and may not recover in time, but it can be done if your plant is growing fast enough during the first few weeks of growth. Auto-flowering cannabis plants are on a tight schedule!

This plays into the easy-to-grow advantage, but should be emphasised as its own point as well. Autoflowering strains are known for better withstanding colder climates and having a greater resistance against diseases of all kinds. Be it mildew, pests, mould, fungi, or pathogens, if you experience trouble with these things, maybe consider growing an autoflowering strain the next time. You could really save yourself some worry and stress! The plants get toughened up and are more hardy thanks to the ruderalis genetics, which makes them not only ideal for novice growers, but growers of all levels. They also tolerate under/overfeeding better although the soil mix supplied should be sufficient for the My Pot Plant product supplied.

Theme: Overlay by Kaira *Cannabinoid content (THC, CBD…) may vary depending on external factors such as the growth medium, the grower’s experience, the growing technique (SOG, SCROG…), the environmental conditions and genetic variation.