Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Growing Marijuana: Managing Small Plants


 Quick Note
If you're looking for more on growing marijuana, start here: Anthony's Marijuana Growing Advice. If you have any questions, feel free to email me. Make sure to send me pictures of your plants so I can see what condition they're in. Make sure to inform me on the strain, lighting, soil/hydro, location, and any other information you may have so that I can help. Your best bet is to join a marijuana growing forum where hundreds of growers can help you with your questions.

Well folks I got a question in regards to my initial Marijuana Mondays post back in August. The commenter saw images of marijuana plants grown small scale. The first image on the left in a one-quart hydroponic grow while the image on the right is a one-ounce soil grow.

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63 responses to Anthony's Wisdom:

Anonymous said...

hey how come my baby plant wont grow no more its ben 3 days

President Anthony Taurus said...

how "baby" are they are? how long have you had them? what stage are they in right now?

if anything, there's a good chance that it's stress related but i need more info to diagnose your issue.

Anonymous said...

I've been growing my plants for a little over a month using floresent lights i dont know what type of plant it is but i know its a mix. some of them are realy short but with alot of leaves others are taller but still only 6 to 7 inches and with only 2 splits in the stem these are vary weak and tend to tople over. what am i doing wrong?

President Anthony Taurus said...

Anon.. take some pictures, plants and grow area, and email them to me. it's better if we work thru email, it's faster. also tell me what nutrients you're using and give me environmental info: temperatures (high and low), relative humidity, air flow.

Anonymous said...

how much bud do you usually get off of a 6 inch plant?

Anonymous said...

im growing some pot for my brother to help control his seizures,2 mos ago i new nothing but im a quick learner.ive got 3 plants i started from seeds from his tire weed,which he pays 70
1/4 and cant keep buyin it,the plants are 7 ins.high and 1/2in.between nodes 5 compact flor.and natural sun they all 3 have 5 finger leaves,how soon can i start flowering and getting a little bud for him.i also bought 2 aerogardens and bought durban poison seed online grow in dirt till some roots then put in aero and those are coming quick.but my 3 in dirt i would like to try to flower soon.any help pl.

President Anthony Taurus said...

the short answer is RIGHT NOW. the long answer is...

right now you are describing the vegetation phase so it seems. and, you want to get into the flowering phase. well, you can flip to "12/12" at any time.

it's customary that you veg for 2-4 weeks. but when growing small plants, you can start the flower phase right from seed, skipping the "veg" altogether.

you can also keep the plant in the vegetative phase almost indefinitely, unless you have an auto-flowering strain. most info says you can keep a plant in veg 12 to 18 months which is basically how you treat your "mother" plants. but there have been cases where growers state they've kept mothers for 7+ years. all of that is in the vegetative phase for the most part keeping the plant constantly growing and providing clones.

try perpetual growing. it's a system or regimen where you separate your veg, flower, and dry/cure phases such that they can occur at the same time. for example, you would veg plants for 2-4 weeks, while other plants that were previously vegged are in flower for 8-12 weeks, and whatever has finished flowering would be in the dry/cure phase.

just set up 3 separate areas and get your calendar/scheduling straight for all of this to occur concurrently. you may also want to learn how to keep a mother plant in a 4th area or with your veg area.

email me anthonytaurus@hotmail.com if you have any more questions. sign up with www.icmag.com. there are plenty of growers and breeders and a lot of newbies like you and like I once was. you'll get a lot of support from them. also try to get your hands on the book Marijuana Horticulture by Jorge Cervantes. it's worth the price.

Anonymous said...

if i grow small plants will they grow any faster?

President Anthony Taurus said...

NO.

The size of a plant does not dictate how quickly it will mature or be ready for harvest. It really depends on the genetics and the control of lighting. Marijuana comes in two main types - indica and sativa. Indicas usually have a short flowering period (4-8 weeks) while sativas take longer (8-12 weeks). But, it depends on the genetics or seeds you get. Haze, varieties which most people like - various purps, jack herer, etc, can easily take 8+ weeks of flower.

Remember every plant has about 6 phases, sometimes meshed into 3 but they are seedling, vegetation, flowering, harvest, dry, and cure. They are usually mashed into seedling/veg, flower, harvest/dry/cure because they can occur in those groups. An example of a short TOTAL growth period is 1 week for seedling/veg, 6 weeks of flower, and 1 week of dry, and no cure for 8 weeks TOTAL. But, this is only possible if you have the right genetics and provide the right, controlled environment. If you want to be a good grower, don't rush it. Remember, it's still a plant, it's life. Give it that respect and it will bring you much enjoyment when you finally get to light it up.

Anonymous said...

i have two plnts at home, the seeds are from a weed i bought in the street but good weed. they are outdoor and i give them water 4 in 4 days. i only provide them the land and now they already have growing buds but the leaves below are getting yellow and are falling down. what should i do? i don't understand a thing about fertilizers and those things, and some leaves have bites from bugs so i need to know how to get those bugs away too please. i writing from portugal.

Anonymous said...

The flowering is triggered by 12 hours of darkness. If you have a digital time with some strains you may get better mileage lengthening the light period to say 18 and some even go past that up to 24 hours.

Anonymous said...

can you please tell me how to grow a plant like the one in the picture next to the lighter i have got a seedling that has been up for 5 days nowand wat it to bud asap

Anonymous said...

can you please tell me how to grow a 6 inch plant

Anonymous said...

hay man im growing my plant by gitting a root to form frist then planting it in a watter bottale w/ half filled wilt soil and the lid on hoe long u think till i git some stuff

Anonymous said...

do you have a link to a website that i can learn root pruning. ive googled and cant find much. i want a plant like the one in the shot glass. how much dry weight did u get from it???

President Anthony Taurus said...

root pruning is simple. all you need to do is cut away some of the roots. the idea is that as the roots grow, your plants grow. so you have to give the roots more room to grow by transplanting. but you don't want to put it in a bigger pot so the "backdoor" version of this is to cut away a portion of the roots but not too much.. throw that away with the dirt and replace it with fresh dirt, then re-pot the plant. you'll just have to eyeball it and use your best judgment. root pruning doesn't happen that often and it is a shock to the plant so be careful.

Anonymous said...

A bro whats up i got some plants in small pots they are about 10 to 12 in tall and one of them stinks like the bomb bait and two of them have these little white ????? buds i guess theres like about 10 of them one one and about 5 on the other. are they the buds? cause i cant wait

President Anthony Taurus said...

Hey anon.. feel free to send me pictures of your plants to anthonytaurus@hotmail.com or get an icmag.com forum account, upload your pics there, and have those guys check you out. Make sure you get up close and personal to show me those buds.

For now, look online to find the difference between male and female plants so you know what to look for.

Anonymous said...

Can i get a plant with a lil bud on it in a mouth time. by growing for 1 mouth then do 12on 12off last mouth?

jwarn said...

hey im a new grower and i geuss i planted too early because i am going into bud stage they are out door will it continue getting taller through the summer even though it started budding?
white widow x bubble gum its good stuff but im worried that it wont get any bigger

jwarn said...

my plant the widowgum produced leafs with only one leaf on them if that makes sense theres over 12 hours of sunlight why are the buds getting bigger and not the plant?

jwarn said...

my widowgum plant still hasnt grown an inch the buds have but its a pretty pathetic little plant ive heard that plucking the buds off will make it grow but the plant is basically 1 bud it will surely die if i did that any suggestions on how to get some growth gowing on

Anonymous said...

i started my plants at mid april right around 4-20 so there still in the veg. stage. they have been growing outdoors the whole time, there about 20 in. tall so i presume it will be what about august or september {fall} before i get to reap my reward

Anonymous said...

How long would it take to grow the small plants you display on the top? And would this be a good start for a first timer? If so, what are the specific steps in order to do this? Like you said, there's so many variables to growing, and so many ways to do so. What were the specific steps you took and items you used to grow those nicely done small scale plants.

Anonymous said...

Is medical marijuana different than normal weed, or is it normal weed but they just call it that because its not used for recreation purposes but rather used medically to relieve anxiety/pain or whatever. As in if somebody bought weed from a person and smoked it because they needed to relieve stress, is this technically medical marijuana or no?

Anonymous said...

As a beginner/first timer, do you suggest starting off outside or inside? Also, Im getting some mixed information, some people say really its really difficult, others say its easy. Is all it is just acquiring the seed, planting it with the necessary steps, then watering it and giving it light, and then drying and curing?

Anonymous said...

ok i have a plant that is about 3 inches tall and it hasnt grown yet. what am i doing wrong? i have it sitting on a wondow seal

President Anthony Taurus said...

When the plant hasn't grown, it could be two issues.

First, the plant has to develop its roots before it can grow taller. A small root system will not support a larger plant so it won't grow. Either, the plant is developing its root system or it can't develop its root system any further thus stunting growth. You can either transplant into a larger pot so the roots can grow more or prune the root.

The other potential problem is that it's time for a feeding. There's a difference between watering and feeding. In a natural setting, watering is all you need as the soil contains all the nutrients or "feed" needed. However, in dealing with indoor plants, you may need to add some supplemental nutrients for growth. The plant will survive with plain water but it won't grow without nutrients.

adam said...

hey im kind of a new grower i got 4 plants 2 of them are 14 in. and 2 are about 8 in. i think im seeing bud growth on the big ones but im not sure i will take pics and send to you (anthony). i need to learn more about flowering and so on.

Nik said...

Sorry, but that picture on the right is most definitely not an ounce soil grow. That's a a gram or two tops!

Anonymous said...

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A 1WEEK OLD INDICA PLANT TO START SHOWING IT'S SEX IT IS NOW 2INCHES TALL

President Anthony Taurus said...

LOL. Nik. It's not to produce an ounce, it's grown in an ounce container, at least the one on the right. The one on the left is grown in a quart container.

Anonymous, it will take approximately a month to show sex IF you start a seedling at 12/12. That 2" plant won't start showing you anything until it's about a foot tall and a month old. If you gave it some vegetation time (24/0 or 18/6), it will take maybe a week to two weeks to show sex after you've flipped to 12/12.

Anonymous said...

Hi,Im growing some w.wid. cristal,ice and sshaze ,from 'marijuana seeds .nl' planted on 9thNov.2009 each of the 35 in a 2,5by2,5inches,treated with miracle grow and battery water in compost,this I try not to get overmoist,is not 2weeks and most climbed to a rate of almost 8mm a day,yes 10cm high and over,belive if you want!
Had to attache each plant individualy with sew line and a few wood stireres,I know is time to move them,but would like learn more about MICRO(anyone?)
They are under constant 23/29 C ,and 50/55RHum.media is 6,5ph and going to start CFL 2700red/6400blue of 125w as they haven't had many light till now!

Anonymous said...

hey i got 3 sativas and a indica sativa crossbreed.my oldest is a month and 1 week old and the others 2 half to 3 weeks old.and i vegetate my plants 2 days before christmas.now it's january 28.the other 3 plants are 4 to 6 inhches high.could i vegetate for 2 months then switched to flower please help.also my biggest plant is 12 to 13 inches tall.

tumonosiempre said...

I just have one question about that tiny Deep Water Culture Pot. Is that Custom Made? I have looked everywhere on the internet and nobody sells deep water culture Pots that small.

That is very nice. If it is custom made, how would I go about making one of those?? What should I use??

Thanks Anthony...

Anonymous said...

ok so im growing afghan kush and 12 other strains this summer but im deciding the perfect grow day i no it has to be after the first frost.

Anonymous said...

I'm growing some violator kush plants. They are growing very tall with little vegetation. If I cut the top of the plant what will happen? What do you recommend?

Cheers,
Paul

raymond said...

ive been growin a plant for a month now after 2 weeks inotice it wasnt growin at all so i left it alon in my closet for the rest of the month with the light on today i check it n it grew a little i guess my question will it still grow more n is it healty

Pete said...

Hey ive been growing two plants for a few weeks now i planted the germinated seeds and saw it sprout on march 27th. I have one indoor setup consisting of a flurescent light and mirrored walls around the plant with a small fan to the side of it and its growing pretty nicely. I also have one plant that i started for a few weeks in the same place but transferred it outside just to see which would grow better. My plant outside grew for a day or so but now is turning a lighter green from the stem out to the middle of the leaves but is still dark green at the tips. should i bring it back inside because it looks like its not getting enough sunlight.

Anonymous said...

Hey i jus planted 2 dank seeds and im waitn for them to sprout.. i got a 1 ft wide and 2 ft tall and 4.5 ft across... got all the lighting and everything down... what would the yield for one healthy female... what height should i keep it before it flowers (how much height will flowering add)? you can e mail me at Caseysellan@yahoo

ryan said...

how do i get a plant just like the first picture on the rigth because i only have 19 inch grow space please help?

dontworryboutit said...

all the leafs on my 5month old only have 3 blades each instead of the normal 5 or 7 do you know what this means?

Anonymous said...

whatz up wit u Prez.,so my boy has a plant but itz staying small.itz out in the heat(90+degreez most dayz)anyway tha tipz of tha thc glands r amber in color already wit mostly cloudly n very lil clear,is it ready2 harvest

Anonymous said...

I just started growing about alil over a month ago. I have 4 big plants going. 2 are from jus sum ditch weed the other 2 are from some really gud kush. Ive been having sum problems but have fix'd along the way. Started them out on a 16/8 lite cyle then changed it to 12/12 about a few days ago...their starting to do sum weird stuff and now Im wigg'n out cuz its look'n like all my plants are male...wtf! The seeds I started with I THOUGHT we're gunna produce fems but...Im an idiot for think'n that. Need sum help here

Anonymous said...

its been 2 or 3 weeks when i planted but they havent grown yet im a new grower what should i do

Anonymous said...

can a "plant" live thru winter if in a green house in california

Anonymous said...

i just planted 2 seeds on like the 10th of september 2010... its my first time... ill tell uz if it turns out good in about 2-3 months lolz... ttylz XD *cant waiiiit*

john said...

hey i was wondering i have a 6 inch babby out side i liive in the k.c area its 4 weeks old and its early oct. so what can i do to start budding,contact me at oktwister2001@yahoo.com.

Anonymous said...

I have two clones both blue band. I topped of the second and i really cant remember exactly when i got them. Im basically still an amateur since my first few grows were a joke and one i got a gram harvest (the clone i got someone had it in a messed up light schedule), but AnywAy i need to know if they are at a good time to start flowering i know i can start when ever. I just dont wan to end up with too much of a small harvest. I already know they will be any way since i have two incandescant bulbs each on the two plus an 18 inch flourescant on both. They are in a cabinet. I could emAil pictures... They are about a foot and a half and in 4 and 5 gallon pots

Anonymous said...

i would like to grow a baby plant, but i need to hide it from my parents. i heard that you have to use fresh seeds, mine are a couple weeks old is this true? please help, thanks.
*<3peacesign(:

Anonymous said...

ive been growing my plant for a bout 1 month now and the leafs are going kinda dry an bending over
what am i doing rong ?

Anonymous said...

hey ive been growing my plants for a bout a month now and the leafs have gon all dry and crispy and there curling over what shud i do ?

Anonymous said...

wats up president ant im ant to im abig fan of this site and was wondering if you can email me like an idiots guide to growing a small plant in my moms house im in russia email is hammer_sickle_ussr@yahoo please have lots and lots of details from equipment to watering lighting the faster the better small to medium size and put guide for subject on email thank u

armageddon_zine said...

Do you HAVE to have ventilation? if so how much, and how often. im growing 1-2 plants at a time in a 3ft by 2ft by 2ft rectangular growbox, lighted by two 75 watt CFLs

Anonymous said...

How do you keep your plant skinny like the pick on the right, I top my plants and they just keep growing out the sides

Anonymous said...

aye i just planted a seed last week sum time and im growing it in a shot glass for now is that cool untill i can move it to a bigger one ???

Anonymous said...

I have 4 outdoor thats are about 3 weeks little taller tthan a bic lighter think they're gonna makes it

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