Can You Grow High Grade Marijuana From Bagseed?
Can you use the seeds from weed to grow?
You have been waiting to try out this new, super potent, high grade weed for ages, and now you have it. When you rip open the package to take your first whiff, a seed or two fall out. What will you do with this bagseed? Trash it out, or try to make your very own high quality weed?
There are many stories about the futility of growing bagseeds, but can you just imagine having your favorite buds on a dial and without spending tons of cash on seeds? Join us as we explore the possibility of turning these serendipitous seeds into a bundle of stash you will enjoy for a very long time.
Is a Bagseed Good or Bad?
When you come upon a seed in your flower, it could be as a result of several circumstances:
- A male plat growing nearby could accidentally have pollinated a flowering female.
- They could be a sign of stress which could be attributed to high temperatures experienced during the later stages of flowering, as well as exaggerated spikes in either climate, or environment.
- Seeds could also form in hermaphrodites (plants with both female, and male reproductive parts) or some with other genetic instabilities or disorders.
We are not off to a very great start, or are we?
Most of the reasons for a seed appearing in your bag are negative…but does that mean that a bagseed grow will be unsuccessful? Absolutely not.
But before we get into growing our bagseed, there are some questions we must ask ourselves.
What Questions should you ask yourself before embarking on Growing bag seed weed?
As exciting as growing your favorite, luxurious strain is, ask yourself a few questions before you dive into it head first.
- Was the Seed Found in Good Cannabis?
Why does this matter? If you are going to toil to make your bagseed grow, you might want to ensure that it will be worth the effort.
In fact, some legendary strains like Chemdog were made available by some adventurous smokers deciding to grow, and proliferate, the seeds.
If you have a seed from an awesome bag of pot, there’s no harm in trying to grow it, right?
- Are You Ready to Grow?
Growing cannabis is no walk in the park. It takes quite some dedication and nurturing. To this end, you need to make sure that you have the right commitment before you embark. However, if you still want to try it out for the sake of experimentation, go right ahead. It might just surprise you!
- Is the Seed Viable?
How can you tell whether a seed is viable?
A viable seed must be mature enough to have created a distinct genetic blueprint, and must also have enough energy to “pop” through the hard casing it’s encompassed in to sprout its crucial tap root.
How can you tell whether a seed is immature?
Immature seeds appear light in color, and usually have an outer shell that’s soft.
A good seed however usually appears darker with tiger stripes. They also have a solid shell which can withstand a little pressure when pinched between the fingers.
You also need to ensure that the seeds are fresh and have not gone bad. The shelf life of cannabis seeds is not long, so ensure that you are not embarking on a white elephant mission.
Though some seeds might not be completely mature, they still stand a chance of germinating. If you are really determined, try them out and have them prove you wrong.
Time to Germinate
In order to truly know whether your seed is viable, the only way around it is to find out whether it will germinate. Germination is the period of incubation which encourages seeds to sprout, thus developing into a new plant.
To successfully germinate your cannabis seeds, a few factors must be present:
A good way to germinate your bagseeds is in regular plastic cups. Just fill them with grow soil and place the seeds approximately half an inch into the soil. Keep the cup in a dark spot that’s warm and wait for the magic of sprouting to happen. Remember to ensure that the soil stays moist also. Another great germination method is the paper towel one, which entails placing the seeds between two moist sheets of paper towel in dark conditions till they sprout. This second method is however more fragile as moving the plants to a pot could injure them.
If your bagseed passes its first test and germinates, wait for it to outgrow the plastic cup, and move it to a pot.
You can then put it under normal grow conditions. At the point you switch to a flowering light schedule, you will be able to tell whether you have a female plant capable of giving you bud, or whether your efforts will have to wait for another round.
Now you have a viable female plant, what next? Cloning Your Most Successful Plant
If you are intent on growing marijuana from bagseed, you may fail on your first few attempts. But eventually you will land on a beautiful female that yields potent buds, especially if the seeds came from a bag of high grade marijuana to begin with.
How do you capitalize on this success?
You guessed it. Cloning is your best bet!
Cloning may appear like a difficult process, but it’s actually very simple. It will ensure that your successful plant lives on forever, giving you loads of your favorite weed.
Cloning cannabis however has one big challenge. Successful cloning is done in the vegetative state, and by then you will not be able to tell whether your plant is capable of giving great yields, or even if it is female to begin with.
So, what’s the best way to go around it?
Two options exist. You could either clone during flowering, or clone in the vegetative state, despite not knowing what you are dealing with.
Cloning in the vegetative state is your best bet because this is when you have the best chances of success with your clone rooting successfully. If you choose to take this route, clone from every plant if you have several, and clearly label them. Then based on the eventual success of your plant, you will know which to dispose of, and which to keep.
If you choose to clone at the point of flowering, take your clone from the bottom part of your plant, and remove all the buds. That way, you will have higher chances of success. The disadvantage of this is that you will not be able to lollipop your plants before you take your clones. Clones taken from flowering plants may also lag a bit, but they end up catching up.
When taking clones in the vegging stage, just before switching to a flowering schedule is ideal. This will also ensure that the mother plant reveals her sex as your plants are starting to form their roots.
How To Clone Marijuana Plants For Best Results
To ensure optimum success in your cloning, stop supplying the mother plant with nitrogen a few days before you take your clones. Nitrogen usually encourages the plant to focus on vegetation, when you will want your clone to focus on growing roots.
After your plant has stayed a few days without nitrogen, you can now take cuttings from it. You will be looking for newly grown branches, which are 5-10 inches long, and have numerous nodes on them.
The lower down the plant they are, the better. This is because branches which are nearer the roots have a higher amount of rooting hormones, which will help you successfully root your clones speedily.
You also want to take more cuttings of each plant than you think you might need, as some do not root successfully.
When preparing the clones, cut the branches at a 45 degree angle. What this does is that it increases the surface from which roots can sprout. Making small vertical cuts at the bottom of the clone to open it up a bit also increases the chances of rooting. Also, ensure you use a very sharp and sterilized object to cut. A sharp razor is ideal for this as scissors tend to crush the branch, causing great injury. If you have to use scissors, ensure they are sharp enough to make a clean cut.
Once you have your cutting, remove the larger fan leaves to ensure all the energy goes towards creating roots, and not feeding these leaves.
Dipping the ends of your cutting in rooting gel, if you can get it, will also increase the chances of your clone rooting successfully. It also aids in the speeding up of the formation of roots.
How Do You Root Your Cutting?
The best rooting mediums are water, rockwool, and soil.
At the beginning, water is a good place to start. Water is a simple method as it does not require items like rockwool cubes, and pots of soil. It also saves on space.
When you get to the second grow, and you are sure of the qualities of your clone, you can invest in items such as rockwool, and rooting gel, which will increases the chances of your success.
When you are cloning in water, place the clone in a cup filled with tap water. You can then place it under a light that is not too strong. T5 fluorescent, CFLs, or T5 LED lights work best. If you can’t get these, stronger lights would work too when hung higher or made less intense.
Keep the clone under these lights for a few weeks until it has developed roots. Change the water daily, and if you have a PH meter, keep the level of PH at 5.5.
Once the roots of your clone have sprouted, move them to a pot of soil, and continue the grow process normally. By this time, you will probably know the sex of the “mother” plant, and thus, whether you should keep its clones or not. If they have not yet shown their sex, you can continue with the vegging stage until they do. Typically, male and hermie plants are gotten rid of, unless you want to fertilize a batch of your own.
The robust, female ones are the ones you want to move forward with.
When you have gotten yourself into a successful cloning cycle, you can be sure to have good, high quality bud….season after season. You could even scale your operation and make some money from your bagseed find!
Indoor bagseed grow
It is more likely that you will grow your bagseed indoor than out. This is because, for the first phases of your seed and seedling stage, your plant will be too fragile to be exposed to the elements. And thereafter, you will want to closely monitor your grow to ensure the best results.
Though growing your “bagseed find” might be viable outdoors too, until you have enough plants that are doing well, keeping your plants under monitored conditions might give you the best chances of success.
When growing your bagseed plants indoors, ensure that you provide them with optimum nutrition, light, and moisture. Because so much care has already gone into the germination and cloning stages, the growing stage should also be carefully monitored. With proper care, your bagseed marijuana plant can give you just as good quality, or even better buds, and with the continuous process of cloning, you can enjoy your new strain for a very long time.
So you see, you do not necessarily need bags of seed to become a marijuana grower. Even though it might take more than one try, getting an awesome, high grade marijuana plant from bagseed is possible. When you finally get to smoke the exact bud you bought for an arm and a leg, you will be glad you made the sacrifice and effort. So go on and find out the potential of that bagseed, instead of tossing it out!