Is It Easy to Grow Marijuana? How Long Does It Take?

Is It Easy to Grow Marijuana? How Long Does It Take?

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The idea of the following article is to provide you with valuable information about the growth of marijuana, its phases and some tips. First, we recommend you not to harvest your plants as soon as possible. Each variety and each strain follow a life cycle that we must respect if we want to achieve optimum development and a quality product.

The time of germination, growth and flowering of marijuana is relative; each variety follows a different tempo, even each strain, which is why it is impossible to determine or pre-establish a generic time for cannabis.

Anyway, we will try to give you some advice to guide you as best as possible and that you can control the growth of your crop. If we want to specify about the life cycle of the cannabis plant, we must highlight three main phases: germination, growth and flowering.

The Germination Process

First, there is the germination process. This is usually the process that people give least importance to, but, it is of vital importance because if we do not do it correctly we can spoil the seeds. The techniques for germination are very diverse, from the typical technique that uses a napkin or wet paper, to the use of stimulants or planting the seed directly in soil, on a jiffy disc or in a glass with water.

The best thing to do is to use the napkin or wet paper and, as for the time, to re-emphasize that it is relative. It will not only depend on the conditions of water, humidity or oxygenation, we will also have to consider the quality of the seed, its fertility, the variety or strain in question. However, the seeds usually take between 24 and 72 hours to germinate. Sometimes we find seeds that can take 5,10 or 15 days to arrive.

The Growth or Vegetative Stage:

Secondly, we find the growth or vegetative phase. This phase is central to the development of the plant and therefore one of the main concerns for cannabis growers. It is in this phase, when the seed has been germinated and planted, in which the plant acquires its morphology and its optimal size to later be able to produce the flowers (our harvest).

During this phase the plant needs a lot of direct sun-light as it is developing after germination. Now, we are in the greatest photoperiod of the plant, between eighteen hours of light by six hours of darkness. The hours of darkness are also of vital importance as they will produce the correct exchange of gases. This exchange is essential for the optimal metabolic development of the plant cells of our strains. The length of time that plants should be growing will be determined by various factors such as environmental (temperature, light, humidity), plant (variety and strain) and external factors (fertilizers, soil quality or the grower’s experience).

Determining factors:

Another factor will be whether the plant is regular or autoflowering. In the second case, all phases are shortened, as they are genetically engineered plants designed to develop as quickly as possible. On the other hand, it will also depend on whether we plant it outdoors or indoors. It should be noted that in indoor cultivation also shorten the phases, and depending on our luminous power, the times will be lengthened or shortened even more.

Therefore, to pre-establish the time of growth is very complicated; to general features we could say that in an interior the autoflowering seeds we would let them grow between 3 or 4 weeks, depending on the culture technique, and 6 or 8 weeks for the feminized or regular seeds.

The flowering phase:

On the other hand, we have the third phase, flowering. This phase is the last stage of plant development and one of the most important. The beginning of this period will be determined by the hours of light, outdoor, or by the development of the plant during the growth phase, indoor. Since the interior can control the moment in which we want it to start blooming, we must wait for the plant to have the right physiognomic characteristics to produce good buds.

In autoflowering varieties, the beginning of the flowering phase will mark them themselves, while in feminized or regular seeds, we should be the ones who, through the change of photoperiod, point out when they should start to flower (setting 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness). Another issue is outdoor, where the calendar will determine the tempo. As for determining the end of the flowering process, point out that it is something completely subjective. There are people who prefer to wait more or less, although there are certain factors that can give us a general idea.

End of Flowering and Harvest:

Firstly, the development of buds, which should fatten to cover most pistils. Secondly, the correct maturation and oxidation of the buds, which will be determined by the color and shape of the pistils and trichomes, which may be orange or brown in color. Finally, the hardness of the bud can also be an indicator of the time of cutting, although there are varieties that produce softer buds and therefore this indicator does not always work. However, we can point out that autoflowering plants will usually complete their flowering in eight weeks, whereas feminized plants can take up to ten, twelve or thirteen weeks.

By way of conclusion, as we have seen throughout the article, the duration of the periods is very relative and depends on a great variety of factors. However, some generic and approximate calculations can always be offered to guide the grower.

We establish, therefore, that for the correct development of an autoflowering marijuana plant, we must wait approximately three months; while for a feminized plant, the period is extended to four or five months. These have been some advice to help you with your crop, since Gea Seeds recommend you perseverance and a lot of patience to get the best result. Visit Veriheal to know more about marijuana.…

Advantages of Using LED Lights

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Light producing diode or LED modern technology is a first time feeling in Use Of LED bulbsindustrial and residential illumination applications. Every dark location that should be brightened and every things that needs indicator is now ending up being vibrant with LEDs. The reason is straightforward, world is aiming to save power, as well as LEDs are stars in area of energy efficient technology.

The dominating advantages of LED lights over the standard illumination like; incandescent bulb as well as CFL, makes them the most effective choice for every brand-new installation and upgrade that has to be illuminated.

Talking about several of the LED lights advantages that make them remarkable choice:

Power Effective

LED transforms 80% of your electrical power right into light power. So it does actually justify for what you pay off. This inevitably minimizes your expenditure on electrical energy costs and thus, conserves both energy as well as cash. For instance, changing old lighting system with new LED system on Iconic Miami Tower helped to conserve £259,767 every year in power, upkeep and operating expense. If you are planning to buy one, do read this buyer’s guide.

Versatile and Small

LEDs are versatile to any kind of sort of illumination application because of its accessibility in various shade as well as little dimension. It emits light in plan color as well as functions efficiently in harshest condition. A solitary LED suffices for lighting sign as well as its collection is capable of shine whole football arena.

Trendy and Controlled

LED lights are much cool and intense in contrast to standard light sources. They can additionally be lowered quite conveniently according to requisite intensity.

Lengthy Life Expectancy

LED doesn’t failed abruptly and fairly have lengthy useful life. This decreases the cost in regards to maintenance as well as minimizes your migraine for periodical replacements.

Focused & Also Resistant To Shock

With LEDs you don’t need to depend on the reflector shape to obtain focused light. They are already packaged in a manner to send out concentrated light. This is a beneficial particular to feature illumination like in fashion jewelry shop. And, being a solid-state device they are hard to harm with shock.

If you have guts to invest £1000 for few LED light bulbs, then LED lighting is 100% financially rewarding alternative. Low high quality LED light will certainly degrade in shade much more quickly compared to new branded one, so constantly look for high top quality Energy star ranked LED bulb.…

Collaboration with the New York Hall of Science!

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It is official! Modular//Neuroid and The New York Hall of Science will be collaborating to create a multi-layered experience for middle and high school students in a project titled Collect, Construct, Change (C³). The project will give students the chance to collect data on environmental pollution in the field, and then offer them a platform in which to experience this data.

This experience will come in the form of an augmented reality cell phone application. The project will culminate in the form of several workshops over the summer at NySci, and a presentation and workshop at the first ever Maker Faire NYC (which is being held at the New York Hall of Science, September 25 and 26, 2010)!

The final step of the project is to promote environmental advocacy through the children participating. This is extremely exciting. It also means that I am employed through October 2010. Thank goodness.

This has been on the books for some time now, and have waited to announce it on this site as there were several details to work out. Everything is a go, and I have already begun prototyping for this iteration of modular//neuroid. I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity and intend on making use of it.

My involvement is the result of a collaboration between the New Youth City Learning Network, along with Parsons and NySci. The team also consists of a Columbia post-doc, as well as the Bank Street College and City Lore.…

Modular//neuroid Bluetooth v01

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I am now putting forth all of my thesis effort into the collaboration with the New York Hall of Science working on the C3 project. After a few meetings we have decided to make the device a cellular peripheral. This was my thinking at the beginning of the project in the fall, however I only have experience programming for iPhone, and bluetooth on the iPhone is locked down with security handshakes to prevent users from creating their own BT devices. Thanks, Apple!

However, now with the support of my thesis advisor, Mike Edwards and a generous lending of a Nokia N900, from David Carroll, I am moving forward with this. The N900 is perfect, because Nokia created this phone with the intent of being “hacked”. I was easily able to pair my circuit with the phone, and have prototyped an application to collect the data, GPS, and date/time.

After working with the phone for about a week, I realized the amazing potential it unlocked. Because the phone has a very high quality camera, and processing power that no microcontroller can compete with (it uses an ARM chip that runs Maemo), possibilities for user experience when collecting are now blown wide open. The ability to add media to any data point would a HUGE development, something that we have decided must happen.

Students would receive real-time feedback of data being collected, and when, for example, they see a spike in a reading can take a picture and pair it with this data point. Activities such as identifying sources of pollution in real-time enrich the experience, and allow for a more interesting experience when analyzing data later.

The image above is my first proto of the breadboard paired and talking to the Nokia (you can see numbers representing the value of the 2 potentiometers).…

CS Awarded William Randolph Hearst Scholarship, Köln Design Preis Nomination

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I am extremely proud to announce that Modular//Neuroid has won a $4,000 award from the William Randolph Hearst Scholarship fund. I will be using this money to develop a kit, complete with a custom PCB for the Bluetooth version of m//n.

Equally exciting, the project has been selected to represent Parsons at the 2010 Kölner Design Preis Competition in Cologne, Germany.

The Kölner Design Preis is an award for the best graduation projects of cologne design schools and faculties, as well as the international partner universites of the Köln International School of Design (KISD). Internationally the Kölner Design Preis is the biggest award for graduation projects of design schools and universities with a total prize money of over 15,000 euro. update: i won.…

BoArduinoBT v01, or, How i ♥ Lady Ada & Open-source

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One of my favorite aspects of the Arduino project as a whole is the obligation and complete devotion of developers to open-sourcing their work. This includes documenting their work and process, posting their code, and as part of the new open-source hardware definition, releasing usable schematic and board files. It’s truly incredible how much work this community has amassed even over just the past three years.

Limor Fried (aka Lady Ada) is one hardware and software developer who has been working with Arduino, and has been a personal inspiration of mine for the last couple years. She has been prolific in terms of her development, documentation, and business savvy, particularly . Adafruit Industries (her + Phil Torrone) was pretty much unheard of 2 years ago, and is now in the forefront of DIY open-source hardware kits and projects. They share everything, and for someone working in this field has been an invaluable resource, from their forums to their weekly webcast, ask an engineer.

When I first discovered Adafruit’s BoArduino (an Arduino-compatible kit, designed to fit directly into a breadboard), I was instantly inspired. She tore the Arduino board down to it’s most basic parts, made them all through hole components, and cheap as hell (well, 40% than buying a blue board!). I of course prefer the DC BoArduino, as it is cheaper, smaller, and requires the cred-securing FTDI -> USB cable to program.

Being an open-source business, mean all files are available for hackery. As my project follows suit in this way (not everything is posted, but it will be!), I saw a really great potential to modify her design to fit a couple specifications I need.

The smallest possible footprint for the microntroller — this allows the user to have the most freedom in terms of embedding or enclosing their Sensor.

Bluetooth modem support ON BOARD. Meaning, I don’t want them to have to jerry-rig a solution to attach a BlueSMiRF or any BT modem to their unit.

There is no reason for the average Citizen Sensor user to reprogram their kit. It will come programmed, and configuration as to what sensors are attached to what pins can be done in the Android app. The DC BoArduino design saves money and space by eliminating the FTDI chip altogether. People who want to reprogram are probably ones who already own the FTDI -> USB cable already. Win-Win.

The ability to move forward with the design. Version 02 of the BoArduinoBT will cost about half the price – the surface mount bluetooth modem (RN-41, for example) costs about $25, as opposed to the breakout board(aka BlueSMiRF) which Sparkfun has marked up to a whopping $65 (a bit unreasonable, IMHO). I will be researching ways to attach this surface mount piece myself, and sell the board with that already installed. The SMT pieces on the BlueSMiRF are all available through-hole, and this will be were the majority of the work light will be needed – making this DIY.

I’m really excited to have been able to use Lady Ada’s design, and hopefully I will make it much more mine than just simply adding the BlueSMiRF footprint on the board.

OPEN-SOURCE FTW. Go ahead and download yourself the BoarduinoBT v01 EAGLE schematic and board files to keep this beautiful cycle going. Hopefully BoarduinoBT v02 (w/ SMT BT modem onboard) will happen before November.…

Winner – Köln International Design Preis 2010

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I am extremely humbled and honored to announce that Citizen Sensor won First Place in the annual Köln International Design Preis. In October, I had the opportunity to travel to Germany to accept the award, which was presented at a ceremony at the Museum of Applied Art in Köln. My hosts were extremely hospitable and I had a fantastic stay in this very old and beautiful city — I owe them much thanks. Prize money will go directly to further prototyping of DIY open source kits for public release.

Several of my prototypes were featured in an exhibition at the same Museum which ran for the month of October. A true honor, I hope to visit my new friends at the Köln International School for Design (KISD) again soon! Thank you: Andreas, Sebastian, Ines, Marijke, Pia, and of course Prof. Erlhoff, and Gol! See you again soon.…