excellent! they do grow fast, they are weeds after all! but there are many problems that can occur so keep reading up and don't get discouraged if your first few attempts don't turn out perfectly. there are many bugs and diseases that plants are suseptible to but thankfully many natural solutions as well. the trick is to discover the problem early on so you can nip it in the bud, so to speak
lovely hemp srpouts, here they are
Ive orderd 150 rockwool blocks for 10 pounds, so if i have 150 of these (the below picture) then it should be good news
the others are slowly catching up.
A small technique i did was slice the block in half, soak it , and sellotape it back together , and remove the sellotape when the roots get big anough.
looking good. you can use a skewer stick to pole a hole to drop the seeds into, no need to slice and tape if you want to skip that extra work.
still growing ! the others are too, except the tall one is more fun to look at
one more thing, you must make sure that the light you are using is strong enough and low enough (not so close that it burns the sprouts or dries them out though) to prevent the baby plants from growing up faster then they grow out. if they get too "leggy" too soon they won't be able to support their own weight. this is important.
Yer, im worried, its growing way too fast, and being honest, I ve only stored it in the dark !!
Ill leave them out in the light and see what happens
initial sprouting is good done in the dark but once the plant is showing above the soil it's time for light and Strong light at that! just sticking it in a window at this point won't prevent it from growing 'up' too fast i'm afraid. you need a grow light, especially at this time of year. you can get an inexpensive plant light at most hardware stores and info on how to use it in the packaging or online.
you might want to consider growing only a couple of mature plants and using them for clones. it's not that hard and you already have the rockwool you'll need. look it up and see if it appeals to you. you do have to give the babies special care until they root but it's actually a bit easier than growing from seed. and it's a bit faster as well.
is the clone method you mentioned, basically where i cut the branches off it and plant them ? Basically ?
Originally Posted by coco
you cut off branches (small ones) from the mother plant, dip the stem into rooting hormone and stick them into holes in your damp rockwool. for this you need the humidity tent or dome though because without leaves the plant can't take up water so it must do so through the leaves (in one of the links i posted there is info about watering in a tent, proper moisture levels, avoiding mold etc). the tent keeps the moisture in. you do need a light for cuttings as well.
you make cuttings from a female plant so you will need her to mature enough to determine sex. you want her to be big before you let her have any pollen for she will stop growing at such a quick rate once she's had some. you need only one male plant to pollenate many females and they MUST be kept seperate until the right time. if you are in the room with a powdery male and you go into the room with your girls they will steal pollen off your clothes, i'm not kidding. these weeds have a voracious sexual appetite.
once your mother (or cuttings) is mature you can move a male plant into the room and circulate the air with a fan. or you can tap the male over a piece of paper to collect pollen and use a small paint brush to apply it to the female. this is a great technique because you can make sure that your plant produces many seeds by pollenating wherever she is receptive. a mature female plant will have buds with two small golden or reddish coloured hairs sticking out, there will be many sets of these hairs. that's where you brush on the pollen.
i'm not completely sure that you need to pollenate all over though. you may only need to pollenate here and there and the plant will produce seeds all over anyhow. but check it out on one of those site to be sure.
best of luck! i'm offline at home after today so i won't be able to check in very often but i'll see how you're doing from time to time. it's very exciting that you are growing your own hemp seeds! they are one of my and the kids favourite snacks, i wish i could get them in abundance from my own garden.
i got some hemp seeds from my health food store and i soaked them for a few days untill i decided what to do with them, and they've started sprouting!
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Help ...Just getting started
I just recently started eating raw food and have started growing my own sprouts....I have had great luck with my automatic sprouter and also my little green one..as far as broccoli sprouts and mixed greens go....
Then after reading a book that mentioned the benefits of hemp sprouts I bought a large amount of unhulled hemp seeds and seem to be havng difficulty sprouting them....out of a big tray i only got a very tiny , tiny amount of seeds that sprouted....and that is after waiting over a week...
I thought maybe i would make a milk with the seeds but have no idea how to do this....does someone have a recipe for doing this....
I would also like to make raw sesame seed butter and almond milk but cannot seem to find a recipe for them as well....
If anyone could help i would much appreciate it....
Thanks so much
Originally Posted by lovingoneness
the technique i used was, lightly soak or spray a piece of kitchen roll with water
sprinkle some seeds on it
fold the paper, spray again
put paper into an airtight plastic bag, and leave under your bed for 5 days
all should sprout
Sprouting hemp seeds
Thank you so much this has been very helpful....and my little seeds are now showing they are still alive and sprouting......Carolyn Overby...
so i'm in colorado in the states and i have been looking into licensing for growing hemp. here is an e-mail i received from the colorado dept. of agriculture...
No license or registration is required to grow this plant by Colorado Dept of Ag. However if you sell the seeds- you would need to be licensed as a seed labeler ($300/year). If you sell the plants you would not need a nursery license-hemp is not considered nursery stock in Colorado.
Nursery, Seed, Phytosanitary Program Manager
i will keep after them to make sure this is legal, but sounds like i can grow hemp for private use without a permit. if anyone has any info contrary to this, please let me know.
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