What to look for in a starter kit for growing cannabis

Published Sep 2, 2019 11:10 a.m. ET
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Some people assume that it takes years of dedication and hard work to learn how to grow marijuana, but the truth is that most of the information that growers gain is through trial and error. The cannabis plant species is an incredibly hardy one, that can make leaps and bounds in a wide variety of environments, as long as you pick the right strain, location and nutrients.

That all sounds simple enough until you begin shopping for the necessities to grow your own marijuana plant. Since you likely won’t find marijuana seeds and everything else that you might need at your local greenhouse, coming up weed-related often leads to an online search for assistance. For those with no experience, the ability to search for the appropriate products is out of reach, which is the reason why the majority of interested consumers turn to online retailers and producers to find a starter kit.

This initially sounds like an excellent plant. After all, what could be easier than selecting a beginner empty-handed package to grow a marijuana plant? Unfortunately, once you dive in the endless bounds of the internet online shopping experience, it can suck you in and leave you with far more questions than answers. This is especially true in markets that still consider the marijuana plant to be a taboo subject, as those starter kits aren’t going to show up in your typical weed related search.

Below, you will find everything that you need to know about marijuana plant starter kits, including what to look for, and how to use one.

Items  the best cannabis grow kits will include

Though every company takes its own approach to marijuana plant grow kits, these are all the essentials that are needed to cultivate a successful harvest.

  1. Growing medium
    This is the base of any good grow kit, and it’s absolutely necessary for your marijuana plant to thrive. A lot of people assume that any type of dirt can be used, but unfortunately, that isn’t typically the case. A cannabis plant will suck all the nutrients out of the soil and needs to have some readily available as it grows. Most normal dirt will not contain the high quantities of essential minerals or nutrients, even with added store-bought solutions.
    Instead, you want to begin with a super soil, coco noir or some other growing medium that is easy to manage and offers an ideal environment for your marijuana plant.

  2. Pots
    Though you might think that any old container could work to grow a marijuana plant, this species produces an extensive root system that is necessary for strength and health. Hence the reason it’s an excellent idea to start with standard pots that your seedlings can be planted in, the moment that they are ready.

  3. Nutrients
    As we mentioned before, the nutrients are of utmost importance to your plant’s health, and since the marijuana plant thrives on excessively high levels of iron and other nutrients, they are a necessary tool in any cannabis grower’s arsenal. If they are not included in the kit, then they can get expensive when purchased separately, so you might want to keep this one on your must-have list of marijuana plant starter kit essentials.

  4. Marijuana seeds
    Pot seeds are where everything truly begins, and without them, your cannabis starter kit is useless. Unfortunately, most of these packages do not come with any marijuana seeds, however if there is a cheap pack of some random strain’s seeds included, that could suffice to begin with. Marijuana seeds can often be the most expensive part of growing a marijuana plant, which is the reason why we highly recommend choosing a kit that offers this addition.

A few things you probably won’t find in a cannabis grow kit

  1. Lights
    Though the nutrients that your marijuana plant draws from the sun is essential, the majority of starter kits do not include this special feature. If you are growing cannabis outdoors, then there is no reason to worry, but if you want to bring a crop inside for fruition, then you will have to price out some good grow lights separately.

  2. A marijuana plant
    Since the laws surrounding cannabis growing, producing and selling are so strict, you probably aren’t going to find a kit that comes with small ready to go seedlings or clones. Though there are some companies that offer this unique service, it does come at a cost that far surpasses starting with your own, which is exactly why we recommend choosing kits that come with marijuana seeds.

  3. High-quality marijuana seeds
    You can’t just order the best quality marijuana seeds by walking into your local greenhouse or nursery. However, you can find them from dispensaries and producers online who are licensed for legal distribution. This can help to open a massive world full of thousands of unique marijuana plant strains to choose from, including options like feminized or auto-flowering to make the process even easier.

  4. Gemination materials
    This is often the most nerve-racking part of growing a marijuana plant, as the seed needs to be open to even have a chance at growing a massive beauty. Luckily, germinating marijuana seeds isn’t too challenging of a task, and can be done with little more than some water, a baggie and paper towel.

How to germinate marijuana seeds

Begin by reading the directions on your starter kit to find out if it comes with a growing medium that can also be used for germination. Rockwool cubes can work well by soaking and pressing the marijuana seeds into them approximately one inch. However, if you don’t have this option, then you will need a few things.

You will need:

  • Plastic baggie
  • Marijuana seeds
  • Paper towels
  • Water

Instructions

  1. Fold a paper towel into half, so that it can slide right into the baggie.

  2. Place the marijuana seeds in a scattered fashion across the one half of the paper towel.

  3. Fold the paper towel so that one half is covering the seeds, and slowly add enough water to hold everything into place.

  4. Once all the towel is moist, and the marijuana seeds are placed, you then slide it into the baggie, and place it in a warm dark place. Don’t worry, at this stage they do not need light.

  5. Wait 3-5 days for the seedlings to sprout before moving onto the next step.

How to grow marijuana using a starter kit

  1. Start by reading the directions on your grow kit to find out if there are any preparations that need to be made before your seedlings can safely be transferred.

  2. Once everything is prepared, and the seedlings have at least 2 pot leaves, they can be transferred into the growing medium of choice. At this point, they will need plenty of water, daylight, and once established nutrients. So be sure to follow the directions on the nutrient bottles included in your starter kit.

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