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8. Feeding – Seedling Box

Your babies will start to grow their first ”true“ leaves. Those are the serrated ones that start as a single blade and then become 3, 5, 7 and sometimes even 11 blades per leaf.

When you start to see 3 blades per leaf you can start feeding your babies. Follow our guide and send any questions our way, we’re here to help.

How to mix your nutrients

What you will need: 2 x 5L distilled/ filtered water.

1. Get your first 5L water bottle and your little nutrient bottles from your Box.

2. We don’t feed in the first week so you should have 6 bottles. ( 2 green, 2 gold and 2 silver)

3. This week you will feed your babies the first 2 green bottles.

4. Add 1 bottle at a time.

5. Shake the water well to mix it after each addition.

6. Leave to stand for 5 minutes between additions and then shake again.

( So that’s: add green bottle 1 / shake / leave to stand for 5 mins / shake / add green bottle 2 / shake / leave to stand for 5 mins / shake).

7. Now you’re ready to feed your babies.

8. Write on your bottle – “Nutrients week 1”.

9. You can keep this mix for up to a week in a cool dark place.

10. You’ll use it throughout the week, just shake well before use each time.

How to feed your seedlings

Have you read the watering guide in the previous post? If not go and do that now. This will all make a lot more sense when you’ve read it.

1. You want to start by giving your plants plain water first, to soak the soil. Water about 250ml of plain water around the edge of the bag.

2. Now, give each plant 250ml of the nutrient mix. ( Again, go in down the edge of the bag ).

3. Repeat for all your plants.

4. Save your mix in a cool dark place.

5. You can repeat this feeding process every 2 – 3 days, until all the mix is finished.

6. Remember to water first and shake your nutrient mix before adding it.

Next week you will mix and feed with the gold bottles and in the last week you will use the silver bottles. You’ll repeat this whole process again next week and the week after, with the corresponding colours.

Want to to see how our babies changed after feeding? This is what a week of feeding can do.

See cotton Candy’s life so far in this quick video. We’d love to see your grow. Join the forum and get sharing.

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Reading list

1. We love this more philosophical look at growing. It really does teach you such valuable life skills, like patience, determination, attachment and detachment, accountability and critical problem solving skills.

“Not only do you develop hands-on cultivation skills, but you’ll also learn lessons that can be applied to just about anything. Crucial life skills like patience, forethought, restraint, and attention to detail all figure hugely into the cannabis cultivation process. As you develop confidence as a grower, you also may see the things you learn spill over into other areas of your life. “

Read more here.

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Read the full article here.

* Disclaimer: please note we are not doctors and whilst we share our opinions and information, we encourage you to speak to a doctor before changing up your meds.

3. We’re so happy that people are finally realizing the amazing medical benefits of marijuana. Now that the bans are finally being lifted, scientists have had the opportunity to research this incredible plant. How lovely to have a Harvard Medical review about the health benefits of cannabis. Many people know about the ability to treat cancer but there are so many other applications. From pain management, to Parkinson’s and MS treatment, Harvard struggled to name an illness that cannabis didn’t help. And the best part is there are no known side effects. Stick with us to guide you through this educational journey. #growwithus

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The Science of Water

How to water?

1. Always use filtered, distilled or RO water ( more about that below ).

2. You want control over your water pressure and stream, so we suggest pouring water into your spray bottle ( without the spray part ) or a cup or glass. This gives you a bit more control.

3. You want to water around the edge of the bag, in a circular motion. Don’t water near the stem ( more about this below ).

4. You want to water until run-off ( read more below ).

5. Water when the medium dries out ( more about that below? Yup you guessed it! ).

Some questions we think you might have:

Wondering why we water around the side of the pot?

You always want to pour water around the edge of your pot or bag. Slowly and carefully, pour water around the edge, in a circle. This helps the seedling remain stable but it also helps the plant grow faster and bigger. Roots will always look for water, so if you water around the edge, the roots have to seek the water out. This means they grow out, towards the edge of your pot. Do you know what happens when you have nice wide roots? You get a beautiful, big plant. The saying goes, “As above, so below”. This means, the bigger your roots, the bigger your plants.

What is ph?

In basic terms, ph describes the acidity levels of water. A high ph, above 7, is considered basic or alkaline, whilst a ph below 7 is considered acidic. A ph of 7 is neutral.

Wondering why we only use filtered or distilled water?

Tap water often has impurities in it that you wouldn’t want to give your plants (like chlorine). On top of that, it often has a high ph, which means it’s alkaline. Cannabis plants like neutral or slightly acidic water. Using bottled/ distilled or RO (reverse osmosis) water, means you know the ph of the water is neutral. You can get these waters, bottled at any store and you can refill your bottles at any Fruit and Veg or water store ( instead of the cost and environmental impact of single use water bottles). The ph is especially important when we start to feed our plants nutrients. The nutrients will take the ph of your, neutral pure, water down, to make it slightly acidic. This is ideal for cannabis plants. They absorb nutrients best when the water is slightly acidic. Feeding with alkaline water can result in nutrient lock out, which we don’t want.

* More about feeding in a later post *

What is run-off and why is it important?

Run off is when you water your plants and the water soaks through all the medium and runs out of the bottom of your bag. It’s important to water a little at a time until run-off happens. This means all your roots are soaked nicely but you‘re not over watering.

How much and how often should you water?

This question does’n not have a definitive answer, sorry. The general rule, is that you want to water whenever the medium dries out. You can test this by sticking your finger into the medium. You want it to feel cold and damp up until your second knuckle. If not, you should water. In a hot, dry climate this might be once a day but in a cooler or more humid climate, you’d water less. Remember, your plant also loses more water when it’s windy, so keep an eye on those babies. If your plants look frazzled and crispy, they need water. If the look limp and droopy, they are getting too much water, lay off for a few days until the plant returns to normal. You want to water early in the morning or during the day. Your plant can only absorb water during daylight hours. Watering at night will leave you with soggy roots which leave you prone to mould and rot. We don’t want that.

We’ve found the 3L natural grow bags need between 500ml – 1L of water before run-off occurs.

Beware of over watering.

Cannabis roots don’t like to sit in water so if you’re unsure, water less rather than more. It’s also important to not allow your fabric bags to sit in their own run-off puddle. Ideally, move them away from that area after watering or put your plant on a raised surface to help drainage.

How we help you water correctly?

We have especially chosen the natural, fabric grow bags and the perfect medium mix to help prevent you from over watering. The bags and medium offer great drainage and aeration, to keep roots happy and healthy.

If you have any questions, pop them in them comments and we’ll answer them for you. Don’t be shy, we’re all here to learn.

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7. Sizing Up

So, your babies have outgrown their little Jiffy homes? Follow along to see how to mix your medium, fill your bags and plant your little seedlings into their new fabric bags. If you don’t have new homes, order the Seedling Box now.

Remember if you have any questions, put them in the comments section and we’ll help you. Don’t be shy, someone else may have the same question. We’re all here to learn.

Mixing your medium

1. Get a big bowl or bucket ( it needs to fit 15L ).

2. Place the brick of coco into the bowl.

3. Cover with water ( 5 – 10L ) *remember to use distilled or filtered water.

4. Wait around 15 minutes for the water to be absorbed and the coco to break down.

5. You can assist the process a bit, by getting your hands in there and breaking up the coco and mixing it around.

6. Add the contents of the bag marked “vermiculite”.

7. Add the contents of the bag marked “perlite”.

8. Get your hands in and give it a good mix until everything is well combined.

Filling your bags

1. Get your fabric grow bags and your medium mix.

2. Fill each bag almost to the top. You want the medium to be loosely packed but holding a solid shape.

3. Keep any extra to top up later.

4. Repeat for the other 4 bags.

Planting your babies

Side note: Watch the video, it’s way easier than these instructions.

1. Make a hole in your medium with your hands. ( Push the medium out towards the sides of the bag ).

2. Get your seedling in its Jiffy pot and hold it over your filled grow bag.

3. Hold in one hand ( left ) whilst you gently tear the pot down one side with the other hand ( right ).

4. Then, gently cup the seedling and the medium in your right hand whilst removing the pot with the left hand.

5. Using both hands, gently place the seedling in the hole you made earlier in your medium.

6. Gently, hold the seedling with your right hand as you pack the medium around the stem with the left hand.

7. Press the medium in softly so your seedling is secure.

8. You can top up with the remaining medium if you need to. Otherwise, save it in an airtight container, to use later on.

9. Remember to move your ice cream stick over so you know who is who.

10. Repeat for the other 4 bags.

Watering your seedlings

1. You’ll want to water your seedlings in, after you transplant them. ( It helps fill any air gaps in the medium and you’ll have better success ).

2. Seedlings aren’t stable in their new homes yet, so it’s important to water carefully ( again only distilled or filtered water ).

3. We find it easiest to fill your spray water bottle so you have control over the flow of water coming out of the small top.

4. You’ll want to give each plant around 250ml – 500ml of water ( stop when the water starts to run out of the bottom of the bag – this is called runoff ).

5. Carefully pour the water around the edge of the bag in a circle ( not around the stem ).

More information about watering in our next post.

Your babies will will be happy in their new home for the next month or so. Then, you’ll need to order your Veg Box to get you through the vegetative stage.

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6. Topping up

So your babies have been in their little jiffy homes for a few days now? You should be keeping them hydrated, in a warm shady spot. You should notice them growing a bit each day and that they start to “stretch” for light.

Remember if you have any questions, put them in the comments section and we’ll help you. Don’t be shy, someone else may have the same question. We’re all here to learn.

At this stage, their little stems run the risk of growing faster than they can handle. It’s important to give them some support. That’s why we recommended emptying the jiffy pellets out and saving any extra in an air tight container. Now is the time to use it. Pack a little bit of the jiffy contents around the stem of your seedling. This will offer support for the stem. Give them a spray of water afterwards.

You will want to transplant your seedlings soon. If you don’t have a Combo Box, you’ll want to order your Seedling Box now.

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5. Dome homes

Seedlings love humid conditions. In places where the humidity is low, you’ll need to help your little babies out. There are 2 easy and cost efficient options you’ll have lying around at home.

Remember if you have any questions, put them in the comments section and we’ll help you. Don’t be shy, someone else may have the same question. We’re all here to learn.

1. Dome home

This is our favorite method. Making a dome home for your babies is very easy. You should have some 5L water bottles or 2L plastic bottles lying around. Cut the tops off and place the bigger bottom over the entire pot and seedling. Remove and check on your babies regularly. They shouldn’t need it, but if they look like they’re drying out, give them a spray of water. Can’t say we didn’t tell you, they’ll look adorably cute in their new dome homes.

2. Cling wrap

If your babies are struggling with a lack of humidity, you may want to place them into a large bowl and wrap them up in cling film. Check on them regularly and open the wrap to let in fresh air. You don’t want your seedlings to get too wet so their stems become weak and break. If you find it’s getting too humid in there, poke a few holes in the cling wrap for ventilation.

Keep your babies in their humid home for a few days in a warm place, out of direct sun. Once you see them getting strong and tall, you can release them from their dome home to live outside as normal. You’ll want to keep them in a shady spot away from any wind.

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4. It’s jiffy time

Once your seeds have been in paper towel for a few days, they will have nice long tails ( around 3 – 5cm long ).

Now you’re ready to get those babies into their growing medium. We use jiffy pots and pellets because they make a great first home for your babies. Follow along to learn how to plant and care for your little ones. Remember if you have any questions, put them in the comments section and we’ll help you. Don’t be shy, someone else may have the same question. We’re all here to learn.

1. Get a large bowl and place the jiffy pellets inside.

2. Add water ( 500ml – 1L ).

3. Watch the pellets expand. Leave for around 10 minutes.

4. Once the pellets have expanded, get your pots ready.

5. You can place the pellet straight into the pot but we find this method a bit precarious. We prefer to empty the contents of the pellets out into a bowl and fill the pots with the medium.

6. Keep any extra in a sealed container to top up later ( more on that in a future post ).

7. Once you have filled all your pots to the top, get your seeds ready for planting.

8. Use your ice cream stick to make a hole in the medium, big enough to your seedling it fit comfortably in there.

9. Gently remove your seed from the paper towel ( Don’t let the root tip break ).

10. Carefully put the seed tail into the hole whilst holding the top.

11. Pack the jiffy around the seed tail and pinch around the top to give your seedling some support.

12. You want around 1-2 cm of the seedling poking out at the top.

13. Put your named ice cream stick in so you know who is who.

14. Repeat for the other 4 pots.

15. Gently spray all the seedlings to hydrate them.

16. You’ll want to keep them in a warm place out of direct sunlight.

17. Seedling babies actually like to be in a pretty humid environment.

If you’re home all day to care for them and spray them if you see them dry out, that’s great. If not, read the next post on how to maintain humidity.

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3. Tucking your babies into paper towel

1. Once they have soaked, get yourself 2 big bowls and some kitchen towel.

2. Fill your water bottle up with distilled or filtered water.

3. Lay 2 pieces of kitchen towel into the base of the bowl.

4. Carefully take the seed out of the jar it’s been soaking in. (You can use the ice cream sticks to help you get the seeds out).

5. Lay the seed and it’s ice cream stick on the paper towel.

6. Cover with 2 more pieces of kitchen towel.

7. Spray with your water bottle. (About 2 – 5 sprays).

8. Repeat for the rest of your seeds. ( Seed and stick/ paper towel/ spray with water/ repeat).

9. Once all the seeds are tucked in, put 2 more pieces of kitchen towel over the top.

10. Give it a few more sprays with your water bottle.

11. Cover with the second bowl, leaving a little gap for air.

12. Leave in a warm dark place.

13. Check on your babies regularly.

14. Spray with water if you notice the paper starting to dry out.

15. Watch your babies start to grow.

16. You will notice your seeds getting little tails.

17. The tails will grow longer and the little seed cap will come off. (You might need to assist this process if that little seed cap is being stubborn. Gently remove it once it starts to open but don’t force it off, it can fall off all on its own).

18. You have now successfully “popped” your first seeds. The seeds will be in the paper towel for around 3 days.

19. When the tails are about 3cm long, you’ll want to move them to their new home.

20. Read the next post to find out what to do next.

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2. What to do when you have your seeds?

Congratulations, you are about to become the proud parent to a forest of little babies. Don’t worry, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Follow the step-by-step guide or watch the videos. Don’t worry, if you have any questions, leave them in the comments section and we’ll be here to help you and answer all your questions.

*Remember to always use filtered or distilled water to keep the Ph neutral. *

1. When your seeds arrive, write the names of their strains on the ice cream sticks provided (use pen or permanent marker so it doesn’t wash away).

2. Fill 5 glasses with lukewarm water.

3. Place seeds and their name tags into water (use different labelled glasses for each seed – otherwise you’ll get confused).

4. Leave to soak for up to 24hrs, in a warm dark place.

5. Check out the next post to see what to do next.

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This is how it all begins

Here, at the Grow With Us Club, we believe that its not enough to give you all the materials you need to grow your own cannabis. We are passionate about cannabis and education and we want to give you the tools and the knowledge to grow your own, from seed to harvest and beyond. Follow along and Grow With Us. We have broken down the info into the growth stages which correspond to our boxes. In the infographic below, you will see all the stages. Find the stage you’re in and then read the corresponding posts, to find out all our tips and tricks for your specific phase. We’ll be adding new content all the time, so subscribe for updates.