The History Of The Marijuana Plant
The marijuana plant, like corn and wheat, has been around for a long time. “How long have they been around?” you might wonder. Try 12,000 years back. traces of cannabis usage have been found at Neolithic archaeological sites in China dating between 10,000 and 4,000 years ago.
Legend has it that a Chinese emperor named Shennong “discovered” and utilized the hemp plant’s textile, psychotropic, and health advantages some 5,000 years ago.
The legendary Shennong is said to have used the marijuana plant as a tea for the first time. He subsequently recommended this tea to cure more than 100 illnesses, including gout, rheumatism, malaria, and forgetfulness.
Forward in time to 1500 BCE (some 3,500 years ago), when the Egyptians identified and employed marijuana plants to cure a variety of ailments, including glaucoma and hemorrhoids.
Around 1000 BCE, Indians (from India) began using hemp in a special drink called Bhang to alleviate anxiety, fever, dysentery, sunstroke, phlegm, digestion difficulties, and poor appetite.
The marijuana plant then traveled across the world, trekking through Africa, the Atlantic Ocean, and various other locations. However, contrary to popular belief, those early plants from China, India, and Egypt were very different than the strains we are accustomed to today. Landrace strains are a term used to describe those ancient cannabis plants.
Over the last 100 years, marijuana growers have recombined the genes of the cannabis plant to create certain desired characteristics (e.g., flavor, fragrance, THC content, and CBD content). However, no one kept track of where their plants came from in the first place. Even potheads who lived thousands of years ago didn’t keep meticulous records: they were simply thrilled to be cultivating their own crop.
Biologists no longer have to rely on written records or word-of-mouth in the latter half of the 20th century because to genetic analysis and modification. They can analyze things from the plant’s DNA up.
The harvested flower from a female cannabis plant is known as marijuana bud. Before they are ready to consume, buds are dried and cured. When you examine a marijuana bud closely, you’ll see the tiny “hairs” and leaves that make up the finished product. They’re also likely coated with sugar-like crystals called trichomes.
Marijuana buds are more THC-rich than other parts of the plant and are thus more valuable. Marijuana has been selectively bred to create greater buds, which are typically much stronger than ordinary street-grade “weed.”
How Long Does It Take to Grow a Marijuana Plant?
In general, it takes between 10 and 32 weeks, or approximately 3 and 8 months, for a weed plant to develop from seed to harvest. Start with a clone or an autoflower seed if you can. The vegetative stage—from the seedling phase through flowering—has the biggest range in how long it’ll take your marijuana plant to mature.
If you’re growing indoors, a weed plant may be forced to bloom in as few as a few weeks when it’s little and many weeks when it’s big. When plants are grown outside, they must wait until the sun begins to set in the fall before blossoming and harvesting.
However, light deprivation procedures are one way for outdoor growers to regulate the blossoming process.
How Long Can a Marijuana Plant Live?
Cannabis plants are annuals, meaning they live for one season and then die. Seeds on dead wild cannabis plants germinate the following year and produce new plants. To generate more cannabis, old seeds must be planted.
If weeds are not harvested, they will wilt and decay within a few months of the peak blooming period.
What Care Does a Cannabis Seedling Need?
After germination, your weed seedlings will be delicate as they grow up and acquire more leaves. You won’t need to water them that much or that often—too much water at this stage can drown delicate marijuana seedlings. You’ll likely only have to water them once every 4-7 days, but it depends on your climate and setup.
When your cannabis plants are still seedlings, don’t give them anything. Because they’re too delicate now, wait until they’ve developed a bit more before feeding them. Just provide enough light and water as required.
What Do Healthy Cotyledon Leaves Look Like On Cannabis Plants?
Cotyledon leaves are not shaped like regular cannabis leaves. Because cotyledon leaves do not resemble normal cannabis leaves, they are sometimes referred to as seed or first leaves, while conventional looking first true leaves are known as real foliage. Cotyledon leaves are flatter than typical cannabis foliage and lack the legendary multi-fingered, serrated design that is recognized.
When cannabis leaves with real THC begin to develop above the cotyledon leaves, your seedling is getting closer to becoming a healthy, robust plant. Cannabis plants generally produce two cotyledons, although there are occasions when three or even four may be seen on a young plant.
Do you Need to Prune Cotyledon Leaves?
Cotyledon leaves do not need to be pruned. They will generally fall off on their own. If you have a plant with a brown and withered cotyledon leaf that has not fallen off and the plant is healthy with a lot of true leaves, pluck it off. Do not touch cotyledon leaves until your plant is actively growing and producing its first stem and true leaves, as they are assisting to fuel the young plant until it can sustain itself.