I just got this email from a newbie:
“Hi. So I just started growing my own. (Been wanting to do it for awhile!) I came across your website (I love it. Way more in depth then others!) So my question is (I will keep looking also) when do I start separating my babies (males and females)? They are 4wks old. Also if I have more questions later on can I save your contact info? ”
Here is my response and it is good advice for every newbie:
“Thanks for that. We would like to publish your comment and will do that unless you object. Anyway, to your question, you could probably check now. Look at this comprehensive article for guidance.
However in reality what we almost always advise beginners is to buy seeds from a reputable seed seller, buy autoflowering seeds and make sure they are feminized. It is worth the money in time and frustration savings. I like ILGM and particularly their autoflowering White Widow strain
, which is on sale recently. Their seeds are guaranteed to germinate.
To expand on this answer, buying autoflowering feminized seeds means no hassling with lighting schedules, no hassling with separating fems and males, no risk of losing your crop to unintended pollination, and a near-guarantee that you will get a crop (barring disaster or not watering or something really outrageous.). In other words, it pays to spend the money.
Good Luck Good Growing Good Karma