How does the moon affect plants? The cultivation of plants, taking into account the moon is one of the basic principles of biodynamic agriculture, and in this post I’m going to give you all the keys so you can get the highest productivity and quality taking into account the different phases of the moon.
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And now yes, let’s know in detail how the moon affects marijuana plants.
- 1 ⭐ Moon Cycles
- 2 ⛳ Moon Phases
- 3 ✨ Tidal Effects
- 4 👌 Daily rhythms
- 5 🚀 Growing marijuana with the lunar calendar in mind
- 5.1 Prepare the substrate
- 5.2 Germination
- 5.3 Transplants
- 5.4 Foliar and root fertilization
- 5.5 Pruning of different types
- 5.6 Getting out cuttings
- 5.7 Planting cuttings
- 5.8 Branches bending or L.S.T.
- 5.9 Preventing or treating with insecticides and fungicides
- 5.10 Harvesting
- 5.11 Download in PDF the lunar calendar 2020 for the Northern hemisphere.
- 5.12 Download in PDF the lunar calendar 2020 for the Southern hemisphere.
- 6 ✅ Conclusion
⭐ Moon Cycles
The elliptical movement of the moon makes it vary its distance from the earth, to see it you just have to look at an exact point at the same time, the next day you can see you looking at the same point, in the same space of time, if the moon has ascended or descended.
– Ascending Moon:
The liquids ascend, the sap rises to the upper parts of the plant, it is the perfect stage to cut the cuttings and prepare them. At this stage you should avoid harvesting cannabis, as it is a plant that needs to be dried.
– Descending Moon:
It’s the best moon phase to plant seeds. Liquids flow downward, increasing the activity of the underground part of the plant, so it’s a good time to do tasks with the roots, germinate seeds, or plant them. It is also a good time to do soil enrichment work.
The plants’ sap moves constantly inside them. But when the moon is in descending phase, its magnetism tends to push, to promote the activity in the lower part of the plants. However, when the Moon is in the ascending phase, this activity is more concentrated in the upper part, and this factor is especially important in defining the work to be done at each moment in our garden.
⛳ Moon Phases
– New moon:
This phase begins when the moon ceases to be visible from the earth, and ends when the right half is fully illuminated. It is recommended not to work the plants on the same day as the new moon, but you can prune the diseased plants.
– Crescent moon:
It is the phase that takes place between the new moon and the full moon, it can be distinguished very well because it acquires a form of letter D if you see it from the northern hemisphere, increasing the internal activity of the plant and strengthening it against pests and diseases, and it is not recommended to prune during this period.
– Full moon:
In this phase the moon is completely illuminated, and the sap rises to the upper parts of the plant, so pruning is not recommended, and is also perfect for germinating seeds.
– Dwindling Moon:
It can be easily recognized by its C shape if you look at it from the northern hemisphere. During this stage, the sap goes down to the lower parts and the soil is much more receptive, so it is perfect for fertilizing, watering or harvesting, since the aromas, flavors and medicinal properties of cannabis are better preserved at this stage. Planting, sowing or transplanting is not recommended when the moon is waning.
In the northern hemisphere, dwindling Moon is C-shaped and rising Moon D-shaped. To better remember this, think of the Moon as a liar and when rising it looks like a D and when decreasing it looks like a C. (To avoid confusing decreasing with descending, we call the decreasing Moon dwindling).
In the southern hemisphere, however, the crescent moon is C-shaped and the dwindling moon is D-shaped. The Moon lights differently when you look at it from one hemisphere or another, but the synodic lunar revolution, which is how this cycle of the Moon is called, does not change.
The most important change between the northern and southern hemispheres takes place in the periodic Lunar revolution, that is, between the ascending and descending cycles. When in the northern hemisphere the Moon is in a descending phase, in the southern hemisphere it will be in an ascending phase, and vice versa.
✨ Tidal Effects
Every day we have 2 high and 2 low tides, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The influence of the low tide in the afternoon is more powerful than the one in the morning. However, the influence of the morning high tide is stronger than the one in the afternoon.
It takes approximately 6 hours and 12 minutes to go from high to low tide, between which the tide can be considered falling or ebb tide. As it takes the same time to go from low tide to high tide, and that interval is called rising or flood tide.
When tide is rising or flood it is the right time to graft, work hard soils, compost or harvest if it happens to be on a waning moon.
And when tide is falling or ebbing, it is the best time to sow if it is at the same time as ascending Moon, to transplant, to work loose soil, to spread fertilizer and manure.
What is the most influential domain on The Earth?
It depends on our latitude; in Europe, for example, the ascending or descending cycle has the greatest influence. But the closer we get to the equator, the lower the incidence of this factor, and the greater the influence of the increasing or dwindling phase.
Another factor that must be taken into account before carrying out any work on our plants, along with the Moon, are the constellations (Fire, air, water and earth).
The moon cycle based on constellations
Planting according to the signs makes the difference. When the moon passes through which constellation, influences the part of the marijuana plant associated with that constellation. To know them better and to know how the constellations influence in your culture of marijuana, get with a biodynamic calendar, that groups them based on 4 elements of the nature and as consequence to certain signs of the zodiac:
– Aries, Leo and Sagittarius: They are constellations of Fire, and it is without a doubt the best moment for the seeds.
– Geminis, Libra and Aquarius: They are the known as constellations of Air, and it is the best moment for the flowers of the plant, it is here where it is recommended to carry out all the tasks of plantation and culture.
– Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces: They are the constellations of Water, it is when the leaves and stems grow more, important because at the time of making the plantation.
– Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn: They are the constellations of Earth, and it is the best moment for everything related to the roots, so much for its growth, as for getting rid of the sick ones and that this way it can grow stronger and healthier.
👌 Daily rhythms
Earth energies vary depending on the season. In spring, when the sun is rising, the Earth exhales and the vitality of the Earth ascends outwards. However, in Autumn, when the sun is descending, the earth breathes in and revitalizes. In the Moon we can also find these energies, the ascending Moon is called Lunar Spring, and the descending Lunar Autumn.
Every day this phenomenon is repeated, in the morning the energies rise and the Earth exhales, so it is the ideal moment to sow or harvest. In the afternoon the energies descend and the Earth breathes in, so it is better to plant, transplant or prepare the substrate.
During midday and early afternoon it is recommended not to perform important tasks, between 12 and 15 hours.
🚀 Growing marijuana with the lunar calendar in mind
First of all it must be clarified that this guide is intended for cannabis growers who want to harvest buds. With this aim we look for the days considered as best to get flower of each month. In the case of wanting to produce seeds, it would be necessary to look for the best days thinking about harvesting fruits.
We have discussed this cultivation calendar with several experts and have found that there is no unanimity in deciding which days are best for which tasks. That is why we tried to interpret Michel Gros’s Lunar Calendar, adapting it to the requirements of cannabis growers.
Prepare the substrate
Especially in outdoor crops where it is going to be planted in the motherland. When we are going to make the mixture, we will try to have the descending Moon, between fourth waning and new Moon phase, coinciding with the earth constellation (Root).
Germination is recommended during descending moon, within the 3 days previous to full moon, since it will favor the growth of larger and more aromatic flowers. It is recommended to combine with an earth constellation (Root).
They are the most critical moments of any crop and the moment when the power of the Moon over the earth is most important. In this case it is necessary to try to match the descending Moon, in its crescent phase, with an air constellation (Gemini, Libra or Aquarius).
Foliar and root fertilization
If we fertilize by pulverizing the leaves, we must try to do it on a day defined as leaf, and ascending and crescent Moon. On the other hand, if we add fertilizers to the irrigation, we will have to look for a day defined as root or flower, and descending and crescent Moon. Fertilizing is always better in the morning than in the afternoon, and never in fire signs.
Pruning of different types
For aerial pruning designed to improve performance, it is best to do it in flower day, with descending moon and in waning phase. If it is a pruning of roots it is better to choose root day, with descending moon and waning phase. For a low pruning the best thing would be to choose a flower day, with descending moon and waning phase.
Getting out cuttings
When you have to take out cuttings, try to make it on a flower day, with ascending Moon and waning or increasing phase.
At the moment of planting, you must wait until the descendant Moon begins and its increasing phase, with fire constellation if possible.
Branches bending or L.S.T.
It is necessary to try to stress the plants the minimum during this task. If we do the moulding during the growth it is better that it coincides with crescent and ascending Moon, in a water constellation (Leaf).
If we do it in flowering it is better to do it in waning and ascending Moon, with an air constellation (Flower).
Preventing or treating with insecticides and fungicides
For pulverized preventive treatments the whole ascending phase is valid, better in crescent, and in leaf days, insecticides in the morning and fungicides in the afternoon. For systemic products to be used in irrigation, better in descending and waning moon, and in root days.
The ideal option is to wait for a flower day, with descending and waning moon, if possible in the morning, coinciding with low tide. This benefits plants that are consumed dry.
Download in PDF the lunar calendar 2020 for the Northern hemisphere.
Download in PDF the lunar calendar 2020 for the Southern hemisphere.
How does the moon affect plants? In this article you have been able to know all the influences that the moon has on marijuana plants, and how to cultivate it taking into account the different phases of the moon and its passage through the different constellations. Elevate the productivity of your culture of marijuana to the maximum, cultivating on the basis of the lunar calendar 2019!
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