Planting based on the lunar calendar or specifically the phases of the moon, is a practice that has existed since our ancestors began sowing seeds thousands of years ago. Farmers have long vowed to use the moon phase philosophy when it comes to sowing, planting, weeding, harvesting, and other garden tasks. Even though this idea has been around for years, it is now really starting to get the attention it deserves.
The moon is known to affect the earth in many ways. If you have lived on the coast or fished in great waters for a long time, you will be familiar with the idea that the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon affects the tide. Tides are highest during the new moon and full moon phases. In addition, it can affect the reproduction patterns of animals and even the menstrual cycles of women.
You may be wondering, “How does this work? How can the Moon influence our planet so much? ”Next we are going to review all the aspects that affect our cannabis plantation!
The phases of the moon and the signs of the zodiac
Before we start with the 2021 lunar calendar, we will first talk about the different phases of the moon and interpret what they mean. In this blog we will not dive too deeply into astrology, but you should know that to some extent it can affect.
A lunar orbit takes approximately 29.5 days. During this time, the moon will go through four phases: new, full, waxing and waning.
During the waxing period, the Moon increases in illumination and during the waning period the Moon decreases in illumination.
Also, during this lunar orbit, the moon travels through each of the 12 signs of the zodiac. The 12 signs of the zodiac are divided into 4 different categories or elements: water, air, earth and fire.
· Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces (WATER). It is when leaves and stems grow longer.
· Gemini, Libra, Aquarius (AIR). More suitable for the flower development.
· Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn (EARTH). When the roots develop faster and healthier.
· Aries, Leo, Sagittarius (FIRE) . More suitable for germination.
How do the lunar phases really affect our cultivation?
During each of these lunar cycles it is important to remember that the more light the moon projects on the Earth, for example during a full moon, the more the sap tends to concentrate in the upper parts of the plants. On the contrary, when the moon illuminates the earth with less light, for example during a new moon, the sap will be concentrated in the lower parts of the plant, such as the lower branches, stems and roots. This leads us to the belief that it is better to harvest when there is a full moon because the flowers of the plant cling to their resins and are therefore more powerful!
During this phase, the Moon cannot be seen from Earth and appears invisible. This is the time when the least amount of light is projected. The moon will affect the plant by concentrate the sap in the roots. This is the best time to take care of the roots of plants or trim branches and leaves, because less energy circulates through this part of the plant, subjecting it to less stress.
During the waxing phase, the moon will gradually begin to regain its brightness, therefore the sap from the roots will begin to move up the stem and lower branches of the plant. During this period, plants are believed to absorb more nutrients from the soil, so it is an opportune time to provide your plants with fertilizers to treat any nutrient deficiencies they may have.
This is the best time to germinate the cannabis seeds. Some gardeners suggest that the gravitational pull of the Moon can affect moisture levels in the soil, improving the chances that the seeds will germinate even more.
It is also recommended pay your planting during the waxing moon to help maximize water absorption and achieve a clean harvest.
This is the phase that will project the greatest amount of light onto the earth. The full moon influences the sap causing it to move to the upper parts of plants and accelerates plant growth. Because the sap moves up through the plant, it is the perfect time to harvest your cannabis! As the energy of the plant is concentrated in the upper part, we recommend pruning or trimming your plants, since it is convenient to put them under stress to generate more trichomes (THC).
During this phase, the moon will begin to fade. The part of the cannabis plant that it affects are the underground ones, that is, the roots. Because the sap of plants is concentrated in the lower parts, it is an ideal time to prune branches and leaves. Plants tend to develop stronger root systems during waning periods, therefore this is a good time to transplant or create clones.
Also, during the waning period, you will be able to deal with any pest problem that you can find.
The signs of the zodiac and their elements
Each of the elements is believed to influence plant life too! Planting seeds is not recommended when the moon is in a sign of fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius), because heat and dryness are attributed to this element, and it is believed that it produces smaller harvests. However, it is a good time to plant and sow seeds when the moon is in a sign of the Land (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn), due to the moist, fresh and fertile attributes.
What you are looking for is prune, trim or harvest your plants, it is believed that it is good to do it when the moon is in a sign Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius). But if you need take cuttings or transplant cannabis, you should do it when the moon is in a zodiac sign of the Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces).
In addition to its phases, the movement of the moon causes its distance to the earth to vary. We will observe two types of movements with their effects:
- Rising moon. The sap rises to the upper parts of the plant and is the best time to cut clones. You should avoid harvesting as your plants will be full of fluids.
- Descending moon. It is the best time to do things related to roots and seed germination, since the liquids flow downwards and the underground activity of all the plants increases. In addition, it is the best time to enrich the soil.
Lunar calendar 2021
The lunar phases and their cycles, the tides or the signs of the zodiac can help you manage your plantation throughout the year, but if you want to have a daily follow-up, you should be guided by the 2021 lunar calendar that Kannabia has made.
Knowing how the moon affects our plantations, it is time to put it into practice, so at FlorProhibida we are always attentive to the latest market developments so that you can buy the best objects for growing marijuana.