The Phases of the Moon
Superior Cannabis gardens are what gardeners want for their efforts, and
planting by the phases of the Moon makes this possible. Seeds germinate
faster. Plants are hardier and more disease-resistant. They blossom sooner and
bear more fruit. Just as importantly, they better resist the stress of harsh
weather, drought and insect infestation. Naturally, good gardening techniques
must still be adhered to. Gardens need be watered, pruned, mulched, hoed, weeded
and fertilized. If you have an outside or in side cannabis garden, paying
attention to the Moon phases may be the easiest part of your cannabis gardening
experience but the one with the biggest rewards.
Gardening by the moon phases is all a matter of timing. Since we are
able to anticipate the phases, we can plan ahead and maximize the connection
between the solar system and biological cycles to gain optimum results in the
The Moon symbolizes emotions, instincts, habits and routine. It describes the
ways in which we feel most nurtured and secure. The Moon also reflects the
public mood as it changes signs every two to two and half days.
The Moon travels monthly through each of the 12 signs of the Zodiac,
staying approximately 2 and a half days in each sign. As it does so it forms an
angular relationship with the Sun that we call a Phase of the Moon. Phase
actually means the angle between Moon, Earth and Sun. Moon orbits the Earth and
the Earth orbits the Sun. It is the Earth's orbit that defines the ecliptic
which is divided symbolically into the Zodiac.
First of all, phases occur in two stages - Waxing and Waning. The Moon is Waxing
- growing - during these phases: New Moon | Crescent Moon | First quarter
Moon | Gibbous Moon
It is Waning - shrinking - during these phases: Full Moon |
Disseminating | Second Quarter | Balsamic
As a general rule of thumb when the Moon is waxing, plants develop
leaves and above ground systems, when it is waning plants develop
their root systems. Planting leafy crops such as cannabis that grow above
ground are best sown at waxing moon and those that will require strong root
systems or grow below ground should be sown after full moon, in the waning
We can now divide these phases into four quarters.
New Moon to First quarter
First quarter to Full Moon
Waxing Full Moon to Second quarter
Second quarter to New Moon again. - Waning
These 4 phases can be useful to apply the rule of thumb Plant | Feed
Harvest|Destroy If you get these 4 main quarters fixed, you will go a long way
to understanding cycles.
The 4 intermediate phases also form a quaternary of activity.
Crescent moon phase is when the best germination occurs and is a
good time for thinning out seedlings to give room for the rapid growth that
occurs at the next phase. Gibbous moon phase is when there is a greater uptake
of nutrients from the soil, and swelling of fruits. Disseminating moon is
an excellent time for seed setting and ripening. Balsamic phase is
the best time for destroying weeds, pruning trees, and all preparation for
the next cycle.
It is important to note that you should not do any gardening task at the
exact time of a phase. Wait a few hours. Each of the exact phase positions marks
a critical time as the moon makes a shift from one phase to the next.
Because the Sun stays in a sign for a full month there are some months that
are better for certain gardening tasks than others. Interfacing the Sun cycle
and the Moon's cycle takes a little skill but is not 1 difficult once you apply
If the Sun is in a 'fertile' sign for a month, then you should take advantage
of that month to do some gardening - naturally the best results occur when the
Moon is also is a fertile sign and the correct phase with the Sun. The best days
for doing specific tasks will depend on the Moon's sign. To synthesize the phase
with the sign is important in planting. There is no point in planting at the
correct phase, if the Moon is in an incompatible sign - one which might damage
or inhibit growth.
Remember the Sun stays in a sign for approximately a month, the Moon passes
through all 12 signs in a month, so stays in a sign for approximately 2 and a
half days. A new moon always occurs when the Sun and Moon are in the same sign.
A full moon occurs when the Moon is in the opposite sign to the Sun.