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I don't grow outdoors anymore but am interested if anyone plants according to the moon phase?

When my partner and I grew outdoors 20 years ago, after a few seasons, we learnt that if you plant at the perfect time of month, it made a substantial difference to the health of the seedling. We used to buy a 'Moon Chart' every year to refer to but nowadays - Google. It wasn't a new idea at all. People have been using the moon in horticulture for centuries. My grandfather who was a farmer always planted according to the moon chart and harvested too, I believe.

Any one have experience with this?

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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 cannabis garden.

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.

http://www.weedfarmer.com/cannabis/mooncyc.jpgThe 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 phase.

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 ripeningBalsamic 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 the logic.

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.

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Whilst I won't deny that the moon has a significant impact on a lot of aspects on our planet, you do all know that astrology is complete bullshit, don't you?


Of course, if people want to plant and harvest by the moon, I say go for it, but personally I couldn't be arsed as I see absolutely no logic to it.  If the state of the moon really had that much impact on life cycles etc on our planet, then every mestruating woman on earth would have synchronised periods, for example.  But there's no harm in following it.



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You only really see the impacts I have noticed from seeding in large open area with no shadow and a lot of light from the moon in its cycle .

Seeds come up a bit quicker...not a lot but a bit.

Astrology has been around for ever and will still be around for a long while after we are all gone.

More linked to the ceremony of planting and harvest than anything in older cultures.

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All I know is that using a moon chart worked for our outdoor grows. And I know my grandfather, the farmer, didn't consider it bullshit when he used it. And the fishing industry use the moon phases. Pre-internet days, we had to buy mooncharts which were sold by both gardening shops & 'Joynt Venture' which used to be the shop in Perth where you could buy pipes, bongs and growing books etc.

I was curious as to whether outdoor growers still use it and am pleased to hear that a lot of them do. Happy & bounteous growing to everyone!

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