Growing Cannabis At Home
By Alice Grace
Spring is just about sprung and flowers, plants and trees are bursting forth with new growth and all of it brings to mind how incredibly easy and rewarding it can be to grow your own cannabis at home. The days are getting longer which means longer periods of light which is exactly what is needed to grow healthy, high-yielding plants. Generally speaking, your plants will need a minimum of twelve hours a day of simulated or natural sunlight to grow but if you are growing indoors up to eighteen hours is preferred. The natural growth pattern for the plants is roughly 8-12 weeks which follows the regular pattern of sunlight during the warm summer months. So, with proper lighting in mind you’ll need to pick the perfect location to grow your plants. If you are growing outdoors you will want a nice full-sun location and if you are growing indoors you will need to simulate daylight with grow-lights purchased from any warehouse or hardware store. Something to keep in mind is that marijuana plants will stretch high toward the light source so if you are able to adjust the distance between the light and the plant indoors you will want to as the plants will expand and produce a wider yield.
So, after you’ve picked the right spot you’ll need high quality seeds and good soil. A simple, loose mix allowing for air to circulate the roots is ideal. You will also need to provide nutrients to the plants. There are many different varieties of nutritional supplements to add to soil on the market that cater specifically to cannabis but you can use a more widely-used product such as Miracle-Gro as well. Keep in mind it is very important to not overfeed or over water the plants. They prefer to dry out between waterings so if you notice brown tips on the leaves back off on watering for a spell. Prune the leaves as you go and before you know it more than five weeks will have passed (the minimum recommended for the growth stage) and it will be time to either induce flowering if you are indoors by reducing the time lights are on to twelve hours, or to harvest outdoors.
The best way to discover when to harvest is by examining the sugary trichomes on the bud. You will want to use a magnifying glass to check out the crystals. They are perfect to harvest when they are a milky or cloudy white color and before they turn a reddish. Trim the buds and hang them to dry for one to two weeks making sure there is air circulating and that the buds don’t dry out too fast. Place the buds in glass jars and leave them in a cool, dark place, opening a couple of times a day to cure. This process will take about three weeks.
And that’s it! Seed to harvest in no time at all! Time to get planting!