How to Successfully Plant Your Personal Cannabis Garden

by Mark Hadfield

Cannabis is increasingly popular across the globe because of its many medical and recreational uses. Due to this, more and more people are interested in trying marijuana for the first time as access increases. With this increased demand, is a renewed interest in growing personal cannabis gardens. 

Growing your cannabis plant is both exciting, enjoyable and over the long run can make cannabis consumption much more affordable! It's truly gratifying once you see your first plant bloom and even more so when you consume it. If you're interested in creating a cannabis garden, here are some things helpful tips to put you on the road to success: 

Gather Information About Cannabis

It's essential to know or to know some basics about the cannabis plant. You don't need to be an expert immediately, but you do need to know some facts so you may cultivate your garden well. Here are some things to take note of if you are a newbie grower:

  • The cannabis plant can be grown from a greenhouse, outdoors or indoors depending on the kind of seeds you have.
  • There are three strains of cannabis plants, namely indica, sativa, and ruderalis. Some professional growers can experiment on these strains and produce hybrids of the Cannabis plant.
  • Seeds have their own genetic characteristics, meaning that there are no hard fast rules on how lighting conditions may affect the flowering phase, contrary to what you may read about indica, sativa and ruderalis.
  • Cannabis can have male, female, or hermaphrodite flowers.
  • The plant has three different periods - seedling, vegetative, and the flowering period. Its growing season usually starts between spring and the start of summer.

As mentioned, some growers produce different hybrids of cannabis by breeding two different strains of this plant. If you're going to try planting hybrids, there are also seedlings and auto-flowering seeds available in the market. You can read more about this on my site, the Weekend Gardener.

Light Exposure

Light is a significant factor if you're growing a cannabis plant. The plant's budding quality depends on how much light it will receive. A plant needs to have a minimum of 18 hours of light a day. Most growers usually choose a 400-600 watts of quality light for giving the light requirement of cannabis.

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Cost of Your Garden

Like any other plant you want to grow, there will be cost you need to pay, especially for the seedling cannabis plants. The cost depends on how you want to improve your cannabis garden and what seedlings you choose to purchase. Garden cost can also be affected by factors such as the size of the garden and how many seedlings you're planning to use. You also need to pay for the materials and equipment that you need to acquire. 

Methods on Growing Cannabis

There are different ways for you to grow Cannabis plants that you can utilize in your garden. There are also other mediums you may utilize like coco coir and sand. However, It's still recommended to use soil for first-time growers. 

Best Growing Conditions

Where do you want to plant your cannabis garden? You may plant it indoors or outdoors, depending on what is manageable for you. If you decide to grow it outside, then it will lessen some costs. You may use natural light for your plant. However, you will need to keep vigilant in protecting your plants from harsh weather. We always suggest you understand the laws in your county and state before planting your garden.

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Indoor planting can be advantageous if you don't want prying eyes while you grow your plant. You'll also have fewer problems when it comes to bad weather. The negative effect of indoor planting is the cost. Equipment such as lighting, fans, etc. may add additional cost to your operation.

Managing Deficiency, Pests, and Diseases

Deficiency, pest, and diseases are ordinary occurrences in growing cannabis, and any garden for that matter. Keep an eye out for these daily; you want to keep your garden healthy! Other factors may affect plant growth, such as light exposure, nutrients, and water requirements. Make sure to account for these factors to have a good harvest.

Here are some signs you can check to ensure that your plants have no disease.

  • Nutrient deficiency includes malformation, spots on the leaves, short growth of the plants, red stem, pale color
  • Pest and diseases include white spots on the leaves because of bite marks, yellowish spots, brownish spots, black buds, and more.

Harvesting Your Cannabis

Harvesting the plant is an exciting event. Knowing when to harvest is the trick. One helpful tip is to buy a jeweler's loupe or a magnifying glass and take a good look at the trichomes. When 70% of the trichomes are milky, and 30% are amber, that's the time to harvest.

You also need to know the procedure you need to during harvesting to ensure that you don't damage your plant and its produce. Following this, you'll want to dry, cure, and store the plant you harvest accordingly. 

Author: Alan Wood of Weekend Gardner