There are many ways to grow your own cannabis, the most common and popular being from seed to flower. Growing your own cannabis can be an incredibly rewarding experience, providing you with high-quality buds to enjoy. However, it takes a lot of effort and attention to detail to grow cannabis successfully.
I’ve been growing cannabis for over 10 years now, and in that time I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to grow top-quality buds. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you 7 tips that will help you grow cannabis from seed to flower like a pro!
Can You Grow Your Own Cannabis?
Before you start growing your own cannabis, it’s important to check if it’s legal in your state or country. In the United States, for example, cannabis is still federally illegal, though some states have legalized it for medicinal or recreational use.
If you live in a state where cannabis is legal, congratulations! You can grow your own at home. However, if you live in a state where cannabis is not yet legal, don’t worry – there are still ways to grow your own.
Many people choose to grow cannabis in small, discreet gardens, hidden away from prying eyes. Others grow their plants indoors, using hydroponic systems or grow lights. No matter where you choose to grow your cannabis, make sure you research your state and local laws to ensure you’re not breaking any regulations.
7 Tips For Growing Healthy Cannabis
Growing cannabis is a simple and straightforward process. Even with little to no gardening experience, you can successfully bring your plant from seed to flower with the help of these 7 tips.
1. Start With Healthy and Nutrient-Rich Soil
Cannabis is a heavy-feeding plant, meaning it thrives in soil that is rich in minerals and microbes. Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium are a handful of the macronutrients that are critical for cannabis growth and development.
Soil should also be alive, full of microbes and enzymes. These microscopic life forms are instrumental in the uptake of essential minerals.
Soil can be tested for the presence of nutrients and amended to attain optimal levels.
2. Enrich With Compost and Fertilizer
Adding compost and/or fertilizer to condition your soil is always a great practice. Compost contains important microbes and vital nutrients which improve water retention and soil quality. Feeding with fertilizer directly affects vegetative growth, root development, and flower production of your cannabis plant.
Choosing organic fertilizers ensures that your plants will maintain good health and produce the highest quality product.
My favorite fertilizers for a healthy plant are:
- Bat guano and blood meal are great natural sources of nitrogen.
- Bone meal and rock phosphate are packed with phosphorus.
- Kelp meal and fish emulsion are quality organic additions to boost potassium levels in your soil.
- Crab shells, Epsom salt, and molasses are natural fertilizers that will supply your plants with calcium, magnesium, and sulfur.
3. Water Regularly and Adequately
Cannabis loves water, especially in hot and dry climates. Soil should be allowed to dry out in between waterings, don’t let the roots stand in damp soil. It’s good practice to water deeply and less frequently.
A moisture meter can be used to measure the amount of water in the soil. Find a watering schedule that suits your conditions, where moisture can be maintained without leaving the soil soaking wet.
4. Use Grow Lights For Indoor Plants
Cannabis also requires plenty of light to reach its full potential. If grown indoors they’ll need to be supplemented with artificial light.
CFL, or fluorescent lights, are cheap to purchase and don’t consume much energy. They’re perfect for a small grow setup.
LED lights can be expensive to purchase up front, but are the most energy-efficient light, run cooler than other lights, and have a long lifespan.
HID lights are cheaper outright, easy to set up, and produce heavy yields. On the other hand, they generate intense heat, consume lots of energy and have a generally short lifespan.
5. Prune Regularly
Like most flowering plants, cannabis will benefit from regular pruning. Lower branches and larger leaves become heavy over time and eventually droop into the soil. These can be removed along with skimpy inner shoots. By cutting off branches that won’t amount to much by the end of the season, more energy can be directed to prominent colas and flowers.
Pruning will also help deter pests that like to reside in the shady inner parts of the plant by opening up the interior, allowing sufficient airflow and light penetration.
6. Protect From Pest and Disease
The best way to prevent pests and diseases is by keeping your plants healthy and strong. Problems seem to creep up when plants are stressed, under-watered, or malnourished.
As previously mentioned, a well-pruned plant with plenty of ventilation should be safe from pest infestation or the spread of disease.
Neem oil is a natural pesticide very effective at preventing and treating pests like spider mites and aphids.
7. Harvest At the Right Time
Cannabis should be harvested when flowers are fully formed. The trichomes change from clear to milky white to amber and hairs typically turn bright orange, indicating maturity.
Reasons to Grow Your Own Cannabis
There are many reasons why people choose to grow their own cannabis. Below are some of the most common ones:
You Know the Source of Your Cannabis
There’s nothing like fresh, local produce and you can take pride in the fact you grew it yourself. Growing at home cuts down on shipping, transporting, and packaging costs, a net positive for the environment. It’s the most sustainable way to consume and enjoy a product. By cultivating your own cannabis you can be sure that it was handled with care.
You Control the Quality of Your Cannabis
For most home gardeners, the quality and health of their plants are paramount. When you grow your own cannabis you have control over what goes into it. Natural fertilizers, clean water, and your hard work are deeply appreciated when observing the outstanding quality of the final product.
Home growers have peace of mind in the safety of their products, not having to purchase their cannabis through dubious sources like mass production facilities. As with commercial farming, large cannabis operations may use chemical fertilizers and pesticides, prioritizing yields and profit over the quality of their product.
Customize Methods and Types of Cannabis That You Grow
There are so many different ways to grow cannabis and yield good results successfully. Every new season is an experimental adventure. One method may work for some growers, while others choose a different style. Find what suits you best and modify it to achieve the results you desire.
All cannabis plants grow differently and will have varying effects, based on their strain and genetics. This is another aspect that is extremely interesting to experiment with, as each grower has unique growing situations and preferences.
Save Money By Growing Your Own Cannabis
Growing your own cannabis can be a huge relief for your wallet. In this world of inflation and rising prices, we could all stand to save some cash. Cultivating your own crop will be substantially cheaper than buying from another party. With a little knowledge and the will to work, you can save money while turning out higher-quality cannabis.
It Is a Learning Process, Fun and Rewarding
Growing for yourself is a highly rewarding activity. Nurturing a tiny seed into a majestic, mature plant requires plenty of patience, dedication, and hard work. Of course, it will be frustrating and disappointing at times, but problem-solving and making mistakes are how we learn and grow.
The mental and physical challenge is an enjoyable and gratifying puzzle. When you crack the code and dial in your own method and style, growing your own cannabis is one of the most fruitful adventures one can embark upon.
Growing cannabis from seed doesn’t always produce the best buds, but if you follow the tips in this blog post, you’ll be well on your way to harvesting some amazing flowers. Just remember to take your time, do your research, and have patience. With a little practice, you’ll be growing amazing cannabis buds like a pro in no time!