The legalization of medical cannabis in 33 states has made marijuana a household name. Even though the government restricts its use, many Americans become enthusiastic in using the plant as medicine and as part of their recreation. Many patients claim this plant provides cure to many of their ailments. From being skeptics, they turned out to become avid users of CBD oil, hemp oil, and other cannabis products.
Pot Planting Craze
Some people take this to the extremes by planting and cultivating weed in their backyard despite the limitations set by their respective state governments. The 2018 National Gardening Survey revealed that 15% of U.S. households would plant marijuana at home if legalized. Others even consider this a new hobby that gives their mood a new “high.”
But planting marijuana indoors is not a walk in the park. This hobby is not for the faint-hearted, especially for first-time gardeners. Aside from legal issues, cultivating weed pose many challenges. Here are some things you should mind before you start digging the soil.
Cannabis Planting Tips
Check if weed gardening is legal in your state
But, even with the growing clamor for pot use and planting, politicians and various groups still debate on their health and security issues to the community. As a result despite decriminalizing medical marijuana, many states even prohibit planting pot in the backyard. As of this writing, only the 15 states allow indoor weed cultivation:
- New Mexico
- Rhode Island
You should also take note that even if it is legal to grow marijuana in the said states, authorities enforce specific stipulations regarding the number of plants, the proximity of cultivation site to a dispensary, and other criteria. Illegal planting of weed can lead to massive fines or can even bring you behind bars.
Choose the Seed that Fits you Need
As most states restrict you from converting your backyard into a marijuana plantation, you need to choose the seeds that you need. There are around a hundred strains of cannabis such as sativa, indica, ruderalis, and hybrids available online and at legal nurseries. So, you need to select which strains provided the best cure to your particular ailments. You should also consider the ones that have given you the best experience in the past.
Know Where to Grow the Pot
Now that you’ve made your choice, you should now consider your space and other circumstances. If you are planting in a small cupboard, you may want to pick small fast-maturing strains like auto-flowering ones or indicas. If you have a spacious backyard with fertile soil, you can grow one or more plants in pots or directly in the ground.
You should also consider the environment. Whenever possible, you should learn how to adjust the light, humidity, temperature and other elements with the right placement of plant, use of irrigation, and use of devices. These things will allow you to correct conditions whenever needed, which will save your plant. Aside from learning from websites and online videos, you may need to undergo training and seminars to ensure a bountiful harvest.
Buy Quality Soil
For plants like marijuana, you need to choose soil packed with nutrients. If you only grow your plants in a typical backyard soil, there is a big possibility that they will suffer from the deficiency in certain minerals and elements. The lack of essential nutrients from the soil might not only slow or even stunt their growth; the quality of their flowers may also get compromised. To make sure your crop gets ample nutrition for optimal growth, experts suggest using quality organic soil.
Like any other hobbies, you should grow cannabis with utmost passion and care. Not only that, you need to get advice and training from the experts to make sure you can benefit from your home-grown and home-made cannabis and CBD products.