With the coming of Spring, it’s easy to get lost in the glistening sunshine, warm (ish) weather and the planning of summer activities, but don’t get too distracted. There’s serious work to do. Spring just so happens to be the ideal time to start growing marijuana. Don’t know the first think about doing that? Check out Zativo for their helpful rookie guide to get you going. Growing cannabis (for medical uses only, right guys?) is both economical and fun. Here are five easy steps to get you started.
1. GOOD MARIJUANA COMES FROM GOOD SOIL
Happy milk comes from happy cows (or something like that). Well, The same theory applies to marijuana as well. Before you do anything, make sure you have good soil. After all, this is the growth medium for your plants, so it has to have all the necessary ingredients. Making your own soil mix is the best way to ensure this, as you are in total control of what goes into it. Start with a high-quality organic base and from there, add the necessary blend of nutrients.
2. WATER PROPERLY
This one might seem like common sense, but some people truly don’t water their marijuana plants properly. Working with that top notch soil, healthy watering habits will translate to a healthy plant. Make sure you use proper watering techniques throughout the various cycles of your plant’s life. If you live in an area susceptible to droughts, more water will be needed.
3. LET IT SHINE
If all goes according to plan, the natural abundance of summer sunshine should be enough for your marijuana to grow outdoors. If you’re growing indoors, it’s essential to monitor your light to make sure the plants get enough but not too much. 18-24 hours of light should be perfect for indoor plants in the first stage. As it gets older, that will decrease to around 12 hours.
4. CONSIDER AUTOFLOWERING SEEDS
If you want a fast and relaxed approach to growing marijuana, it may be worth it to buy auto flowering seeds. Most auto flowers are ready to harvest in less than 10 weeks from seed. If you live in a city environment where there’s a lot of artificial light, auto-flowering can help plants grow quickly outdoors. Otherwise, the lights could have a negative effect on your plant. One rumored downside of this method is that the overall yield will be less compared to traditional methods
5. PICK A SAFE SPOT
One can be an expert grower in every facet of the operation, but if the growing spot isn’t good, all that hard earned work could go to waste. Make sure you find a spot away from prying eyes. Cops, jealous ‘friends’ or curious pets all pose a risk to your beautiful stash, so choose wisely.