Growing organic cannabis at home is an exciting undertaking. Whether or not you have a green thumb doesn’t matter. It’s all about learning the basics and experimenting while developing your gardening skills.
To get started, there are a few key things to consider. You should take a moment to think about each of these questions before diving into learning about the finer details of growing and harvesting. These points mark the very beginning of your organic cannabis growing blueprint. Good luck!
Do you want to grow indoors or outdoors?
The answer to this initial question will drastically change how you go about growing your organic cannabis. Indoor growers need to consider lighting solutions, temperature and humidity controls, container drainage that doesn’t destroy flooring, monitoring systems, and more. Outdoor growers have their own unique set of considerations like pest control, access to sunlight, and, potentially, theft.
Are you home enough to check-in on your plants?
Whether you grow indoors or outside, it is crucial to keep an eye on the progress and health of your plants. A daily check-in is the minimum requirement, but it is best to check more often than that if you are new to growing. This way, you can see any nutrient deficiencies or plant diseases before they become a real problem.
If you’re not home many hours a day or you travel a lot, you will need to fashion another solution to these check-ins or reconsider whether you have the time necessary for growing your own cannabis.
Will all your plants be the same strain?
Since Canadians are only permitted to grow four plants at once, you might be tempted to experiment with four different strains. While there’s nothing wrong with this method, it can slightly complicate things like fertilizing and harvesting times. If you go this route, make sure to clearly label your plants so there’s no confusion during the growing stages.
What kind of containers will you use?
It seems like a small thing to consider, but you need to be prepared before getting started, and there are a lot of available options.
First, think about the size of your plants and your growing medium and method. For example, indoor growers may choose an organic soil or a hydroponics system, and both require different container solutions.
Once you consider those factors, now you can think about the actual container material. Some growers using the organic soil method choose nursery garden pots or upcycled plastic 10 gallon oil or ice cream containers, while others opt for mesh or plastic bags. Whatever you choose, if it doesn’t have drainage, drill or poke holes so excess water flows out and air flows in.
Where will you source your nutrients?
The best thing you can do as an organic home grower is find a knowledgeable and trustworthy retailer of organic nutrients who can provide reliable sourcing for all your cannabis care needs. Once you do this, don’t shy away from asking questions and gaining access to firsthand advice on your unique growing situation. Connecting with others in the cannabis community is an underrated path to growing success