Everything You Need To Know About Starting A DIY Cannabis Garden
We know that some of our True Blue customers are interested in growing their own marijuana, and enhancing it later with our natural terpenes and flavor drops, so here is a small guide to get you started.
Before You Get Started...
Know about your state’s laws before you plan your garden. Even in states where marijuana is legalized, there are limits on how many plants you can grow. For example, in Colorado, people aged 21 and older can grow up to six cannabis plants, but more than 6 can result in a felony and jail time. Check here to see what the laws are in your state!
Indoor Vs. Outdoor
This has long been a debate over cannabis growers. After marijuana was made illegal, people started growing it indoors to hide from the law. But now that many states allow you to legally grow your own cannabis, you can usually choose where to grow.
There are many pros and cons to both, and it may simply come down to whether or not your state’s climate can support the growth of marijuana plants. When growing inside, you can control temperature, humidity, light source, and other factors that create a uniform and stable environment for your plants. However, indoors you have to factor in whether or not you have to room to grow, invest in expensive light sources, and do not have the natural protection against mites like you would outside. Growing outside allows for natural sunlight (which is decidedly better than any bulb for growing plants), protection against mites due to other garden critters who feed on them, and less continual costs due to not having to operate an indoor climate-control system. On the other hand, you need consistent hot days, warm nights, and low humidity to produce a successful crop.
For more information about where to grow your plants, check out this in-depth article about all the ins and outs of growing indoor vs. outdoor.
For your first grow, don’t worry too much about getting fancy soil, it will only complicate things. Just get a simple, no-fuss potting soil. The most important thing isn’t the nutrients, but actually the soil’s texture and drainage ability. Soil should be dark with a loose texture, and there shouldn’t be an olympic-sized swimming pool on top of your soil when you water your plants.
Seasoned growers often plant seeds in starter buckets to get their plants growing, however, you then have to transfer the young seedling to another environment, which is the easiest way to kill your plant. For first time growers, try just planting your seed directly in the soil where it will stay for the rest of its life. If you are growing seeds outside, plant them in mid-late spring.
Vegetative Stage and Harvest
Be careful to not overwater seedlings, as they do not consume a ton of water in the first place. As plants begin to grow and get bigger, water only when the top inch of the soil is dry. You should water until you see about 20 percent runoff, then wait until the soil is dry to water again.
When your plants start growing flowers, or buds, you are in the home stretch. When the hairs on the buds start to change color, you’ll know they’re almost ready! Do some research on how to dry and cure the buds after you harvest them, and you’re all set!
Enhance Your Cannabis With True-Blue
Professional growers have spent years cultivating great tasting marijuana that a novice cannot always recreate. Enhance your finished product with True Blue’s terpenes and weed flavor drops to get the essence of your favorite strain, all while using your own product. Check out our full selection here.