More now than ever, people want to grow their own marijuana. We can tie much of this to the increasing number of states that are legalizing medical or recreational cannabis. This has done a great deal to normalize the use and cultivation of the drug—in and out of states where it’s legal. If you’re among those interested in tending to their own plants, then there are a few things you might want to consider:
Play it Safe
First, this stuff is no joke—if you’re caught growing cannabis, it could land you in jail, depending on where you live. Before you even start, you ought to familiarize yourself with your state’s laws and punishments. Weigh your options and think hard about what you want to do.
If you decide to move forward, then you’ll need a safe place to plant it. If you have neighbors, your backyard is already off-limits, and patios and balconies aren’t too swell either—this isn’t something to advertise or grow out in the open. On that note, it isn’t something to tell anyone about—even trusted friends. (Trusted friends have trusted friends too, and word will quickly get out.)
So, keep it to yourself, and find a remote area that’s hard to get to, hidden, and far from others. Or, grow it inside—taking the proper precautions, such as ventilation (for the smellier varieties) and discretion (don’t grow it in your kitchen or any other place that might draw the attention of a guest or a nosy passerby).
Make an Informed Purchase
You might be uncomfortable putting down too much money for gear and seeds upfront. But don’t be—good seeds are worth the price, and you don’t want to buy cheap clones or strains only to find that all your time and labor amounted to nothing.
Look for well-known, trusted companies, and read seed reviews on as many websites (that aren’t their own) as you can. You’ll know what’s worth your money (and time) and what isn’t that way. Also, you’ll learn more about the THC and CBD contents and the maturation and harvest times.
Maybe you’re excited, but don’t rush into this. Take it slow. Do your research. That way, nothing surprises you when it comes. That way, you get the most bang for your buck.
Don’t Get Ambitious
On that note, lower your expectations—and don’t quit your day job. This isn’t going to get you rich overnight if that’s your intention, and it certainly won’t earn you a lifetime supply of weed. Now, don’t let that discourage you—just know what you’re getting yourself into.
More fertilizer doesn’t mean more weed. And more light, be it natural or artificial, doesn’t mean faster growth. Don’t get creative—you might end up killing or seriously harming your plants. Just follow the instructions until you gain enough experience to know what will work best.
Resist the urge to overfeed, and keep in mind that at different stages, the plant needs different amounts of fertilizer. Likewise, resist the urge to overwater. In most cases, you want to keep the soil slightly moist, never soggy. There are a number of filtration systems you can use, but if you want to keep it simple—just water your plants when they get dry.