Learn how to grow your own cannabis crop in Australia
The Australian government has taken a top-down approach for medicinal cannabis. The country legalized cannabis at the federal level in 2016, and then allowed the states to implement the law through their own individual policies.
If you want to grow your own cannabis in Australia, you have to pass the Office of Drug Control’s “fit and proper person” test. In this test, you have to ensure that you have a good reputation and won’t sell your cannabis crop on the black market.
The test consists of several formal steps such as police verification, and also takes into consideration your family, friends, and business associates. The government tries to ensure that you don’t have any links to organized crime and your business can stay stable and secure.
There are strict regulations regarding the security level that would be required by your crop while it is growing, transported, and analyzed. The Office of Drug Control issues permits that strictly outline the type as well as quantity of cannabis that you can cultivate. This permit also dictates who you must pass the product onto, once your crop is ready. It helps the government to ensure that the country doesn't overproduce medical cannabis, and also doesn't violate the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961.
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If you also want to grow cannabis, here are some tips.
How to grow your own cannabis stock
Tip 1: Understand the climate for your crop
While cannabis is reasonably adaptable to different climates, it can still be vulnerable to temperature extremes. For instance, sustained temperatures of over 86 degrees Fahrenheit can hinder the growth, while temperatures below 55 degrees could kill the crop.
Indoor growing can consume a lot of electricity, as it requires ample lighting and ventilation systems. As a result, you must care your plant properly, based on the climate condition in your area.
Tip 2: Choose the best location
Choose a plot that gets enough sunlight throughout the day. It should be close to a water facility, allowing enough irrigation.
Make sure you protect your crop from high winds and extreme heat from the sun. It should be in an ideal location that also allows you to transport your crop easily.
Tip 3: Get the best soil
Soil should be made up primarily of clay, silt, and sand. Cannabis plants require slightly acidic soil with an adequately drained organic matter.
The clay-rich soil is heavy and drains very slowly. Dig holes in the soil for cannabis around four weeks before growing it and add manure, compost, and other decomposed organic matter that you can think of.
Sand-rich soil is also a good option as it drains well and warms quickly. Silt-rich soil is also good for your cannabis crop, as it warms rapidly and holds moisture for longer.
Tip 4: Add fertilizer to your crop
Outdoor growers should skip commercial fertilizers and choose organic fertilizers. Organic fertilizers include fish meal, kelp meal, compost, worm castings, and blood meal.
Tip 5: Watering cannabis plants
During a hot and dry climate, add rocks and clay-rich soil beneath your plant and water your plants manually. Remember that cannabis that grows in waterlogged conditions can suffer from root diseases.
Tip 6: Choose containers
Set up a container garden as these are convenient and easily portable. It also lets you use store-bought, nutrient-rich soil to simplify the fertilization process.
Don’t use containers smaller than five gallons. For large plants, use 15+ gallon containers. Invest in containers that allow proper airflow.
Tip 7: Protect your crop
Focus on both insects as well as larger animals such as dogs, cats, and deer that can eat up your entire crop. Insects damage the plants over a few days or weeks, but the larger animal can destroy your crop in a minute.
So protect and examine your cannabis plants daily and provide it with enough protection from both insects and larger animals.
Tip 8: Cut your crop carefully
Before cannabis harvesting, decide whether you want training tools to ensure the plants grow in a specific shape. You have to prune your plants for height control. Trim your plants regularly to help maintain their optimum growth. Get rid of dead leaves and branches as these will only attract pests.
The type of strain you are growing will decide the entire duration of flowering. Also, ensure that female plants are not exposed to males as they can damage your crop.
After the end of the flowering period, your crop is ready. You can cut it carefully and transport it to a licensed manufacturing facility.
Growing cannabis isn’t the easiest task, but it also isn’t that hard. With a little research and practice, your growing experience will continue to improve. Today, with so many cannabis strains and hybrids available, a lot of your growth practices and experiences can depend on the specific strain. Look into that strain for tips. Finally, make sure growing cannabis is legal in your area before taking up the challenge.