Growing your own cannabis requires attention to details
Qualifying patients in Australia can grow their own cannabis without fear of imprisonment or penalty. The Australian Government legalized medical cannabis for terminally and chronically ill patients in October 2016, thereby allowing patients to grow their own cannabis plants.
Why grow your own cannabis naturally?
Growing your own cannabis naturally will save you money, eliminating the need for pesticides, nutrients, or mite sprays for your plants. When you grow cannabis naturally, it tastes better due to boosted amounts of terpenes and flavonoids in the final product. These molecules lead to richer flavours and pleasant smells.
Growing your own cannabis takes some skill, but it isn’t as complicated as it may seem. Source
Additionally, growing your own marijuana helps to reduce toxic runoff, saves water, and reduces your carbon footprint. With a little effort and attention to detail, you can enjoy high-quality yield without much money or the use of chemicals.
How to beat mold and pests without chemicals
Both soil and hydroponic cannabis growers face pests and mold issues. You can combat these issues naturally by using companion plants to repel pests. For instance, cilantro repels aphids, spider mites, and potato beetles; dill repels spider mites; and peppermint repels aphids.
Garlic is also one of the most famous anti-pest companion plants that repel aphids, root maggots, and snails. Sunflower attracts beneficial pirate bugs and mites that eat spider mites, fungus, gnats, and scales.
Steps to grow your own cannabis
1. Finding an appropriate site
An ideal cannabis growing site should provide the plants with maximum sunlight for the whole day. You should have easy access to water for efficient irrigation.
2. Preparing the plot
For the maximum harvest, you need compost, manure, sulphate, limer, a water source, and flood irrigation pipes.
Spread fertilizers and lime across the plot evenly. For the first month, consistent flood irrigation is crucial. Set up a pipe system and connect it to a water source, or use a water pump for pressure.
Nurture your plants so that they grow to their maximum potential by providing enough sunlight and water, especially during their development stages.
3. Sprouting seeds
Different seeds are suitable under different environments, and they yield different crops. Indica is smaller in size and less risky when compared to Sativa. For growing high Sativa without facing legal prosecution, choose Indica/Sativa hybrid strains.
Place your seeds onto a moist cotton wool surface and then in a dark spot for 3-7 days. Now, transfer seeds into seedling pots containing nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizers. Bury your seeds beneath the surface and keep the pot in full sunlight. Water them twice a day for better nourishment.
Over the next three weeks, the plants will grow enough to be placement into the ground. After they mature, you would be able to differentiate between males and females.
4. Harvesting your crop
Plants will be prepared for harvesting within four months. Cut down the harvest and let it dry in a shady area, while avoiding direct sunlight. Cut off the plants’ heads from the plant and place them undercover at nighttime.
A week after harvesting, start curing your cannabis plants to increase the quality and potency of your crop. Place your bud into an airtight container or in a giant drum. Curing will take between 4 weeks to 2 months. Your crop is ready.
Growing cannabis naturally indoors
An indoor grow uses more resources for excellent yields. Use full spectrum LED grow lights -- these lights stay cool and need less ventilation as well as fewer fans to prevent burning.
Choose feminized strains to increase efficiency with your indoor grow. Train your cannabis plants to take full advantage of the available light.
Feminized cannabis seeds are responsible for the flavors of cannabis. Source
Growing cannabis naturally outdoors
Pollution and water consumption are the major environmental concerns with outdoor cannabis growing. Excess nutrients and pesticides pollute rivers and oceans. Growing strains requiring large amounts of water in drought-stricken climates is an unsustainable decision.
To avoid pollution and water wastage, make sure you use natural nutrients and pesticides for your crop. Use mulch, a layer of leaves, straw, shavings or stones in the base of each plant to prevent evaporation and preserve water in the soil. Plant closely together and choose the right strain according to your climate.
Growing your own cannabis allows you to be in control of what you consume. This provides the ability to avoid chemicals and additives when using fully natural methods to grow your own crop. A number of factors must be considered to get the right yield, including whether you want an indoor or outdoor grow, with each having their own set of requirements. Always remember, though, that laws and rules for growing your own cannabis may vary from state to state. As a result, it’s important to check the laws in your state properly to avoid potential penalties or imprisonment.