Depending on the state you live in, you might have the option to grow medical marijuana for your own use. It can be difficult to keep your supply plentiful when you constantly have to go to dispensaries to pick up your alternative medicine. These suppliers may not have the exact strain you need to suppress your symptoms caused by your medical condition, either. What’s more, it can be difficult to leave your home to pick up your supply and it can get expensive to buy in small quantities. When you grow medical marijuana, you have control over the strain you use, the amount you get, and the quality you receive. However, starting to grow medical marijuana can seem like a daunting task. Where would you even start? If you have a license to produce your own supply, read the tips below to get started.
In order to grow medical marijuana, you’ll need to buy some seeds. When choosing the strain you are going to grow, ensure that you pick one that will successfully manage your unique symptoms. There are thousands of strains based on Indica, Sativa, or hybrid varieties, and each strain will work best to suppress different symptoms. Do some research or talk to an expert to figure out which one will provide you with the most therapeutic benefits.
When you germinate your seeds, you’ll have a better chance of having plants that successfully sprout. To germinate, drop the seeds in warm water for 24 to 72 hours and keep them in a dark place until you see white roots coming out of them.
Once germinated, your seeds need to be planted in a small pot filled with unfertilized soil to start with. Add perlite in order to oxygenate the roots. Then, water the soil and drop the seeds in a half-inch hole. The roots should face up.
The Right Conditions
Your seeds will stay in this pot to grow for approximately two weeks. During this time, make sure you have enough sunlight hitting the pot for at least 18 hours a day. If you grow medical marijuana indoors, use florescent lights. The plant should be in a moderate temperature environment—about 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. You don’t want your plant to get too hot or too cold, so keep an eye on the temperature, especially if you’re outdoors. Add a fan near your pot so your plant can get some moving air to strengthen the stalk fibers.
After the two weeks are over, you will need to carefully move your plant to a bigger pot—about 5 gallons in size. First, fill this pot with an inch of peat moss and then an organic potting soil on top. Mix in a measured amount of nitrogen fertilizer to support growth. Dig a hole and transfer your plant, then fill the hole gently. Water the soil lightly.
Let It Grow
At this stage, your plant should only get about 16 to 20 hours of light per day and should be watered when it feels dry. In a few weeks, reduce light time to 12 hours a day, so it can begin to flower. The plant should be in complete darkness the other 12 hours.
In 8 to 16 weeks, once the plant’s hairs turn red, you’ll be ready to harvest your plant and enjoy!
Your New Venture
If you’ve been prescribed medicinal cannabis, it’s certainly understandable that you’ll want to grow your own supply. Hopefully, these steps can help get you on your way to growing medical marijuana at home.