Before you throw yourself into a full cannabis grow, it’s important to educate yourself on the steps involved. If you want to be successful long-term, you’ll need to plan ahead. You can do so by asking the following questions before starting a cannabis grow.
Is a Cannabis Grow Legal?
The first question you want to ask yourself is whether cannabis is legal where you live. As of the date of this post, 11 states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis for recreational use. Regulations, policies and fees are constantly changing, so you’ll want to research your own state and municipality to make sure your cannabis grow remains above board. Check out the CannaCon blog series on cannabis licensing and legislation in the United States.
Inside or Outside?
There are pros and cons to growing cannabis indoors and outdoors. It’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages so that you can mitigate any issues ahead of time.
Starting Your Indoor Cannabis Grow
If you choose to start your cannabis grow inside, you’ll have control over (nearly) the entire process. Regulating room temperature, air circulation, soil and keeping pests at bay make growing cannabis indoors a preferred option for many. Because cannabis is an annual and will die off when inclement weather arrives, growing indoors may allow you to reap multiple harvests.
Of course, growing inside doesn’t come without drawbacks. Not enough light, too many toxins, and the need for significant electricity can create challenges for any indoor cannabis grow.
Starting Your Outdoor Cannabis Grow
While growing for the cannabis industry is anything but cheap, the least expensive way to begin is by growing cannabis outdoors. In addition to being a more environmentally-friendly and cleaner option, the elements of nature, including the sun and carbon dioxide, help outdoor plants produce a larger amount of buds. The opposite can be said as well though, as inclement weather can bring destruction to a cannabis crop.
Seeds or Plants?
Much like the indoor/outdoor debate, there are pros and cons involved in choosing seeds or plants to start your cannabis grow.
As only female plants produce bud, starting with seeds can result in challenges if your seed crop doesn’t include feminized seeds. If you do plan to start with seeds, make sure you purchase from a reputable seed bank.
The ease of obtaining and transporting seeds makes it a popular choice. Additionally, you’ll know without a doubt that your plants are free from pests and disease. If you do pursue seeds, keep in mind that not all of the seeds will germinate and if you store them incorrectly, they may grow more slowly or not at all.
Cannabis plants, also referred to as clones, can be harder to find than seeds. If you don’t already know someone that grows cannabis, it might be impossible. The perks to finding clones include a faster growing season and a guaranteed gender, among other things. Once again, you’ll want to purchase your clones from a reputable grower so you know the plants are free from pests and disease.
Do You Understand the Cannabis Growing Process?
Of course, you won’t have a successful grow if you don’t understand the process.
Once you have your plants, it’s important that you consider the stages of vegetation, or the growth phase of the plant. Lighting, nutrients, cropping and training are some of the important factors that will lead to a successful (or unsuccessful) cannabis grow. Do your research ahead of time so you know what to expect and can make adjustments accordingly.
You’ve taken the time to care for your plants, outdoors or indoors, with calculated nutrition and lighting and now a few buds are showing. That’s exciting, but do you know how to care for you plant from this point forward? Controlling humidity, cutting away dead parts of the plant, and providing just the right amount of light are critical parts of this process. Consider the process ahead of time, and make sure you have the right strategies and tools for job. After all, a successful cannabis grow is only successful if it produces bud, right?
The hard work is about to pay off: it’s time to harvest your bud. It might be tempting to jump right in and complete the process, but you should take as much care during this stage as you have throughout the entire grow. Have you verified that it’s actually time to harvest? Do you know that lighting and moisture are just as critical during the harvesting stage? How will you cure and store your product after harvest? Take the time to do your research before you grow and you’ll guarantee a great harvest.
Education, Equipment and More
If you are weighing the pros and cons of starting a cannabis grow, you won’t want to miss the CannaCon expo coming to your region. You’ll have the opportunity to talk with like-minded growers, gain knowledge in the areas you aren’t confident in, and purchase any equipment necessary. Register now for CannaCon Northeast Aug. 23-24, 2019 and CannaCon South Sept. 27-28, 2019.