Diving into the project of growing your cannabis plants at home can be an exciting endeavor. Not only will it provide you with an endless supply of your favorite strain, but growing your own cannabis teaches you a lot about this miraculous plant. It’s a project that Pleasantrees, a leading name in Michigan’s cannabis retail industry, proudly promotes.
Firstly, it is essential to understand the legality of growing your cannabis before starting this DIY project. In Michigan, any adult over the age of 21 can cultivate up to 12 marijuana plants in their private residence, excluding the plants grown for medical purposes.
Get Quality Seeds or Clones: The foundation of a successful cannabis grow begins with quality seeds. While you may be tempted to use seeds found in your cannabis purchase, they may not necessarily be the highest grade. Consider buying seeds from a reputable seed bank or, even better, purchase clones from a trustworthy source like Pleasantrees.
Choose The Right Medium For Growing: There are several mediums to choose from when cultivating cannabis- soil, hydroponics, or aeroponics. Each of these presents a unique way for the plant to receive its nutrients and has its pros and cons. The primary factor determining the choice of medium should often be the level of the grower’s expertise.
Lighting Is Fundamental: Your cannabis plants need abundant light to thrive. In indoor gardening, high-intensity discharge lights are commonly used, including Metal Halide (MH) and High-Pressure Sodium (HPS). Alternatively, there are LED lights that are more energy-efficient. You’ll need to ensure your plants are exposed to an appropriate amount of light per day, following the cycles of vegetative growth and bloom phase.
Temperature & Humidity Control: Endeavor to maintain optimal temperature and humidity levels in your cannabis garden. Cannabis plants typically flourish in temperatures of around 70-85 degrees F during the vegetative phase and about 70-80 degrees F during the blooming phase.
Watering & Nutrients: Your cannabis plants require a precise balance of nutrients and water for optimal growth, which can be achieved by using specific cannabinoid cultivation nutrient lines. Pay attention to essential nutrients, including Nitrogen (N), Phosphorous (P), and Potassium (K), referred to as the NPK ratio.
Harvesting: Watch for when your cannabis plant’s trichomes – the tiny resin glands on the flowers- are turning cloudy with a tint of amber. This is an indication that it is time to harvest. Once harvested, make sure to dry your buds properly to preserve their potency and flavor.
Take your time in this new hobby and stay patient. Errors and failures are part of the growing process and you always have the option to start afresh. And remember, cultivating your own cannabis is supposed to be as enjoyable as the product itself.
Growing your cannabis at home can offer unlimited convenience and satisfaction that’s hard to match. Start preparing for your cannabis cultivation journey, and you’ll soon share the same passion for the plant that we at Pleasantrees do.