In states where marijuana is legal, you can get a medical marijuana card for procuring medical marijuana at a considerably lower cost than otherwise. However, if you want to further cut down on costs, growing marijuana at home by yourself is an affordable option.
If you want to grow marijuana at home, try to choose an outdoor location because natural conditions are always the best. Of course, you don’t leave everything to nature, for some careful planning is also required on your part to help marijuana plants thrive.
Let us find out some useful tips and bits of information to help you grow marijuana outdoors.
- The first thing is compliance. You must ensure that the site must comply with all local rules and regulations. Generally, the grow site must be well fenced, and plants should not be taller than the fence. Marijuana garden should be gated to ensure children don’t get inside and to avoid petty theft.
- You should keep in mind the space required by each plant to grow well. They should be placed at least three to five feet from each other to ensure proper sunlight and air. The plants should not block each other’s access to sunlight when they grow up.
- You should check the soil. Cannabis can grow in a variety of soil types. However, the vital factor is to ensure that the garden has a proper drainage system. If not, then you should consider amending the soil.
- The right mix of sunlight and darkness is critical as cannabis plants need at least 5 hours of direct sun and 5 hours of indirect sun each day.
- You should have easy access to the planting site as they will need proper tending every day. A backyard could be a very convenient option.
- A nearby source of water is also critical as the plants should be watered at regular intervals. Depending on rain is not recommended especially if it is not raining regularly.
To ensure that your marijuana plants have the best chance of growing to their fullest, you should ensure that the soil is loamy that means it must have almost equal amounts of clay and sand. The soil should be fertile and have decomposing matter like rotten wood etc. The soil should be slightly acidic with a pH range between 5.5 and 6.5.
Depending on the site, you may choose to grow your plants in the ground (which is always the best). Otherwise, you have to grow them in containers if the area of your choice is made of concrete or is a wooden deck. Containers should not be too small as this may make marijuana plants root bound, stopping them from properly absorbing water and nutrients from the soil. Containers do add height to the plant, and they grow taller than usual. So, keep that in mind while building your fence. Lastly, you can consider adding support for the plant. Put a few stakes in and around the plant and tie some of its branches to it.