Sundberg described living soil, which has active microorganisms in it, as a major game changer. Compost, mulch and worm castings can be found at the Arizona Worm Farm in Phoenix.
Indoors, cannabis thrives best in full spectrum light similar to sunlight, so a standard incandescent bulb won’t cut it, Wylie said. He recommended starting off with an inexpensive light made for growing. Sea of Green Hydrogardens in Tempe sells various grow lights.
Adults can grow six cannabis plants at home or no more than 12 plants in a house with more than one adult.
Where is the best place to grow my cannabis plant?
Wylie recommended plants should be watered when the soil is dry. Growers can test this by sticking a finger into soil about halfway between the plant and edge of the pot. If the soil is warm and dry, it’s time to water.
Phoenix Seeds & Clones also sells clones.
Buyers should go with vetted sources to avoid fraudulent sellers. Sundberg recommended Canna Genetics Bank, a retailer that sells seeds from various breeders, and Neptune Seed Bank, both based in California.
What else do I need to grow a cannabis plant?
The Arizona Republic asked two experts to share their tips for beginners: Noah Wylie, master grower at The Mint Dispensary based in the East Valley, and Josh Sundberg, farmer and co-owner of Community Roots AZ in Cornville, southwest of Sedona.
A clone is a cutting from a living cannabis plant, which can grow into a plant itself. The new plan has the same genetic makeup as the original plant, hence, a “clone.”
A popular Southern California strain of Kush, OG is a marijuana breed that supposedly originated in the Afghani Kush region. Fans say it has a neon-green hue, dense buds and an intense effect requiring a long recovery period.
This strain, awarded the “Cannabis Cup” by High Times magazine in 2005, has a limey green hue and a crystal-like texture. When crumbled, it smells like a diesel fuel spill at a gas station.
Serious cannabis consumers often exhibit the kind of connoisseurship typical of wine lovers. The exotic varietals on the following slides are all hard to come by, and some pricey.
This strain was named for Jack Herer, author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana. According to Sensi Seeds, a distributor of medical marijuana seeds, the buds are encrusted with crystals, lending the plant a sugar-frosted appearance.
The origins of this strain are unclear. One marijuana-related user forum says it hails from California in the late 1970s and is a hybrid of Afghani and Hawaiian buds. As the name would indicate, the strain reportedly boasts a foul odor.
According to the Dutch Passion Seed Co., which purports to sell marijuana seeds online, Strawberry Cough is highly valued as a medicinal herb. It is bred for its euphoric, anti-anxiety high, and users report a pleasant yet powerful experience.
Average price: $25 per gram
Named one of High Times magazine’s Top Ten Strains of 2006. Connoisseurs speculate that the big leafy strain, which has a tangy aroma, originated in Montana.
Haze is a Jamaican-born strain, according to fan sites. This tall, bushy plant has gold-tinged buds and narrow leaves. Although the buds are small, they are said to be extremely potent.