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growing weed next to tomatoes

Growing weed next to tomatoes

This ‘Prince of Plants’ is also a great companion plant for cannabis. Many farmers believe that basil helps improve the flavor of their crops like tomatoes. In the case of cannabis, it can boost the production of terpenes, which are essential oils found in cannabis.

Lemon balm also helps repel mosquitoes and gnats, which keep the plants safe.

Alfalfa is a famous high grass – no, not cannabis, but a crop known to repel lygus bug. This pest is particularly harmful to the growth of marijuana.

3. Basil

Sunflower roots are helpful in soil filtration and preservation. Disguising any cannabis plant is easier when there are sunflowers next to it, they draw all the attention to themselves and leave little to no room for any distraction.

This popular herb is an ideal companion plant for cannabis. Dill has strong protective qualities which makes it an ideal defender companion plant. Dill drives insects like caterpillars away from cannabis as they prefer dill over other plants.

5. Lemon Balm

The strong and mostly undesirable scent of coriander keeps insects like aphids , spider mites, and potato beetles at bay.

Alfalfa also helps with adjusting the nitrogen levels in the soil, which are key to the growth of any plant – especially cannabis while it stores iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, all of which are important nutrients.

While yield is totally dependent on proper and efficient pollination in tomatoes, it should be completely avoided for producing medical Cannabis (C). In fact, cannabinoids are products of secondary metabolism — as oppose to photosynthesis and respiration, which are called primary metabolism and are common in all plants. Secondary metabolites are generally produced for defense against insects and grazers. On the other hand, after pollination and seed formation, plants encourage visitors in order to disperse their seeds. This is the main reason that pollination is a no-no in medical Cannabis production because it reduces cannabinoid contents to non-economical levels if not to zero.

2) Fertigation. Physiologically speaking, tomato’s final product is a fruit while in medical cannabis it is an inflorescence. Therefore, a good commercial fertigation in tomato encourages fruit growth while in medical cannabis it targets optimum flower production, and not beyond that. In this regard, Cannabis shares similarities with Chrysanthemum because first, they are both short-day plants (see below) and second, their yield is flower; so they have very common nutritional requirements.

C) Medical Cannabis (cannabinoids from shoots, particularly flowering parts).

3) Reproductive biology. Light and darkness fluctuations are irrelevant regarding flower formation and yield in tomato. Tomato is a day-neutral plant, but Cannabis is a short-day plant. In other words, flowers are only induced when the length of darkness increases above 11 hrs in Cannabis. This is the sign of autumn approaching which matches perfectly with Cannabis’ evolutionary path through millions of years.

B) Oilseed (oil-rich seeds for food, feed and nutritional supplements).

4) Harvest. While the commercial glasshouse tomato production uses indeterminate varieties (i.e. plants that can continuously produce flowers), commercial Cannabis varieties can only produce terminal inflorescences. In other words, in glasshouse tomatoes, while the terminal meristem stays vegetative indefinitely, inflorescences are being formed laterally. This is opposite to Cannabis where the terminal vegetative meristem has a certain time before converting into a reproductive meristem and subsequently an inflorescence. This transition stops stem elongation, and produces flowers at the end of each branch.

A) Industrial hemp (i.e. fiber from the main stalk).