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what you need to know about growing weed

What you need to know about growing weed

“There’s an empowerment that comes from being able to do it yourself,” said Nichole Graf, who left New York City with her partner in 2013 to start a marijuana farm in Washington state. Growing, she said, would also be useful if the administration went after the industry and pushed the drug back to the illegal market. With her business partners, she co-authored Grow Your Own: Understanding, cultivating and enjoying cannabis, a nicely illustrated and eco-minded introduction.

“It’s not rocket science,” she said, but it does involve some knowhow.

How to grow your own weed

But home growing has its pleasures. Like tomatoes or carrots, growing one’s own cannabis is cheaper than buying it, and a chance to learn something.

The plants can attract unappetizing blights like spider mites, fungus gnats, powdery mildew and grey mold, also called bud rot. And the odor can annoy neighbors. The most vocal opponents of home growing may be the Quebec government which has said it will not allow home grow immediately, as part of an effort to legalize at its own pace.

T he Canadian government, which is likely to legalize cannabis nationwide this summer, said it planned to allow home grows of up to four marijuana plants, which might yield 5lb in a year to an experienced grower, and is certainly consumable by an experienced smoker.

What you need to know about growing weed

And it’s not just buds that benefit. One common grow room ailment is known as White Powdery Mold. It’s particularly common when indoor growers put a plant in a closet or cupboard without really doing anything else to enhance the environment because this often leads to hot, stagnant air near your plants. WPM loves hot, humid, non-moving air.

Dry buds upside down in a space that’s not hot, humid, or dry. After small stems crack instead of bud and buds “pop” off without leaving strings, they are fully dry.

When I first started growing I remember the thoughts frantically rushing through my head when choosing nutrients, “Which nutrients are the best? What supplements do I need to use so I get great yields?”

3.) The strain makes a HUGE difference in your results

But after I started growing for real, I realized how easy things can be when you just know what to do.

As time goes on, I’ve realized I worried about a lot of unimportant things in the beginning, and didn’t pay nearly enough attention to the fundamentals.

Honestly, if you really want to get the biggest yields indoors, the best thing you can do is get the best possible light setup for your grow space.

2.) The grow light may be the most important tool in the grow room

If you’re looking for a friendly and safe place to talk to other growers online, GWE has one of the (in my opinion) best cannabis growing communities!

If you haven’t started growing marijuana yet, today is the day!

What you need to know about growing weed

Growing outdoors is the cheapest and easiest way to grow, because you can utilize the power of the sun and other natural resources, but you need the proper space to do it, and the space needs to be able to get ample sunlight throughout the growing season. Often, you can let plants grow large and get big yields with more space outdoors.

*Illinois and Washington are adult-use states but require a medical card to homegrow.

Your homegrowing journey starts with the question: indoors or outdoors?

Check out our Guide to marijuana legalization for more details on homegrowing in your state.

Indoor vs. outdoor marijuana growing

Growing weed is super easy—it’s called “weed” for a reason—so don’t worry if you haven’t grown anything before. Our clear, easy-to-digest guide will help growers of all kinds, especially first-time ones.

Below are all the topics covered in our growing guide. That is followed by a list of where it’s legal to homegrow in the US and a quick overview of the growing process.

The best way to get quality buds and big yields is to grow strong, healthy plants. Here’s a quick rundown of the most important things you need to know about growing weed:

Quick overview of the basics of growing marijuana

Before you get started growing, you’ll need to see if you even can grow in your state. Below is a list of states in which it is legal to grow your own marijuana at home, both states with medical and adult-use legal status. If your state does not appear on this list, it is not legal to homegrow in your state .

At the end of the day, you want to grow a strain you like. A single plant can yield between a half-pound and a full pound of dried buds, depending on how big your plants get, so you’ll have a lot of it come harvest time.