Will I be able to grow four cannabis plants outside to harvest?
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Follow along with me as I attempt to grow cannabis plants in my garden! We often hear "oh you can just grow your own" but is it that easy? Watch me to see as I grow the legal limit in B.C which is 4 plants per household.
Where to buy seeds:
I obtained my seeds from a friend however there's several online seed shops to buy from, this link provides information for buying seeds in Canada.
Autoflowering seeds: this means the plants will autoflower on their own after a short vegetative period of 2-4 weeks. When growing outside this means you won't have to worry about how many hours of sunlight they get. The drawback to autoflowering seeds is they tend to be smaller plants with smaller yields.
Feminized seeds: This ensures you're getting the female plant, so you don't have to start with so many plants as male plants will have to be removed from the crop.
Step 1: Germinate seeds in paper towel
Start your seeds March to April however you can go as late as July.
To start your seeds, take two pieces of paper towel and wet them with a squirt bottle. *don't get too wet!
Place seeds between sheets on the damp paper towel and place two more damp peices of paper towel on top. Then cover with another plate. Keep it in a warm, dark place until the sprout comes out
usually 2 - 5 days.
Step 2: Transfer to small pots
Once they've sprouted use the tip of a pen to make your indent in the soil then bury them seed up, taproot down, just under the surface then gently cover with soil. Keep them warm and with sunlight until leaves grow and roots are established. You can use container soil from a garden store. Or you can use a rock wool cube. Your sprouts needs proper water however not too much or it can get fungus and mold. It will need exposure to plenty of light.
Step 3: Transfer to final home
Once the roots are established you will transfer your plants to 1 gallon pots or to your garden. I'll be growing in pots as my garden soil isn't great and I need to be able to move the plants easily.
Battling bugs & mold
Bugs, especially spider mites and mold are the biggest problems with outdoor growing. This is why so many plants die. With mold, the key is to not give the plants too much moisture. With bugs, the moment you see issues with your plants, treat it immediately. Here's a link with how to identify common problems with growing cannabis outside.
The right nutrients
It matters that you get the right plant food, each stage requires different nutrients and balancing the PH is important. Most garden centres don't know very much about growing cannabis plants, yet. However the best nutrients you can get is remo. This is what I'll be using for my little queens.