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Give a man a joint and you will get him stoned. Teach a man to grow and he can get stoned forever. Learning to grow marijuana is much easier than actually producing legitimate smokable weed. One diligent amateur told me recently of his success growing exceptional pot in fish emulsion. The experience seems worth passing along.
His name was Amish, and he was a gifted horticultural student. He lavished his attention on two female plants which he grew indoors, one in soil and the other in fish emulsion fertilizer, beginning in May. The plant in soil died in September, but growing marijuana in fish emulsion fertilizer proved successful. The plant in fish emulsion lasted until October when it was harvested and sampled – and found to be fine, high-quality smoke. It should be noted here that the successful plant was grown in a base of vermiculite (exploded asbestos) as well as fish emulsion. This is necessary to give the roots something to hold onto. The other plant grew in African Violet potting mix, which is sterile black dirt with a lot of humous. All of this material is readily available at your local nursery, Amish told me.
Growing Two Females
It must be remembered that this was an experience and not an experiment. Amish admitted it was only by the luckiest chance that he found himself growing two females. Initially 24 seeds (good quality Colombian) were refrigerated for 48 hours to simulate spring planting conditions. After their stint in the cooler, the seeds were transferred to two egg cartons, one dozen in soil and another dozen in vermiculite. Two weeks later, when the seedlings were about three inches high, one plant from each egg carton was transplanted into approximately a cubic foot of its appropriate growing mix. These two plants were placed side-by-side near a large glass window.
It was when the plants were about two feet tall that Amish realized that he had selected two females. He noted the classic Y-shaped formation of the central stems. As the process stretched from weeks into months, Amish rotated the plants daily so that all sides would receive more or less equal amounts of light. The plants never got more than a couple of hours direct sunlight, but did enjoy 12 to 14-hours of daylight in midsummer. They were watered as needed, before any leaves were seen to wither. Amish reminded me that healthy plants in daylight conditions may droop at the lower leaves, but will recover in the evening. If these bottom leaves don't recover, it's time to water, but be careful not to overwater if your plant seems to droop a little. Our gardener became somewhat paranoid as the plants flourished in front of the naked window. He used a dulling spray on the pane so light would come through the glass but no definite image could be seen from outside.
The plant in the soil was watered but never given any supplemental fertilizer. In the case of the other plant, it was sometimes watered and sometimes given fish emulsion. In its six months of growth, diluted fish emulsion was added to the growing mix at least three times. This was a solution of one part emulsion concentrate to 20 parts water. “The total amount of solution should be enough to thoroughly soak the growing mix,” according to Amish.
African Violet Soil
The plant in the African Violet soil developed first — grew taller and developed larger leaves. Soon after the summer solstice the plant raised in emulsion began to overtake the other, then together they began developing seed bracs and pistils. This was at four and a half months. Six other plants from the egg cartons had been planted in cottage cheese containers, and Amish. went to these now to find a male plant. These other plants had been kept at a good distance from the two near the window. The male plant he selected had already developed flowers and pollen sacs. Amish shook the male plant over the female plants, the action causing the sacs to open and the pollen to fertilize the females. This was done in order to produce seeds on the female. This process was repeated a week later as a precaution.
By the fifth month the plant in the soil was not doing so well. The leaves at the bottom of the plant were turning yellow and drying. The plant leaf tips were curling and drying. When it became obvious the plant would develop no further, it was cut, dried and smoked. Although the taste was reminiscent of cannabis, O.G.'s first harvest had no kick at all. There was only the plant in fish emulsion now to care for.
Inspecting Seed Clusters
In the final six weeks of the period following the fertilization Amish inspected the seed clusters formed at the end of the branch stems. This involved crushing a seed pod to check the seed's maturity.Amish first found white, undeveloped seeds. Returning two weeks later and repeating this process, he found little change. There was only a slight increase in the size and the color was now into green. The last time he inspected he found large, hard, fully rounded seeds, slightly greyish with brown speckles.
At about this same time Amish noticed that there was leaf deterioration and other symptoms that indicated the plant had run its course and was ready to harvest. He noticed also that comparing this plant with the one that died a month earlier, the plant in fish emulsion had grown more prolific seed clusters at its maturity. And as far as the quality of the last harvest, it was so good as to seem totally unrelated to its late mate.
Amish believes that if he could grow the same marijuana in direct sunlight, it would be even finer. Still, he confesses it's a kicker to the high to have grown it and cared for it. It actually cost him only $60 in cash to raise two ounces of pot. But the horticultural experience for Amish, was priceless.
Growing Marijuana: How to Plant, Cultivate, and Harvest Your Own Weed by Tommy McCarthy
Growing your own marijuana is simpler than you think. If you're interested in trying out fish emulsion fertilizer on your own, take a look at Tommy McCarthy's how to Growing Marijuana: How to Plant, Cultivate, and Harvest Your Own Weed. This book provides clear instruction on growing crops for personal use that will safe you time and money. For growing 101, start here.