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Just like landscaping, growing marijuana in your garden requires thorough planning and enough knowledge to ensure of a huge harvest. If you do well, you will have a fun and rewarding experience especially if you intend to sell weed later. To get started, keep reading the following.
Location and Condition
Choose the right spot for your cannabis garden—it’s the most essential decision to make, regardless if you’re using large containers or planting in the ground.
Remember, your cannabis plants need at least five hours of direct sunlight during the middle of day specifically.
If you’re in a hot climate, you can choose an area that receives constant breeze even if it will increase water consumption.
If you’re living in a cool climate, you can plant near a south-facing fence or a brick wall, or any other feature that can maintain heat.
For the growing condition, consider good air circulation to prevent fungal disease. You can do that by spacing each cannabis plant up to at least six feet apart.
You don’t need special treatment for the cannabis seeds, but you can make them germinate faster if you soak them for a couple of days before planting.
You can also consider starting them off indoors and placing them in a sunny window during the early spring before transplanting them outdoors once the frost has passed.
It is because seedlings can be eaten by snails. They’re also not resistant against humidity, cold, and other outdoor conditions. Thus, you must keep them inside for up to four weeks once they have germinated.
As a basic rule of thumb, you should germinate twice the number of seeds than the number you intend on planting or growing because some might not germinate and others can be male cannabis plants.
Over their lifecycle, cannabis plants need a lot food/nutrients, such as potassium, phosphorus, and nitrogen.
They also need food based on where and how you plant them.
At the very least, experts also suggest staying away from commercial fertilizers, such as long-release granular fertilizers, until you know how they work/what your cannabis plants need.
For a better result, you might want to use organic fertilizers that can help you take advantage of microbial life in the garden soil.
Organic methods of fertilizing also reduce any harmful runoff. A few of these include bone meal, blood meal, or fishmeal to buy from a local garden store.
You should also educate yourself about what organic fertilizers are and ways they work. Also, you must go for inexpensive and readily available fertilizers that can quickly release nutrients to the soil so that your cannabis plants can easily use them as well.
Cannabis plants are thirsty plants that need constant irrigation or watering whenever the surface of the soil is dry.
If you stick your finger into the soil, and you find it dry and you notice the plants are weak, you should water the weed.
TIP: If your plants are knee-high, you can consider adding mulch on the top of the soil to prevent moisture loss due to evaporation. Mulching will also keep other weeds out of your planting.
In the late summer, you can notice that the buds are in bloom, and they must be ready for harvest in October.
When do you know they’re fit for harvesting? If they’re flower pistils become reddish brown from white, the cannabis is ready for it.
To harvest, cut the cannabis buds, but make sure to leave eight inches of stem. Next, trim off the leaves and then hang them to dry in a shaded and warm spot for a week. After this time, the weed is ready for use or selling. You should then trim the buds from the stem and keep them in a glass container.
Marketing Tips on Selling Weed
How do you do cannabis marketing to sell weed for a profit?
You must be a well-rounded grower/seller. However, it might require consulting work to prevent a knowledge gap between those on the ground and the marketing people. It is important that both sides understand each other. So, as a grower, you have to know the sales side and the production side.
On social media, you have to engage your audience. You can ask your followers to post their pictures with their favorite cannabis product from you or their responses.
Target your customers and engage your local audience. You should also personalize your content to build relationships with them. However, show the real you—your real character to shine through.
NOTE: While it is legal to grow weed in many states, it might be illegal to sell it (cannabis) in many of them.