What could be more exciting than having your very own pot plants? Instead of going out and buying cannabis from a store, or waiting for your online order, you could simply pluck a fresh bud from your plant. Why not? Canadians can legally grow up to 4 cannabis plants in our homes. And it’s pretty easy; cannabis is, after all, a weed! But many of us don’t have a green thumb or might be nervous to start.
Here are 4 easy tips to help you grow better cannabis in your home.
Yes, it’s safe to grow cannabis at home, but there are some risks involved. Mould and moisture damage can affect your plants, and high-voltage lights are a potential fire hazard in your home. Luckily, it isn’t hard to manage these risks!
Light and Dark Are Essential
To grow the best possible crop of cannabis you’ll need to control the amount of light. But more light doesn’t always produce a better crop. If you’re growing cannabis inside you should ensure your plant has 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness.
This is critical for the plant to flower. A plant that has more than 12 hours of light will stay in a vegetative state, so it will grow, but when you want it to flower you’ll need to turn the lights out. An easy way to make sure your plants get the ideal amount of light is to purchase a timer that automatically turns the light on and off.
Use Quality Soil
It shouldn’t be surprising that soil has an impact on how plants grow. Cannabis needs soil that can meet its nutritional needs. If your plant is grown in a low-quality soil then your cannabis will be deficient in certain minerals. This could slow growth, and reduce the quality of your flowers.
Cannabis needs a soil with nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium to thrive. When you’re picking a soil, look for a quality organic soil that’s full of these nutrients. And your plant will need different soils at different points in its life. For more information on the best soils for cannabis plants check out this blog.
Control the Temperature
You need to make sure your plant is growing in ideal conditions; this means controlling everything about its environment, including temperature. If your temperature dips too low, you could stunt the growth or kill your plant. But if it gets too warm, the plant could feel stressed and the leaves will start to curl.
When your plant is flowering, it needs a daytime temperature of about 18-26°C is ideal. At night, the ideal range is between 20-24°C. Fortunately, you can easily manipulate and monitor indoor temperatures with thermostats, heaters, and air conditioners. If you find these temperature ranges aren’t working for you feel free to experiment a bit. It’s not an exact science, but this is a good starting point.
Manage the Humidity
Humidity is an essential, often overlooked part of growing cannabis. Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air. During the vegetative stage, your plant will thrive in high humidity, around 60%. Plants will prefer less humidity as they grow, requiring around 40% during the flowering phase.
Growing the best cannabis relies on careful control of the growing environment. The best way for novices to do this without altering the structure of their homes is to invest in a grow tent.In order to control the humidity, invest in a humidifier and a dehumidifier. You can measure the humidity by using a hygrometer.
For more information on growing cannabis, including laws and Health Canada recommendations, check out our post: Growing Cannabis in Canada: What Are the Guidelines?