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  • Writer's pictureMelanie McClenahan

Growing Cannabis: They don’t call it “weed” for nothing.

Cannabis can be easy to grow, they don’t call it “weed” for nothing, but growing cannabis well can take some time and patience. To assist in your journey, I have put together a brief overview of three of the important aspects of growing that will put you on the road to success.

Firstly, electing the right site to grow is a very important cannabis. Cannabis loves light. Cannabis plants are at their happiest when receiving 10 to 12 hours a day of direct light. Positioning your plants on a north facing aspect of your property will maximize your plant’s access to light. However, if this is not possible, then you can grow healthy and productive plants on as little as six hours of uninterrupted sunlight.

The medium or soil that you are growing your plants in is another important aspect to consider when growing cannabis. A lot of people especially beginners will head down to their local hardware store and pick a bad of potting mix and maybe some compost to use in the pots for their grow and soon find that their plants do not grow as they expect. These mixes are mass produced and devoid of much of the nutrients that your plants will need through out their life cycle. A basic recipe that can assist is 1 part drainage (perlite or pumice stone), 1 part good quality compost or worm castings and 1 part coco coir. Don’t spare the expense on these ingredients as they will support your plant through its stages of growth.

Watering your cannabis plant is a balancing act that can take while to get used to. Too little water and your plants will wither and die, too much can also be detrimental to your plant’s health. You want to ensure that your plant is generally moist but not wet. You are always better to start with small amounts especially when your plant is young. Once your plant has matured and has a strong roots system it can handle more water. The best way of judging this is through an inexpensive water meter from your local hardware store or by pushing your finger into the top few centimetres of the soil and feeling its moisture.

Growing Cannabis plants can be a rewarding and fun endeavour that is rife with learning experiences. If you bear in mind the information I have forementioned you will be well on track for more success in your growing.

Leigh Noonan

-ACU Store Cannabis Missionary

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