A growing number of experts are making a business out of teaching people how to grow their own pot. Here's what to know to get started. It’s possible to grow marijuana at home, both indoors and outdoors. However, there are many things you need to know before buying your first cannabis seeds. The expert source on how to grow marijuana by Robert Bergman, Amsterdam. Grow successfully with our guides and helpful experts!
As marijuana is legalized in more places, here’s how to grow your own
When it comes to growing his own marijuana, Chris Haynie leaves little to chance.
Inside a grow room in Richmond, Haynie has erected a 42-square-foot tent that houses four marijuana plants, the state’s legal limit for personal cultivation. Haynie’s setup is high-tech: An irrigation system releases moisture on a precise schedule; a motorized LED light timed to mimic the rising and setting of the sun moves along a rail across the top of the tent; and a monitoring system tracks key metrics of plant health, such as the moisture level and pH of the soil, and relays the data to an app on Haynie’s phone. If the system senses urgent problems, he’ll receive a warning text. Haynie’s friends are used to him bolting from a room mid-conversation to tend to his plants.
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Haynie, a bearded 38-year-old cannabis connoisseur who tattooed his thumbs with green ink, is no horticulture amateur. As the co-founder of Richmond’s Happy Trees Agricultural Supply, he’s part of a growing number of experts who are making a business out of teaching people how to grow their own pot. Recent laws in Virginia allow for limited cultivation of marijuana for personal use, and Happy Trees, which Haynie launched in 2019 with Josiah Ickes, 36, specializes in setting up growers to cultivate the plant.
Marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, but many states have abolished restrictions, creating a patchwork of rules throughout the country. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have passed laws allowing recreational use. Virginia legalized home cultivation in July 2021; under the law, people 21 and older may possess up to an ounce of marijuana. It remains illegal, though, to buy or sell it in any form — including seeds — until 2024, when retail sales are expected to begin.
People still find ways to access seeds. When D.C. legalized the possession of limited amounts of marijuana in 2015, the District lacked the authority to create a legal economic market for sales. So cannabis activists organized seed giveaways throughout the city. At one early event in 2015, lines stretched for blocks.
The regulatory scheme also established what has become an expansive “giveaway market,” in which Washingtonians have used a loophole to provide harvested marijuana as a gift in exchange for the purchase of a legal product. Companies sell cookies, tea or paintings with a baggie of “free” marijuana on the side. One company sells motivational speeches delivered by a person who travels by bicycle.
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How To Grow Marijuana
You came to the right place! Maybe you’re here because you’re tired of paying way too much for overpriced weed. Or perhaps marijuana helps relieve ailments. Regardless of the reason why you want to learn how to grow marijuana, we’re here to help!
Our Grow Guides section is divided into several topics: Beginners, Plant Biology, Grow Stages, Indoors, Outdoors, Grow Mediums, Plant Care, Troubleshooting, and Advanced Guides
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Commonly, growers look for Feminized seeds, but if you’re starting out, you may want to buy Autoflowering seeds instead. If you’re looking for diversity, our Mix Packs provide a seed variety pack for everyone. Don’t want to think too much and just get growing? Grab a complete Grow Kit and you’ll be sprouting in no time!
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Keep track of your grow! Combine details like grow stage, temperatures, feeding and more to get a good perspective of your plants. Not growing yet? Learn from other people who are growing the same seeds that you will receive.
Since the sixties, hippies have trailed across the Hinu Kush mountains to Thailand and beyond to bring heirloom indica and sativa strains to Amsterdam. Every since, thousands of marijuana strains have been developed. Find our take on the best marijuana strains out there.
State by State
A lot has changed in past decades. Many states have decriminalized marijuana or allow medical use and more states start to allow recreational use. Here you’ll find the current situation in your home state. Additionally, we explain how to handle an outdoor grow in your state, or how to set up a commercial venture.
Growing a Single Plant
A good place to start is with simply growing a single weed plant. No high-tech grow room. No massive expenses. Just you, a pot, some soil, and a high-quality seed. In this guide Robert Bergman takes you by the hand to take those first steps into the hobby and sharing his love for growing marijuana.
Outdoor Grow Calendar
Growing outdoors means you’re dependent on the weather. Climates vary from place to place and from time to time. With our grow calendars for the northern and southern parts of the USA, we remove the guesswork and give you the tools to properly plan out your outdoor grow.
How Much Can I Yield?
Still considering your grow? Or are you having trouble getting the most out of your plants? With the proper preparation, equipment, skills, and knowledge, you too can grow a massive yield. Don’t just wing it, turn your hobby into a science and fill up those mason jars with gloriously heavy nuggets.
Even the best growers out there can have a stroke of bad luck. Airy buds, stretching stems, hanging or yellow leaves, I’ve seen it all! With my Symptom Checker, you can easily match what’s wrong with your plant and find an appropriate way to fix it. No matter if you’re having trouble with pests, environment, or nutrient deficiencies, we’ll help you get through it.
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Hello! I’m Robert Bergman. I’m a marijuana growing enthusiast and the founder of ILGM. I’ve spent the last 25 years learning everything there is to know about growing marijuana. When I started growing I was in a home-based setup where 5-plants were all I had space to grow!
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