One problem that’s unique to cannabis agriculture is that a crop can be wrecked by pollen from a field of industrial hemp, even if it’s not that close. (Once a female plant is pollinated, it starts producing seeds instead of flowers and becomes far less valuable.)
“Cannabis pollen travels really far,” Lee says. “They estimate the size of the hashish crop in Morocco by capturing pollen samples in southern France. That’s the way cannabis breeds.”
“You are going to see more and more visually appealing cannabis, such as purple.
But the legal product, he argues, can be much better than that.
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It might seem obvious to level the playing field a bit by cutting out construction and energy costs that legal growers have to pay for.
However, indoor growing has its own problems, Spear says.
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When shopping, look for soil that is light in texture and has a good balance at retaining water. Cannabis plants always need both water and oxygen at the roots to grow. Too much water and the roots can’t get enough oxygen, but not enough water retention and the roots can be damage from drying out too quickly.
5. Don’t skip the basics when it comes to soil: texture, drainage, water retention
7. Keep a grow journal to track your plants’ progress
When choosing a strain , environmental considerations should be carefully weighed as some genetics are more adaptive to cooler climates while others are better suited for hot and humid climates. For example, sativa and indica have different growing traits: indica-dominant strains are typically more adaptive to colder environments while sativa-dominant strains can be better suited for hot and humid climates.
1. Your outdoor grow should start indoors
2. Choosing the right location is vital to your plant’s success.
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Temperature: Although cannabis plants are adaptive to different weather conditions, they are still susceptible to extreme temperatures. Cannabis plants shouldn’t be grown in temperatures below 12°C or anything above 30°C for sustained periods of time.
6. Avoid one of the most common mistakes made by first-timers – overwatering