Jul 22, 2016 9:30 AM

How to Grow Organic Cannabis

For many cannabis users, consuming organic marijuana is essential. Regardless of whether you use it for medicinal or recreational purposes, it is not fun to risk your health buying the product from an untrusted source. That is why it can be so important to have a reliable seller who can give you organic weed or to get the skills necessary for growing cannabis organically at home.

Grow Organic Cannabis

So far, there are 15 states where citizens are allowed to grow cannabis at home for medical purposes and three states where it is legal to have growing marijuana at home even for recreational use. Some states have stricter regulations than the others, but at least now U.S. citizens have the opportunity to grow their own cannabis in the way they want.

Is Natural Sunlight Good for Your Indoor Garden?
Is Natural Sunlight Good for Your Indoor Garden?
If you grow your cannabis plants indoors, you may decide to take your cannabis pots outside once in a while so that they can enjoy the summer sun just like you do. But is it okay with the plants? Does it bring more health than damage?

Unfortunately, even if you live in one of these places, and you meet the conditions to grow cannabis at home, it is not so easy to find organizations that would consult you about the issue. In most cases, people who are newbies in growing have to do everything with the trial-and-error method.

Some flower stores, dispensaries, and seed retailers can help you with some aspects, but unless they position themselves as organic companies, you cannot expect them to offer you non-synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or non-soil grow mediums.

Some growers insist that it is impossible to grow a healthy plant with a good yield and a high cannabinoid level if you use only organic products. Luckily, organic farms have proven the opposite. Growing cannabis organically is not that difficult, and the reward for your efforts is amazing.

Growing Weed Indoors: 10 Most Common Mistakes
Growing Weed Indoors: 10 Most Common Mistakes
Growing weed indoors may seem one of the easiest things you have ever done, but new growers usually face many problems over the course of growing their first cannabis plants. Here is a list of the most common mistakes almost all beginners make.

Soil for organic cannabis

There are no regulations yet in the organic cannabis industry, so farmers may refer to different interpretations of this way of growing. It is always about the preferences, but let us try to find the golden mean in that issue.

First of all, you need to get a natural soil medium. Perfect organic potting soil for growing cannabis is a key to success in your project. The soil needs to contain nutrients, which you can provide by adding compost, perlite, earthworm castings, peat moss, pumice, bat guano, kelp meal, fish emulsion, and others. All these ingredients help microorganisms proliferate, so the soil medium turns into the perfect environment for plants.

You do not need to add all the ingredients at once, just mix together what is available in your area or what you think will be the most essential to add. You can get the base soil in your yard, but then do not forget to sterilize it in your oven for 45-60 minutes at 250-260°F to kill all the possible pests in it. However, we would recommend you to buy pre-mixed soils at a flower store or hydroponic retailer. In most cases, such soil is of a good quality and has a minimum of additional components.

Marijuana Nutrients: Growing in Coco Coir
Marijuana Nutrients: Growing in Coco Coir
Growing in coco coir is a relatively new method of cultivating cannabis. This way, you preserve the benefits of both growing in soil and hydroponics. However, this way may be a little bit confusing not only for beginners but for the experienced growers as well.

Temperature, light, and humidity

The best option is to grow cannabis outdoors. In this case, your plants will receive the maximum of sunlight, their stems will be stronger, leaves will grow bigger, and, as a result, you will get a better yield.

However, if you are limited by growing indoors, try to provide all these conditions in your growing room. Choosing the light, you should look for the light bulbs that provide maximum light spectrum and minimum temperature output.

For giving your plants enough humidity, you can get a simple spray bottle or go for more expensive gadgets, such as air humidifier.

Do not forget the additional ventilation and temperature control in your growing room. You need to create the conditions that are as close as possible to the hot summer weather outside.

Cannabis Nutrients: When and How Much to Use
Cannabis Nutrients: When and How Much to Use
Nourishment is one of the most important factors that influence the growth of your cannabis plants. If weed receives all the necessary nutrients, the harvest will be dense and the buds will be of high quality.

Organic fertilizer

Most of the nutrients get to your cannabis plant through the water. That is why it is so important to use the right water. If you want your plant to be 100 percent organic, we would recommend you to avoid using tap water. It often contains different chemicals that kill bacteria, including the beneficial bacteria in your soil. However, if you do not have other options, try to settle the water for at least 24 hours before using it.

Aerated compost teas can help you a lot. These teas bring beneficial microorganisms to the soil medium, help plants fight pathogens converting them into nutrients, and protect roots from a number of diseases.

Another organic fertilizer that can help your plants be healthy is mycorrhizal fungi. These beneficial fungi create special conditions in the soil, which allow your cannabis to get maximum nutrients from water and soil. Add a pinch of the dry organic fungi to a pot before you put a young cannabis plant in it, and it will serve you a good service during both vegetative and flower phase.

Some farmers prefer synthetic fertilizers as they contain a great number of essential nutrients, such as calcium, phosphorus, carbon dioxide, manganese, potassium, nitrogen, and others. Indeed, cannabis needs them all to develop its crown and root system. But in the case of synthetic nutrient supplements, these elements pass through the soil with water letting the plant absorb the needful amount of them, and the rest goes out through the drain. Organic soil, in its turn, contains all these elements the whole time the plant grows, so there is no need to put them in additionally: the plant has access to all the nutrients whenever it needs them.

For you as a grower, it means that you do not need to buy additional supplements for feeding your plants, so you can save your time and your money.

Factors That Affect Growing, Harvest, and Availability of Cannabis
Factors That Affect Growing, Harvest, and Availability of Cannabis
You could have noticed that despite the availability of cannabis in dispensaries, the quality, and the quantity is not always the same.

Fighting pests in an organic way

Farmers who prefer using synthetic products for treating cannabis usually insist that the organic way of controlling pests is ineffective. Indeed, once you have a pest problem, it is easy to visit your local flower store and buy the strongest chemical remedy that will kill every insect in the area. However, this kind of products damage plants as well and stay in their system for a long time, so you may risk consuming these dangerous elements together with smoking cannabis.

The organic way of controlling pests is oriented not only at fighting insects but, first of all, at preventing their appearance. If you are growing cannabis outdoors, companion planting will come in handy. Just plant other plants together with cannabis, and they will scare away the pests so that they will not even come close to your garden.

If you grow cannabis indoors, and companion planting is not an option for you, you can use other biological remedies like diatomaceous earth or bacillus thuringiensis, and they can also protect your plants from pests.

How to Save Your Marijuana Plants From Mold
How to Save Your Marijuana Plants From Mold
To grow weed successfully, any grower worth their salt should manage three key problems: chemical contamination, pests, and mold.You can keep pests from appearing in your garden by checking everything you bring into the growing room and filtering the air.

Other benefits

It is usually recommended not to use the same soil twice as cannabis plants drain all the nutrients, and the growing medium becomes too exhausted for feeding another plant. However, with the organic way of growing, you can use the same soil as long as you need it. If you do not add any synthetic products, the soil will have its own ecosystem that is able to renovate by itself and store all the useful elements.

If you decide to use the same pot for another crop, simply remove the root ball, add some dry mycorrhizal fungi to the hole, and the pot is ready for growing another beautiful, strong cannabis plant.

If you are in doubt whether the organic way of growing is worth the fuss, you can start by growing one plant organically and another with the help of synthetic products. This way, you can compare the harvest by the end of the flowering stage and see the difference. However, the more plants you grow using one method, the easier it goes. The organic way of growing cannabis brings benefits not only to the taste, quality, and amount of marijuana yield; it is also much healthier for you and anyone who will consume organic marijuana.

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