4 Easy Cannabis Strains You Can Grow at Home
It’s the perfect time to start thinking about summer gardens, and that includes cannabis plants! Growing your own cannabis is not only a fun hobby, but it can save you money on weed and impress your friends too. With some time and a little effort, you can cultivate a beautiful plant that produces up to 17 ounces of flowers! (varies by strain and growing conditions)
Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because cannabis is referred to as “weed” that top shelf herb is easy to achieve. It’s not. Many factors contribute to the high-end quality of premium dispensary cannabis and it’s usually more work than your average gardener desires, but you can still grow some potent weed of your own if you’re willing to take on a project.
Cannabis plants require a significant amount of attention and nurturing, as well as constant vigilance to identify and correct problems like disease, pests and root issues. To give yourself the best possible outcome, keep these tips in mind:
1. Use a large, fabric pot when possible. Yes, you can grow your cannabis in the ground, however your results will depend a lot on soil quality, drainage and fertilization. Using a large (10-15 gal) fabric pot with high quality soil can prevent many imbalances and root problems that can develop as your plant grows.
2. Use a rich, organic soil. Don’t skimp on soil. Purchase the highest quality soil your budget allows. This is where your plant will draw most or all of its nutrients and this will translate into potency and flavor in your resulting herb.
3. Don’t overwater. This is especially true if you’re not using fabric pots which drain easily. Overwatering is one of the top causes of plant failure. Water when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry or when you notice a slight droop in your plant’s leaves.
4. Invest in a magnifying glass or jeweler’s loupe. The key to stopping mildew and pests is early intervention. Taking a quick daily look at your plants leaves with magnification can help you catch problems quickly, before they take hold and destroy your plant.
5. Start with an easy strain. Not all cannabis strains are alike. Some are fickle and have specific requirements to flourish. The best cannabis strains for novice gardeners are fast-growing, hearty, and resistant to environmental fluctuations, pests and mildew.
Here are four easy to grow cannabis strains perfect for your first plant. Shop around for clones and seeds in these strains:
Blue Dream – One of the most popular strains around, it shouldn’t be hard to find seeds or clones of this hybrid strain. Blue Dream offers a balance of physical and mental effects and a high yield. It’s strong against two common weed pitfalls, powdery mildew and root rot.
Northern Lights – A classic Indica strain for new growers, Northern Lights develops into hearty, potent plants. This strain tends to recover quickly from common problems like overwatering, excessive heat and light damage. The plants stay short and produce less aroma than other strains which can be good for backyard gardens. This strain is also resistant to mold and disease.
White Widow – A hugely popular hybrid strain, White Widow is known for its balance of uplifting head high and relaxing effects. It’s a good choice for outdoor gardens as it can handle temperature and weather fluctuations better than some. White Widow is also resistant to disease, a pitfall that can ambush new growers. Plants are medium in size but produce a high yield of potent, sticky buds.
Green Crack – This sativa is a moderately easy-to-grow strain. Producing tall plants with high, aromatic yields, Green Crack is most suitable for climates and grow spaces with low humidity as it can be susceptible to powdery mildew. It received its name from the often racy, energetic and euphoric high it provides. Given enough space, its roots and branches will spread, enhancing its production. Be forewarned that Green Crack has a very strong smell making it a poor choice for stealth situations.