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New Canada marijuana laws allow you to grow marijuana in the comfort of your home. All you’ll need is some seeds and growing equipment and you can grow up to four plants. What’s more, you can keep any marijuana harvested from the plants legally, giving you a cost-effective and constantly renewable supply.
However, keep in mind that growing marijuana takes some investment, both regarding time and money. To grow indoors, you’ll need specialist equipment to regulate the heating and lighting of your grow space. You’ll also need to spend at least 3 months looking after your plants to ensure they grow healthily.
At the same time, it’s a fun project for any marijuana enthusiast. You can grow all of your favorite strains from the seed to the final product. If you want to know how to grow marijuana in your home, read on.
Marijuana Growing Laws In Canada
Before you start growing weed in your house, it’s important to know the laws surrounding it.
Cannabis legalization goes into effect in Canada starting October 17, 2018. That means that anyone aged 19 or above (18 in Quebec and Alberta) can grow and possess their own supply of marijuana.
Canada Cannabis Laws state that adults will be able to grow up to four plants per residence at a time. You can also make your own products, including edibles and concentrates (providing you don’t use organic solvents). You should also keep in mind that if you rent your home, growing may be restricted by your landlord.
You can keep the products you grow privately in your own home legally. This means growing your own marijuana can be carried out legally and also be cost-effective over time. Although it’ll take some investment to get set up, you can continue to grow seeds and seedlings resulting in a healthy supply of weed over time.
What You Need To Grow Marijuana In Your House
Before you start growing cannabis in your home, you’re going to need some important equipment. Here’s a basic rundown of the growing equipment you need:
- A Grow Space – this can be a tent, a box, a closet or even a room, providing you can control the temperature and lighting.
- Grow Lights – since you’re growing indoors, you’ll need to give your plants bright artificial lighting. This can work with HID lights, fluorescent lights or LED lights.
- Air Conditioning – you also need to keep your grow space at a certain temperature with a fan or an AC unit.
- Soil – you need soil and plant pots to grow your plants in. Alternatively, you can set up a hydroponic grow where you grow plants in nutrient-infused water.
- Water/Nutrients – your plants need certain nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. If your soil (or hydroponic growing system) isn’t infused with nutrients, you’ll need to water your plants with nutrient-infused water regularly.
- Seeds/Seedlings – you’ll also need seeds. You can also use seedlings- small, semi-grown plants you can submerge in soil or water. You can also use cuttings from fully grown plants.
Buying all of this individually can cost you quite a bit- potentially hundreds. However, you can also find affordable grow tents and grow kits online. Although you’ll be spending some money, the rewards can justify the cost.
How To Grow Marijuana In Your House – Step By Step Guide
Once you have a growing space with temperature and light control set up, it’s time to start growing.
- The best way to plant your seeds/seedlings is in a composted soil mix in a small bucket or fabric pot. You should put holes in the bottom of your bucket to avoid too much water, fabric pots will drain themselves automatically. Keep a saucer or container underneath to catch any overflow.
- For the first few weeks of your grow, you should give your plants 18 hours of artificial light and 6 hours of darkness. Some lighting systems allow you to set this automatically. 70-80°F is the ideal day temperature- drop this by about 10 degrees at night.
- Your plants need water and nutrients but don’t give them too much. A good rule of thumb to follow is to check how moist your soil is with your finger around an inch in. If it’s dry, you’ll need more water. You can also lift your pots to see how heavy it is or how much water is drained.
- You can infuse your water with essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. If you have soil infused with nutrients (or are doing a hydroponic grow), you won’t need extra nutrients for the vegetative stage.
- After around 4-5 weeks, your plants should have started to grow some healthy leaves. You can now induce flowering by changing the light cycle to 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. Temperatures should be 65-75°F by day and 10 degrees lower at night. Use a ‘Bloom mix’ of nutrients for flowering (high phosphorus and potassium with low nitrogen).
- After you’ve begun the flowering stage, it’ll take around 4 more weeks for your plants to fully grow. You can determine when they’re ready to harvest by using a magnifying glass to look for trichomes. White, cloudy trichomes will result in a high-THC yield. When they start to become darker and amber you’ll get a higher CBD yield with relaxing effects.
Once you’ve finished growing, you can trim your buds and hang them up to dry. After a couple of weeks, jar them up to drain the excess water. After about a month of this curing process, they’ll be dry and ready to smoke or use!
What Kind Of Seeds To Use When Growing Marijuana Indoors
The kind of seeds you use also determine how much you grow.
- Regular seeds are cheaper but will result in mostly male plants. It’s the female plants which produce more flowers full of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids, which is what growers want.
- Feminized seeds will result in a high-quality and high-yield grow of potent marijuana.
- Autoflowering seeds grow much quicker- they can start blooming in just 2-3 weeks. As such, most growers opt for autoflowering feminized seeds for the best possible cannabis grow.
You can also plant seedlings or cuttings of fully grown plants- these will knock a few weeks off your growing time.
If you’re planning to start growing marijuana, then expect to spend at least 3-6 months looking after your plants. However, growing regularly can result in a cost-effective way to produce your own weed.
Growing isn’t for everyone, and you can always just buy cannabis online if you need it fast. But if you’re ready to take on the project, it can be fulfilling and rewarding for any marijuana lover.