There are several reasons why people like to grow their own weed. One of the biggest is that when you grow your own bud, you know exactly what’s in it. Surprisingly, reports have found that even in legal dispensaries, there is a lot of weed that tested positive for pesticides and other potentially harmful contaminants. If you’re concerned about the purity of your cannabis, the best thing you can do is grow organic weed. This guide will walk you through all the steps you need for a successful harvest.
Step 1: Buy Organic Seeds
If you want to grow organic weed, you have to start with organic seeds. Fortunately, it’s becoming more and more common for seed banks and sometimes even dispensaries to sell organic seeds.
Wherever you source your seeds, be sure it’s a reputable seller, and be sure you buy only organic seeds.
Step 2: Germinate the Seeds
To grow organic weed, we suggest using organic germination plugs to germinate your seeds. These little pellets are made out of organic materials and are fully biodegradable. They also do a great job of holding the right amount of water to promote good seed germination.
To use the plugs, soak them in water until they’ve fully expanded. Then, make a small depression in the top of the plug and gently press your seed down into it. Throughout germination, keep the plug moist.
After a few days, you should see a sprout appear. When roots start pressing out the bottom of the plug, your baby plant is ready to transplant.
Step 3: Transplant Young Plants
Another good thing about using organic germination plugs is that they make the transplanting process super easy. You can plant them directly into your growing medium, and they will naturally break down.
Before transplanting, be sure you have the right kind of soil. For starters, if you are trying to grow organic weed, everything in your soil also needs to be organic. From there, good soil needs three main components:
- Good drainage: If your soil is too dense or tightly packed it won’t let water drain out, and your plants could drown. Similarly, good drainage ensures that oxygen will get to the roots of your plants.
- Water retention: At the same time that you need good drainage, you also need good water retention. This ensures that your plants will have plenty of time to soak up water and other nutrients.
- Nutrients: Good soil needs to have the right balance of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. Similarly, it should also promote healthy microbial growth.
To transplant your baby plant, use your hands to create a hollow depression in the soil, just deep enough to hold the germination plug and the plant. Carefully place the plant into the depression. Fill in the sides with soil and pack it down enough that your plant can securely stand on its own. Give it some water and re-pack it with more soil if needed.
Step 4: Feed Your Plants
From there, it’s time to help your baby plant move through the growing cycle. During that time, you need to feed your plants. But to grow organic weed, you must use exclusively organic plant food.
We suggest an organic plant food that not only gives your plants the nutrients they need, but that also feeds the soil itself. This helps replace nutrients as your plants use them. Additionally, it will also encourage healthy microbial activity, which is a key to getting strong, healthy cannabis plants.
Another powerful thing you can do to successfully grow organic weed is feed your plants with homemade organic fertilizers. Compost is the best. You can even soak compost in a bucket of water for a few days and then use it to water your plants. Additionally, you can use egg shells, banana peels, and even diluted human urine. Not only are these good ways to make organic fertilizers, but they can also save you some coin.
Step 5: Monitor the Growing Process
Along with feeding and watering your plants, you need to keep tabs on a few other important variables. For starters, light is crucial if you want to grow organic weed. During the vegetative phase, your plants need a full day’s worth of light. Your plant will move into the flowering phase as the amount of light it receives begins to decrease.
If you are growing indoors, you also need to monitor humidity levels and temperature. To do this, use a reliable hygrometer and thermometer. Cannabis plants like temperatures between 70 and 85 degrees F. As far as humidity goes, young plants like relative humidity around 40-70 percent throughout the vegetative phase. Scale it back to 40-50 percent during the flowering phase.
Finally, keep your eye out for mold, bacteria, predators, and other harmful pests. If you run into any of these problems, do not use man-made fungicides or pesticides, or your attempt to grow organic weed will be ruined. Only use organic fungicides and pesticides.
Step 6: Move Into the Flowering Phase
After your plants have completed the vegetative phase, it’s time to move them into the flowering phase. If you are growing outdoors, this will happen naturally. As the long days of summer give way to the shorter days of the fall, the decreased light will trigger your plants to start putting out flowers.
If you are growing indoors, you need to scale back the amount of light you give your plants each day. During the vegetative phase, you should give your plants at least 18 hours of light per day. To initiate the flowering phase, cut it back to 12 hours per day.
Step 7: Harvest Your Buds
Now things are getting exciting. As your plants start producing flowers, don’t give way to the temptation to harvest them too soon. Instead, keep a close eye on the trichomes covering the flowers. When you see them turn milky white, it’s time to go.
Snip off all the flowers. Next, hang them upside down in a cool, dark, well-ventilated room to dry. When the stems easily snap in your fingers, the bud is dry enough, and it’s time to cure them. Before moving on to this step, take a minute to trim away any excess stems and leaves.
To cure your bud, place all those beautifully-dried and trimmed buds into an airtight jar. Place it in a cool, dark location. Remove the lid once a day to air them out. When the buds reach that perfect balance of dry-yet-still-slightly-sticky, you’re there.
Final Hit: How To Grow Organic Weed
If you follow these steps, you will be able to successfully grow organic weed. The key is avoiding anything man-made. Throughout the entire process, from the seeds you use to the food you give your plants, everything that touches your plants must be organic. At the end of the entire process, you will enjoy loads of high-grade, organic bud, and you can puff confidently, knowing that there are no nasty contaminants ruining your weed.