Growing Cannabis For The First Time: What Do I Need?

Regardless of where in the world you’d ask them, most cannabis consumers will tell you weed is expensive where they live. Especially if you light up everyday for medicinal purposes for example, the costs of your herb can pile up exponentially. Because the cultivation of weed on a large scale is prohibited in most parts of the world, including the Netherlands where cannabis is sold ‘freely’ in coffeeshops; growers and dealers often increase the price of their product to compensate for the risk they take. This price is ultimately paid by consumers, unless they grow their own – the cheapest way to keep your stash stuffed throughout the year.

Growing weed = easy

Growing your own cannabis is easy, after all it’s called ‘weed’ for a reason. Most cannabis plants – depending on the endurance of individual strains- can handle more hardship than we would ever imagine. This durability makes them hard to get rid of, much like regular ‘weeds’. Of course, there are ways to screw up a grow,but ironically, most of these revolve around caring too much for the plant. So, in theory everybody is able to grow their own cannabis:. Here at Amsterdam Genetics, we would surely advise you to try if you have the chance. The only things you need to grow your own usable crop are:

 

  1. Cannabis Seeds

It is impossible to grow weed without weed. Unlike in the Dutch coffeeshops governed by complicated laws, cannabis does not ‘magically appear’ in your garden when you want to grow it. Either you get a cutting from a living ‘mother plant’, providing you with a 1:1 genetic clone of the mother, or you purchase high quality cannabis seeds. A prime source for top notch genetics is the Amsterdam Genetics Seedbank, where you can select all your favorite strains and phenotypes. This is a great way of exploring the different tastes and effects our wonderful plant has to offer.

Considering the illegality of cannabis in most countries, clones are not easily found in most parts of the world. Luckily our cannabis seeds travel far and reach even the most remote places; through our online store or our trusted retailers. Check this article to know which of our strains are the most popular amongst those who tried, and select strain(s) for your next or maybe first ever grow!

 

  1. Light

The first and foremost element needed by a cannabis seedling (or clone) to survive is light. And no, that does not necessarily has to be artificial lighting in an indoor grow house. Obviously it ispossible to realize an indoor grow room, tent, or even a small cabinet with either LED or HPS lighting; but in most climates the summer sun will suffice to provide you with a clean, tasteful and potent harvest.

So if you are not in a position to try an indoor grow, why not try growing a cannabis plant outside under the sun? It sure is the cheapest and most educative way of providing your own stash. Be careful around nosey neighbors though, since not everyone appreciates the pungent smell of a flowering cannabis plant.

 

  1. Water

Whether you grow cannabis in living soil, coco or in a hydroponic system (without any soil) – your cannabis plants are going to need water to survive. Not too much and not too little. And believe it or not, even though this sounds like the easiest part of growing weed, watering is where most novice growers get it wrong. Luckily there is a way to determine if a plant needs more or less water: the leaves.

When given the ideal amount of water, the leaves of cannabis plants should be upright during the day. As if they’re holding their little ‘plant-arms’ up to the sky to improve their intake of precious sunlight. At night, the leaves come down and hang towards the ground. If the leaves hang like that during the day, you are either overwatering your plants or not giving enough. Lifting up the pot(s) or feeling the substrate with your fingers should provide clarity on that matter, as overwatered plants are probably too wet. And plants that haven’t been given enough water obviously stand in dry soil.

 

  1. Air

There’s enough of it to go around, but do make sure it does! Any plant, including cannabis, needs fresh air to survive. After all photosynthesis cannot take place without it. Photosynthesis is a plant’s mechanism of using light energy to turn carbon dioxide it takes out of the air (CO2) into sugars. These sugars are then used for the plant’s development while your cannabis plant helps you survive, as it inhales the bad (CO2) and exhales the good (oxygen).

Fortunately, you won’t have to worry about air when growing outdoors, as nature will take care of the process for you. But when growing indoors, it’s your job to keep the fresh air (rich in CO2) coming in and old air (rich in oxygen) going out. That’s why it is advised to always use an extractor fan with carbon filter for the smell, fans for air circulation and a fresh air inlet in a closed-off growing environment.

 

  1. Patience

Last but not least, every grower needs patience. It is nearly impossible to speed up the flowering process and ‘cheat nature’. There’s nothing to it but to take a chill-pill and wait for the right time to harvest. If you harvest your plants too early, they might not even have enough THC in them to provide the intended effect. Unless you want to throw in all your hard work for nothing, you’ll have to wait – watching the grass grow, so to speak.

While you do that, send some positive vibes by talking to your plants. It might sound crazy, but saying positive things to growing plants (preferably in a higher pitch, like a woman’s voice) actually improves their development. This is scientifically proven! It also gives you time to really have a look at your plants and make sure they are okay – and not being attacked by insects for example. Before you know it, you’ll be preparing your harvest.

Find easy growing cannabis seeds HERE.

Enjoy your homegrown cannabis!