A suds-sucking America living in fear of a total collapse of the booze distribution chain has turned to homebrew to ensure that the road to sobriety is less traveled. But the stoner class, well, let’s just say they don’t always have the same opportunities. Sure, cannabis dispensaries have been deemed “essential businesses” in some legal states – providing access to a variety of pot products – but in areas of prohibition, the situation can be grim. To make matters worse, all of this lockdown noise is causing weed shortages all over the nation. And I’d be willing to bet a barrel of bongs that the impact of this pesky little bug and a crippled U.S. economy is going to bring about more deficits in the doobie in the coming months. It’s just impossible to tell how desperate these strange times are going to get before it is all said and done. That’s why pot-loving citizens should take it upon themselves during quarantine to learn how to grow their own weed.
Growing pot can be a little intimidating at first. After all, not everyone is born with a green enough thumb to so much as keep that plastic palm tree in the corner of the room from looking puny, much less cultivate a plant that gets them high. There are also all of these master growers out there that make growing dope look more like rocket science than gardening. But that’s all it is. Repeat after me: Marijuana is just a plant and it wants to grow. Seriously, it’s been doing so for millions of years without all of the fancy pants tricks that some of these bastards have come up with over the decades. All it needs is soil, water, sunlight and the right temperature and it’s going to do its thing. So don’t be afraid to dive into home cultivation. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Since the marijuana laws vary across the United States – and it is absolutely illegal at the federal level — the most challenging aspect of growing weed at home is tracking down seeds. In a legal state, finding this component can be as easy as visiting a dispensary. Seed collectives like Exotic Genetix and the Southern Humboldt Seed Collective are also an excellent place to start when searching out reputable breeders. But for the newbie grower living in a prohibition state, European seed banks like Sensi Seed and DNA Genetics are probably the best source for buying seeds online.
Germinate the seed: Before your newly acquired marijuana seeds can be planted, they need to germinate – or sprout. This is done by wrapping the seed in a moist paper towel, sticking it in a sealable sandwich bag and storing it in a dark, warm place for a few days. The seed will do the rest.
Transfer to soil: Once the seed germinates, grab one of those red solo cups from the kitchen (one for every seed), poke a few holes at the bottom, and fill with potting soil. Some highly recommended brands are Fox Farm Ocean Forest Soil, Espona Organic Potting Mix, and Roots Organic. But any quality soil from your local gardening center that might be used to grow tomatoes will work fine. Sprinkle in a root stimulator (recommended for healthier plants) and insert the seed. After 30 days or so, transfer the plant from the red solo cup to a 5-gallon flower pot or bucket. Just make sure whatever it goes in has holes cut in the bottom for the water runoff.
Published: May 07, 2o20
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