Tips and tricks for growing cannabis at home

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Before you begin, check local laws to make sure you are within legal limits regarding the number of plants and how the final product will be used.

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Tia Moskalenko With the right articles and tips, you can create a healthy growing environment and start producing high quality plants. Photo from iStock / Getty Images Plus

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Before you even start growing cannabis, make sure it’s legal in your state. Always check local laws to make sure you are within legal limits regarding the number of plants and the use of the final product.

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It will take months for your cannabis to grow into a beautiful and healthy plant. Then you have another four weeks to harvest and dry your buds.

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With the right articles and tips, you can create a healthy growing environment and start producing high quality plants. Growing indoors is more expensive because you need more elements to start, but you have full control over the growing environment and the ability to make changes if necessary.

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Tents grow are not a necessary item, but are helpful for beginners to optimize the growing environment. They are easy to buy online.

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ground is extremely important.

Check the dryness of the soil by sticking a finger two inches into the soil.  When it feels dry, add water. Check the dryness of the soil by sticking a finger two inches into the soil. When it feels dry, add water. Photo by MysteryShot / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Store-bought soil needs additional nutrients to promote growth. Read the directions and make sure you don’t overuse them. A major side effect of using too many nutrients is chemical taste. The buds are also lower in THC.

Check the dryness of the soil by sticking a finger two inches into the soil. When it feels dry, add water. If it’s wet, avoid watering.

PH values home grown cannabis are at six to seven. Buy a pen to test the soil and have bottles of pH Up and Down handy to adjust as needed.

Light sources are where you should invest your budget. When you can’t get direct sunlight, LED grow lights are a great source of light and a key factor in growing a healthy plant.

In the vegetative state, the plant needs between 18 and 20 hours of light. This is when most of the growth takes place. Plants should only be exposed to light for 12 hours during the flowering phase.

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Pots come in different sizes. As the plants begin to grow, you may need to transfer them to larger pots or containers, so have a different size pot handy. Start with small plants for young plants and increase in size as they get bigger.

You can choose to grow sativa or indica plants or a hybrid. You can choose to grow sativa or indica plants or a hybrid. Photo from iStock / Getty Images Plus

Hemp seeds it’s about personal preferences. You can choose to grow sativa or indica plants or a hybrid. Sativa growers can use Green Crack as a starter plant. It’s strong and has a great citrus scent. Fans of indica strains should check out Northern Lights, a fast growing plant that offers a powerful kick. For hybrid selections, Blue Dream is a great choice, and it is one of the most common choices among novice growers.

Fans or air circulators promote strong and healthy plants. The air needs to be well circulated to deliver the right amount of oxygen. Multiple fans are required when using multiple light sources to reduce the temperature on the leaves and stems.

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harvest depends on the color and hairs of the bud. Look at the hair on the buds and start harvesting when 90 percent turns a darker color. The change means that the compounds have reached the highest concentration. After harvesting, dry the buds in a dark, ventilated place by hanging them upside down for about three to four weeks.

Now you are ready to grow! Once you are comfortable with growing cannabis, you can customize the list and add your own tips.

Tia is an editor and contributor for the US cannabis awareness platform AskGrowers.

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