Article by CBC News
Unfortunately for many would-be gardeners, cannabis doesn’t grow like a weed. In fact, it takes a green thumb and some thoughtful planning.
That’s according to gardening guru Riley Irwin, who sat down with London Morning’s Rebecca Zandbergen to share her tips on growing cannabis at home.
Read an excerpt from their conversation below.
How difficult is it to grow a marijuana plant?
There’s certainly a time commitment, like a six to eight week crop. Whether you’re able to add something new to your daily routine and stick with it for six to eight weeks, that’s a good question.
The other thing I think is important is location, location, location. We’ve got choices of indoors and outdoors this time of year, so I think there’s a few things to consider. You need to think about where you’re located, are you near a school, do you have under-agers that are in the neighbourhood? Is your yard fenced?
Also, the height of the plant is something to consider, knowing that there are varieties you can get that are auto-flowering—they’re naturally short stature plants—so they’re not going to peek over the fence to say hi to your neighbour or anything like that.
What about going it indoors, in a pot?
That is also a tricky process, there’s a lot to think about too. Initial startup cost, you need to have a growing tent, and you need to have a large tent because these plants do want to grow tall.
The other thing to consider is that you need a strong lighting source, because you don’t have natural sunlight happening. You need to make sure you’ve got the right lighting source, you need to think about ventilation, you need to think about air circulation in there, you need to think about are you using synthetic fertilizer, what size pot do you do?
Pests. Oh my goodness, pests. There are three pests that very much do enjoy cannabis plants and those would be fungus gnats, spider mites and flower thrips. Are you able to apply something to control these pests? If not, than maybe you’ve just wasted six to eight weeks of your time, energy and money.
What about the smell?
From what I understand, it’s certainly more pungent whenever it’s in the flowering process. If you’ve done a good job of screening in your yard, perhaps your neighbours are going to think that you’ve got skunks in the neighbourhood.
So it’s that bad?
It can be. I think that it’s also strain-related, so some are more pungent than others.
Is there a certain kind of soil that this kind of plant prefers?
It certainly likes moist [soil], but it depends on the situation as well, if you’re going indoors or outdoors. Certainly you need to control the environment a bit more if it’s indoors, to allow the soil to dry out a smidge in between watering is helpful. It’ll help deter fungus gnats in the soil.