Inside vs. outside? Start outside. The initial investment is cheaper compared to an indoor set up and it will give growers a season to get familiar with the plant, said Bernstein.
Don’t overwater. Giving the plant too much water and too much fertilizer are common mistakes. The soil should be pretty dry before you water. Expect to water more frequently as the plant grows.
If it’s an especially damp September, harvesting early is a possibility. The flowers won’t be as potent, which may appeal to new cannabis consumers.
Can I plant cannabis in my vegetable garden? Opt for pots instead so if it rains in September, you can bring them inside and set them in front of a south-facing window, Bernstein advises.
I’ve got my starter plant. Now what? Transplant it into a plastic or cloth pot, using a soil mix formulated for cannabis. Leave it in the shade for two to four days before introducing it to sunlight over the course of a week, a process called “hardening off.”
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“If we have no rain through September, I think everyone will do great,” he said.
Early harvests produce flowers that “don’t smoke as nice, they don’t taste as good,” he said. “They are typically a little harsh.”
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