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How to Grow Organic Cannabis

So you want to grow organic cannabis. If you’re already involved in a large-scale cannabis cultivation project, you’ll like be more interested in scaling your operations with cannabis grow facility lenders.

However, if you’re a wannabe home grower, we’re offering insight you can use!

Growing organic cannabis is a challenging yet rewarding experience. Not only are you producing healthier plants, but you’re also protecting the environment by avoiding harmful chemicals that can leach into your soil and water supply.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of what it takes to grow organically! 

Before Getting Started

The laws regarding cannabis cultivation vary from place to place. Do your research before cultivating any plants!

If you’re found guilty of growing cannabis plants illegally, penalties can range from a fine or jail time for minor offenses up to life in prison – if you have a massive grow-op. Not to mention hefty fines for more serious violations.

You don’t want that kind of trouble, right? So please stay informed about what’s allowed when considering whether or not planting cannabis within your property lines is worth the risk.

How to Grow Organic Cannabis

The process of organic farming is pretty flexible as there’s no regulations to qualify a process as actually organic. However, after choosing high-quality feminized cannabis seeds, the first step in the growing process is to prepare the soil. 

Preparing the Soil

It’s always important to consider the soil when cultivating plants. Organic cannabis plants get their nutrients from just dirt, so it can be especially difficult for them if your garden doesn’t have enough nourished soil. Living soil is what’s most commonly used to grow the high-grade organic buds we all know and love.

Pesticides and chemicals are not used at all in this process, which is why it’s so crucial to ensure that there’s a healthy amount of natural nutrition in the soil. If the soil is prepared organically, you’re looking at an entire ecosystem in your living soil.

Your living soil is composed of a food web rich in microorganisms. These microorganisms supply your plants with all of the organic nutrients they need to grow healthy.

To create a self-sustained organic food web in your living soil, there’s a list of some popular organic ingredients. This includes different types of compost like bat and bird guano, earthworm castings, pumice, perlite, kelp meal, peat moss, etc. All of these ingredients have their purpose to help you achieve a satisfying environment for the microorganisms – and your plants! 

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How it’s Done

The best way to creating rich live soil is to gather all the ingredients and mix them correctly. In some cases, you might be able to find a pre-mixed organic soil that’s capable of meeting your needs. You can buy this from most hydroponic retailers who offer potting soil. This requires minimal time because you don’t have to make the mixture yourself.

Build Your Cannabis Plants’ Environment

A controlled environment is ideal for organic cannabis farming. This method ensures enough light, humidity, optimal temperature, ventilation with airflow etc., to offer the best growing conditions possible. And an indoor grow-operation will protect your plants from the elements.

Doing this indoor will come at the cost of an increased electric bill. So it’s often less expensive to grow organically outdoors. However, indoor cannabis grow operations are beneficial because you can control the air circulation and lighting, which can help in maintaining homeostasis within your mini-ecosystems.

What to Feed Your Cannabis

The feeding part is nothing to be worried about. Most of it covered by the organic living soil you have prepared. The essential nutrients will come from that. Along with living soil, it’s ideal to use some additional organic supplements to support growth. But 

When watering your cannabis plants, try to avoid tap water. This may contain chemicals, like fluoride, which are not great for the beneficial bacteria. 

Additional supplements offer several benefits for your plants. Here are a few of the supplements with their benefits:

  1. Aerated compost teas: It’s good for reintroducing microorganisms and helping them to fight pathogens, eventually turning them into nutrients.
  2. Mycorrhizal Fungi: Strengthens the roots for better water and other nutrients intake.

The essential nutrients like nitrogen, carbon dioxide, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, calcium etc., come from the organic living soil. So you don’t need to worry about allocating money for these.

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Pest Control

Controlling pests through organic marijuana farming can be relatively easy. Using organic pest control is also beneficial for the grower, consumers, plants, and environment.

To control pests, various natural remedies seemingly perform magic while preserving the soil’s integrity. Bacillus Thuringiensis (aka BT), otherwise Mosquito Bits, Diatomaceous Earth can work wonders when it comes to pest control.

Growing organic cannabis doesn’t have to be complicated. If you properly prepare and care for the soil, provide a suitable environment for your plants to grow in, and add some natural nutrients, you will have an easy time growing plants that produce potent buds. 

For more information on what these steps are or if you need help setting up your garden space, feel free to reach out with any questions in the comment section below!

Lesley Murr
Lesley R. Murr, American vegan activist and writer, travels throughout Southeast Asia exploring vegan cuisine and eco-friendly product producers. She blogs about vegan health, recipes, and products. Her passion for animals guides her writings, and she's currently based out of Belmont, California.
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