Cannabis has always been a popular drug all over the world and is one of the most commonly made-at-home drugs today. Cannabis cultivation is so popular because it can be done all naturally, rather inexpensively, and allows users to have access to consumption anytime they want without having to purchase it.
There are a lot of different elements that need to be controlled and thought about before one can begin the process of cannabis cultivation. It requires very specific conditions in order to grow and flourish. The first thing that needs to be considered is the growth medium.
Unless one is growing cannabis with hydroponics or aeroponics, one of the main requirements is always soil. The soil must possess sufficient nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium and one must exercise caution if fertilizer is used. The pH of the soil is also very important, which is why being aware of the fertilizer being used is so crucial.
The second condition for cannabis cultivation is the overall warmth. There are optimal temperatures that the cannabis thrives in based on the time of day, so it’s important to pay close attention to that. For instance, the best daytime temperature for growing cannabis is between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius because anything outside that range will decrease the potency of the THC and slow the overall growth.
The third thing that must be considered during cannabis cultivation is the element of light. The source of light can be natural if you are growing the plants outside or an artificial source for growing indoors. From the germination to the flowering stages, an indoor plant must remain under artificial light for 16 to 20 hours each day and experience 4-8 hours of darkness. Some argue that plants can be exposed to a full 24 hours of light without it causing any harm. Some people believe that those hours of darkness can actually have a negative effect on the photosynthetic response, vigor, and vascular development of the cannabis plant.
Water is also an extremely important and controlled element in the cannabis cultivation process. The frequency and amount of watering that you must perform is based on the temperature, light, age, size, and stage of growth of the plant. It is also determined by the ability to retain water by whichever medium you decide to use for your growing.
Lastly, nutrients play a big role in the growth of cannabis plants and must be carefully tracked. Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium are the three major nutrients required, but calcium, magnesium, and sulfur also play a role in the development.