For many Nova Scotians, the long-awaited legalization date has finally arrived and they will now try their hand at growing cannabis.
But before rushing off to the NSLC to buy seeds and the garden centre to pick up growing supplies, there are a few things to keep in mind. Only legal adults are permitted to grow cannabis and there are limits to the amount of cannabis you can grow.
Each household is allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants for personal use, but if you’re renting a house or apartment, check with your landlord to see whether your lease allows you to grow cannabis.
Dr. Av Singh of Flemming and Singh Cannabis, says that new growers should understand it is the unfertilized female flowers you want to grow and harvest. There are male and female cannabis plants but only the female plants produce the buds prized by cannabis users.
If growing from seed, you’ll end up with about 50 per cent male and 50 per cent female plants. The plants look the same as they grow, and it’s only when they switch from vegetative growth to flowering that you can tell whether they are male or female. Male plants are typically tossed out as they do not produce buds.
To be more efficient, Singh says that growers can buy feminized seeds, which are guaranteed to produce female plants. Another way to ensure female plants is to buy clones, cuttings taken from female plants. Cannabis seeds take three to seven days to germinate. After about a month of vegetative growth, the plants are encouraged to switch to flowering. Flowers form around two months later with the entire process of seed to harvest taking about four months.
Home growers will be happy to learn cannabis isn’t overly difficult to grow, but it does need the right mixture of