Planting marijuana just anywhere won’t do. Choosing the proper growing location is of paramount importance to the success of the crop. Whether it is just a few plants or a dozen, it is the location that will ensure success.
The location should be remote enough to keep attentive eyes from finding and possibly destroying the crop. It should have moist soil, but it shouldn’t be wet. Check for standing water near where you’ve chosen. If it is close to the crop area, make sure the standing water isn’t stagnant or soiled. Standing water can poison the local aquifer. Make sure the standing water is at least ten paces from the growing area. Proper drainage is important, since marijuana likes water but doesn’t like growing in standing water – the roots go moldy. If you see insects or even frogs in the standing water, chances are the water is permanent.
Watch for areas with lots of large weeds, as they tend to grow in the same conditions as our favorite green. Clear the area of weeds by pulling up the weed from its roots. Plant in the exposed earth or dig out the area and use a pot filled with growing medium. If there is already a seedling in the pot, don’t take it out – bury the pot. The roots will be damaged no matter how careful it is de-potted.
Since cannabis needs a good supply of moisture, there may come a time when it is necessary to water them artificially. The general rule is that if there is no rain for 3 sunny days, they’ll need to be watered. The idea is to moisten the first inch or so of growing medium to begin with. Start the watering with the closest plant and proceed to the furthest. Wait for the water to be absorbed on the last plant, then work back to the first plant, watering the plants again on the way back. In this way the growing medium will be gently moistened. If lots of water is poured on the plant at once, the risk of exposing the roots goes up. The sudden onrush of cool water will also shock the roots of the plant, slowing down growth until the roots heat up again.