Voters in Arizona overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in the state during the November ballot. Known as the Smart and Safe Arizona Act, the legislation allows adults aged 21 and older to buy and possess cannabis. The act also legalized home cultivation, allowing adults to grow up to six cannabis plants or no more than twelve plants in residences with more than one adult.
For gardening enthusiasts who would like to grow their own marijuana, this presents a fantastic opportunity. Growing cannabis from seed all the way to flower can be quite a rewarding experience, but it requires attention to detail and the right conditions. If you’re looking to grow cannabis at home in Arizona, here are a few things you need to know.
As mentioned, home cultivators can grow a limited number of cannabis plants. You can use either seeds or cuttings from another plant. You can purchase seeds from websites such as Leafly, but note that only female seeds produce flowers. Feminized seeds, which are genetically engineered to produce only female plants, are more expensive. Josh Sundberg, a farmer and co-owner of Community Roots AZ, recommends Canna Genetics Bank and Neptune Seed Bank in California.
Cuttings tend to be easier for beginners compared to seeds, but there aren’t any legal businesses in the state selling clones at the moment. You can, however, clone an existing plant. To do so, grow several seeds at once, label each of the plants, and take a cutting from each of them before they flower.
It takes around 50 to 60 days for a cannabis plant to mature. Once it is harvested, says master grower Noah Wylie, the plants should be dried for 10 to 14 days. Although the flowers can be consumed at this point, curing them for a little longer increases the quality. For beginners, Wylie suggests hybrid strains and advises them to avoid strains labeled “OG” or “exotic.” Growing the plants is generally a trial-and-error process, and Wylie tells people to be ready for a few disappointing rounds before they find the best phenotype.
For your plants to flourish, you will need nutrient-rich soil coupled with just the right amounts of water and light. FoxFarm soils, a popular brand used by plenty of growers, is sold by both Dig It Gardens and the Plant Stand. Nectar of the Gods, Blend #4, found at PHX Hydro in West Phoenix, is also a solid brand.
Growers will also need the full spectrum of light, says Wylie, and he recommends starting off with an affordable growing light such as the ones sold by Sea of Green HydroGardens in Temple. Get your hands a little dirty before you buy expensive equipment, he advises. Do a trial run or two, and use the experience you gain to guide you moving forward.
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