Cultivating cannabis can be one of the most rewarding activities that a person can do, and with a pleasant reward at the end of all the hard work (assuming the cannabis is grown right).
Why cultivating cannabis outdoors can be better than growing indoors
A great resource to look up the recommended planting date for where you live is the Farmer’s Almanac.
An obvious question – when is the best time to plant cannabis outdoors?
The increase in cultivation reform has resulted in a rise in interest in growing cannabis among cannabis consumers.
"It'll start to flower mid-to-late summer and be ready to harvest usually mid-to-late September or early October."
Don Belanger of the Toronto Drug Squad says his team has no set protocol for homegrown weed.
"Legalization is new, Oct. 17 was just a few months ago," says Shega Youngson, a spokesperson for the company. "Once we have a broader selection, I think that people will want to try it out."
Scott's Miracle Gro, one of the best known brands of fertilizer for lawns and gardens, has a cannabis division, the Hawthorne Gardening Company, based in Surrey, B.C. Its focus has been on large commercial growers of cannabis, as well as hydroponics. Now it's developing products aimed at cannabis hobbyists in the consumer market.
Scott's Miracle Gro for cannabis?
CBC News contacted every province, and only Nova Scotia was able to specify the level of demand for seeds, saying that weekly sales have risen to a modest 14 packages of four seeds each in May from 10 packages back when the seeds were first offered for sale in February. The provincial distributor says it expects to be able to fill orders.
Soltys planted four seeds indoors in February. They've grown to about half a metre high, bushy in pots, ready to be planted in his back garden now that the weather is warm enough.
But is special fertilizer even needed? In his backyard in Guelph, Matt Soltys says that growing cannabis isn't much different from growing tomatoes.
Seed shortages and big prices
Kelowna, B.C.-based licensed cannabis producer Flowr currently has no seeds for sale, but its director of plant science says that by June, the company will have both seeds and "clones" available.
"Outdoor production is definitely cheaper," he says. "There is less equipment involved, and it's more environmentally friendly. There is no input of electricity to power grow-lights, for example."