It’s easy to look at hemp and marijuana and assume that they can be grown using the same methods since they are similar. However, the fact is, both species are not grown using the exact same methods. With the marijuana plant, the goal is to create a plant that is laden with flowers to get a high-THC yield.
The primary purpose of growing hemp is to produce plants with an abundance of stalks and leaves. As such, the growing methods that are used to accomplish this are different.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at some basic things to remember when it comes to growing hemp. Once you’re ready to grow, be sure to contact Discount Pharms. We’ll be more than happy to help you get started.
Pick the Right Genetics
The idea of growing hemp is to harvest stalks, leaves, and seeds. As such, genetics need to be considered regarding the section of the plant you primarily intend to harvest. For instance, if the primary purpose of growing hemp is to produce CBD oil, you would be better off with an American strain than the European strain. Why? On a genetic level, European strains have less than 5% CBD, while American strains have up to 20% CBD.
You will also have to take a good look at the climate where you live to determine the feasibility of growing hemp. While it may be true that hemp is a rigid plant that is capable of being grown in a wide variety of different environments, many experts proclaim that industrial hemp is not financially feasible to be grown indoors. While it technically can be grown indoors per se, it would be more economical to grow it outdoors.
A good rule of thumb to follow is that industrial hemp thrives outdoors under a mild climate and humid atmosphere. In addition to that, the rainfall levels of the area in which hemp is grown should be anywhere between 20-30 inches per year to aid soil moisture levels.
The quality of the soil you use is another basic thing to evaluate when it comes to growing hemp. For example, while marijuana strains grow best in soil with a pH between 6.1 and 6.7, hemp plants thrive in soil with a pH of 7.0 – 7.5. The soil will also need to have excellent nutrient-holding capacity and a decent amount of moisture year-round.
Based on the fact that the hemp plant produces a lot of organic material within a relatively short vegetative period, it will need a lot of feeding. During weeks 6-8, the plants will need an abundance of nitrogen. Once it reaches its vegetative phase, it will also need phosphorus and potassium.
A good rule of thumb to go by is as follows:
- 30 – 45 pounds of phosphate each acre.
- 50 – 65 pounds of potassium each acre.
- 79 – 95 pounds of nitrogen each acre.
Gaining revenue from hemp harvests has more to do with science than it does the math. However, by addressing your farm’s needs before you begin the growing process, you will increase your chances of getting a successful, profitable harvest.