Legal? I’ve heard that
it’s legal to grow pot in British Columbia. Is this true?
Curious… it is not legal to grow pot in British Columbia, or anywhere
else in Canada. Federal Laws prohibit it. However, police and courts have
a wide range of latitude in which to operate – from draconian to enlightened.
It depends on which province/municipality that you live and grow in, on
how they will react. Grower Beware!
I would like to learn more about pruning
my plants. Can you explain the process to me?
Anonymous…pruning plants is a frequently misunderstood process. People
often remove leaves to allow more light onto growing tips underneath, in
the false belief that this is an accepted pruning practice. It
is not. Chlorophyl (the green leaf color)
is responsible for photo-synthesis and removing 5 square inches of chlorophyl
to get more light on 1 square inch of chlorophyl, does not make sense.
is the practice of removing or ‘pinching off’ the growing tips of the plant
to force out more branches.
is the removal of branches, leaves, and growing tips to facilitate the
circulation of air and the penetration of light throughout the plant to
only remove leaves which are more than 40% damaged, or those attached to
branches you are pruning, eh?
What’s the proper temperature to grow my pot
White Widder…marijuana thrives between 68ºF at night (minimum),
and 82ºF during the light cycle (maximum).
personally like to garden in a short-sleeved t-shirt. If I’m uncomfortable
with either the temperature or the humidity, then I know that my plants
are not growing to their full potential, because we share nearly identical
environmental parameters for temperature (68ºF-82ºF), and
humidity (50%rh-65%rh). Keep her
Can I use the exhaust from my natural gas furnace,
or hot water tank, to increase the CO2
in my grow room?
Just Wondering…although in theory this is a workable option, I personally
do not recommend it all. If the burner is dirty or improperly carborated,
it will produce CO2
(carbon dioxide) and CO (carbon
monoxide), a deadly gas that
can kill you or your plants.
wish to increase the carbon dioxide supply to your room, I recommend better
ventilation, or a myriad of non-lethal ways to produce CO2
(eg. vinegar & soda, dry ice, bottled carbon dioxide, CO2
generators, etc., eh?).
I have lots of tin foil, and I was wondering
if it would make a good wall covering to reflect the light.
No matter how much aluminum (tin) foil that you’ve got, Tin Man, I don’t
recommend this as a wall covering in your grow room, for several reasons
(eg. aluminum foil conducts electricity very efficiently — remember the
aluminum-wired homes that subsequently burned to the ground, or got re-wired
with copper? If the foil is not placed perfectly flat, then the
scattering light rays will cancel each other out and decrease the available
light, etc., etc.).
you go to a paint shop, order some high-quality flat white paint*
with a fungicide mixed into it (tell ’em it’s for your steamy bathroom),
and paint your grow room interior (all surfaces, eh?).
white paint gives you the highest reflective value available to the average
grower – even higher than mirror! .
keep hearing about ‘clone degeneration’ from using successive clones, causing
loss of vigor, stunted growth, lower yields, and lower potency. How many
generations can I cut before I notify Dr. Kvorkian? Or should I only clone
from the original ‘mom’? How often do I have to replace my mom?
Dolly the Sheep
Shame on you! A New-Age grass-eating sheep like you should know that there
is no such thing as clone degeneration! Each new generation is an exact
copy of the original. PERIOD!
correct observation, wrong conclusion. The symptoms you describe (loss
of vigor, stunted growth, lower yields, and lower potency), are results
of stresses being applied to the plant.
comes in many forms. For example, bugs, pests, nutrient problems, medium,
problems, temperature/humidity problems, or even diseases. Keeping in mind
that plants do not have an immune system – such as you or I, Dolly – when
a plant becomes diseased, obviously all subsequent clones are diseased.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness.
can I bypass my hydro meter and get more lights free without getting busted?
Power Hungry: Bypassing your meter is not only dangerous,
but also ‘theft of service’, an indictable offense, and a totally different
moral issue than growing herbs. Growing pot is morally correct – theft
is immoral – in my opinion. Therefore, I do not condone or advocate the
theft of electricity under any circumstances. Pay your bill, eh?
the right PH to use for growing Cannabis Sativa?
Up or Down
Victoria Springs, AU
Up or Down: This is a very controversial issue. The old
theory holds that you should maintain a neutral, 7.0 PH. This number has
continually gone down over the years, and my latest data recommends 6.0
to 7.0 for organic (ie. garden) soil, and 4.5 to 6.0 for a soil-less medium
(ie. hydroponics). The standard sunshine mix, pearlite, vermiculite, etc.,
are closer to soil-less than organic.
subspecies of cannabis (indica, ruderalis?, sativa, or hybrid) requires
a different specific PH, but generally, I recommend 6.0 PH for hydroponics,
and 6.5 PH for ‘man-made’ soils, as starting points. Learn to read your
What is the easiest way for me to make
Moose Jaw, SK
Tri… Great Question! I believe that the easiest way to make hash
is also the best way to make hash! I don’t recommend using alcohol preparations
to make hash or hash oil, because the danger of explosion is real,
and because the complex extraction process is often misunderstood. Consequently,
you’ll usually produce a low-quality product!
the ancient practice of removing the tricombs by manually screening
the buds and leaves, then pressing the loose tricombs into hash.
to make Hash:
sun leaves from buds and bud leaves during manicuring of harvest crop
dry the bud/bud leaves that have tricombs present. They should easily crumble
between your fingers. If you try screening them before they are absolutely
dry, they will ‘gum up’ your screen. ugh!
pot in the freezer for a couple of hours. This makes the tricombs (the
thingies with the THC in ’em) very brittle! They’ll break off and pass
through the screen with less friction.
pot from the freezer. Crush it with your fingers until it is about the
size of bottled spices.
mirror below your screen to catch the tricombs.
your pot over a “HashMizer 2000“
screen, by lightly agitating the pot with a credit card, or even your fingers.
the tricombs off the mirror frequently with your credit card. Compress
them between your fingers. Smoke some. If it’s below your standards – discard
the hash – and reload the screen. Start ‘screening’ again.
is the highest quality process because it uses low heat (body temp) and
low pressure (finger squeeze) needed to create a block of hash from tricombs.
grade of hash has the highest percentage of tricombs and the lowest percentage
of extraneous plant material. As the the tricomb count diminishes, the
grade declines, and more heat/pressure is required to create a ‘brick’
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the dark? What
kind of light must I use to get big, fat buds?
New York, NY
Midnight Cowboy… Most North Americans use Metal
Halide bulbs for the vegetative phase
(18 hours daily), and then they switch to High
Pressure Sodium bulbs for the flowering
phase (12 hours daily).
they use HPS for both the ‘grow‘ and ‘bud‘ phases. In Australia,
they use MH for both phases.
setup is 3 lights at a ratio of 2MH:1HPS for the vegetative phase, and
a ratio of 2HPS:1MH for the flowering phase.
on an absolute minimum of 20 watts of power per square foot
of growing area, and 4 plants per square foot of growing area, you
could expect a harvest of 1 ounce per square foot!
details about lighting, and other variables in the next issue of Growing
then, I wish you good gardening, good smoke, and good-bye!