Now that cannabis is legal to grow in Ontario, many consumers will be starting their grows as the summer begins. Below are some helpful tips and insights for those who may not be familiar with growing their own cannabis.
There are a few factors you need to consider when growing your own legal cannabis:
–Space (350 sq/ft Toronto studio may not cut it)
-The Quantity of Cannabis you wish to produce
With that being said, here are the 5 things you will need to grow legal cannabis in Toronto. Support local businesses when buying this type of equipment!
A Grow Tent
If you are undertaking your first cannabis growing experience, I would personally recommend starting off with a smaller grow tent, such as a 60cm x 60cm (two cannabis plants), or a 1m x 1m x 2m (4 cannabis plants). Grow tents provide a great environment for your plants to thrive in, as well as housing them in a secure way. There are a huge array of growing tents available and depending on your need, they may require a solid initial investment.
Where To Buy : Toronto Hemp Company – 665 Yonge Street
Depending on the size of your grow tent, your lighting needs will change. For example, in a smaller tent (60cm x 60cm) you need a maximum of 250W of light. In a larger tent (1m x 1m x 2m), you will need a 600W lighting kit.
The types of lights you can use to grow cannabis:
- CFL: Compact Fluorescent Lighting
- T5 Fluorescent
- LED: Light-emitting diode
- COB: Chips on Board
- Quantum Boards ( QB’s)
- HID: High-Intensity Discharge ( HPS, MH)
- CMH/ CDM: Compact Metal Halide/ Ceramic Discharge Metal Halide
Where To Buy: Toronto Hemp Company – 665 Yonge Street
Seedlings will start in a pot with a 0.5-litre capacity. Once the roots have shown themselves at the bottom, you need to transfer the plant into a pot that is at least 6litres in capacity (8 litres max). Keep your cannabis plant in this pot for approximately 4 weeks and then transfer into the final pot (18-25 litre capacity).
This is a very generalized rule for growing cannabis and it is best to do your own research on the specific strain and how it grows.
Plastic Pots: Plastic pots are the most common for growing cannabis, and can be found very easily. Any medium works well in plastic pots.
Fabric Pots: Fabric pots are made from a lighter, more breathable material, than plastic pots. Cannabis plants are able to eat and drink more in these plants due to the increased ventilation of the medium.
Air Pots (not pods): Air pots cost a little bit more than plastic or fabric, but, many cannabis growing experts highly recommended spending the extra cash on these high-performing pots. Remember though, thicker soils can cause problems in this type of pot.
Remember, auto-flowering cannabis plants should always be planted in their final pots.
Where To Buy: HotBox Homegrown Hydroponics – 206 Augusta Avenue
An Extraction System
Wherever you end up growing your cannabis plants, they will need adequate ventilation and extraction. Cannabis plants thrive on fresh, cool air, and extraction systems help to alleviate many problems such as bugs and mould to name a few. The grow tents available at Toronto Hemp Company are made to house an extraction system. An intake fan, outtake fan, and carbon filter are the bones of any extraction system used when growing cannabis.
Where To Buy: Grow Op Hydroponics – 1332 Bloor St West
A Growing Medium
Regardless of budget, experience, and other factors, choosing a medium to grow cannabis in is an important process. Cannabis can be grown in soil, coco, rock wool, perlite, clay pellets, and vermiculite mediums, as well as grown hydroponically. Hydroponics is not recommended for first-time growers, because the room for error is so slim in comparison to other mediums.
Your medium can have a drastic effect on the final outcome of your legal cannabis grow. Even basic organic soil for cannabis needs proper care and prep to achieve glorious cannabis plants.
Where to Buy: Holland Industry, 573 Fenmar Drive
Feel free to also check out Google Maps list of spots in Toronto to buy cannabis growing equipment.