Before you can you get high by eating weed, you need to grow the weed.

Several states throughout the country have started to allow individuals to grow their own cannabis at home. If you’re looking to experiment with growing your own cannabis plants, you’ll want to check out this guide for growing weed in a 5 gallon pot.

Think About the Size of Your Pot (And the Planter You’ll Grow it In!)

When we think of cannabis, we typically think of the iconic leaves as well as the smokable flower. However, the cannabis plant is its roots more than it is anything else.

The small cannabis plant can easily be planted into a small pot. The root system is not that developed, and it won’t take up that much space. However, you want to transplant it straight to your 5 gallon pot as soon as you can.

Cannabis plants that have been planted in anything larger than a 1 gal pot shouldn’t be transplanted as this could damage the root system and seriously injure your growing weed.

Remember, you can start your seedlings off in a small pot, but you want to quickly rehome your cannabis plant into a 5 gallon pot.

How to Make a Cannabis Planter

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Want to learn about other exciting topics like does eating weed get you high, how to decarb weed, or how to make edibles? Well, that learning all starts with growing your own weed. Here’s how it’s done.

Your first step is to buy the right bucket.

Food grade buckets are made to much higher standards than other 5 gallon buckets. They’re less likely to reach dangerous chemicals in it to your growing cannabis plants, and they’re safer for handling on a regular basis. You can get them from most home improvement stores or by calling around to local restaurants and bakeries and see if they have any extras.

Next you need to prep your bucket. Drill 5 to 10 drainage holes in the bottom of your bucket in order to keep the soil from being too wet for too long. You should also add a 1 or 2 inch layer of rocks at the bottom of the bucket to further improve the drainage and circulation for your cannabis plant.

Next up is the soil. You want to pick up potting soil that’s rich in nutrients as modern strains of cannabis plants are very resource-intensive.

The last thing you want to consider is grow lights. You need to get a grow light setup that works well with the size of your growing operation. Your grow lights will also be used if you plan on “flipping” your cannabis plants into their flowering stage early, but more on that in another guide!

That’s all you need to start growing your own cannabis at home.

Growing Cannabis At Home FAQ

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While this article won’t answer “can you eat weed,” it will tackle important topics for people looking to grow cannabis at home.

How Many Weed Plants Per Bucket?

You should only have one cannabis plant per bucket. Cannabis is a bit of a resource-intensive plant in growing and having one per bucket will ensure that it has the most access to water and nutrients in order for it to grow properly. Cannabis plants can also get surprisingly big and having more than one in the bucket would create unnecessary competition for space.

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Is It Legal To Grow Cannabis At Home?

It is legal to grow cannabis at home in several states across the country. Each state has its own restrictions for how many plants can be ground and who can grow them. Some states only allow individuals with medical cannabis cards to grow their own cannabis plants.

How Long Does It Take Cannabis To Grow?

The average cannabis plant takes 4 to 8 months to begin to flower if grown naturally. However, your indoor cannabis plant can sprout flowers as early as 4 weeks using specialty techniques. This all depends on how many resources you’re pouring into your budding cannabis plant.

How Do I Know When To Harvest My Weed?

Each different strain of cannabis has its own time that it should be harvested. However, as a general guide, when the stigma of the cannabis plant starts to turn orange and curl it’s ready for Harvest. You should also keep an eye out on the trichomes of your cannabis plant as they begin to turn opaque, and then amber, when they’re ready for harvest.