Before you start buying your growing gear you’ll need to choose the seeds, and in order to do so, you’ll need to take a look at your future grow space and try to make out its qualities.
2. Selecting The Right Spot
And while not everyone has a big outdoor field or garden, or a spare room that seems ideal for setting up an indoor grow room, this doesn’t stop us either, there is always a way.
1. Choosing The Seeds
This encourages the plant to grow more leaves below the cut, pushing it to get bushier instead of taller. Continue to trim your plants regularly throughout the vegetative phase to control their size along the growing process.
Fabric flowerpots are a great choice; they don’t heat up much and allow your roots to air much more, which increases root growth, which in turn means large yields. However you’ll need to water more frequently, and feed them more often too. You can also transplant straight into the ground while in the flowerpots or into larger pots without needing to remove your fabric pot.
If the weather is right for it, you can grow you first set of plants at the end of March, taking plenty of care to keep an eye on how cold it gets and if it rains or is too windy. We recommend starting with autoflowering plants, as there are an enormous amount of different auto strains out there that can produce over 200g, and reach up to 300g in some cases. In order to do so, you’ll need plenty of sunlight and growing space as well as an intense feeding schedule. Autoflowering strains take a total of 70 to 90 days to fully mature.
This stage is for growers lucky enough to have a decent climate at the start of September; you can plant autoflowering plants and harvest towards the end of November, if your climate allows.
For cannabis plants to properly develop and produce a decent yield, they need at least 4 hours of direct sunlight and an uninterrupted period of darkness – this means you’ll need to have a balcony with no light contamination at night time such as street lamps or the lighting from your own house. This is generally one of the more complicated issues regarding growing weed in an apartment.
Around the first half of may, if you have enough space to grow in, we recommend starting your second round of autoflowering plants. If you don’t have enough space, you’ll need to hold off and if you weren’t able to germinate earlier due to bad weather, now is the time to do it. Around this date,your first round should be about 4 weeks old, and once the new round is about a month old you’ll be able to harvest and plant again.
For normal light-dependant cannabis plants, you’ll need to chose your flowerpot size based on your available space and when you plan on planting them. If you have enough space to grow large plants from the start of the season, we recommend transplanting more than once, with the last transplant towards mid/end of July. If you don’t have much space, we recommend growing from June onwards and transplanting to 18L at most towards the start of July.
The type of flowerpot you’re going to use is something you’ll also need to keep in mind. There are various different types, such as black and white flowerpots, as well as fabric pots and auto-pruning pots for the roots. These are generally the most used pots when growing cannabis.
To the chagrin of many landlords , Fraser reports that eviction for cannabis cultivation is hard to come by—even when it’s been explicitly prohibited by a lease. “There are limited circumstances under which you can be kicked out, unrelated to paying rent,” she says.
Robinson acknowledges that not all balconies are created equal. From his experience, the best set up has the unit facing south, ensuring the plants get the most natural light possible throughout the day. Canada’s changeable climate, however, can be a concern as well, possibly requiring some extra care around periods of extreme weather or drastic changes in weather conditions.
For many, the balcony is a sacred space: remote and (ideally) serene, it’s often a place to retreat, unwind and relax, perhaps with a bit of cannabis, while watching the world whirr on below.
There’s little need to worry about pollution, though, since even in the smoggiest of locations, Robinson says it’s unlikely the resulting plant would be noticeably affected.
Is it legal to grow cannabis on a balcony?
Considering how many consumers also like to pop out to the balcony for a quick smoke or vape, it’s no wonder some are curious about whether or not they can grow cannabis on the terrace of their apartment or unit. Photo by LARS HAGBERG/AFP/Getty Images
Robinson suggests that prospective growers can produce “thriving” plants for less than $100. There’s no need to get fancy with the garden unless that’s what the grower chooses: “If you buy a standard size bag of growing medium [soil], enough for three or four single-gallon pots, you’d still have some left over,” he says. Legal cannabis seeds take up the bulk of the purchase, with Ontario buyers going through the Ontario Cannabis Store looking at a steep $60 for a pack of four seeds .
Since outdoor growing practices are relatively simple—regular water and sunlight being staples of plant culture—Robinson suggests that once the plants have grown to around 60 cm tall, “place a garbage bag on the plants every day at 6 pm,” and then pull them off after 10 pm. Doing so completely deprives the plants of excess light hours by forcing them into shade, he explains. And by blocking out parts of the day, where the sun is shining less brightly, it forces the plants to expedite the growing cycle, and can result in larger buds.
Will cannabis grow on a balcony?
Considering how many consumers also like to pop out to the balcony for a quick smoke or vape, it’s no wonder some are curious about whether or not they can grow cannabis on the terrace of their apartment or unit.
Fraser says eviction is even less likely for medically licensed consumers, as most landlords aren’t eager to initiate a human rights case. “They have a duty to accommodate you to the point of undue hardship… they can’t just put a blanket ‘no’ on things,” she says.