Hemp seed Florida newbies, listen up! You’re going to be amazed at how much easier it is to grow hemp in this state now that the law has been passed. Here are some tips from a Hemp Seed Florida Newbie on what you can do from here on out.
Since the passage of Amendment 2, Florida is now a legal grow state for all varieties of cannabis, not just hemp. So if you haven’t already started growing cannabis using the newly passed law. Now is the time to start!
To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of 9 things Florida Hemp Seed newbies should know.
- Everything You Need To Know About Getting Started: If you haven’t already, sign up to our mailing list and we will send you a free PDF book that gives step-by-step instructions on how to get started growing hemp in Florida.
- Change Your Mindset: Hemp is not marijuana, it’s a different species of the cannabis plant with virtually no THC in it so there’s no “high” from consuming hemp seeds or extracts.
- Get The Hemp Seed Seeds And Plants: Buy your seeds online at places like Seedsman, Big Sky Converters, and Oseeds (they even ship internationally), purchase the plants (over 100 different varieties) at places like Buygrow produce or Herb for Life for between $8 to $12 each depending on the variety that you want.
- Learn About Prepare Your Soil: Your soil has to be right before you plant hemp seeds. Do your research, call around to local nurseries (they can give you a list of local growers), and do some reading on soil pH and why it’s important in cannabis cultivation.
- Weed Out The Bad Seeds: Once you get your plants home, cross-pollination will happen. There’s no way to completely prevent the seed babies from the female plant (the pollen) from falling onto your seeds (the male plant). You can get rid of these “bad seeds” by handshaking them off your hemp seed plants, hanging them upside down in mesh bags, or separating them with sticky paper.
- Growing Conditions & Times Grow between 68-72F and keep the lights on 8 hours a day even when it’s cloudy outside.
- Sticky Notes: Sticky notes can be used to alert you to things like needing more water, need more light, problems with the plant, and pest issues. They also make a great reminder of how many days it’s been since you last watered your plants.
- Planting A Row: Always plant a row of hemp seedlings! This is an essential part of growing cannabis from seed that affects your yield and potency. Two reasons for this: 1) It allows you to see how many seeds germinate whereas if you only have one plant in a pot, it’s hard to know how many germinate at a time. 2) It will make sure you don’t run out of seedlings when you start harvesting seed.
- Harvesting Seeds: Like all cannabis seeds, the best time to harvest is when they are about two or three weeks old (medium sprouted). Hemp seeds have a very short window for germination. When your hemp seeds get to around 3 weeks old they will be too small and weak to get a decent yield because the plant has already started making its own bud. To come up with a good yield, you have to be at least four weeks old before harvesting lots of seed from your hemp plants. This is called the “window of opportunity.