CULTIVATION TIPS: THE RIGHT POT
Actually, hemp is one of the most robust and uncomplicated plants at all - not only because of this it was and is such a popular plant for centuries. Nevertheless, there are a few points to consider if you want to avoid beginner's mistakes and enjoy your hemp plant for as long as possible. We bring the most important cultivation tips for beginners to the point. Today: The right pot size for your hemp plant. First of all, it should be mentioned again that owning a hemp plant and processing its leaves is absolutely legal in Austria. The only problem is with the flowers - in this article you will learn more about this. Important for a healthy and happy hemp plant is first of all the right pot size: As long as the plant can develop in the root area and the climate in the pot remains the right one, the leaves will sprout as well. Especially beginner's mistakes that happen easily, such as too much water and the resulting waterlogging in the pot, can be avoided much easier if the volume of the pot is right from the beginning.
HOW BIG SHOULD THE POT BE?
In a really large pot the soil is well rooted, but not completely surrounded by roots - the plant still has room to develop. The cuttings that you get from Hanfgarten are in a small pot for transport, but you should get them out of it as soon as you receive them. There are different opinions about which pot size is the right one. We recommend that you increase the size of the pot gradually. This way the plant will need to be repotted more often, but it will grow in a more controlled way and especially in the beginning you can check more often if the roots look healthy. The cuttings can first be potted in a pot of about 8-10L capacity. It is important that the pot stands on a coaster and has holes at the bottom through which excess water can drain away. Alternatively, a drainage made of gravel or expanded clay helps to drain off moisture before it can accumulate. The concentration of THC in the leaves, on the other hand, is so low at <0.2 percent that it is within the legal limits of the EU limit for foodstuffs. Making and enjoying tea from hemp leaves is therefore legally just as safe as brewing a cup of lemon balm. The only thing that is important is that the plant is also at home on the windowsill at least 18 hours a day and that it is continuously illuminated all year round - this way you prevent it from blooming in the first place. You can find out why this is so, what exactly has to be considered and which lamps are best suited for this in our series "Tips for growing hemp".
MOVE YOUR PLANT
Once the pot is prepared, carefully remove the cuttings from the container provided (rolling gently between your hands makes it easier to separate the soil from the wall of the pot) and plant them. For repotting, it is recommended not to water the plants for about 24 hours beforehand, so that the root ball is not too moist and does not crumble when falling. However, after moving to the new pot, the plant will tolerate watering and possibly some fertilizer in the form of a diluted vitamin B1 preparation to help it recover from the stress of repotting. If the foliage has grown to about the same size as the pot itself, it is worth taking a look at the roots: Are they already visible on the underside of the pot? Then they probably don't have enough space in the meantime.
EACH BY PLACE
The next larger pot can have a capacity of between 15 and 25L - depending on how much space you have available within your own four walls. Basically hemp likes to grow as long as it has room to grow. If you don't want it to grow any larger, you can start by cutting off and processing leaves. The plant usually doesn't need to be repotted then. In any case, it never hurts to look at the root system regularly from close up to see the condition of the hemp plant. Healthy roots are bright and finely branched. If the roots look rather slimy or dark, they are possibly slightly rotten and should at least be cleaned properly, possibly even repotted, as there may be germ residues in the soil. As always: Have fun and above all success in growing your cannabis plant! If you take a little time every day during the first few weeks for your cutting and keep an eye on it, it will most likely thank you with good health.