Monday, June 17, 2024

May Is The Time to Plant Marijuana And Mums

From backyard gardens to rooftop terraces, now is the time to play chrysanthemums and cannabis

Spring is here and now is the time for gardeners to emerge and start planting. From backyard gardens to kitchen boxes to rooftop terraces, little seedlings are being dropped in the soil looking to emerge with something good. As you are looking to grow something beautiful and useful, May is the time to plant marijuana and mums.  Both are short-day plants and can make your full, medium or mini garden fun.

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Both plants require at least 6 hours of full sun, plenty of water, and oxygen rich soil. In addition, planting garden buddies alongside cannabis plants can promote terpenes, repel pests, and disguise unwanted odors. Chrysanthemum flowers contain a chemical called pyrethrin, a natural ingredient found in many pest control products. Pyrethrin causes a disruption in the insect’s nervous system, making these colorful flowers as beneficial as they are attractive. In addition, mums have a scent from there to their daisy family ties. It spreads a spicy fragrance all their own.

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When you’re ready to plant, begin by soaking the plant – if a seedling (in a 4” pot – in a solution of liquid seaweed or root stimulator. Then dig the planting hole, sprinkle a balanced in a fertilizer and fill with good soil. (Alternatively, you can sprinkle fertilizer around the plant in a ring after planting). Some people swear by fish fertilizer, it is whiny, but can do the job.

Next, prune a few lower leaves off the plant and plant it deep, so the bottom of the stem is under the soil. Additional roots will grow from the stem. Finally, water the plant thoroughly, watering around the base and try keeping water off the leaves.

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Next, let them grow and mature, cannabis 57-84 days and marigolds about 45-70 days. Water in the morning and keep tools clean to avoid pests and fungal diseases. Drip irrigation works well to keep water off the leaves.

In the heat of summer, you may need to water twice a day, especially for plants grown in containers. Another important way to keep your mums looking good is to deadhead the spent flowers before they’re completely dead. Monitor plants daily for any appearance of pests or diseases and always use organic sprays or soapy water.

When they have matured, pick and enjoy, knowing you have created this little piece of joy yourself!

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