Ad­vice From Friendly Strangers

Help­ful tips from cannabis cul­ti­va­tion pro­fes­sion­als

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Katy Perry Grow op Hy­dro­pon­ics 1332 Bloor St. W.

Soil-free hy­dro­ponic grow­ing can yield su­pe­rior re­sults, but be­gin­ners should stick to old-fash­ioned dirt. “I al­ways grow in soil,” says Perry. “If you over­wa­ter, the roots will sur­vive. If your pH is off, the soil will act as a buf­fer. But if you’re not us­ing soil, there’s noth­ing pro­tect­ing the roots at all.”

alex rea HomeGrown Hy­dro­pon­ics 26 Me­teor Dr.

Nor­mally, cannabis needs to be care­fully coaxed into flow­er­ing. Neo­phyte grow­ers can spare them­selves ag­gra­va­tion by us­ing spe­cially bred “aut­oflower” seeds. “They grow really fast,” says Rea. “They start to flower about two weeks from when the seeds sprout and they’re fin­ished in about nine weeks.”

trevor WilKin­son Grow it All 165 Geary Ave.

When set­ting up a home grow-op, think about light­ing. The in­ten­sity and wattage of the beams will de­ter­mine the size of the har­vest. “You’re only go­ing to get so many grams per watt,” says Wilkin­son. “The best com­bi­na­tion is a 315-watt ce­ramic metal halide fix­ture in a three-bythree-foot space.”

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