Q&A with Jorge
Smoke All Year!
I live in the world’s crime capital, Johannesburg, South Africa. I want to grow Northern Lights and Red Bud Afghani in pots on my patio. I want them as natural as possible- please advise me on ALL the things I need to know to make a success of this. I want to be able to harvest every fourth month-because I want to smoke a different strain in spring, summer and autumn then in winter. I can smoke em all! How long does it take to grow them to fit my plans?We are just beginning our summer now.
Jonannesberg, South Africa
This garden full of Jack Herer plants is growing in Spain where the mild temperatures allow for two and often three greenhouse crops a year.
Your request is fairly easy, providing you protect your plants from the “criminals!” Also, you will need to do a little more study because I cannot tell you ALL you need to know to be successful. This part of your request is unreasonable.
Start seedlings or clones indoors under fluorescent lamps. Give seedlings 16 hours of light and 8 of darkness. Give female clones 24 hours of light. Grow until they are 6-inches to a foot tall. Harden off by putting the little plants outdoors for a few hours every day until they acclimate.
A greenhouse in BC Canada protects plants from rainy cool weather. Just a little bit of plastic and heat can extend the season to grow two crops a year.
This Swiss grower has it figured out. He is growing in a protected warehouse with a glass ceiling. In the summer, he covers plants to give them 12 hours of darkness, which induces flowering.
Steam pipe heat this Swiss greenhouse that produces clones in the spring and flowering plants in the fall!
Build or buy a small greenhouse to protect plants from temperatures below 10 degrees C. Such temperatures will slow growth substantially. And remember: Alles Sal RegKom!