Are you looking for a new hobby, that could have some rewarding results? Do you enjoy gardening? Did you know that TOKE Cannabis offers cannabis seeds, so you can try your hand at growing your own cannabis at home? The benefits of growing your own cannabis are many.
Feel good gardening vibes. Growing your own cannabis has the same benefits as growing vegetables or fruits in your home garden. A fresh red raspberry or black currant just tastes better when you grow it yourself. It is a rewarding experience to work at making your little plants thrive – and eventually get to enjoy the fruits of your labours. Gardening is great exercise too.
It could save you money. Yes, it is possible that you suck at gardening and will accidentally kill your plants. On the other hand, if you can figure it out and make it work, growing your own cannabis can be a money saver in the long run. Of course, you will need to spend something up front, in order to buy the seeds to get you started. Several varieties of seeds are available at TOKE Cannabis’s many Ontario locations, including St. Catharines, Hamilton, Midland, Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Welland. You should also expect to use more electricity and water when growing cannabis, so those monthly bills will become a little more expensive. Nevertheless, if you enjoy gardening anyway, it is likely worth the expense! You can always start small, and move up to a larger operation once you get your techniques down pat.
You’ll never run out of pot. If you start growing cannabis at home, you can also say goodbye to the days of being left empty-handed. Especially if you have one particular strain that you can’t get enough of! By growing at home, you can provide for your own needs (although you will likely still want to hit up your favourite legal cannabis dispensary for greater variety, for something special, or to spice things up a bit.
It may just be a dream come true. What cannabis user hasn’t thought about growing their own plant, just for the heck of it? It’s a fun little science experiment you can do in your closet or in your backyard! Growing plants of any kind is also a good way to add a little beauty to your home, so if it fits your sense of style (and your lifestyle) let the plants have their place of honour right in your living room. It could be downright tropical! Just be sure not to put them where pets or children can get into them.
Cannabis growing rules in Canada for home growers are as follows:
The Cannabis Act permits adults to cultivate up to 4 cannabis plants per household (not per person). Some provinces and territories have applied added restrictions on personal cultivation.There are recommended safety and security measures for growing cannabis plants. Note: You may not sell the cannabis you grow at home to others. You need to be licensed by Health Canada to be able to grow cannabis for sale. To grow cannabis you must be 19 years of age, or older.
Tips on growing cannabis in Ontario
Cannabis should be harvested approximately 56–75 days after the plant flowers. After harvesting, cure or hang the plant’s buds for 5–15 days. Be sure to keep cannabis plants out of reach of children and pets
To start growing seeds: Soak them overnight in distilled or cooled boiled water. Begin the germination process by lining a saucer with a layer of wet paper towel. Drain any excess water and place the seed(s) on top. If you’re germinating more than one seed at a time, be sure to space them 2.5 inches apart. Using a second layer of damp paper towel, cover the seeds. Cover with a saucer and store in a warm (approximately 21ºC), dark area for a few days, misting the paper towels as needed to keep them moist and checking each day to see if taproots have developed. Taproots usually appear after two or three days (although it can take up to seven days), but planting once that root appears is more important than a specific number of days. Once you see small taproots, transfer them to a small container of grow medium to avoid mould or rot. Once seedlings develop, provide plenty of light and wait about a month before you replant them in your yard or a larger pot.
Growing Indoors: Cannabis plants require a lot of attention and very specific conditions to thrive. You’ll need an enclosed space where you can control light and humidity. On average, indoor plants require 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness to promote flowering. Younger plants benefit from about 18 hours of light to grow. With less than 12 hours of darkness, the plant stays in a vegetative state where it matures, grows stems and leaves. When the plant is allowed 12 or more hours of darkness, the plant enters the flowering stage where buds form. Watering your indoor cannabis plants regularly with filtered water will help encourage growth.
Growing Outdoors: Cannabis plants are annuals, and because they are not indigenous to our region, outdoor growing is challenging. Plant them outside in mid to late spring in a private fenced-in spot with good soil and plenty of sun and space and water them regularly. It’s your responsibility to make sure all cannabis plants and products are secured and out of reach of children and pets. If you have a green thumb and the right location, you can grow some great home bud here in southern Ontario!
Harvesting your cannabis plants: Cannabis plants can be harvested in the flowering stage (usually between 56 and 75 days after flowering). Wait until approximately 60% of the trichomes on the buds turn from milky white to amber. To dry the flowers, use drying racks or hang in a warm, dry, dark, well-ventilated location and cure buds for 5-15 days depending on the density of the flowers and the drying conditions.
At TOKE Cannabis, whether you are a first time grower or a seasoned expert, we have something for you!
Pink Lemonade Seeds, from 34 Street Seed Co. This strain smells fruity, and screams lemons and grapefruit on the exhale. The bud is coated in a generous layer of trichomes atop jade foliage and bronze pistils. With a higher difficulty to grow, you can be rewarded with very high THC percentages and incredible terpene profiles. This genetic prefers warmer climates, so cold nights are to be avoided and should be harvested before October in North America. It should ideally be grown indoors in Ontario. Origin: Edmonton, Alberta.
Triple Scoop by 34 Street Seed Co. Triple Scoop has a flower time of 8 to 9 weeks, higher stretch rate and incredible flower structure. This strain is suited for indoor growing as it requires warmer temperatures and more control with humidity. With high considerations for trellising, or training, heights should be monitored. Yield will not be sacrificed for the quality that will be produced, and it’s considered a beginner-friendly strain to grow! Offering between 17 and 27 per cent THC and less than one per cent CBD, Triple Scoop is a cross of Sorbet, Grape L.A. and OG.
Cherry Head seeds. Cherry Head is an original hybrid of Cherry Wine and Headband. Cherry Wine is a floral and fruity strain with CBD-rich potency, and Headband is a high-THC cultivar, with dense flower clusters that offer aromas of earth, gas, and citrus. The feminized seeds were bred in the Pacific Northwest, suitable for indoor and outdoor cultivation across Canada. The parent plants grow to a medium height, and were selected for their potential yield, potency, and significant resistance to mold and mildew. Cherry Head has a flowering period of approximately eight to nine weeks to maturity.
Magic Melon (autoflower) seeds. Combining the pungent Magic Melon strain with the ease and vigour of an autoflower makes these feminized seeds an obvious choice for anyone who wants a lot of bud quickly. We’ve been improving autoflowers to be as gorgeous as any full-season strain. All autoflowers require favourable conditions throughout the lifecycle, particularly in the early vegetative phase. It may flower early if the roots feel constrained. Pungent, funky fuel, with dense trichomes and a hint of raspberry. It should be grown indoors.
All Gas OG seeds, by Humboldt Seed Company. Everything about All Gas OG (formerly Asphalt Plant) is huge — the plant, the leaves, and the dense, bright green buds. This potent hybrid has notes of skunk, orange and pine, and is a moderate-to-heavy producer.
Error 404 Seeds, by 34 Street Seed Co. The cross that should have never happened, and likely the best mistake to happen from 34 Street. This cultivar takes the best attributes of Pink Lemonade and Super Lemon Haze to create a very blended hybrid and amazing smoke. The physical attributes present a kush type flower structure, with a lemony and haze type effect. It possesses a large stretch rate so should be grown with height in mind, and training. Flower sites are a lush green, with high calyx to lead ratio, and heavy resin production. It is a hybrid with a THC level of 18-24%. Should be grown indoors.
Pineapple Express Seeds, by 34 Street Seed Co. This potent and flavourful cross brings out the best in the classic pineapple express and kicks it up a notch with incredible yields from the lineage. This earthy, and subtle tropical mix is a treat for the nose and produces amazing effects. The quick flowering plant will need some support when grown indoor or outdoor, and has a low stretch rate for those with a height concern. Very easy to grow, along with great yields make this a great choice for new growers. Yield: High THC: 17 – 23% CBD: < 1% Terpenes: 1.5 – 2% Flower Period: 8 weeks Lineage: Pineapple Skunk X Trainwreck.
Lillooett Landrace, by Pristine. Lillooett Landrace has been stabilized to finish outside in the very short Canadian summer growing season. This strain typically provides buds that are covered in pink hairs. This aromatic sativa-dominant hybrid typically flowers within 45-55 days. Contains four seeds. It is a hybrid with 17-22% THC and 1-3% CBD. Grown in B.C..
Bubba Kush Seeds – feminized, by 34 Street Seed Co. Bubba Kush is an Indica heavy, and high THC producing genetic. This plant will produce dark green flowers, with purple pigments in late flower with an incredibly pungent and classic aroma and flavour. The higher stretch rate will complement the larger yields, but should considered when growing either indoors/outdoors. Bubba Kush is a beginner friendly cultivar and is resistant to mould and pests, which makes it a great candidate for all growing types. Colder temperatures and environments should be avoided. Yield: High THC: 18 – 28% CBD: < 1% Terpenes: 2% Flower Period: 8 – 8.5 Weeks Lineage: Bubba Kush 2.0 X Bubba Kush #1
AK-47 x UK Cheese (auto) seeds (autoflower) by 34 Street Seed Co. This AK and Cheese cross will develop large dense flower sites, while reaching up to 100 cm tall. This cross should be ready to harvest within 10-13 weeks from planting, and packs a medium yield with high potency. The Ruderalis lineage will trigger an automatic flower without the need for lighting schedules while the Cheese lineage will produce hints of cheese with spicy aromas. This cultivar is great for beginners and resistant to pests.
Wedding Cake seeds – feminized, by CRG Pharma. Wedding Cake, a hybrid of Cherry Pie and GSC, features a rich and tangy flavour profile with undertones of earthy pepper. It is an indica with THC level os 16-25%. Growing method: greenhouse.
Northern Lights autoseeds, by Parkland Flower. Northern Lights Auto is a 30% sativa, 50% indica, and a 20% ruderalis strain. Auto Blue Cheese was hybridized with Northern Lights to mix the best of both worlds. The Northern Lights lineage presents earthy flavors and classic relaxing highs, while the Cheese lineage sweetens the taste, intensifying the organoleptic qualities of NL x Cheese cross. The THC levels of this strain are perfectly mellow, hitting around 16-19%. Can produce up to 100-220g/plant of bud outdoors. The entire life cycle of Auto Cheese NL autoflower is between 100-105 days seed to finish. Can be planted outdoor immediately following last frost (late May early June).
Let the gardening fun begin!