There are a lot of reasons to love cannabis. Not only can components, such as CBD, be used for medicinal purposes, there is, of course, the fact that THC can give one a nice “buzz” as well as serve as a pain reliever for those not keen on getting hooked on pharmaceutical drugs. Additionally, hemp can be used for industrial purposes, is a very nutritious food and can even be utilized to make clothing.
All that said, why wouldn’t one desire to grow a marijuana plant? If you’re ready to get started and live in a location where it is legal to cultivate cannabis, consider growing the plant but shaping it into a bonsai tree. Seriously, it can be done — and, believe it or not, in just 5 easy steps.
Green Rush Daily shares that in order to grow a marijuana bonsai tree, there are a few things you’ll need:
*Potted marijuana plant
*Drill with a small drill bit
*Gardening twine or thin wire with plastic covering
*Thin wooden stake
Once you have all those items, follow the directions below:
Step 1: Drill holes in the pot
Begin by using your drill to make a series of holes in the top edge of a pot. Later on, you will use the holes to run twine or wire through them, so make sure they are big enough!
Step 2: Train the trunk
Next, use a small wooden stake to train the trunk to grow into the shape you want it. Do this by very gently, pressing the wooden stake down into the soil alongside the base of the plant.
Go slow so you don’t damage the roots. Once the stake is down, gently bend or wrap the trunk around it.
Next, run a piece of twine or wire through whichever hole is closest to the trunk. Loop the twine or wire over the trunk and tie it into place — this will ensure the trunk keeps growing in whatever direction it has been positioned in.
Watch the following video for further explanation:
Step 3: Train the branches
As the cannabis plant grows, you will need to routinely train the individual branches so they grow into the bonsai shape. To do this, use your twine or wire and, along with the holes drilled into the top of the pot, to train the branches to grow in the direction desired.
Tips: if you want a section to grow taller, don’t tie it down as much. If you want a section to grow more horizontally, be sure to tie it down.
Step 4: Prune branches
As needed, prune the branches so the cannabis plant keeps its bonsai shape. Trimming the branches also inspires new growth.
Note: be careful about trimming, as you don’t want to snip off a main branch that ends up damaging the plant. Additionally, only trim branches that are new offshoots coming out of a main branch. When you do, snip carefully and gently — ideally with sharp scissors.
Pruning is essential, for it keeps the plant looking like a bonsai tree (and that’s awesome). It also improves air flow, which will decrease the chance that your plant becomes too humid, moldy or that the soil will grow fungus.
Step 5: Harvest buds
Now the step you’ve been waiting for! Within 3-4 months, your marijuana bonsai tree should enter the flowering phase.
To determine the right harvesting time, look at the hair-like trichomes cover the plant’s flowers. When the trichomes turn milky white, the flowers can be snipped off.
Before using the buds, hang them upside down in a well-ventilated room to dry. Then, snap the stem with your fingers — it’s time to cure the buds.
To cure the buds, place them in glass jars, seal the lid and put the jar into a dark, dry place. Every day, make sure to check the jars. If one becomes too humid, take the lid off and let them air out, then put the lid back on. Once the buds are semi-dry but sticky, they are ready to smoke or decarboxylate for edibles.
Voial! You have successfully created a marijuana bonsai tree and can reap the benefits any way you choose.
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