A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Cannabis at Home


A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Cannabis at Home

In most states with recreational or medical marijuana programs on the books, it is legal for adults over 21 to grow a certain number of cannabis plants in their home. The exact details of the rules can vary; for example, Oregon places the absolute limit of cannabis crops at four, regardless of how many people live in that home or at what stage of maturation the plants are, but in Maine, adults can have up to six flowering plants per household more that aren’t flowering if they hold a medical card. In contrast, marijuana users in Arkansas must visit a dispensary because home growing is prohibited.

If you are interested in growing cannabis in your home, you should start by checking your local laws to determine that it is safe and legal. Then, you can follow this guide to raise your weed seedling to a healthy, flowering, valuable crop.

Make Space Indoors

Most places prohibit outdoor growing, or at least growing in areas visible and accessible by the public. Unless you live on several acres with impeccable security, you probably want to make some space indoors for your new cannabis garden.

Though you can adapt almost any space to growing marijuana, if you want to limit your energy expenditure, you want to select an area that receives plenty of sunlight but isn’t visible to the public; in other words, you don’t want to use a window facing the street. Homes that don’t receive 10 or so hours of sunlight might need to invest in grow lights, which are special UV lights that give plants the right nutrients.

Additionally, cannabis plants don’t often thrive in areas with high humidity, like bathrooms and kitchens. If you live in a region that maintains high humidity year-round, you might consider using a dehumidifier around your crop. Regardless, you should be growing in a large container with well-draining soil, to prevent water from building up around the roots and causing rot.

Choose the Right Strain

Before you start growing, you might try to sample a few different strains from a recreational or medicinal dispensary near you to determine what you like from your cannabis experience. Different strains have different concentrations of cannabinoids like THC and CBD as well as different terpene profiles, which not only provide varying aromas and flavors but also contribute to how the high feels. For example, strains with limonene, the citrus terpene, are likely to provide more energy whereas strains with linalool, the lavender terpene, are likely to be more sedative. You can always talk to budtenders or correspond withmore experienced cultivators in online forums for help finding strains that suit your needs and are appropriate for beginner growers.

Endure the Vegetative Stage

The vegetative stage is when the cannabis plant is growing rapidly from seed to sprout to seedling and beyond. At this point, the plant is nothing more than a vegetable — root, stalk and leaves — and it has minimal quantities of cannabinoids and terpenes. All of the plant’s energy is going to growing to maturity. The vegetative state can last between four and eight weeks, depending on how old your cannabis plants were when you acquired them.

For the most part, a cannabis plant’s needs are simple during this stage: light, water and nutritious soil. You probably don’t need to dote on your plant too much, but you should monitor its health and make changes if it seems to stop growing or wilt in any way.

Tend the Flowering Stage

The flowering stage, as the name suggests, is when the cannabis plant develops flowers. During this phase, you will need to increase the amount of light your plants are getting to at least 12 hours per day, which will provide them with enough energy to produce big, bountiful buds. You should also monitor your crop for signs of males, which produce smaller buds that fertilize your females and create seeds instead of marijuana nugs — a result you probably don’t want. You will need to physically separate your male plants; in fact, you might want to throw them away, since they won’t produce a harvestable flower.

Harvest and Enjoy

Once your buds stop growing new hairs, it is time to harvest. All you have to do to collect your bounty is use scissors to trim off the flower matter, and hang the nugs upside down in a dark, cool, dry and well-ventilated space. This will help them dry and cure without generating mold. Once your harvest is appropriately dry, you can place them in an airtight container and use at your leisure.

If you have a green thumb, you could end up with several months’ supply of the good green stuff after just one harvest. Then again, it takes some growers several tries to get the vegetative and flowering stages right. As long as you are patient with yourself and your plants, you should enjoy the process of growing weed at home.

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Wine Down Eugene: August 10 – 16

Wine Bars & Wine Shops

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Marché Provisions: Fri. 7p Annual Rosé Party. This party will be held around the fountain at 5th Street Market for snacks and an array of wines from the old world, and the new. Live gypsy jazz by Manouche Noir $35 p/p. A portion of each ticket goes to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. For tickets visit:

LaVelle Club Room at 5th Street Market: Open during construction! Wed. 5-8p ½off glass pours for ladies; Thurs. 6-8p Live music with Johan Forrer; Fri. 6-8p live music by Gus Russell.

Red Agave: Wed.7:30p Special Event/Fundraiser for CASA. 4 course meal with wine pairing, limited seating, $75 p/p. 50% of proceeds goes to CASA. Call 541-868-3087 for more information and to purchase tickets. Or just stop by and savor a glass of wine from their excellent wine list including Oregon’s finest from King Estate, Four Graces, Bethel Heights & Cristom to name just a few, it’s impressive:

Sam’s Place Tavern: Fri. 7-10p Live music in the Cabana with Skip Jones; Great wine list, 21 glass pours, all under $7! Wine list includes some excellent Oregon & NW wines. Check it out at Every booth has its own flat screen TV in addition to 22 plasma TV’s – watch the PGA Championships this weekend!

16 Tons Beer & Wine/The Tap House/Union Café: 16 Tons has a new location! The original 16 Tons will now be known as The Taphouse (corner of 13th & High St) and the new location (29th & Willamette’s Supreme Bean) will now be known as The Union Cafe. Live music every Friday on the patio at The Union Cafe- Fri. Aug 12th~Rockin’ Blue Grass Fun!

The Washburne Café: Fri. 5-8p Second Friday Art Walk! Artist reception with Emily Schultz, live jazz with Dennis St. Germaine, beer tasting with Hop Valley, and dinner specials featuring lobster bisque, panini’s and salads. As always, there will be local wines available from Sarver, J. Scott Cellars, LaVelle & Patchwork Cellars. Get the delicious Sarver Pinot Noir Rosé here-great summer wine!

Mac’s at the Vet’s Club: Wed 6-9p . Wine, Jazz & Variety Show with Gus Russell & Paul Biondi. A different Oregon winery is featured each week – this week it’s Silvan Ridge!

B2 Wine Bar: Thu. 7:30 live music with Maria Skipper & Gary Hemenway; Sat. 9:15p Movie’s Under the Stars: Karate Kid. Bring a chair, enjoy wine, watch an outdoor movie. Loads of Northwest wines offered here:

Cork & Bottle Shoppe: Fri. 4p free wine tasting. The Cork & Bottle Shoppe is one of Oregon’s only liquor stores that carry a large selection of local and international wine & craft beer in addition to liquor. Free wine or beer tastings every Friday at 4pm. 812 Beltline Rd. Springfield.

Sundance Wine Cellars: Fri. 5-7p themed Frugal Friday wine tasting with Mario; Sat. 5-7p featuring local and regional wineries. Check their facebook page frequently for updates on events and tastings:

Jiffy Market: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting, house picks and pours; Sat. 6-10p Purchase a whole sandwich from the deli and receive a Ninkasi pint for $2!

Broadway Wine Merchants: Fri. 5-7p Free wine tasting weekly. Last Friday, Angus celebrated the sun showing it’s face with glass pours of an $80 bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blanc…be sure to check their website for featured wines and which winemakers will be present or call 541-685-0790

Territorial Vineyards & Wine Co.: Thu. 5-11p Tim Mclaughlin presents great music with a revolving cast of players. August Art – Shauna Trumbley. 907 W. 3rd, Eugene

Ambrosia: UPDATE: The remodel will finish this weekend and First Wednesday Wine Tastings will resume Sept. 7th with Small Vineyards Imports. Be sure to check out their great Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. 4-6p $4.50 house wines.  See their award winning wine list:

Café Zenon: Tues. 50% off bottles of wine; Mon-Fri. 5-6:30p $1 off glasses of wine and pints of beer. Find King Estate’s Domaine Pinot Gris & Capitello’s Sauvignon Blanc here – ½ off on Tuesdays!! Their fabulous wine list:

Café 440: Wed. Wine Flights for the month of August- 3 pours for $10.50. Featured wines are Sonoma Red & Whites!

Sabai Café & Bar: Wines by the glass $6 and under. Excellent local wines from Territorial, King Estate Capitello and Benton-Lane. Check out their wine list:

Agate Alley Laboratory: Now open for lunch 11a-3p & 5p-midnight Tue.-Sun. This is Agate Alley Bistro’s  sister restaurant. 25 varieties for $25 dollars! It’s a must try and their wine list is one not to miss

Capella Market: Fri.. 4-6p Free beer tasting with Sierra Nevada Brewing; Sat. 4-6p Free wine tasting with Oakdale Cellars

Café Soriah: Wed. Celebrate Wine Wednesdays! All day ½ off bottles of wine, including notable names such as: BrickHouse, Capitello, King Estate, Broadley! Great outdoor seating for the summer!

Café Lucky Noodle: Tue. 5:30-7:30p Wine Night – all bottles 35% off. Complimentary wine tasting in the lobby. Excellent wine list:

Granary Wine Bar: Wed. all day $5 glass pours of house white or red.

Cornucopia Maize Lounge:  Every Thur. until October 20th– New Belgium Beer night. Buy a New Belgium beer and receive $1 off & a raffle ticket for the 20 yr anniversary Fat Tire Bike from New Belgium Brewery Giveaway to benefit The Bridgeway House. All other nights raffle tickets cost $1. Winner of the bike will be picked October 20th.

Agate Alley Bistro: Mon. all day – 6 cheese fondue and glass pour wines are ½ off for a bottle!


Wineries & Vineyards

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LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Fri. 6-9p Friday Night Flights~live music with Jesse Meade & Craig Chee (guitar and ukulele) , flight tastings (free), and food offered by Devour Gourmet Food Cart. No cover.

Sarver Winery: Fri. 5-9p Steak & Sarver Caesar Fridays – Grilled tri-tip steaks served with the Sarver Caesar Salad & a side of red skin potatoes. Live music by the Franklin Ladies Aid Society. Call in your reservation by noon on the previous Wednesday. 541-939-2979. Space is limited to 40 people. $25.00/pp. Whether you dine with them or not, you’re welcome to join the Sarvers, drink wine, and listen to the tunes; Sun. 5p Hootenannies with legendary blue grass musician Mark Ross!

J. Scott Cellars: New tasting room located in The Wine Place in Yachats! Be sure to stop by and taste his excellent small boutique handmade Rhone varietals from the Pacific Northwest. Spcializing in Roussanne, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Cabernet…and a little Pinot Noir!

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. 6-8p live music with Apropos on their outdoor stage. Locally made wood-fired pizza, salad, cheese plates & cheesecake. Bring a blanket or chairs and the whole family

Brigadoon Wine Co.: Fri.-Sun. 12-5p Try Brigadoon’s 3 excellent wines-A Pinot Blanc & two Pinot Noirs, which can now be enjoyed on their lovely deck with a view!

Capitello Wines: One of the South Willamette’s “Wineries Without Walls”. Check their facebook page for events and where to find them to taste their incredible wines:

Chateau Lorane:  Open 7 days a week 12-5p Try some of their rare and distinguished wines: Baco Noir, Huxelrebe, Leon Millot, and Melon de Bourgogne. The new Entourage Red Blend is a winner!

Saginaw Vineyards: Fri. 6-9p Friday Night Live 2011 presents Annie Rhoades Band. No cover charge.  80247 Delight Valley School Rd, Cottage Grove.  15 minutes south of Eugene at exit 176 off the I-5.  541-942-1364 visit:

Sweet Cheeks Winery:  Open daily noon – 6p; Fri. 6-9p Twilight Tasting, wine & cheese pairing with Oregon-made artisan cheeses, live music with Timothy Patrick from 6:30-8:30p; Sun. noon-6p Mimosa Sunday, bring your own brunch, live music 2-4p.

Pfeiffer Vineyards: Open daily 11a-5p; Fri. & Sat. 11a-9p! Order a glass (or bottle) of wine and enjoy their new beautiful Water Garden -4 terraced ponds and waterfalls set in the vineyard~gorgeous!

Noble Estate: The winery is open 7 days a week noon-5p.Tasting room with beautiful new patio and gorgeous view.

Iris Vineyards: Mon.-Fri. 11a-3p Stop by their state of the art winery & tasting room in Cottage Grove. $3 tasting fee includes free wine glass and cheese and crackers. 541-942-5993


Save the Date or Reserve Now

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Marché Provisions: Aug 18th 7:15p Wine Not-So-Basics: Les Oddities – Learn about the strange corners of the world with wines you’ve never heard of. Light snacks & $15 gift card included. $35 p/p. for tickets visit:

Silvan Ridge Winery: Fri. Aug. 19th – Twilight 5 / 5K Run, outdoor concert, food, wine & beer. The first-ever 5K race in the Southern Willamette Valley’s wine country! Run the race, then enjoy food, wine, beer, and an outdoor concert featuring the Peter Giri Band. More info. & an official entry form:

LaVelle Vineyards Winery in Elmira: Aug 20th, 7-9p Saturday Evening with the Winemaker. Catered by Field to Table for a 4 course dinner with the winemaker along with 4 ½ glasses of wine for only $35! Gratuity included. Call 541-935-9406 for tickets.

Marché: Aug. 31st French Regional Dinner with specially paired French wines. Provence region. For more information and details:

Julia – Writing about Eugene’s Wine Scene

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