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Growing Cannabis in Desert Environments

The hot temperature of 120* F doesn’t seem like the ideal growing conditions for marijuana, but this is misleading. Most plants die in those temperatures due to a lack of water, not the heat itself. The plant may also have shallow roots that are burnt in the hot upper layers of the soil.

If a marijuana plant gets enough water in hot temperatures, the water gets down to the roots of the plant. The deeper layers of the soil don’t have the extreme temperature changes that the top layers due in the heat.

In the summer months, you don’t want the soil to dry out. The roots draw up the water, and this is transferred to the leaves of the marijuana plant. If the soil gets dry, then the cells in the leaves don’t get the water that they need. Leave will wilt and lose turgidity. As the plant dries out, more cells die off. Plants face a lot of stress even if there is a little bit of wilting. The lack of water causes damage to the plants. Plants can die in just a few hours if they don’t get water at the first sign of plant stress.

Leaves may droop during the hot test parts of the day even if enough water is present. This is a protective measure by the plant and not necessarily a cause for concern. Plant leaves wily slightly when they get intense sunlight, so the leaves get less of it. Partial shade is ideal for marijuana plants in intense heat. The soil doesn’t go through extensive changes, and the plants are more protected. The plants get enough light to grow. Indirect light in some area gives enough light intensity if no cloud cover is present, and yields can be decent enough.

In dry and hot climates, the grower can use commercial products. You can buy Anti-transpirant sprays that help reduce water loss when there are periods of plant stress. The sprays indicate that they are ideal for stressful climate changes like dry and hot winds of when you’re transplanting. Most nurseries have these sorts of products to help protect your marijuana plants.

You can also use water holders made from polymers and starch. These look like corn flakes, and they are quite lightweight when dry. These are mixed in with the soil, and when they meet water, they balloon up in the water to hundreds of times the weight. One single tablespoon of these flakes holds 6-8 ounces of water. The flakes release their moisture when the soil starts to dry out. The soil holds its moisture for longer, and there is less loss of water.

Hot Weather Growing

Hot outdoor conditions can be ideal for the growing of marijuana. The crops can be cultivated year long without having to worry about problems such as mold developing. The plants benefit from the intense light which provides better growth for the marijuana buds. There are challenges in these environments, such as extreme heat and the lack of water. The dry soil is not ideal for the growth of marijuana plants that love water.

Without the right preparation and knowledge, you’ll face problems. A lot of heat can easily ruin your crop, and you’ll have nothing that you can harvest. The trick is to keep the roots which are heat-sensitive hydrated and cool in the heat.

Hot Weather Problems

The extreme heat is a problem for cannabis plants. The young plants are more susceptible to the heat. In dry paces there is more evaporation, and the soil may be cracked or hard. The dry upper soil and the heat can cause the roots to burn and the plants to die.

Heat stress is another problem in hot climates. When there is heat stress, the leaves will curl up or start cupping. Leaves may start to droop if they are undergoing heat stress. If this is left for too long, the plants stop the growing process.

In dry and hot climates there are more hours of daylight and fewer hours of darkness. Marijuana plants need at least 12 hours of darkness to flower properly. Since hot climates have unsuitable dark and light cycles with more hours of light than darkness this can cause stress to the cannabis crop. (1)

Protection of Your Cannabis Crop from the Heat

When you grow in hot climates, you don’t want the growing medium to dry out. The plants drink plenty of water in a hot climate. If the plants don’t get enough water, they will dry out by the end of the day. Water the plants early in the day and ensure that they are hydrated throughout the day. You don’t want to get the leaves wet as the water droplets can magnify the heat of the sun and burn the leaves.

Marijuana Seeds

The seeds that you use plays a role in the cannabis that you harvest. You want to use good seed strains that can resist the heat of the sun. Ensure that the seeds get enough water, so the plants grow properly. Here are the seeds that you should be using as they have good heat resistance. (2)

Hawaiian, African, Haze, and Sativa

These strains are from hot climates. They can resist the hotter climates. They can resist the heat and a lack of water. These strains can go for days in temperatures that are 38°C or 100°F and higher. These strains can produce high yields despite the high heat and lack of water. The sativa strains can adjust to shorter dark cycles. Some of them even have high levels of THC. Recommended strains include THC Bomb, NYC Diesel, Jack Herer, Afghan, Headband OG, and Kaya Gold.

Exposure to the Sun

Plants should have some partial shade to protect them from water evaporation and heat. The plants get the darkness they need, and they are protected from sun burning. You can create shade by making a mesh shade to put over the plants if you don’t have natural shade or put a cloth cover over them. The cloth cover should allow for some airflow so the plants can be kept cool.

Best Gardening Tools for Your Project

Finding the Best Gardening Tools for Your Project

Gardening is a ideal hobby. Gardening is moreover how thousands of individuals support themselves and their families. Gardening is something that anybody may enjoy and be proficient at. It’s possible for people to make perfect gardens, even if they don’t believe they have a talent for gardening. All it takes is some time, some knowledge and the right tools. It’s an acknowledged truth! Utilizing the correct garden tools will turn a disappointing garden into a perfect garden.

What are the appropriate tools, and how will you tell? Keep reading to discover about some simple tools that will assist you on your successful gardening journey.

A trip to your nearby garden center will give you a plethora of shiny garden tools to look at, in addition to numerous different types of machines and equipment.

However, the first item you will want for gardening is a good pair of gloves. A lot of gardening is done with your hands, and a good pair of gloves will keep your hands protected and safe from injury and other kinds of harm.

You’re gardening gloves should be comfortable and usually made from cotton. They are there so you don’t end up getting blisters from the wooden handles of your gardening tools like a shovel or rake. I know, it’s happened to me in my garden and at work. They should fit snuggly, not too tight or too loose.  If they are too bulky, they can only be an obstruction.

Have you heard of a chipping hoe? This is a remarkable tool to have. Why you want one of these is to get at little weeds. If you actually want the weeds to stay away, you have to attack the origins. If you pull the weeds, they might come back. Using a chipping hoe, you can get at them directly. The smaller ones are moreover really valuable to get into regions that your fingers cannot. This really is where the chipping hoe comes in handy.

One item that can be fairly beneficial to your garden is a compost bin. Compost bins have been a piece of garden schemes for a extremely extended time, but has only newly been fashionable. Composting is a dual purpose venture because you will not only be creating fertilizer for your garden, but will moreover be making positive utilize of waste. Most all untreated waste can be utilized in your compost bin, with the exception of meat. Once the composting components have been reduced to a lesser form; they are prepared for use.

And don’t forget a good garden hose. You’ll be watering your garden often depending on the climate that you live in. And think about the length as far as will you need one for your lawn as well? The right garden hose for your yard and your garden will save you a little money rather than buying two hoses for the same purpose.

You need a lot of different things when you’re ready to commence your garden. Included in the products you need are adequate, and appropriate, gardening tools. If you don’t have any gardening experience, it is actually rather confusing to learn precisely what you need.

However, don’t allow yourself be overwhelmed. You might shortly understand – with experience – the gardening tools that are truly helpful.

Desert Vegetable Garden

There is still time to plant your organic desert vegetable garden.

As the temperatures really start to heat up and our season changes from ‘pretty warm’ to ‘scorching hot’ you might think you missed the growing season for your veggie garden.

That’s not really the case.

You can still plant cucumber, pumpkin (will be ready in the fall), eggplant, melons and herbs.

As I type this in mid August I have a very healthy raised garden that’s doing quite well.

Herbs such as basil, oregano, sage and rosemary are still as healthy as ever, growing like crazy in full sun. The important thing is to keep your bed hydrated.

Many of these plants can tolerate the heat if the roots are kept cool.

Tomatoes are a bit fickle in super heat but all hope is not lost.

Few months ago I planted few tomato plants and today they are 4 feet wide by 4 feet tall, loaded with blooms and fruits on East Valley Land.

Birds and insects are going to love those tomatoes so make sure you protect them, either by planting things that critters hate nearby or putting up a fence made of mesh or wire.

Chicken wire works well. Again, remember to hydrate!

One of the most impressive specimen growing in the summer desert season are sunflowers. There are dozens of varieties and they perform incredibly in our strong desert sun. The sunflower seeds attract birds which in turn helps the rest of your garden.

Birds eat many of the insects that partner up to destroy crops and flowers.

Grab a few survival seeds or tiny plants and give summer gardening in the desert a try.

With ample water and afternoon shade (if possible although not mandatory) you will be pretty surprised by the results!