August 24, 2021

How to Grow a Hemp Plant

The basics of growing a hemp plant.

Growing hemp is an easy process and can be done in a variety of climates. If you are interested in cultivating your own hemp, read on for tips to get started! In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of growing your hemp garden at home. 

About Hemp

Hemp has been used for centuries as a fabric and food product by many cultures around the world. Today, it's being touted as one of the top plants that could help reduce climate change due to its ability to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere (much like trees do). It also has several other benefits, such as its use in making biofuel or other products that have numerous potential uses. There is still much research needed to determine whether these claims are accurate, but more and more people are growing hemp on their own to help contribute to this research.

Growing Hemp

Hemp is a tall and sturdy plant that can remain standing after harvest. The plants grow up to about 20 or 25 feet (the length varies depending on the variety) and typically have an 80% success rate if watering, growing, and fertilizing conditions are ideal. Sometimes there may be lower yields due to factors such as outside contaminants like pests or bad weather.

The Basics of Growing Your Own Hemp Garden

Growing hemp is not difficult; it's actually one of the easiest plants you can grow in your garden! Here's what you'll need:


-Soil (either loose or planted in pots or trays)

-Hemp seedling (optional)

Step 1: Choose Seeds

You can purchase hemp seeds online or at a nearby gardening supply store. If you are growing outdoors, find and purchase the largest seeds you can find to ensure high germination rates. 

If you are planting indoors, use hemp starter plants instead of large seeds. These have already been started for you so it is much easier to get them going as soon as possible!

Keep in mind that each variety of hemp has its own specific requirements for growth, so make sure your chosen brand contains all the information on how to grow this type of plant!

Step 2: Plant

Dig a hole about 3 inches deep where you want your hemp to grow using your gardening tools. Make sure that it is in an area with good drainage so the roots don't get waterlogged. 

Take your hemp seed and gently scoop out about half of the inside, leaving a hollow centre for the seeds to sit in. This will be done with most varieties of plant seeds at this stage to be easy to handle when planting. 

Now you can place your hemp seeds into the hole. You may want to use a garden sprayer to keep the dirt from flying everywhere as this step is done. 

Step 3: Water and Fertilize!

Your hemp plant should begin growing in about two weeks, at which point you will need to provide it with the proper amount of water and nutrients. Hemp plants tend to drink a lot of water! Place a watering can near the area where you planted, or have a hose ready to go as needed. 

It's also very important that you begin fertilizing your hemp plant at this point. The type, quantity, and frequency of fertilizer vary depending on your specific plant brand. Be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging! 

Step 4: Harvest

You can begin harvesting your hemp once it is between 3 and 8 feet tall (depending on whether you want fibre or seed). Once a handful of seeds have dried out, you will be able to collect them. This should take another 2 to 3 weeks. 

Storage Recommendations

If you have extra hemp seeds or a dried out plant, don't throw them away! They can be placed into paper bags and stored in a dark place with relatively cool temperatures. You may want to check every month or so because if the seeds dry out too much, they may not germinate when you try to grow them.

How to Process Hemp Seeds

If you want to use your harvest to make rope, clothing, or oil, you will need to process the hemp seeds first. This can be done with an industrial machine designed for this purpose, but it's much easier and cheaper to do it at home!

Here are some easy steps that you should follow:

Gather the dried out seeds together by hand. Depending on how many hemp plants you have harvested, this could be a lot of seeds! Don't worry too much about doing it by hand, though, because the hardest part is already over.

Step 1: Crack Them Open

You'll want to use a seed cracker for this step or just place the hemp seeds under your foot and stomp on them gently. You can also use a hammer if you don't mind getting your clothes dirty. Alternatively, if you have a mortar and pestle, this is also an easy way to crack open hemp seeds. 

Step 2: Remove the Shells Surrounding the Seed

These shells are very hard to remove by hand; they are usually made of cellulose, making them very difficult to break. Instead, place the seeds into a blender and blend them until they turn into a powder! 

Now you can use this dust to make rope or fabric. Alternatively, you could also just use the dust as fertilizer for another hemp plant if you plan to grow more in the future. 

Step 3: Separate the Seed from the Hull

The hull will be easy to separate from the seed; you can just pick it out by hand and throw it away. Alternatively, if they are stuck together, you can use a blender or separate them in water. ## Step 4: De-Hull Them

Using a hammer and nail or a hammer and stick, you can easily pop the shell off of each individual seed. Then use your hands to rub off the remaining hulls. 

Hemp is a very versatile plant that can be used for many purposes. Before long, you'll be able to make things out of hemp like rope or clothes! It's definitely worth giving it a shot if you're still on the fence. 

Final Thoughts

Hemp plants are among the easiest plants to grow. Just water and fertilize when necessary, and harvest your seeds at maturity for a successful hemp garden! If that sounds like a drag, and you'd rather buy pre-made products, check out our selection of hemp products.

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