On the heels of a successful 2019 dry farm cannabis crop I’ll not only aiming to repeat that this year, but I’m also doing a little experiment to try and simulate the growing conditions of wild cannabis.
For my experiment I’m using genetics that go back to 1700’s new Mexico Spanish land grant. This strain has been successfully dry farmed by its breeder in the high desert.
I live near Paso Robles ca which is in USDA zone 9b. We average about 16″ of rain, with nearly zero falling from April through the end of harvest. Summer days often hit 100° or more and the high last season was 114° which is high but not that unusual. Our day night temperature differential average is about 30° or more, year round.
My plan was to sow seeds before the first rain and from that point on mother nature would be in charge. I planted a total of 18 seeds split evenly between two of my beds. One bed planted on the solstice, and the other on Christmas day.
Even though we had a bit of rain on December 27 I didn’t expect the seeds to germinate right away because we were also having frost more morning’s than not. I nearly missed the first seedling on January 12th and now have 4 seedlings growing in the bed planted on the solstice and 3 growing in the other bed. They are still getting frost more mornings than not with our coldest weather likely yet to come.
My objective is to learn how germinating and growing in wild conditions effects sexual maturation and flowering.
I will be postings updates every month or so and I’ll try and answer any questions the best I can, but before any one asks what dry farming is ill just say that for me it is not using any irrigation once the plants are transplanted into the ground.