Water is an often overlooked source of contamination. If you’re not using filtered or distilled water, which both INSA growers recommend, be sure to get a complete readout of your town or city’s water supply. This can usually be done by contacting your local water and sewer agency. While you can test water from the faucet yourself for things like pH levels, a more comprehensive assessment will indicate things like lead and heavy metals, which cannabis plants absorb readily. Heavy metals are of particular concern in Massachusetts, home to a lot of former mill towns.
Thankfully, you don’t need a cutting-edge grow center to get a good harvest at home. INSA head grower Matt Livermore and assistant head grower Frank Golfieri shared some Massachusetts-specific tips they’ve cultivated over the years.
Both Livermore and Golfieri recommend starting from seed if possible to avoid any surprise issues that may be brought into your grow space. When starting with clippings or clones, you can’t be positive that they won’t introduce bacteria, pests, or other pathogens into your garden. Golfieri advised, if you have the space, that you keep new plants in quarantine for a little while to avoid letting introduced pathogens spread to existing plants.
Cleanliness Is Key
If you’re taking advantage of the outdoor grow period, it’s important to be aware that it stretches across three different seasons—spring, summer, and fall—each with its own specific weather. While fall in other regions may be more temperate, Massachusetts tends to have more rain. Our long, relatively autom thus creates perfect conditions for things like mold to develop.
All that comes with a downside, of course: added cost.
Thankfully, there are lots of excellent resources online—including Leafly’s own dedicated section on growing—and many of them provide helpful information for the general grower. But what about growing locally, right here in Massachusetts?
“You can’t just grow anything, especially with the way the climate is out here.”
To have this beautiful plant in your Massachusetts garden is an experience bordering on exotic. Just be sure to time your grow so as to expose your maturing buds to a couple of cold nights in late September, and Purple Punch Auto will delight your senses with its rich, dark colors along with its sweet and fruity smell. The effects are potently relaxing and soothing Indica, perfect for medical patients.
Very easy to grow and adaptable to any conditions, this automatic strain can be cultivated by anyone and in any location. Even if you have no experience but are ready to give your plants a little bit of love and care, the yields will be spectacular. When you test the smoke, keep in mind that Extreme Impact Auto got this name for a reason – you may find out you’re not as hardcore as you thought you were, so use this strain in moderation and only in the evening.
Growers in Massachusetts are lucky in at least two respects. The laws are lenient enough to encourage growing marijuana outdoors, and the mild climate allows you to cultivate a wide range of strains with a good chance to harvest fully mature buds long before the warm and sunny season is over. So pop some seeds and see for yourself just how lucky you are!
Eleven Roses Early Version: An Overkill For The Mild Massachusetts Climate
This is one case where you needn’t be afraid of large and solid buds: the new and improved Pineapple Express #2 is tolerant of high humidity and can be harvested when the sky in Massachusetts is still clear and the sun warm and bright. You’ll reap jaw-dropping quantities of buds that smell of lemon, pine and spices, and produce energizing, motivating and mood-enhancing effects.
The weather in Massachusetts allows you to successfully cultivate most strains that finish in September. This kind of information is usually specified by the breeders. Plants that finish in the first half of October are also an option, but make sure the strain you choose is mold-resistant. Stay clear of any late-flowering genetics with extra dense buds – loose and airy flower structure may have less bag appeal, but is safer in humid conditions or when the nights are cold. That said, the best choice for your first grow would be an autoflowering variety or a special kind of photoperiod cannabis called ‘early’ or ‘fast versions’. You’ll find many such strains in our catalog, and here, we present you with our top five examples from every category we’ve just mentioned.
If you are 21 years or older, you may choose to grow your own bud and have up to 6 plants in your garden, regardless of their maturity. Please note that if two or more adults live in the same residence and wish to cultivate marijuana for themselves, the maximum number of plants is 12. The law doesn’t differentiate between indoor and outdoor grows, so you’re free to raise cannabis plants in your backyard as long as they’re fenced in and locked and can’t be seen from the outside without the use of binoculars or aircraft. As for the produce, you can stash up to 10 oz of bud, so long as it’s inaccessible to children and pets.
This strain is a perfect illustration of modern hybrids that, even with their shortened flowering periods, are fully compatible with outsized yields and the highest quality of buds. Eleven Roses Early Version can produce several pounds of rock-hard sticky buds with close to 25% THC, as well as the exquisite smell of ripe fruit and damp soil. And you can bring this narcotic Indica to full maturity not only in New England, but in much colder places as well.