Hemp, also known as cannabis, contains high nutrient seeds that are used to make hemp seed oil. That’s the reason farmers pay attention to the stalks and leaves of their plants to ensure a good harvest. The good thing is that this plant enjoys healthy growth with lanky stalks and deep taproots, so the hemp that you cultivate should dictate the number of seeds and fiber it will yield, as this will affect the oil composition.
Some of the reasons to grow hemp include high resistance to pests, dense growth so weeds are not an issue, and the deep taproots also help protect the soil. Within four months, your crop should be ready to be harvested.
Hemp seeds can be added to different kinds of foods like bread, ice cream, protein powder, granola, and milk. Hemp seed oil can also be used to make fatty acid supplements, cooking oils, salad dressings and it can also be used as a biofuel. Now that we’ve pointed out some of the obvious benefits, here are two helpful tips for growing industrial hemp.
Check Soil Quality
Start by checking soil’s pH level, you should note that cannabis plants thrive in a soil with a slight level of alkaline. The appropriate pH is between 7.0 and 7.5. Soil health is very important so it needs enough nutrients and moisture-holding capacity.
Avoid poorly drained soils as the excess surface water after rainfall may cause excessive damage to the crop. Keep in mind that industrial plants are sensitive to soil compaction and flooding, so it helps if you can try to improve aerate the soil each season.
Feeding Your Hemp
Since hemp is a vegetative plant, it needs a lot of feeding, so be sure you provide the best possible nutrients to the plant. During the first six weeks, your plant should get adequate nitrogen. When it reaches the vegetative phase, provide it with phosphorus and potassium as they are needed for flowering and seed formation.