Are you thinking about growing cannabis plants?
19 out of the 50 states have legalized home growing recreational or medicinal cannabis plants. As more and more states legalize marijuana, this number will continue to rise.
If you live in one of those 19 states or are considering moving there, growing your own cannabis plants could be quite lucrative.
It’s a complex process, but one that's well worth it.
To begin your journey, let’s explore the concept of companion planting and what it can do for you and your cannabis plants.
How Companion Planting Works
Companion planting is a way of creating a natural ecosystem to help encourage the healthy growth of the primary plant, which in this case is the cannabis plant.
With the right types of plants, companion planting can allow your cannabis plants to thrive, increasing your yield without needing to increase the amount of money put into them.
Companion planting can help with pest control, soil integrity, and nutrient refinement, all in a natural way that won’t cost you.
These plants can also act as a stealth cover, allowing you privacy and safety to grow your cannabis plants.
Best Companion Plants for Cannabis
Carefully choosing your companion planting pairings is essential.
Knowing what each plant does and how it can positively influence your cannabis plants makes the difference between being effective or just being another plant you have to take care of.
Here are the top plants you should consider.
Everyone loves chamomile, and for good reason. It’s a beautiful plant and is easy to grow, so it will come back every season, requiring very little work from the grower.
It naturally repels flies and mosquitos, so it will protect your cannabis plants without you needing to use harsh pesticides.
It also boosts nutrition in younger plants, as it increases their essential oil production. Really, a win-win for all.
Basil is thought to boost the flavor in most crops, which means it can increase the production of terpenes in your cannabis plants.
Terpenes are the essential oils that give cannabis its aroma and flavor profile. Without terpenes, your cannabis would be utterly tasteless.
While encouraging the production of terpenes, basil will also draw helpful insects to the cannabis plant while repelling harmful ones, such as mosquitos and beetles.
Lemon Balm is often used to hide the odor of cannabis plants.
If you live in an area where cannabis growing isn’t exactly encouraged, planting lemon balm around your plants can mask the smell and hide them from view.
Lemon balm also repels mosquitos and gnats, which can be harmful to cannabis plants.
Dill is easily planted and is one of the strongest defendants against pests. It drives away caterpillars, mice, bugs, and aphids, all of which could seriously harm cannabis plants.
It’s an easy plant to maintain and won’t do any harm to the cannabis plants.
If you grow cannabis plants, you know the danger of the lygus bug. These bugs survive by sucking nutrients from plants, destroying the plant’s cells.
Alfalfa is known as being the number one natural repeller against these bugs. They also help to balance nitrogen levels in the soil, which helps all plants thrive.
This is especially true for the cannabis plant, as it helps it continue to store and contain important nutrients such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Who doesn’t love the calm, relaxing effects of lavender? When mixed with cannabis, it just makes sense. It’s also a beautiful plant that makes an excellent addition to any garden.
Aside from those crucial reasons, lavender also repels tons of pests, such as ticks, fleas, and mice.
Bugs that feed on nectar are highly beneficial to cannabis plants, and lavender helps to draw those in.
Finding a balance between good and bad bugs and pests is important, and companion planting can help you do just that.
You may not have realized all the benefits that sunflowers have to offer to cannabis plants.
Besides having gorgeous flowers, they also draw insects toward them and away from cannabis plants because of their dominant presence. After all, they can grow to be over fourteen feet high!
Because of their height and beauty, they are also great for hiding cannabis plants.
Along with this, their roots help filtrate and preserve soil, creating a healthier home for cannabis plants to grow.
While you may not enjoy the strong odor of coriander, it repels harmful insects such as potato beetles and spider mites, which is worth dealing with the smell.
It also attracts bugs such as hoverflies that prey on the insects that cause harm to the cannabis plants, doing all of the pesticide work for you.
Yarrow plants help encourage the production of essential oils in any plants they’re next to, which is especially important for cannabis plants.
Yarrow also attracts bugs such as ladybugs, aphid lions, and mini wasps, which can help protect the cannabis plant.
Though it doesn’t necessarily repel pests, it does encourage good bugs that will repel them.
Try Companion Planting Today
As you can see, there are so many benefits to companion planting, especially when working with cannabis plants. However, it does not work for everyone. Maybe you live somewhere where it gets too cold for outdoor growing, maybe you don't have a backyard large enough to accommodate a garden.
In that case, you should look at Grobo.
Grobo is an automated grow box that uses deep water culture to grow plants effectively. All you have to do is pick your plant, pick a grow recipe, and let the system take care of the rest!
It can even help reduce smell and create a stealthy way for you to grow your cannabis plants safely. It is designed to be used indoors so you don't need to worry about pests damaging your plant either.
Interested? Let’s get started.