How to Grow Hemp (Even If You’ve Never Done It Before)

The hemp market is booming as more people discover the uses of this versatile and ancient crop. Whether you want to grow the crop for grain, textiles, seeds, or CBD oil, knowing how to grow hemp will give you a leg up on the many new players in the field. Hemp is a hardy crop and easy to grow for new farmers, so knowing the first few steps is all you need before you plant your seeds.

How to Grow Hemp (Even If You’ve Never Done It Before)

Know Your Laws

The hemp market got a major boost with the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which removed hemp from the list of controlled substances providing the plant had less than 0.3% THC. Growing hemp is now federally legal, with thirty-three states having laws regulating its farming. Some states allow full growth and processing, while others strictly regulate it for industrial use only.

Knowing how to grow hemp effectively and for the maximum profit demands knowing your state’s local laws.

Understand the Growing Conditions

Hemp is a hardy crop that thrives in most environments, with the exceptions being hot deserts and high-altitude areas. It will grow the fastest in warm areas with nutrient-dense soil that doesn’t absorb excess water. We recommend getting your soil tested before planting season to make sure levels of sulfur and rock phosphate aren’t too high.

Hemp grows from cuttings in around sixty days if the cycle isn’t interrupted by extreme weather, making it one of the easiest crops to manage.

Know Your Strains

We offer many popular strains of hemp cuttings like The Wife, Magic Bullet, and Berry Blossom. Some of our strains are higher in CBD and are ideal for processing into oil, while others are more resistant to pests and environmental conditions and are ideal for use for textile manufacturing. Knowing the endpoint of your plants makes it easier to pick the perfect fit for your new farm.

Planting Season

Hemp is one of the easier crops to plant because tilling the soil isn’t necessary. You prepare a shallow but firm bed for even planting and plant the cuttings directly in the soil rather than in pots, with about three feet between plants depending on space and plant size. The ideal time to plant your hemp cuttings is after the average date of the last frost with temperatures consistently averaging above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

After planting, roll back the soil over the base of the hemp cuttings for full protection as they grow and to keep them secure in the soil. The crops should be irrigated regularly, especially during the first six weeks of growth in the soil. Hemp cuttings are most vulnerable to drought during the early days as they grow new roots. 

Harvesting Time

The last step of how to grow hemp is getting your fully-grown plants out of the soil. Standard harvesting equipment like a combine is effective, and grain moisture should be between twelve and eighteen percent to avoid snagging the fiber. Your combine should be set to the same setting you would use for harvesting a hardy grain like wheat.

Once the plants are harvested, wait a day or two minimum to harvest the fiber. You can expect to yield between one and three tons of hemp fiber per acre. 

The Perfect Hemp Plants to Start Your Harvest

Learning how to grow hemp is easier than you think, and the most important decision you’ll make is the raw material for your crop. Contact Remedy Farms for more information on our plants and join the hemp boom today.