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Growing Cannabis in Eggshells: A Fun Way to Start Seedlings

Starting cannabis seeds in eggshells is unorthodox but convenient and fully organic

When you grow cannabis seedlings to be later planted outdoors or transferred into bigger pots, eggshells are a viable alternative to small containers, party cups, or peat pellets. Unfortunately, we haven’t done a side-by-side comparison or anything. However, in our little experiment, the results were more or less the same as in our previous, more traditional grows.

Why Use Eggshells for Weed Plants?

Empty eggshells are great starter containers for young cannabis plants because they have the right size for this purpose, are guaranteed organic and non-toxic, are a common household item, and can be very conveniently kept in egg trays.

So, let’s take an egg and a cannabis seed, and see what will happen.

Weed Seeds in Eggshells: A Step-by-Step Instruction

Crack an egg as close to its ponty end as you can, empty it, and rinse inside. DO NOT try to remove the eggshell membrane. Otherwise the shell will be too brittle to handle. You can make a small hole in the bottom for drainage, but it’s optional.

Fill it with soil, pour about a tablespoon of water, stick a cannabis seed into the soil, with the pointy end down, and cover it with a pinch or two of more soil.

In a few days the seed will sprout.

Keep it under a light (a CFL will be just fine), trying not to let it stretch too much. In our case, the seedling stretched quite a bit by day 7.

What we did was we crushed the stem with the fingertips in several places, bent it and pressed to the surface of the soil (and later covered it with more soil).

Now the little plant is nice and short again, and you can keep it in the eggshell for several more days if you’re not ready for a transplant.

On day 11, we were ready to move the seedling from the eggshell to a more permanent home. Now we cracked the bottom with a teaspoon and removed the pieces of the shell, revealing the membrane.

Which we removed with pincers.

You can leave the sides of the eggshell intact or can break them further. It doesn’t matter because all the roots are only at the bottom, and the remnants of the eggshell will do no harm to the plant. On the contrary, the shell is chock full of calcium which plants could probably use later in the growing cycle.

Growing Cannabis in Eggshells Proved to be Very Convenient

If you grow several seedlings, eggshells placed in an egg tray are very convenient to work with. Especially under T5 lamps, but under CFLs, too. Just don’t keep your young plants in eggshells for too long, otherwise they’ll get root bound, and their growth will slow down. 7 days from sprouts should be enough. Transplanting them into the next container is also a breeze and a very low-stress procedure. By all means, try this method some time, especially if you like organic growing.

Flex your green thumb: Tips on growing cannabis at home

The Grow Room in Regina offers workshops to help home-growers

Budding green thumbs now have the opportunity to legally grow their own cannabis at home.

Canadians can grow up to four cannabis plants for personal use per residence under the new laws. The plants must come from licensed seeds or seedlings.

Chad Bonin has been growing medical marijuana for more than 20 years. He is the in-house master grower at Regina's The Grow Room, a garden supply shop only for cannabis.

"Basically if you can grow a tomato plant, you can grow a cannabis plant easily," said Mackenzie Bulych, community development and education coordinator at The Grow Room.

Bonin and Bulych workshops on how to grow cannabis at The Grow Room.

"From that very first step all the way to the end you can make mistakes, but it's really easy and just a little guidance and anyone can do it," said Bonin.

Step 1: Set up your grow space

There are many options for growing cannabis, from hydroponics to soil.

'Most people will use soil. It's the easiest and most forgiving," said Bonin.

You'll also need to tailor your equipment to fit your space.

If you choose to grow indoors, which is easiest in Saskatchewan's climate, you'll need a place where there is little light pollution. Alternatively, you can purchase a grow tent or a grow closet in order to control light and other factors.

Depending on your method, you can spend anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand.

Step 2: Choose a fertilizer and light

Bonin suggests soluble fertilizers for first-time growers, but organic is also an option.

The Grow Room offers a pot that's filled with soil that has been composted for six months. All you have to do is place your seed or seedling into the cup and transfer the plant to a bigger pot once the roots grow.

For lights, you have a choice between LEDs or HIDs (High Intensity Discharge).

"LEDS are the safest but are expensive," said Bonin.

HID are more affordable and have specific bulbs for the vegetative growth and the flowering stage.

You'll need to leave your chosen light on for 18 hours and keep it off for six hours.

Bonin says the temperature should range between 76 to 80 °F.

Step 3: Plant your seed

Once the environment is set up, you can begin to plant.

It will take about two to three weeks to vegetate the plant, and depending on the strain the flowering period will vary from six to 14 weeks.

Bonin says keeping a plant flowering for more than six weeks takes a lot of practice.

You can water it once a day and keep your light on a timer.

Step 4: Dry it out

Once you have your plant and it's flowering, you need to determine when the flower is ready for harvest.

Bonin compares it to watching a fruit ripen.

"You see it every day and it kind of gets juicer and fatter. You'll be able to tell," said Bonin.

Once it's ripe, you cut off the flower at the base and hang it upside down, letting it dry out.

Then you trim the leaves off and prepare to cure it.

Step 5: Cure it

The final stage involves curing the buds.

You take a glass jar or a stainless steel container and pack it loosely full of your flowers.

Seal the container. The moisture inside the flowers will hydrate the outside.

"Basically, you're drying it out in stages. You are sweating it. Bringing the moisture from the inside to the outside and letting it breathe," said Bonin.

You want to open the container several times per week to let the flowers "breathe" for a few minutes.

Your cannabis will be ready after curing for two to three weeks, but going even longer will improve the quality.