Find out how to Develop Marijuana in Michigan and Illinois


Johanna Silver December 31, 2019

(Richard / AdobeStock)

Welcome to the world of legal recreation in Michigan and Illinois! While all wardrobes are the same, the outside conditions vary considerably depending on the region. If you know the specifics of your climate, this contributes significantly to your success as a farmer.

Here are some special considerations to consider in the Great Lakes region.

Know Your Local Homegrow Laws


Michigan became legal on December 1, 2019. Michigan residents aged 21 and over can grow 12 plants at their home. If several people live in one house, there can still be only 12. Plants do not have to be visible to the public and must be in an enclosed area that can also be locked outdoors.


On January 1, 2020, cannabis becomes legal in Illinois. According to the current state of the law, only medical cannabis patients are allowed to grow at home – and only five plants at a time. Therefore, you still need a medical marijuana card to grow at home, even though Pot & # 39; s is legal to buy it for people over 21. A civil penalty of $ 200 is imposed on anyone who grows up to five plants without a health card.

Check your frost data

weeds are annual in the warm season. Frost kills it and makes your region's frost data (first and last) of paramount importance. You want to burst seeds indoors while it's still too cold outside, and have the seedlings ready to go into the ground as soon as the risk of frost is over and the ground has warmed up.

If this sounds daunting, don't sweat it out: The crop that the weeds most closely match in terms of planting time is tomatoes. If in doubt, consult the Farmer & # 39; s Almanac guidelines for tomato sowing in your region and use this information as a guide. In the Midwest, try starting seeds indoors sometime in March and bringing them into the ground sometime in early to mid-May.

Would you like to learn more about marijuana growing? Check out Leafly's growing resource!

Choose seeds and clones that are suitable for the northern climate.

Certain cannabis strains developed in equatorial climates – usually sativas – which means that it takes a particularly long time to finish (before their flowers are ready to be harvested). Other varieties come from harsher northern climates and usually end up indicas before frost arrives.

While just about every strain you can get your hands on today is a cross between these two strains, you should look for clues in the description that indicate an "early end" without a doubt.

Understanding the Influence of Moisture

The regions of the Great Lakes and the Midwest are known for hot, muggy summers. While this is less of a problem at the beginning of the growing season, there may be problems with flowering as buds are susceptible to mold.

To alleviate problems, you can, for example, ensure that your plants are sown in a place in your garden where they get the most sun – at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. with a lot of breathing space in between to allow air to circulate. Also use drip irrigation instead of overhead irrigation.

Protection against thunderstorms and wind

Wild storms are part of life in the Great Lakes and the Midwest. Follow the tips below to help your plants see through.

Cage or grid of your plants at planting time. While they look small on the floor, these ladies become tall and responsible, not to mention the severity when they start to bloom. Strong winds have a much smaller chance of knocking them over or breaking branches if a plant is properly supported.

Also consider placing a few tall poles around the perimeter of each plant so that you are ready to drape a tarp or canvas over it if the forecast announces this. This safety blanket prevents damage.

Keep large and small pests at bay

We are a big fan of outdoor gardening, but it is true that outdoor cultivation puts you in close contact with other beautiful creatures from Mother Nature.

If deer is a problem in your locale, grow your crop behind a deer fence. Cats are terrified of foreign animals and other rodents. If you don't have one on hand, consider planting cannabis plants in gopher cages at the time of planting.

If you pick snails and snails in their shady hiding places, this is the best choice to crush them.

Use water jets to rid the plants of aphids and be diligent – you may have to do this several times.

Finally, the applications of Neemöl help with the infestation of spider mites, white flies and fungus mosquitoes. It's a great organic option for the garden. But we definitely advocate a less-is-more approach to pest control.

Give your plants optimal conditions from the start – full sun, healthy soil, the right amount of water – and you are less likely to fight insects. Remember that anything you put on your plant may become your crop. So be careful with chemicals.

harvest time

Most varieties can be harvested between September and October. While weeds can easily survive light freezing (28-32 ° F for up to three hours), hard freezing, lower temperatures, or longer hours will kill them.

If the forecast overturns, you can reduce your losses and bring in your crop even when it's not ready. If the humidity is crazy at harvest time, you can bring a little crazy box fan with extension cords to your garden and dry things up a bit before you chop. It is certainly not beautiful, but we absolutely saw it.

 Johanna Silvers Bio Image "class =" Inline-Block mr-md rounded-full "/>

<h4 class= Johanna Silver

Johanna Silver is the former garden editor of Sunset Magazine. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and young son. In her garden, she grows fruit, vegetables, some grass and as many cut flowers as she can.