10 Reasons why cannabis flowers are replacing traditional garden plants

Published Jun 30, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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Now that weed is legal in so many regions of the world, a lot of people are choosing to grow their own, as it helps to save money that would otherwise be spent at a dispensary, but many cannabis enthusiasts are taking the task to the next level, by entirely replacing their traditional flower beds with pot plants. It might sound a little bit strange at first, but this trend is really catching on in some areas, and we’re here to help you to understand why that is.

1. It’s cheap

Seedy weed isn’t too common among higher grade cannabis flower, but it happens from time to time, and that is why so many consumers end up with a small stash of seeds that could easily fill a garden by the end of the year. This makes it so that you don’t have to invest a single dime into getting your garden going, whereas, with traditional flowers and plants, the cost can go through the roof after one single trip to a nursery for supplies. So, a lot of people are growing it just because it’s either cheap to do or to save money towards the end of the growing season after harvest.

2. Cannabis plants are a hardy species

If you’ve grown different varieties of flowers in the past, then you already know that it really doesn’t take much to come in and devastate the blooms. All that has to happen is a freak wind or hailstorm, and in a matter of minutes, you can kiss your beautiful flowers goodbye, but the cannabis flower holds up to these brutal beatings from mother nature with ease. Sure, they might lose a leaf or two, or you could discover a broken branch, but a marijuana plant is much tougher than the average flower in these situations.

3. Cannabis flowers can be just as beautiful

Roses are red, violets are blue, and cannabis, well, it comes in a range of various green hues, but more exotic species can produce bright red, blue, black, or purple buds that glimmer and shine in the sunlight. The average pot plant might not be quite as attention-grabbing as a bed full of flowers, but if you choose the rights strains, and take care of them well, they will be just as if not more beautiful than any more traditional kind of flower. Plus, it’s a rare sight to behold, which makes the practice unique enough to stand out against any background.

4. Very little upkeep is required

Cannabis plants do the best when they’re cultivated organically, which means that they don’t need extra special care outside of the nutrients that should already be present in your garden. If they do need anything, it’s no more than a bit of manure mixed into the garden bed before they are planted. They don’t need to be trimmed or harvested on a consistent basis to thrive, and if they’re outdoors, you’ll barely even have to water them, which makes them one of the easiest traditional flower alternatives going today.

5. They stay green for the whole season

Right from the very first moment that a tiny spout pokes its head outside of the protective shell, a cannabis plant will glow with a vibrant green that never fades away. Most regular flowers will only bloom for a short few weeks out of the year, and the rest of the time they slowly change to dying colors like brown or yellow, and neither of those colors looks very good in a flower bed. Cannabis plants, on the other hand, will stay a gorgeous hue of green, and some strains will grow brighter with each passing day, so if you want to keep your gardens looking great all year long, then you might want to consider it.

6. Showing off

Every gardener wants to show off their skills, and what better way to do that than to cultivate something that is unique out in the open where everyone who goes through the neighborhood can see. Since it still isn’t a common practice to fill a regular old garden with cannabis, you’ll get all kinds of interesting looks, and you might be surprised to find that overwhelmingly positive feedback rolls in almost instantly. It’s a conversation starter and a great way to show your cannabis pride, as long as you’re brave enough to take the heat that comes with being the center of attention.

7. Cleansing the soil

Flowers look great for a short while, but they don’t really come with any additional benefits for the surrounding environment. In fact, they take from the soil in the garden, which is why it’s necessary for you to replenish vital nutrients year after year. Though cultivating cannabis plants isn’t going to fill your garden with potent fertilizer, what it will do is cleanse the soil of any potentially harmful toxins that may be present. This means that if you have a garden that nothing will grow in, you might want to give growing cannabis a shot because it can do wonders for the earth, and your future success with your garden.

8. Cannabis makes a great companion plant for gardens and animals

Most people read the term companion plant, and they think of species that won’t cause damage to the other things that you have in a garden, but the best companion plants come equipped with a secret weapon against harmful predators. Cannabis is one of those plants, as it emits a pungent smell that helps to ward off tiny bugs that like to infest good-smelling gardens, and they aren’t toxic at all to the animals that you share the space with, so you can rest easy knowing that you made a better choice for everyone.

9. The size is easily controlled

Most plants will do as they please, and some of them require large chunks of space to sprawl out and flourish, but cannabis isn’t really like that at all. To start, you can choose strains that will grow short and stout or tall and lanky to accommodate almost any sized space, and if they reach out more than what you expected, it doesn’t take much more than a little bit of trimming to redirect the plant's attention to the parts that you want to see really grow. It won’t take over a garden or choke out other plants in the vicinity, and that’s an excellent benefit for all different types of cultivators.

10. Variety is the spice of life

The main reason that we use regular flowers in our gardens is that there are thousands of different varieties that exist, which makes it really easy to follow a color or pattern scheme, but you can garner those same benefits from cannabis if you play your cards right. There are green strains, red strains, purple strains, short, stocky strains and towering tree-like cannabis strains, so if you do your research, you can complete just as nice of an effect without using fragile flowers to do it.

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