Explore the World of Hemp
Hemp, like marijuana, is a variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp is bred and legally defined as any cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis that provides the "high" often associated with marijuana. There are 100+ cannabinoids identified in the cannabis plant that offer a wide range of medicinal benefits which are still being studied across the globe. Learn more about cannabinoids here.
Why farm hemp?
Industrial hemp has enormous potential as a cash crop in the US. It can be grown almost anywhere large-scale farming is currently taking place. There are a multitude of uses for hemp including food, building supplies, clothing, and health & wellness products. Hemp is not a low-water crop, but is drought-resistant. Hemp is also less taxing on soil and requires fewer supplements and pesticides often used with large-scale crops.
Seeds vs Seedlings
The two biggest considerations to think about when deciding between seeds vs seedlings are cost and time. While seeds typically cost less to buy, you’re also committing to a longer cultivation period. Waiting for seeds to reach the seeding stage can add almost two weeks to your overall schedule. To harvest a hemp crop faster, seedlings are the way to go. Not only will they give you a shorter grow period, but because care is usually more uniform, you do less leading up to harvest. With less variability in seedlings, particularly clones, you’ll spend less time figuring out how to best care for your hemp plants.
Things to consider before buying
While we are excited to help you enter the world of hemp, several factors must be considered when planning your farm. Our team at Roka Hemp is happy to help guide our customers through any questions they may have.
Here are a few key points to consider:
Do you have proper licensing to grow hemp where you're located?
Contact us if you are unsure whether you have all necessary licensing to grow hemp in your location.
How much water is available?
Of course, this will vary with environmental conditions. Expect hemp plants to require roughly 1" water per week.
What is the quality of the soil you are planting in?
Having your soil tested early is essential to be sure it has the proper balance or nutrition and organic material to optimize your growth environment. Hemp does best in the slightly acidic to neutral ranges. While hemp can grow in 6.0 to 7.5 range, it is recommended to have your soil pH between 6.2 and 6.8 before planting hemp. Hemp is best grown on loose, well-aerated loam, with proper drainage. Sandy soils are also capable of producing good hemp, but require additional costs such as increased irrigation and fertilization.
What type of grow are you planning
Indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse farms will all be different, and it is important to consider the limitations and capabilities of each method.
Is the seller reputable?
At Roka Hemp, our motto is, "Do well by doing good." As an Indiana-based company, Roka Hemp began farming in 2019 after the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. We are proud to take part in promoting the Indiana Hemp industry, and providing the best possible products to our customers and the public. Our seeds are organically harvested and we provide complete transparency with our third-party lab tested Certificates of Analysis. Seedlings are grown in-house with standardized metrics to ensure an optimal growing environment. We are proud members of the Indiana Hemp Council, you can hear our owner, Chad, speak more about Roka Hemp on their podcast Episode #86.