While growing hemp plants has become very popular in recent times, not all States will offer one and the same level of conditions for this plant growth. In fact, some States will provide considerably more attractive growing conditions than others. Let’s take a look at the State of Nevada to see how the conditions here compare to what is considered ideal for hemp growth.
Plant Hardiness Zone(s)
While hemp plants certainly do require maintenance to thrive, in general, they are not considered to be high maintenance plants. However, there are a number of factors that will contribute to these plants thriving with minimal attention, as outlined below.
The typical soil temperature which hemp plants love to grow in is between 12 degrees Celsius and 14 degrees Celsius. Of course, this is the ideal range, soils which are a little lower or higher are also likely to form good environments for hemp plant growth.
In Nevada, typical soil temperature can come in around 22 degrees Celsius, certainly well above the minimum thermal temperature needed for hemp plants to grow.
Length of Growing Season
Nevada has a growing season of 135 days. Whilst this is not as high as some States which reach above 150 days for their seasons, it is certainly adequate for hemp growth. Some varieties of hemp are even suited to short seasons and do not require planting until mid-June. With a growing season that starts on May 21 and ends on October 3, Nevada shows itself to be more than suitable.
Average Annual Sunlight
Hemp plants love the sunshine! They will happily thrive in locations where there is sunlight all day long, however, they don’t need such constant sunlight to survive. In general, so long as they are receiving 6 hours per day this should be sufficient. The South of Nevada receives the most daily sunlight, with figures coming in around 6.5 hours per day, whilst to the North, this figure drops to around 5.4 hours per day.
Average Annual Precipitation
Hemp plants do not need colossal amounts of precipitation to survive, in fact, so long as average annual rainfall is over 25cm the plants should do just fine. The figures for Nevada come in just shy of this minimum with average rainfall being approximately 24 cm per year.
Hemp plants should ideally be grown at an elevation that does not exceed 800 feet above sea level. The elevation range in Nevada is colossal with the highest point being 5,500 feet above sea level, making it the fifth-highest state, however, by the Colorado River at the South the elevation drops to as low as 479 feet above sea level. Hence, whilst not all areas of Nevada would be suitable for hemp growth, there are certain locations that would have a suitable elevation level.
Hemp plants require a soil pH of between 6.0 and 7.5. Nevada comes in at the upper end of this scale with most soils being over 7.
Hemp plants love plenty of organic matter in well-aerated soil. The soils in Nevada vary greatly however many of them lack organic matter hence this should be taken into consideration when growing hemp plants.
Typical pests to crops in Nevada include ants, aphids, caterpillars, snails, and spider mites.
Obtaining A Hemp Flower Grower’s License In Nevada
Under federal law, it is illegal to grow hemp flower anywhere in the United States without first obtaining a grower’s license from the appropriate regulatory body for the state in which the interested party intends to plant the crop. For information on the legal status of hemp in Nevada, as well as a breakdown of the application process, click here. Read about hemp legality by state.