Books

Recent Books About Growing Marijuana


The Cannabis Encyclopedia
Over 2,000 color images on 596 pages contained in a large, 8.5 x 11 inch, format book. Easy to read and loaded with recent information covering all aspects of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. This will be of interest to growers, patients, caregivers, consumers, or anyone interested in consuming, growing, or producing cannabis products. Includes information on cannabinoid measurement, concentrates, cooking, extracts, strains, more.

The grow section explains hydroponics and soil growing, growing indoors, outdoors, in greenhouses. Includes seeds, seedlings, vegetative growth, flowering, clones, mother plants, harvesting, drying, curing, grow room design, greenhouse construction, outdoor gardens, organic practices, meters, air, light, lamps, electricity, soil, containers, water, nutrients, additives, diseases, pests, breeding, nutrients, plant crosses, hybrids, increasing yields, increasing potency, much more (April 20, 2015).
The Cannabis Encyclopedia


Marijuana Grower's Handbook
Very good book by Ed Rosenthal that covers all aspects of indoor and outdoor marijuana cultivation with soil and hydroponics. A reference manual with over 500 pages and color images throughout.

Bear in mind this is not a grow guide with step by step instructions. It looks at most issues that a grower will face at some time and is recommended for beginners and experienced growers (June 8, 2010).
Marijuana Grower's Handbook


Cannabis Cultivation: A Complete Growers Guide
The author uses clear and concise language with just enough information to clearly show how to set up and then manage a garden. Includes chapters on the cannabis plant, location, security, electricity, lighting, temperature, humidity, choosing plants, organics, hydroponics, harvesting, drying, growing indoors, growing outdoors, breeding, troubleshooting, extracting thc, medical marijuana, and more.

A book best suited for the first time grower who has not set up a grow area yet. Will show you how to maximize yield in a small area or grow on a large scale. The book describes both soil and hydroponic gardens indoors as well as growing with soil outdoors. Full color illustrations throughout the book (3rd edition February 7, 2012).
Cannabis Cultivation


Grow Great Marijuana: An Uncomplicated Guide to Growing the World's Finest Cannabis
If you find instructions and books about growing hydroponic marijuana overly technical and hard to follow, this book is a very good choice for simple and accurate instructions. It does not cover advanced techniques so if you already know how to grow, this book would be of little value. But if you are a first time hydroponic grower with no experience, this is the first book to look at.

It will explain the steps involved from start to finish, with text and images. Includes information on where to grow, type of hydroponic system to use, selecting a seed strain, lighting, fans, nutrients, security, clones, vegetative growth, flowering, harvesting, stress, pests, and more. Recommended for beginners only, this will show you everything you need to raise a hydroponic marijuana crop (January 1, 2006).
Grow Great Marijuana


Hydroponic Food Production: A Definitive Guidebook of Soilless Food-Growing Methods
This has no information about growing marijuana. But if you want to use a hydroponic system to grow your crop on a commercial scale this is a complete manual and an encyclopedic reference on hydroponics.

Technically comprehensive, nearly 400 photographs and detailed drawings on every form of hydroponics for temperate, tropical, or cold climates, data on setting up and operation of large and small scale operations, and more (6th edition March 2001).
Hydroponic Food Production


Introductory Horticulture
Horticulture is about the cultivation of plants and managing a garden. Consider an introductory horticulture textbook if you are serious about growing.

More recent editions can be fairly expensive, usually $100 or more. Get an older edition for a fraction of the cost of a new one. Even a 30 year old introductory horticulture book is a good investment.
Introductory Horticulture (5th edition, 1995)

Introductory Horticulture (6th edition, 2000)

Introductory Horticulture (7th edition, 2006)

Introductory Horticulture (8th edition, 2010)


Jorge Cervantes' Ultimate Grow DVD
This movie shows step by step instructions covering what is involved in setting up a grow room and growing a crop of marijuana indoors, with soil or hydroponics.

It won't teach advanced techniques but it will help you set up your grow room and raise your first crop. There is very little information about growing outdoors, this is for indoor growers (August 29, 2006).
Jorge Cervantes' Ultimate Grow DVD


Jorge Cervantes' Ultimate Grow DVD 2
Similar to Jorge Cervantes' Ultimate Grow DVD, but this version focuses more on growing outdoors. It won't teach advanced techniques but it will help you set up and raise your first crop outdoors. There is very little information about growing indoors, this is for outdoor growers (September 18, 2007).
Jorge Cervantes' Ultimate Grow DVD 2


Marijuana Botany
This book focuses heavily on breeding marijuana and improving the quality and quantity of a marijuana crop. Has information from doctors, scientists, horticulturists, and other professionals. Collected from 50 years of laboratory and field research. Intended for advanced growers and scientists, not for those with a casual interest in marijuana botany.

This is more for commercial operations and those with a serious interest in the subject matter. The book is dated, but most of the information is still relevant to its intended audience. Understanding this book requires that you have a some knowledge of horticultural and scientific terminology (Second edition 1993).
Marijuana Botany


Marijuana Chemistry:
Genetics, Processing And Potency

Explains various cannabinoids that marijuana is made up of and how things like growing conditions, harvesting, processing, affect the potency of the final product. Lots of tables, graphs, and other info. Would be of little interest to most growers.

Recommended for advanced marijuana growers with a solid understanding of chemistry. If you do not have a very good grasp of science and chemistry this book is not for you. Information is dated, but most of what is presented is still relevant to its intended audience (2nd edition March 17, 1993).
Marijuana Chemistry


Marijuana Horticulture
Get the cannabis encyclopedia instead of this book. They are both written by the same author. This book is 9 years older and all the information it contains, plus more, is in the newer book.

Very good book that describes growing marijuana outdoors and indoors (with hydroponics or soil). Over 500 pages with more than 1000 color images.

Also provides information that you can refer back to when things go wrong. A very comprehensive reference book for anyone interested in growing marijuana, either indoors or outdoors. Recommended for beginners and more advanced growers (5th edition February 1, 2006).
Marijuana Horticulture


Marijuana New School: Indoor Cultivation
Not for the beginner, this is more for a grower with a bit of experience looking to improve their operation. Shows some basic and advanced steps involved in growing hydroponic marijuana indoors. Includes information about seeds, clones, building a grow room, growing, harvesting, breeding, composting, and troubleshooting.

In addition it includes some very good information about organic hydroponics and making your own custom built hydroponic garden. About 250 pages of text and black and white illustrations with an additional 48 pages of color photos (January 25, 2007).
Marijuana New School: Indoor Cultivation


Marijuana New School: Outdoor Cultivation
Primarily about growing marijuana outdoors with hydroponics. The book shows various hydroponic set-ups you can build for outdoor use, then how to grow marijuana with them. Recommended for experienced outdoor soil growers with a knowledge of hydroponics. About 150 pages with an additional 14 pages of color photos.

First time outdoor growers should grow with soil until they are confident in their ability to raise marijuana before even considering using hydroponics outdoors. This book would be most appreciated by someone interested in outdoor hydroponics with experience growing both indoors with hydroponics and outdoors with soil (December 18, 2006).
Marijuana New School: Outdoor Cultivation


Organic Marijuana, Soma Style: The Pleasures of Cultivating Connoisseur Cannabis (Marijuana Tips)
Advice on growing organic marijuana indoors and outdoors with soil. Besides organic growing, it shows how to select seeds, make your own organic soil, build indoor growing containers, control pests without pesticide, decide the best time to harvest, breed your own organic marijuana strains, and more.

Has some content about producing very high quality marijuana but it should only be purchased by intermediate or advanced growers looking to make their own soil and grow organic marijuana. Small book, less than 100 pages including 16 pages of full color images (1st edition April 19, 2005).
Organic Marijuana, Soma Style


The Best of Ask Ed: Your Marijuana Questions
A collection of questions the author, Ed Rosenthal, replied to for his Cannabis Culture marijuana growing column called Ask Ed. Not a grow book in itself, it answers some of the questions that marijuana growers have asked, 400 pages.

Contains information about setting up a garden, spotting male plants, germinating seeds, optimizing lighting, fertilizer, nutrients, carbon dioxide, growing outdoors, plant problems, legal questions, cloning, breeding, medical marijuana, and more (2nd edition November 17, 2003).
The Best of Ask Ed


The Big Book of Buds: Marijuana Varieties from the World's Great Seed Breeders
Intended for growers who want to compare different marijuana strains to decide what type of seed is right for their particular situation. There are 4 volumes, each book is alphabetically arranged and has descriptions of about 100 strains.

Volume 1 contains the largest number of easier to find strains including big bud, bubble gum, jack herer, master kush, northern lights, super skunk, white widow. Volumes 2 and 3 deal mostly with harder to find strains that would appeal to experienced growers. Volume 4 deals with newer strains.
The Big Book of Buds Volume 1 (December 10, 2001)

The Big Book of Buds Volume 2 (October 27, 2004)

The Big Book of Buds Volume 3 (May 28, 2007)

The Big Book of Buds Volume 4 (January 1, 2011)


The Cannabible
Of the 1500+ strains of marijuana the author of this series of books has studied, he put over 100 into each volume. Superb images, over 400 full-color photographs, of both living plants as well as the harvested product are shown in each volume along with descriptions of their aromas, flavors, effects, and origins of the strain.

Volume 1 would be the most useful to almost any grower. It contains most of the popular marijuana strains available at the present time. Volumes 2 and 3 contain primarily harder to find strains that experienced growers would be interested in.

A person interested getting all 3 books should look at the cannabible collection, a three volume softcover mini-edition featuring the most popular marijuana strains from volumes 1,2, and 3. Links are provided below to softcover editions, each book was also released in hardcover form.
The Cannabible Volume 1 (October 1, 2001)

The Cannabible Volume 2 (December 1, 2003)

The Cannabible Volume 3 (September 1, 2006)


The Cannabis Breeder's Bible: The Definitive Guide
Very good book for the marijuana grower that wants to produce their own premium seed strain for personal use, or to market and sell worldwide. Contains photographs, illustrations, and interviews with breeders and seed bank professionals.

Covers such topics as genetics and breeding, the science of cannabis (DNA, evolution, etc.), developing your own strain, international seed law issues, protecting your new strains from being produced and sold by others, shipping seeds and clones, breeding lab designs, product testing, common mutations, and more (April 15, 2005).
The Cannabis Breeder's Bible


The Cannabis Grow Bible: The Definitive Guide
A very good source of information covering all aspects of growing, from seed selection to harvest, curing and more. Over 300 pages with almost 200 color and black-and-white photographs, charts, and tables. Recommended reference book for indoor and outdoor growers.

A great marijuana growing and breeding guide. Includes chapters on seeds, propagation and germination, growing indoors, growing outdoors, hydroponics, pre-flowering and flowering, predators, pests and plant fungi, breeding, and more (2nd edition November 26, 2009).
The Cannabis Grow Bible


Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up & Maintain a Worm Composting System
A book about book worm composting (vermicomposting). Vermicompost is a composting material available for organic gardeners who grow with soil. The book details how you can set up your own vermicompost bin, either by making it yourself or by purchasing one.

Recommended book for anybody interested in worms, vermicomposting or organic gardening with soil. In addition to compost info, it gives a very solid scientific introduction to the worms themselves. Contains no marijuana information (Revised and expanded second edition October 6, 2003).
Worms Eat My Garbage


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