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The Grow Project needs a name for its twigs and seeds

The Grow Project reaches Stage 2, as two seeds sprout and listeners weigh in on potential names.

The subtle art of trying to get a pot seed to germinate on live radio

Cheech Marin, of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong. Cheech is one of the most popular names being suggested by Homestretch listeners to name a pot plant. (Getty Images)

Cheech? Chong? Hi? Mary Jane?

Those are a few of the possible names being bandied about by Homestretch listeners who have weighed in on what to call the two seeds that launched The Grow Project on The Homestretch last week.

"Host plants, they need love — and you need to name them in order to give them the love," director Tracy Fuller said Monday on TheHomestretch. "This is a very crucial, important, part of the process."

Fuller is trying to grow a pot plant, minus the thousand-watt bulbs and other gear that big bucks cannabis producers use to generate and germinate theirs.

Now that we live in a nation of legal weed, she wants to find out how difficult — and expensive — it is to grow your own.

Fuller reported to Homestretch guest host Rob Brown on Monday that the two seeds she planted last week had both sprouted — much to her jubilation.

"It was super exciting," Fuller said, "because I am not a green thumb over here. And we had about one inch tap roots in just a couple of days and a little tiny green leaf — and I have to say that coming in today we have three inches of full-on root and the beginning of what is a leaf."

"Our seeds are growing."

Next step

The next step is to decide how to grow those seeds into pot plants, explained Beau Gaebel, the manager at Queen of Bud.

"Once you have fully germinated your seeds, you need to figure out if you are going to use soil or you're going to use water," Gaebel said.

Beau Gaebel, from the Queen of Bud, holds a pack of cannabis seeds that The Homestretch is trying to turn into cannabis plants. (Tracy Fuller/CBC)

"When you use water, the method is called hydroponics. It is very simple. It is the easiest way — but depending on which method you use, you're going to have to have all the necessary tools to make sure that your plant will thrive," he noted.

"If you're going to start with water, you need Rockwool cubes and you just need a tray of water.

"You'll have some foam cubes that you put the seeds in, tap root down, and within a few days, you should start seeing them sprout out of the Rockwool."

The water that trickles past the roots has nutrients added to it. Hydroponics is a popular technique used to grow pot plants. (CBC/Eddy Kennedy)

That means making sure there's water being replaced every day, he said. "And then once they start getting maybe a week or so in you have to find out what you're going to feed them because they do need food.

"So now if you do decide to go with soil, it does get a little more difficult. You can get bugs. Fertilizer can end up being really expensive.

"And it really boils down to your own preference."

Bob is one of the most popular name suggestions for The Grow Project. It's thought to be a tribute to Bob Marley, who was a passionate cannabis advocate and consumer. (Associated Press)

Name game

So far, listeners have voted for names ranging from Bob (for Marley), Carl (for Sagan), and Pepe Le Pew, for the cartoon skunk in Bugs Bunny cartoons. Someone else suggested Irene, a nod to the Irene Adler character in Sherlock Holmes (the pot is a strain called Baker Street), and someone else suggested Mary Gaia.

The candidates have been narrowed down to a final quartet of candidates: Mary Jane and Herb; Hi and Lois; Bud and Sprout; and finally, Cheech and Chong.

"We've posted it on our Twitter feed that's at CBC Homestretch where everyone can go on and vote," Fuller said. 

Voting closes Wednesday.


With files from The Homestretch.

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Stephen Hunt

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Stephen Hunt is a digital writer at the CBC in Calgary. Email: stephen.hunt@cbc.ca

With files from Tracy Fuller

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