So you’re getting ready to grow your own crop? Good idea! Growing your own crop has a few advantages over getting your supply through others, like no longer having to rely on your local supply, or buying from overpriced dispensaries. With the current legal status of marijuana usage growing (ignore the pun) steadily throughout the U.S., it may be high time to become your own supplier.
Growing indoors is simpler than you might think. With just a little knowledge and know-how, you can produce a crop that—although might not be perfect on your first grow around—can be great for edibles as well as general smoking. If you’re ready to start your growing journey and love your indoor harvest, check out the tips below.
1. Create Your Space
What most people find daunting about starting to grow isn’t keeping plants alive as much as finding an indoor space suitable for the task! Your space doesn’t have to be special. So long as you get the right sort of equipment for you “grow room”, you can start just about anywhere. Whether it’s in your garage, that spare room that’s become storage space, or even a corner of your house, any space can become your indoor garden.
- Keep it simple. It’s a good idea to start off small. Sure, you could dedicate a large portion of your home for growing—but beginner mistakes are bound to happen, and keeping your grow room small at first can keep those costly mistakes at a minimum.
- Cleanliness makes a plant happy. Never underestimate a well-sanitized space. A tidy space helps to keep your plants happy, makes it easier for you to tell what your crop needs, and produces a better yield overall.
- Get control. Although it doesn’t necessarily matter where you start to grow indoors, try and choose a place that allows for a fair amount of control over both the temperature and humidity.
2. Your Lighting Setup is Important
Growing plants indoors is entirely possible, but keeping your plants exposed to sunlight can be tricky, or even impossible. After all, you might not want to display your marijuana plants out your western facing window for all to see, or maybe your grow space doesn’t get the best light in general. Providing quality light is crucial to your plant’s survival, and artificial lighting gives you the greatest amount of control. So what are the most common grow-lights for cannabis you ask?
- LED Lights, or “light-emitting diodes” produce the spectrum of light that plants love. LED’s are popular as they produce efficient and focused light with close to zero heat. It’s the ideal option for your confined grow room, or even for an awkward space where your lights might be at a greater distance from the plant.
- Fluorescent Light. Sometimes sold as CFL’s, or “compact fluorescent lighting” is another great and relatively inexpensive lighting option. They don’t produce a massive amount of heat and don’t use up a lot of electricity. If the plants you plan to grow are delicate then this might be the best option for you, however, they’re not the most practical if you plan to grow anything that’s longer than a foot in height.
3. The Process of Growing
It’s not difficult to find seeds either online or at a local dispensary. After you’ve chosen a variety of plant you’d like to grow, make sure to plant at least 5 or more seeds. You want to make sure you grow enough to get a few plants that will produce buds. After that…
- Plant in pots. As soon as you plant your seedlings, plan for their germination stage. Depending on their strain, keep your seedlings in pots, you’ll need to keep your pots directly under your grow light setup for at least a month before they begin to flower. Before you start your harvest or make your marijuana products, keep your planted pots controlled with light, proper moisture, and water.
- Fresh air is as important as light. Cannabis plants need fresh air as much as we do. Filter out the carbon in the air, and get yourself an exhaust fan! Creating airflow at the top of your room will give your plants a light breeze throughout the day, and lessen the chance of pest and mold affecting their production. If you don’t want the aroma of marijuana wafting into neighboring rooms or homes, the carbon filter will come in handy in keeping the scent contained.
- Flowering and light cycles. Eventually, your plant’s growing cycle will slow, the buds will smell more fragrant, and bud covers will change color. All these are signs of buds that are ready to harvest. Something to keep in mind is what lighting cycle you choose to use and when. A standard 12/12 cycle (12 hours under light followed by 12 hours without) is a good way to go.
Automated Equipment. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to spend a great around of time in your grow room; finding equipment that can be automated will save you time and make your plants increasingly happy. As your plants are in their seedling stage, they’ll need more light—between 16 hours to a full 24—lessening to 12 only when they’ve begun their blossoming stage. Automate your fans, air conditioners, and lights whenever possible.