Growing Cannabis indoors is an exciting and fun thing to do. Once you start understanding its ins and outs, you will never have to buy it for medical or recreational purposes. To start growing Cannabis indoors, you need to do a lot more than just to make some space in your house or apartment. The things like figuring out what sort of light will they require to what kind of plants you can have.
Before anything else choosing a strain is the very first thing that you should think of. Every plant is different, and so their requirements are different too.
- Hybrids and Indicator cannabis strains (Kushes and cookie plants) usually have fatter buds as they are bushier.
- Sativa usually grows tall, but its buds are smaller in size.
Every plant needs for better yield:
- Proper nutrition
- Apt growing atmosphere
- Training methods
Therefore, researching your strain is a must so you can make the most out of your hardship.
Size of Your Growing Cannabis:
It is highly crucial to learn what size should you expect of your indoor plants and it is due to 2 reasons:
To arrange the area for your grow. You should know the size of the full-grown strain. Size can also help you calculate how much capacity you have for plants.
When you are sure of the size you can arrange the lighting accordingly as too strong lighting will ruin your strains and too weak lighting will not let them grow. Thus, knowing size helps you to determine how much light you require and how many plants you can manage in your available space with the arranged lighting facilities.
Selection of your Grow rooms/ Grow Tents:
As soon as you are sure, the type of plant you are willing to grow. The next thing should be whether are you going to use “grow tents,” or are you going to convert some of the areas of your house or apartment into grow room.
For housing your plant, you can opt for either option.
- Grow Room:
Housing your plants in your bedroom, garage, and a closet is a much more feasible option for some than buying a tent. Moreover, circulating fresh air gets easy, too when you are utilizing your own space for weeds/marijuana.
You don’t need much fancy equipment. Having some reflective material and a few fans might all you need for these grow rooms.
Furthermore, if you are planning right, you can even use sunlight as a source of light when lights are not working or dying.
- Grow Tents:
The most usual way to house your plant is to opt for grow tents when it comes to indoor growers. Thus, no matter how much area you want to dedicate whether just a small space in your garage, bedroom, or a whole dedicated room. The chances are you can find the right size grow tent for your marijuana yield plan.
- Tents give you full control over the growing environment, which is not the case in other setups.
- When you are going for grow tents option, there will be no need to hook lights or fans. Hence, it is a convenient choice.
- Tents will be available in all kinds of varieties and sizes.
- A good heat thermometer (to measure heat/ read the temperature around canopy)
- Microscope (it will come handy in many ways for checking the sex of your plant or for examining the bugs)
- PPM/PH meters (To measure pH level of the nutrient-rich water & PPM for keeping an eye on the overeating/undereating of your plants)
- Hygrometer (to keep an eye on the environment like levels of CO2 or humidity can be measured)
- Shears (for removing dead leaves)
- HID (High-Intensity Discharge) Grow Lights
- T5 Fluorescent Lights (similar to HID)
- Light Emitting Diode (LED) Grow Lights
Selecting the right Medium (Coco/ Hydro/ Soil)
- Hydroponics (soil-less way/ short time taking method)
- Nutrients are quick to absorb
- Advanced and professional skills are necessary
- It grows at a rapid pace
- One wrong step can make your plants suffer
- More nutrient spikes are expected in the hydro method
- Root rot/ fungus, molds can develop due to moisture. Thus, it is mandatory to check and clean water sources and root level regularly
- Coco (a balanced option as compared to soil/ hydroponic)
- Nutrient retention is present but quite different than hydro or soil options
- In this medium, the strain grows faster than soil and slower than hydro medium.
- Managing nutrients can be tricky
- If proper mixing of coco is not present, the Ph levels will rise, and it may cause for your plant.
- Soil (all-purpose medium)
- Best for newbies
- Best nutrient retention among all the mediums
- Various buffers for readings and feedings
- A longer time is necessary
- You cannot fix nutrient issues quickly
- If you have a space issue, soil roots can be problematic to handle
As you get exposure and experience, your style; methods; and techniques will get better and better. We hope this article will come handy in your journey and improve your knowledge about growing cannabis/marijuana indoors.
Have fun and spend a lot of time with your plants!