How to Grow Marijuana Indoors: A Beginner’s Guide
If you use marijuana regularly then you know that it can become a bit expensive (and kind of annoying) to go down to the dispensary every single time you want to light one up. So, here you are, wanting to grow your own weed, but you aren’t quite sure where you should start.
Luckily, you have come to the right place. With this quick guide, you will learn all you need to know about growing healthy marijuana plants for the first time, especially if you are on a tight budget.
The first thing you need to establish is a growing area. You have the option of using anywhere from a closet to an entire spare room to grow your plants. Since it is your first time, you should probably start small, with a grow tent since it will be easier to monitor your plants this way, and you can save money on the mistakes that you are guaranteed to make as a first-time grower. The growing area you chose should have enough space for your plants to grow since they can double and even triple during the flowering stage. It should also have enough space for you to move around, and for your lights, fans, and other equipment.
For marijuana plants to thrive indoors, some requirements must be met. These include:
Every plant needs light to grow, and growing them inside is no exception. You must choose quality to grow lights to grow quality plants. The most popular types are fluorescent, HID and LED lights. They differ in terms of shape, size, output, energy consumption and price. In addition, to grow lights, you will need to fit your grow area with reflective surfaces to maximize how much light your plants receive during its light-dependent stage.
Pro tips: · Don’t put your lights too close to your plants because they can wilt· Don’t put your lights to close to your temperature gauge because this will give incorrect readings· Using grow lights for 12 hours straight can be costly so use them at off-peak hours I.e. nighttime.
TEMPERATURE AND AIR CIRCULATION
The ideal temperature for your plants is 75°F. It must not fall below 64°F and must not rise above 86°FFor your plants to thrive, you will need good air circulation. The plants will need a constant supply of carbon dioxide to survive, and stale air needs to escape. To do this, you will need a carbon filter which will also be able to reduce the potency of the marijuana smell.
WATER AND NUTRIENTS
Many experienced growers will tell you that watering and nutrients can make or break your plants. The amount of water used is dependent on the size of the pot. The pH of this water should be between 5.5 and 7, but ideally 6.2. The ideal temperature is 70°F, or between 65-78°F. Anything too hot or cold can cause shock and retard growth. You have the option of adding nutrients to your water, or your soil. This should include phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen.
Pro tip: A sure way to tell if your plants need water is to look at the soil. If it is cracked, your plants are thirsty. You can also tell by looking at their leaves. If they are droopy, then you should water them.
CHOOSING SEEDS AND A GROWING MEDIUM
Choosing cannabis seeds requires research. You will first need to establish what you want to accomplish, such as pain relief or a restful night, then you can go on to look at factors such as price and if it grows well indoors. If you are on a tight budget, you’ll be pleased to know that sometimes seed companies give them away free with a purchase. The growing medium you choose is dependent on the type of container that is available to you, your budget and how much time you have on your hands.
ADDITIONAL TOOLS YOU WILL NEED
PH meter· Microscope· Temperature and humidity gauge
THE FINAL WORD
Now that you have read this guide, you are one step closer to becoming an expert at growing marijuana indoors. Be sure to pay keen attention to your plants so that you can take care of them properly. Good luck!