The 8 Easy Steps of Growing Marijuana Plant at Home
Growing marijuana indoors presents a unique set of challenges. And the out and out volume of information available on the subject can be overwhelming. This easy-to-digest guide will help even first-time growers get started.
Step 1: Designate cannabis to grow room or space The first step in growing is creating a suitable space in which to do it. The space doesn’t even need to be a typical room. It can be a closet, cabinet, spare room, or a corner in a basement. Just remind you that you need to tailor your equipment (and plants) to fit the space. Also, space for your lights, ducting, fans, and other equipment. Your plants can double in size in the early stages of flowering. So, make sure you have just the adequate headspace.
Step 2: Choose your cannabis to grow lights The quality of light in your grow room reflects the quality and quantity of your yield. So, you should choose the best lighting setup you can afford. The HID (high-intensity discharge) lights are industry standard. Widely recognized for their combination of output, efficiency, and value. Fluorescent light is quite popular with small scale hobby growers. Because they tend to be cheaper to set up. The LED technology is super-efficient light fixtures for indoor growing. But the main drawback to LED grows lights is their cost.
Step 3: Give your cannabis plants air Your plants need fresh air to thrive. The carbon dioxide (CO2) is essential to the process of photosynthesis. Which means you will need a steady stream of air flowing through your grow room. You need an exhaust fan placed near the top of the room. Which will remove the warmer air? Also, you need a filtered air inlet on the opposite side near the floor.
Step 4: Pick your climate controls and monitors You might want to automate your lights and climate control equipment. While there are expensive units available. A beginner will generally need a simple 24-hour timer for the light. And an adjustable thermostat switch for your exhaust fan.
Step 5: Decide on cannabis grow medium Growing cannabis indoors means you have many different media to choose from. Cab be the good old-fashioned pots full of soil or a Rockwool slab in a hydroponic tray. Soil is the most traditional medium for growing plants indoors. it is a good choice for first-time growers. You can also use hydroponic media for cultivating cannabis plants. It requires feeding with concentrated solutions of mineral salt nutrients. Which are absorbed directly by the roots through the process of osmosis?
Step 6: Pick a container Your use of container will depend on the medium, system, and the size of your plants. A tray-style the hydroponic system may require small net pots filled with clay pebbles. Or use a big slab of Rockwool to grow many little plants. A “super-soil” grow may use 10-gallon nursery pots for growing a few large plants.
Step 7: Feed your cannabis plants nutrients Your plants will need primary nutrients (collectively known as macronutrients). Such as Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), Potassium (K). The micronutrients are needed as well in much smaller quantities. As Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, and Copper.
Step 8: Water your cannabis plants How often to water your plants will depend on the medium used. Also depends upon the size of the plants, and ambient temperature. Some might wait until the lower leaves of the plant start to drop slightly before watering. Please remember that growing marijuana is a labor of love. So, make sure to spend a lot of time with your plants and have fun!