Getting Started Growing Cannabis Indoors
Approximately 70% of the U.S. population consumes cannabis at least on occasion, but for many people, cannabis is far more than a plant they enjoy when it’s around.
Instead, cannabis is a way of life, a religion, and an escape from the sometimes harsh realities of life, whether it is aches and pains or sadness interfering with your well-being. Enthusiasts who understand the sheer magnitude of cannabis oftentimes find the cultivation process one that heightens their experience. This God-given plant has powers unbeknownst to some, but for the true cannabis enthusiasts, its amazing qualities are undeniable. Growing weed indoors offers the perfect opportunity to take your cannabis love to the next level.
Now that marijuana has become a hot topic around the country, many of the stigmas that once surrounded the plant are gone and more people are learning and accepting that it is a beneficial plant and a far cry short of the Class I narcotic the federal government has it labeled as. Currency eight states allow usage and cultivation of marijuana for recreational use, while more than 40 have legalized cannabis use and cultivation for medicinal purposes. Marijuana research is being conducted at universities, elite members of our community are showing their support, and advancements are being made every single day. Nonetheless, it is a crime to grow marijuana without a medical red card (How to apply for medical marijuana card?) if you don’t reside in a legal state.
Growing marijuana indoors alleviates the worry. Many people are growing cannabis indoors as we speak, producing large, beautiful, plants filled with those delightful buds that you so greatly appreciate. If you’re ready to join the trend, learning how to grow is the first step. Growing marijuana indoors isn’t as difficult as some people would assume. In fact, it takes just 10 simple, easy steps to grow!
What You’ll Need to Monitor During Growing
Growing marijuana indoors allows you to keep an eye on the entire growth process. Marijuana is a plant that requires lots of attention if you want it to yield powerful, potent results, though the overall process is fairly simple once you get the swing of things. Checking in on your plants three or four times per day can help yield the best results, especially for the beginning grower.
It is important to monitor the amount of air and light that the plant receives when growing marijuana indoors. Marijuana is a native outdoor plant and thrives when pristine conditions are noted. Thus, proper air flow, proper light, and the right amount of moisture are key ingredients to a successful grow.
Flowering plants like marijuana produce fruits only once per year during the fall season. They’re fruitful during this cooler period after receiving sunlight and nutrients during the warmer months. It’s called a photosynthesis period and is a process that you’ll need to reproduce when growing marijuana indoors. To do this, the plants need up to 16-hours of light during the seedling stage and approximately 12-hours during the flowering process.
The photosynthesis also requires proper air be delivered to the plant. All plants need air to survive, including the cannabis plant. A steady stream of airflow in the grow room is essential to a healthy marijuana plant. Marijuana plants thrive in temperatures ranging from 70 F to 85 F; an exhaust fan can help you maintain these temperatures. Since some strains of the marijuana plant prefer lower temperatures while others thrive when temperatures are closer to the highest temperature point, it is important to properly educate yourself on the preferences of the seedling before you begin.
Step 8: Flowering Stage – Buds Start Growing!
After the three-week vegetative stage, the fun begins as you enter the flowering stage. You’ll loathe at the amazing buds that you begin to see growing, also encouraging you to continue just as you have thus far. Those big, beautiful buds indicate that you’ve done things right and will be rewarded for your efforts so soon.
First, determine the sex of the plant, if seedling were used. It is important to identify the gender of the plant because male and female plants cannot be mixed together since it can ruin the plants. How can you determine the sex of the plant? The easiest method examines the 5th series of leaves the plant produced. Check the leaves immediately before the plant begins flowering. Indica and hybrid strains usually show their sex between the leaves.
A female plant has a tiny white fiber on the underside of the leaf. Male plants have a small ball rather than this fiber. It is easy to use this method, but not always reliable. It isn’t easy to see the sex organs on a small plant, for example. If you prefer, use the cuttings to determine the sex. To use this method, use the cuttings from the plant attained during the vegetative stage and plant them elsewhere. The cuttings need 12-hour rotating cycles of light and darkness. Determine sex by evaluating the leaves.
Once the male plants are gone, check the roots of the cannabis plant to ensure they’re not intertwined and that there is enough space between each plant. If the plant needs to be transferred due to size, this is the perfect time to transplant. You’ll need to adjust the light pattern provided to the cannabis plant during the flowering stage. The days are now shorter, with the plant requiring only 12-hours of sunlight, followed by 12-hours of darkness.
Most plants mature in about seven to nine weeks, but each strain and plant varies. Sativas require the lengthiest flowering stage. Do not anticipate the plant maturing before the eight-week mark.
Flushing the cannabis plant is done two-week prior to harvest. When you flush the plant, you simply stop feeding the plant nutrients and depend upon pH balanced water to rid the soil of salts and minerals that might cause the bud to have a strong chemical taste.
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