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 7: Vegetative Stage – Only Stems and Leaves
The second stage of plant growth is known as the vegetative stage. During this stage of development, the plant is building its structural integrity and there are lots of stems and leaves beginning to bloom. It is important to provide adequate nitrogen to the plant since it is now in the photosynthesis process. If any seeds have failed to germinate, remove them immediately so they’re not soaking up valuable nutrients and light that the healthy seedlings need.
The vegetative stages usually last for about three weeks. During this time, the primary goal is keeping the plant comfortable. Monitoring nitrogen levels is extremely important during this stage and novice growers also understand the importance of adding more fertilizer, water, and light to produce the best foliage when leaves begin blooming.
Once the leaves begin blooming, they do so in a series, producing a specific number of leaves during each series. The first series results in one leaf, while the second series produces three leaves, and so on and so forth. One series usually yields no more than 10 leaves. It takes approximately three weeks of growth for the plant to undergo five to six growth rounds. Each series should produce leaves and branches that continually expand.
Once you see the first leaf, measure the nitrogen levels in the soil. The electrical conductance should be at one until the plant grows. When there’s four or five series of foliage on the plant, raise the electrical conductance of the nitrogen solution to 1.5. Once you see branches, it is okay to raise the nitrogen levels to 2, though do so with caution. Remember, do not overwater the plant.
During the vegetative stage, provide the plant with six hours of darkness every 24-hours. Use your grow lights to simulate light at night. It is a good idea to keep track of the humidity levels in the room since it affects the plant’s health. A humidity level around 50 – 70% is ideal for the cannabis plant since it is sensitive to the humidity level in the room during this important stage.
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