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 1: Choose Your Place to Grow
A grow room isn’t needed to grow cannabis plants. Many people grow in their garage, bedroom, closets, and sometimes even the basement or a bathroom. What is important when selecting your indoor grow location is that is sizable enough to handle the plant growth, capable of holding the necessary grow lights and fans that you’ll use (we’ll discuss that momentarily,) and that the area is clean.
Starting with a small indoor grow is best for beginners. It is easier to monitor plants when there is only one or two, it is cheaper to start with a small grow operation, and helps you learn from mistakes (which you can only expect as a beginner.) Many newbies lose a plant or two during their trial and error phase, though it does open many opportunities to succeed the next time around.
There are a few important factors to consider when selecting a grow location:
- Size of Plant: The small seedling doesn’t stay small for long. A marijuana plant can as much as triple in size when the flowering stage begins. The grow location should easily accommodate the plant growth.
- Accessories: Grow lights, fans, and other pieces of equipment take up space in the room.
- Air: Access to fresh air is another variable to consider when selecting your grow location. Fresh, outside air is best for plant growth.
- Plant Care: The chosen space for growing marijuana should also be sizable enough to allow you to check on and care for the plants. Elbow room is important!
Additional criteria to keep in mind when choosing your grow spot:
- Ensure the space doesn’t allow light to leak into the area
- The chosen grow space must be clean and sanitary
- The area should be easy-to-access
- Choose an area that is inaccessible to others, i.e. nosey neighbors or those who might try to steal your plant
Concentrate on the last tip for location selection carefully. You wouldn’t believe how many otherwise successful grow operations are interrupted by nosey neighbors. You want a grow location that isn’t easily spotted by other people, even if it is visitors to your own home. The more people that see the plant, the more risks that you incur. You’re at risk of being arrested and going to jail if the police are notified of the grow operation and the plant also receives unnecessary disturbance that hinders their growth.
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