Whoopee! Marijuana is legal these days. Okay, you can smoke weed in most states nowadays without the fear that a cop will be on your case sooner or later. Do you know what this implies? Well, it means that indoor cannabis growing is rising. Yep! Hashish lovers want to grow it right in the comfort of their homes.
Now, that’s exciting, right? It sure is. There’s a catch though – you have to get the basics right before you take the plunge. Growing ganja indoor isn’t rocket science though. Here’s what you need to do;
Pick Top-shelf Genetics
Avoid clones, mid-range and bag seeds, or you will be setting yourself up for disappointment. Get your seeds from a reputable breeder if you want to enjoy a bumper harvest. Be sure to research on what makes specific cannabis genetics high-quality. Of course, you’re going to spend a tidy sum, but it’s worth it in the end.
Where you plant your cannabis is essential. You have to think about environmental aspects such as temperature, space and humidity. Industry experts suggest that you start small if you’re a beginner. You can even use your closet or cabinet (seriously) before you learn the ropes of the game.
See, with a small grow area, you can manage the environmental conditions better. Think of it as a way to reduce the likelihood of making costly mistakes. In other words, the larger the room, the more the factors you need to consider. Still, invest in a grow tent. After all, that’s where most growers begin – you only need to be careful with the dimensions of your tent.
Speaking of environmental conditions, lighting is an integral part of your indoor marijuana garden set up. More specifically, you have to provide your plants with “sun-like” illumination. While there’s a host of lighting options on the market, you’re better off with LED grow lights.
For starters, you can use LED lamps round the clock without overheating your grow tent. On top of that, you can fiddle with the light wavelength depending on the growth stage of your plants. Also, LEDs, last longer in comparison to their conventional counterparts. Many models can give you up to 50,000 hours of illumination.
LED grow lights consume 60% less energy while giving you the same output as High-intensity discharge lamps (HIDs), thereby saving you money. Plus, they’re healthier for your plants since they don’t emit harmful wavelengths.
And, the beauty of it is that you don’t need to hire a professional to install the lights, even if you’re a beginner. In fact, doing it yourself is the best way to go about mounting the lights in your grow room. That way, you can determine essential aspects such as the hanging distance and wavelength based on your herb’s growth phase.
Nutrients and Supplements
No one will tell you this, but nutrients and supplements will increase the quality of your buds. Still, before you add any particular supplements, make sure that they’re providing the correct base nutrients in the flowering stage. Here’s a breakdown of base nutrients in the budding phase.
- Low Nitrogen – Your plants require relatively low levels of Nitrogen, especially during the second flowering stage. At this stage, your cannabis isn’t growing vegetatively, and the buds are starting to fatten up.
- Plenty of Phosphorus – Phosphorous is a crucial nutrient during flowering. So, ensure that your plants get sufficient amount to help increase the number of flowers.
- Potassium – Many marijuana growers overlook potassium in comparison to phosphorus. But potassium is more important! It increases the density and size of each flower.
- Sugar and Carbohydrates – These improve the taste and smell of your harvest.
- Bloom Enhancers – These provide an assortment of non-nutrients ingredients to enable your plants to grow better. It also boosts the levels of humic and amino acids in your cannabis.
- PK Boosters and Shooting Powders – These contain phosphorus and potassium and are ideal for the flowering stage. At times, they have a little bit of sulfur. You should use these supplements sparingly because they’re overly potent.
…Don’t Forget to Give your Plants Some TLC
Sure, this one doesn’t sound so “intelligent.” But, you must send your marijuana some love once in a while. Visit your grow tent at least three times every week. The idea is to enable you to pick pointers on what you need to do to keep your plants thriving. Remember, a simple mistake in any of the growth stages can reduce the quality of your cannabis significantly.