There are a lot of benefits when you choose to grow cannabis at home. The first one is that you can get high-quality weeds by doing so. Even if more supplies and resources are needed when growing indoors as compared to growing outdoors, you can control the surroundings of your cannabis plant in the former. Whether you reside in a small house or an apartment, you can grow the weed anywhere. Another benefit of growing indoors is that you can do multiple harvests. You can allow your cannabis plants to grow as big as you want. Just flip them over after harvesting to start another batch.
Guidelines for Growing Cannabis at Home
Choose your Growing Light
It is important to choose the right type of light for you to grow your cannabis plant successfully. Young cannabis plants grow fastest when the temperature is warmer, say ranging from 20 degrees to 30 degrees Celsius. When the plants are in the budding or flowering stage, it is best to give them a slightly cooler light, about 18 to 26 degrees Celsius, to boost trichome production, develop the smell, and keep the buds in their best color.
The following are the different growing lights for cannabis:
- Household LED
- LED growing lights
- High-Pressure Sodium or the HPS
Choose Your Ideal Growing Medium
Different growing mediums also require different degrees of care and watering needs. The most usual growing mediums that you can use include the following:
- Soilless Mix
- Hydroponics or plant directly on the water
- And the Hydro or the Less Usual Kind
The best soil that you may use would be your own composted soil, or you may purchase ready-made composted soil in order to harvest the best tasting buds.
Choose the Ideal Nutrients
There are two types of cannabis growers: soil growers and soilless growers. Soil growers cultivate cannabis via composted super soil. In this method, you need to have cannabis nutrients that are made for the soil to ensure that your plants will grow into the best weeds.
Even if you use the more accurate soil like the FFOF, you still need to start adding the nutrients once the plants reach the flowering stage. The soilless and the hydroponic growers can grow in any medium apart from the soil. Such methods require you to get cannabis nutrients that are made for hydroponics.
Nutrients for Root PH
It is essential to maintain the pH levels in the surroundings of the roots to avoid any nutrient issues when growing cannabis at home. You can do this by first testing the pH of the water before you put it in the plants or add it to the tank. However, there are still some growers who successfully grow their cannabis without even testing the pH of their water first.
Most growers who don’t test the pH first will, later on, see some signs of cannabis nutrient deficiency and other nutrient problems. Keep in mind that if the pH in the roots of the plant is too low or too high, the plant cannot draw up the nutrients properly.
Choose the Cannabis Plants that you want to grow
For seasoned cannabis growers who already know the basics, acquiring cannabis plants is quite simple. Most cannabis collectors as well as dispensaries will gladly sell you generic seeds. A great edge of buying seeds from a trusted source is that you already know that you can trust the genetics of the seeds that you are purchasing.
Germinating the Cannabis Seeds
There are a lot of different procedures in germinating your weed seeds. An easy way to germinate a marijuana seed is to place it directly in a certain starter cube. You can just keep the starter cube moist and make sure that it isn’t too warm.
Placing the tray on a heat mat with your seedlings in it may be helpful. In a few days or a week, the seedlings will start to pop out. It can also work in any growing medium. Once the seedling has already come out, you can now stick the cube directly into the growing medium or in a hydroponic system.
Growing the Plants or the Vegetative Period
Once your cannabis plant grows, the appearance of the first set of leaves is considered the official vegetative stage. As mentioned earlier, a young cannabis plant grows fastest when the temperature is warmer than the room temperature. However, as long as it is not freezing cold or burning hot, your cannabis plants can still be able to grow in a wide span of room temperatures.
During this stage, your cannabis plants begin to develop buds; this period can last until the harvesting period.
Harvesting the Cannabis Weed
During the period where your plant stops growing new white hairs, the room gets filled with its pungent fragrance. Wait for the white hairs to darken in color and start curling in. This is the first sign that the harvesting period is approaching. You can start harvesting when about 50 to 70 percent of the hairs have already darkened; buds in this period have the highest THC content.
Cure and Dry the Harvested Buds
Once you have already cut off all the beautiful and compact buds, you can now hang them upside down in a cool and dark area with the right ventilation and then let them dry out.
Growing cannabis at home is a good idea. If you want, you can grow cannabis indoors even during winter. You can grow the plants discreetly behind locked doors. Even though many countries have already legalized marijuana, there are still some people who are not open to the idea of cannabis usage and cultivation, so growing cannabis indoors may give you privacy as well as security. Indoor cannabis growing is cheaper especially if you are planning to grow only a few cannabis plants. In addition to that, because you can control everything indoors, you can produce your much desired dank cannabis buds.