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Growing weed system indoors

Ensuring your plants get the right nutrients is probably second only to lighting in terms of importance. Proper nutrient selection and application are among the most critical factors in growing premium-grade cannabis. While weed is resilient, growing it in sub-optimal conditions means you will miss out on yield and potency.

The light source you use in your grow room plays a significant role in determining the quality of the plants. I recommend spending a large portion of your budget on a good lighting setup. It is worth it in the end, particularly if you plan on growing long term.

The most commonly used lights for DIY-style growing are probably HID (high-intensity discharge) grow lights. They typically represent the best overall value in terms of cost, efficiency, and ease-of-operation.

Soil vs. Soilless Growing

The frequency of watering and the amount you give is determined by a few obvious things. These include the size of the plant, the stage of development, and the rate of photosynthesis (how fast it’s growing). However, there’s no exact science when deciding how much water to give and how often.

Make sure there are holes drilled into your growing container so the water can drain out. When watering, try, and only moisten the soil rather than saturating it. This allows you to fully saturate the pot without overwatering. Try not to water until they’re almost dry. This is called cycling.

Also, watch out for male plants in your crop. If you wish to grow high-THC buds, the only thing you want in your crop is female plants. If you have a male in your crop, REMOVE IT. Once it reaches maturity and its pollen sacs burst, it fertilizes the females. At this point, they’ll start developing seeds rather than growing buds. While the plants won’t die, their ability to yield buds is ruined.

4 – Successful Indoor Growing Requires the Following Features

[The information in this article has under no circumstances been created for – or is intended to be used for – illegal purposes. Growing/cultivating cannabis is illegal in many U.S. states. We, therefore, advise that all readers become familiar with current laws and regulations in their region before they learn how to grow cannabis indoors].

It’s very important to grow your cannabis plants to a size suitable to your space and likewise to the container you choose. You will need to transplant every time your plants double to triple their size. Small cups or 4-6” pots are good for starts.

Growing weed system indoors

Seedlings and maturing plants in the vegetative stage of growth need lots of light. These plants should get at least 12 and ideally 18 hours of direct light per day, which means if you’re growing a photoperiod plant and relying on sunshine alone, you need to time the growing cycle to maximize the increasingly long daylight hours of spring and summer.

If you choose to supplement your grow space with artificial light, how do you choose which grow lights to go with? Today there are lots of options available for hobby growers, like compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs or light-emitting diodes (LEDs), among others. Each has its own pros and cons as far as initial investment, useful life, energy efficiency, and ease of use are concerned, so do a little homework to figure out which is the best option for your needs and cultivation space. “A good accessory would be a small timer to plug the light into and turn it off during the night,” added Belanger.

Hydroponic plants have a water supply they use at will, but take a peek every now and again to check for mold or a greying root structure, which could signal that it’s time to dump your reservoir, clean your pot, and give a fresh supply of water and nutrients.

Nutrients

Another way to make things more comfortable for your plants is with good air circulation.

“Food items around the house could be composted and mixed into the growing media, but proper composting is critical to get those nutrients bio-available to the plant’s roots. People planning to compost or vermicompost should do some research on their setups to maximize the conversion of food waste into usable plant nutrition,” explained Michael Esposito, a scientist and microbiologist at MCR Labs.

Light

Humidity needs vary throughout the plant’s life. Seedlings and baby plants tend to need humidity levels of about 70%. Plants in the vegetative state can tolerate humidity in the 40% to 70% range, though experts agree that around 55% is a good happy medium. During the flowering stage, it’s important to have a lower humidity of about 40%.

For the majority of home growers, using tap water should be just fine. But in order to be sure, it’s best to have a detailed picture of what’s in your water.