Your first closet grow can be a little intimidating; however, with the right supplies, set-up, and patience, you should be able to successfully cultivate your very own ganja under the radar of prying eyes (and noses).
While you could simply set up a fan in the space, if you’re serious about getting great yields and you want to ensure the best possible results, investing in a ventilation system is highly recommended. A system that features entrance and exit vents, will allow fresh air to flow in, and stale air and heat to flow out. Examples of some reliable, high-quality ventilation systems include:
A lot of people opt to grow their cannabis outdoors, in a greenhouse, or in a dedicated corner in their home. While these locations are all well and good, they may not be suitable options for you. Instead, you are seeking a spot where you can sprout your weed in privacy – a stealth growing operation, so to speak.
Now that you know just some of the advantages of cultivating ganja in a closet, you’re probably wondering if it’s actually possible. Clearly, it is, as many have managed to successfully do so; in fact, people have been using their closets for cannabis production for decades (this method of growing has been practiced for so long that it’s actually been given its own term: “closet grow” and now we have grow tent brands whose namesake is built off the closet grow, like fan favorite SuperCloset for example).
Seeds or Plants
Ventilation tends to be the hardest part of setting up a marijuana grow closet. That’s because closets are usually dark, compact spaces. Grow lights are necessary, but due to the tightness of the space, the heat that lights produce could end up accumulating within the closet, and thus, your plants could end up being damaged.
Even more budget-friendly, however, is using a closet as your designated “farm”. Unlike an outdoor garden or a greenhouse, a closet doesn’t require a lot of space or supplies; hence, growing in a closet is a more economical option.
In a closet, however, you’ll have a much easier time controlling the environment. Your plants won’t be exposed to the harsh conditions that nature can throw your way (including pests) when you grow outdoors, and you won’t have to struggle with trying to attain and maintain the appropriate conditions in a larger greenhouse.
There’s lots of reasons why you might want to grow your marijuana privately; you live with your parents and don’t want them to know, you have roommates who aren’t keen on smelling weed, you have kids and you feel having your ganja crops out in the open isn’t appropriate, or you’re concerned about Big Brother’s prying eyes spotting your yields, for example.
Your plants may release more odor as they enter the flowering stage. At this point, you can further test odor neutralizers around your home, such as burning a candle in your living room or somewhere in the hallway. Although your closet may be tucked away in a more private part of your home, the odor may easily leak in the air.
Your growing space needs to be clean. Closets, wardrobes or cupboards may often fall victims to negligence, hence there could be dirt or mold, especially if you are choosing a corner of your house that hasn’t been touched in years. So, ensure that your grow closet is well-cleaned. You can also paint the inside walls of the closet or blanket them with a reflective growing tent cover. That is, depending on how professional you want to go with your efforts.
Nutrients will enrich the soil, potentially helping your plant to grow bigger buds, but you also want to be reasonable with the dosages. You can purchase nutrients from a local garden shop or a dispensary or you can prepare a modest dose of organic tea compost by yourself.
Regardless of where you do your indoor growing, you can make use of the same grow medium options. If you are growing in soil containers, pay attention to how much water and nutrients you use for your cannabis plant. Overwatering and overfeeding are some of the most common growing mistakes that even experienced gardeners make. Too much water may cause the plant’s roots to decay, so treat your cannabis plant as you would treat a gentler flower.
Converting Your Closet Into a Grow Room
If you are growing weed in your closet, you also want to control the size as well as the odor that might be coming from it. First, it’s important that you select seeds that you know are not going to consume too much space as they begin to form into beautiful plants with flowers. Since you are growing in a closet, it’s easy to assume that your space is limited. If you are buying seeds from a local dispensary, ask the vendor for seeds that are optimal for growing in a small space.
#2 Installing your grow lights
You want to grow weed but you don’t live separately from your parents or perhaps for any other reason you want to keep your plant a little secret. You can always grow weed in your closet. You might think that’s impossible, but with a little effort, it’s manageable and doable.
Mission Possible: Growing Weed in Your Closet
#4: Controlling your plants
If you are growing a small number of plants it would help if you can circulate the air in the room where your grow closet is. Use fans and open the windows frequently. If you still notice a hint of a strange smell in the air, you can try to set up a small fan inside the closet.