Many beginner marijuana growers get very excited to cultivate their plants. After all, who doesn’t get enthused by achieving bountiful yields? Before you bring out your green thumb, there are some questions that may be going around your mind right now. For instance, you might ask yourself, “how often to water indoor cannabis,” or “how much fertilizer to use?”
It wouldn’t matter if you’re planning on growing indoor marijuana plants as a hobby or for medical use because the end goal is the same. The view of suitably-sized and healthy indoor marijuana plants will make any grower jump for joy. To ensure the highest chances of your crops achieving bountiful yields, read on to the rest of the guide.
Create a Cannabis Grow Room
It doesn’t have to be a “room” per se, but you still need to set up a personal space in your property to grow your indoor strains. You can place the grow “room” inside a closet, cabinet, tent, or a spare room. You can even put your cultivating operations in your basement. No matter where you place your cannabis growing kit, you need to tailor the area and equipment to fit the space.
You might become too excited to start growing large crops. Instead of giving in to your excitement, you may want to start small. There are a number of reasons why you should start with a small cannabis grow room. First, it’s less expensive to set up and maintain. Next, if you do make mistakes during the growing process, it’ll become less costly to replace or repair any damages.
If you do make any errors in growing indoor marijuana plants, don’t fret. Many beginners and expert growers make mistakes. You might experience some setbacks or perhaps even lose some plants because of pests or diseases. Using a small grow room at the beginning won’t put a huge dent in your wallet if any mistakes or unfortunate events occur.
Tailor the Cannabis Grow Room
Once you’ve acquired the necessary equipment for your indoor marijuana plants, it’s time to select the right area in your property to establish your growing location. Perhaps the first factor to consider is convenience. As a cannabis cultivator, you’re going to carefully monitor your plants. There’s no excuse for not checking your crop on a daily basis. In fact, beginners should check on their strains several times per day. If the grow room is difficult to access from the beginning then maintenance procedures will be nothing but daunting chores.
After acquiring a convenient location, check for any temperature and humidity concerns. If the growing area is very humid or warm, then you’re going to run into control issues. It’s best to create an area with cool and dry temperatures. Also, ensure that your plants have ready access to fresh air coming from the outdoors.
Lastly, ensure that your grow room is stealthy. You’d most likely want to hide your crops from potential thieves and nosy neighbors. Ensure that you equip your grow room with silent fans and a good ventilation system so as not to attract unwanted guests.
Choosing Marijuana Grow Lights
You have different choices of quality marijuana grow lights you can use for your indoor growing area. Choose from High-Intensity Discharge (HID) grow lights, fluorescent grow lights, LED grow lights, and induction grow lights. Each type of grow light has their distinct list of advantages and disadvantages.
Using HID lights is the industry standard for most indoor marijuana growers. It combines efficiency, output, and value in easy-to-use lighting fixtures. However, HID grow lights cost a bit more than other previously mentioned lighting equipment. While these lights are the industry standard, they aren’t as efficient as compared to LED lights.
Next, there are fluorescent grow lights. These light fixtures, especially the models with high output (HO) T5 bulbs tend to be popular to small-scale marijuana farmers. For one thing, fluorescent lights are cheaper to set up than other lights because it already has a ballast, reflector, and a set of bulbs in the package. It does, however, share the same caveat as HID lights as it only generates a small amount of power per watt.
Moving on to LED grow lights, these lighting fixtures offer excellent power to bring an adequate amount of light to your plants. Its main drawback is its cost; growers may have to spend 10 times more than a standard HID setup when installing LED lights.
Lastly, there are induction grow lights which are otherwise called as electrodeless fluorescent lamps. While this lighting equipment is effective in bringing suitable amounts of light to indoor marijuana plants. However, availability of induction lighting fixtures is scarce on the market which means it’s also expensive to acquire them.
Choose a Marijuana Grow Medium to Properly Culture Indoor Cannabis
After choosing marijuana grow lights, it’s to select a suitable grow medium. The most conventional grow medium for indoor marijuana farming is soil. Soil is also the most forgiving making it an ideal choice for novice growers. If you’re a beginner indoor marijuana cultivator, then a good choice to use is organic pre-fertilized soil. Otherwise known as super soil, it allows indoor cannabis plants to grow from start to harvest without the need for additional nutrients.
Feeding Nutrients to Marijuana Plants
To heighten the chances of harvesting high-quality cannabis crops, you should feed your plants with premium fertilizers or nutrients. Keep in mind marijuana plants need three primary nutrients to stay healthy, and these elements are the following: Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium. You can also feed micronutrients like Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, and Copper to your cannabis strains but in small quantities.
Watering Marijuana Plants
Properly culture indoor cannabis strains to give you the best chances of acquiring bountiful yields by harvest time. With that being said, you should never forget about watering your marijuana plants.
Most marijuana growers won’t even think twice about the type of water they use on their plants. After all, if you can drink it then your plants won’t mind, right? Bear in mind some water contains high amounts of dissolved minerals. If your plants consume these minerals, then it can negatively affect their development.
Nicole Richter wrote in an article that growers should also invest in a pH meter. Use the tool to carefully check the quality of soil and water to always ensure an optimum growing environment for your plants.
Furthermore, it’s essential to never over-water your plants. Marijuana plants are highly susceptible to fungal root diseases when their environment is too wet. Over-watering is a common mistake made by novice marijuana growers and one error you should definitely avoid.
As you continue to gain experience in growing indoor cannabis strains, you’ll also acquire additional knowledge and understanding for the entire cultivating process. You’ll also find better equipment and growing techniques to improve your chances of acquiring healthier and more abundant yields. Hopefully, this guide assisted you in providing you with a concrete foundation of ideas to help you start on the right foot.