Reaching New Highs: How to Grow Marijuana Indoors
It is an amazing time that we live in today! After over 100 years of rocky legality issues and bad press, Mary Jane is making her comeback.
So what does that mean for you? Well if you are like the growing number of people who are cultivating their own crops, it means you should think about an indoor grow-op.
We are going to show you how to grow marijuana indoors, free from outside pollutants and weather anomalies in the comfort of your own home.
Let’s get started!
How to Grow Marijuana Indoors
Whether you are a seasoned green thumb or just plain green this guide will help you get a successful yield with no headaches.
Where Will You Grow
There are still some variables even though you are growing in your home.
Marijuana needs to be in a controlled environment away from outside light.
Consider growing in the following areas of your home:
- Mylar lined grow tent
- Spare room with little or no light
Make sure that you are choosing a room or space that is clean and easy to access. You could choose to use the sun’s natural light to grow but it can be challenging to control.
What Will You Grow
You have a couple of options to get started here. Many dispensaries are selling seeds now. You can also purchase seeds online. The seeds will generally come to you matured and ready for germination.
You can tell if a seed is germinated because it will be hard and darker green rather than a soft fresh green seed.
The other option is to plant a clone. A clone is an already rooted small cutting from an already established plant. The clone will already be female which is what you will need to yield flowers.
You have probably heard the word “hydroponics” thrown around a few times. Hydro is great, don’t get us wrong, but it is a very complex system for beginners. For that reason, we are going to stick with soil.
There are several things to consider when choosing your soil though. You will want to make sure that you have proper water retention, aeration, and nutrients.
Let’s take a look at some of the components used to make a homemade soil mix:
- Perlite: This is a small volcanic rock that aids in aeration of the plant
- Coco Noir: This is the outside of the coconut shell. It is great for growing as it helps to prevent root rot
- Bat Guano: This is the actual droppings from bats. The guano is high in nutrients which nourish your plants
- Worm Castings: Worm castings are an organic fertilizer for your plants
- Clay: Clay soil is harder to keep drained but has a higher PH and has lots of minerals
You can use a pre-mix soil blend, but stay away from anything non-organic and look for ingredients like we have listed above.
Growing has come a long way since the days of the Phototron.
Don’t sell yourself short by trying to use florescent lights. You will need HID (High-Intensity Discharge) light. These lights are broken into two categories: MH (Metal Halide) and HPS (High-Pressure Sodium).
The plant’s growth will take place in two stages: vegetative and flowering.
During what’s called the veg state, you will be using an MH bulb. This bulb emits a bluish light needed for the growth and development of the plant. You will use this bulb for 3-5 weeks.
You will then change your bulb to the HPS. This bulb emits a reddish light needed for the flowering process. This bulb is used for around 6-8 weeks.
The lights are meant to mimic the natural course of light that a marijuana plant would experience outdoors. The difference is you control it and ensure that there is no interference from inclement weather or things of that nature.
You need to water your plants for obvious reasons, but not just any water will do. In the United States, 98% of the water is treated with chlorine.
Now in small amounts that is fine for us, but your plants are sensitive. There are other variables to consider depending on where you live that affect your water supply.
To be safe it is best practice to use chlorine purification drops to rid the water of chlorine or stick to bottled water.
Also, make sure that your water is at room temperature. Water that is too cold can shock the plants.
Once your plants have reached maturity it is time to harvest. You will first need to cut the buds of your plant and the stems and leaves surrounding them off of the main bush of the plant.
After they are cut they will need to be hung upside down for 10-14 days. During this time make sure you are controlling the humidity. They should be stored in a cool dry place.
Too much moisture can cause mold in your plants. After the drying stage, you will trim the excess stems and leaves leaving just the bud or flower behind.
The final stage is curing your harvest. You can do this by putting your yield into clean glass jars that are air-tight. Make sure not to overcrowd the jars as this can also cause mold.
There are many variables in the world of how to grow marijuana indoors. Your growth will be unique each time. Patience is key when nurturing anything, especially something like this!
Take your time and never stop researching and you will end up with a beautiful product.
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