You’re probably reading this article because you’re getting fed up with the hassle of searching and buying cannabis. Well, we feel you. Like the rest of us, doing so can be very tiring and not so fulfilling especially if the one you found is not up to your standards. And now, as to avoid this inconvenience and pain, you’re wondering how to grow your own cannabis indoors so that you become your own supplier. That’s a good and smart choice, actually. We’re telling you as early as now that the whole process is easy as long as you are well informed on the matter.
First, let’s start with the necessities. Here’s what you will need to start your own indoor garden:
- Budget – your budget will dictate a lot of things in your garden, from the size to the crops.
- Space – the actual space where you will grow your crops
- Time – good cannabis are sensitive and needy beings, they will require your time and affection
- Privacy – this is especially true if you don’t want anyone to complain about you as there might be a smell that your neighbors won’t like
- Information/Research – one of the most common mistakes that new growers commit is having few to no research
Here are the basic things that your plants will need:
- Light – one of the components of photosynthesis
- Air – contains carbon dioxide and can help with the moisture level
- Medium – this is where you will plant your cannabis
- Temperature – this is important in keeping the plants healthy and productive
- Nutrients – your plants demand sustenance, this will be it and this will steer their explosive growth
- Water – properly pH’d water is also a component of photosynthesis
These 6 components are crucial. Never leave out on anything and you will be rewarded with a golden harvest. If grown correctly, you should be able to use your own plant by the 4th month since you started growing.
In general, outdoor growers will need 8+ hours of direct sunlight a day. This is why people often plant during spring as it is the season with the most hospitable sunlight, and having 8+ hours of it should be beneficial for the plants. Indoor growers, on the other hand, will need to grow lights for their plants to grow. There are a lot of grow lights to choose from, and they differ quite greatly. If you’re not sure on what to use for your own crop, do a quick google search!
Since indoor growers use grow lights, they are able to manipulate when the light is turn on and how much light is to be fed. This means that indoor growers have the capacity to ‘trick’ the plants to thinking that it’s daytime when in actuality it is night time. This offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to our available time and actually offers better plants if done correctly. The reason for this is that plants can receive light during night time and have more, calculated light will be good for the growth of the plant.
Your plants need air. Having a ventilation system in your set up is a must; you should never keep the grow space devoid of air. Aside from the required CO2, having extra carbon dioxide can actually be healthy for your plants. In general, your plants can use up to 1200-1500 PPM of carbon dioxide. Additionally, air is important in keeping a healthy level of humidity in your grow room.
Grow mediums are important because they will literally hold the plant. There are many kinds of mediums and each one have specific attributes; some can hold water better, some don’t, and some allows more air to flow, and some also does not. Most of the time, growers like to mix their medium to give the optimal level of both water retention and proper airflow.
Temperature is important because the growth of the plant can either be supplemented or halted by it. For example, if the temperature is too hot, the stomata of the plants will close which chokes it because it does not allow carbon dioxide to enter the plant. Inversely, if the temperature is too cold, the plant will use more of its energy to survive which halts the growth of the plant.
Nutrients give your plants the “extra” things that they need to grow. There are many kinds of nutrients in the market, so making sure using the right one depending on where your plant is in its own growth cycle is crucial.
Nutrients are often mixed with the nutrients. Aside from this, a properly pH’d water will allow the plant to use it for its photosynthesis process. There are a lot of pH balancer products in the market, any would do.
Next up: knowing the life cycle of your cannabis plant.
Wild growth of cannabis in an outdoor setting has this specific cycle:
- Seedlings grows duringSpring
- Cannabis grows for a summer
- As the days are starting to get shorter, your cannabis starts making flowers or pollen
- Pollination then occurs which will pollinate the female plants
- Female plants will produce seeds
- Your cannabis finally wilts during winter
- Go back to the first step
Why is knowing this important? To put it simply, like what was stated above, indoor gardeners can “trick” the plants into thinking that it is in a specific environment. For example, plants will continue to grow leaves and stems if it thinks that it is spring or summer.
Knowing these basics can help you learn faster when you decide to grow your own indoor garden. Just remember, a common mistake rookies make is that they lack research. Now that you know the basics, you can further research them individually especially if you have a goal in mind. Don’t worry, we promise you that growing your own cannabis is both a rewarding experience and a fairly easy one.