You might have just got your hands on a medical marijuana card online and might be wondering about how you can start your cannabis journey. Especially since there are just so many options available in the market at this time.
Growing your own cannabis is a great way to save money and actually concentrate on what you want to grow. The strain is in your hands and so is how you choose to grow cannabis. This is also the only way one can be sure that the whole process is free of any pesticides or other additive.
So, what are the things you need to have on hand before growing your cannabis?
First and foremost you need a place to grow. The best option available in the market are grow tents. They are inexpensive and depending on your growing cycles packed up and put away. Plus, there are just so many options available to choose from for your perfect grow tent.
As a beginner, our advice to you would be to purchase a simple tent and then level up as you get better.
The second thing you need to get is grow lights. There are many options available in the market. Our favorite options are HID (high-intensity discharge), HPS(high-pressure sodium), MH(metal halide), LED(light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent). Just ensure whichever you end choosing is strong enough to light up the tent and also at the same time get a decent timer that can regulate the timings of your lights.
To control the heat and humidity you might also require an exhaust fan and carbon filter, so be prepared for that as well. A circulating fan is the best investment as it will ensure that the air keeps moving. Additionally, a thermometer/hygrometer is a great way to keep a close watch on the humidity and temperature.
You can either get your seeds and clones from a dispensary or your friends. If neither option is available to you, just hop online and get some via mail. It might be legal to grow cannabis but you are best served if you stay discreet about your hobby.
When it comes to the soil, keep it airy and loose. 3-5 gallon buckets are great for people starting out and your chances for success are higher than using a hydroponic system. Do remember to get all kinds of nutrients for your soil.
Once you have planted them, time to move onto the next step.
Lower all your reflectors. Your plant should never go on a search for light. The lights need to be instead adjusted as the plants grow. Set your timer in a manner that there is light for 18 hours and darkness for 6 hours.
In this setup, plants will grow leaves and branches but no flowers (unless they are the auto-flowering kind).
Two things to avoid are overfeeding and overwatering the plant. Marijuana plants prefer their roots to have a wet/dry cycle. So, take care of that.
Prune early and do it often. Cut or pinch branches right above the node where new shoots show up. If you keep up with this process you will end up with a plant that looks like bonsai bush and a lot of buds but not too much space between them.
This will ensure that you have a plant providing you with a higher yield while occupying the same amount of space,
When you are growing indoors it is completely in your hands when the plant flowers. Check the space you have and accordingly make the choice. The moment you have decided to make your plant flower just set the lights to a 12 hour on/off period. At no time do you switch on the lights during the off-time as that may confuse the plant.
Cannabis is not a tough plant to grow but there is a slight learning curve that comes along with it. Which is why it is advised that for the first couple of times-keep it simple. Once you get the hang of it you can try out more variations in the growing process.
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