Cannabis is slowly becoming legal in every state across the U.S. This opens a possibility for you to grow your very own strain. Growing cannabis can be very fun and exciting, especially if you’re a person that likes to smoke it.
However, with so many strains out there, it can be very difficult to follow a universal guide that covers all the bases. With all that said, we bring to you a guide for this 2023 that’s full of tips on how to grow cannabis.
Without wasting too much of your time, let’s immediately jump into.
1.Growing Indoors vs Outdoors
Growing outdoors is out of the question if cannabis is illegal in your state. However, if not, then it’s the best option you have. While this can be interpreted quite subjectively, since various strains perform better in indoor conditions, the vast majority of strains have no problem being grown outdoors.
Also, most cannabis strains thrive in a warm and humid environment. If your climate isn’t warm or humid, then you’ll have to relocate indoors.
But with all that said, you can easily grow any strain indoors and yield up to 20 ounces per plant. When growing indoors, you have to provide the necessary warm temperature and provide the plant the much-needed humidity.
The best thing about growing indoors is that you can control both the warmth and humidity levels. It’s advised that you keep the temperature anywhere between the 70 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit mark during the day, and between 15 – 20 degrees during the night. Flowering time is the same for both indoors and outdoors options and it will usually take up to 9 weeks.
2. Do Some Setting Up
It’s very important to focus more on the environment where you’ll be growing your cannabis. If you’re a first-time grower, then failing to do this will cost you a lot in terms of yields.
Regardless if you’re growing indoors or outdoors, both options require you to provide the plant the much-needed climate factors. While we discussed the importance of temperature and humidity in the previous tip, let’s talk more about how to achieve them.
For first-time growers, setting up a smaller tent either outside or inside is a great way to start your cannabis-growing hobby. The reason why we recommend this is that it’s very cheap to pull while also being very efficient.
Also, we recommend you start with a few plants so you know what you’re getting yourself into. It’s much easier to monitor three plants than to monitor fifteen.
Even if you’re truly passionate about making this work, you will inevitably lose a few plants during your first year to various diseases and pests that cannabis is prone to.
So, let’s talk about setting up a cool tent for you to grow your strain.
The environment doesn’t even have to be a tent. It can be anything such as a closet or even a cabinet. The important thing here is that you need to obtain seeds. When it comes to seeds, there are hundreds of seed strains that can be purchased online. We recommend a website called Sticky Seeds. They have some of the most diverse selection of seeds and provide an excellent service to the marijuana enthusiast’s community.
When you’ve settled on which seeds to grow, it’s important to plant them in a pot that has lots of room for its roots to thrive. Marijuana plants can grow as much as triple in size so you have to provide lots of room.
One thing to note is that you’re supposed to keep the seeds, when planted, in complete and total darkness. This is why we recommend a tent, a closet, and even a cabinet. The important thing is to keep it nice and dark.
3. The Lighting
Once you’ve settled on the seeds and the place where you’ll grow, it’s now time to discuss lighting. This tip is for all of you indoor growers that want to utilize each plant as much as you can.
If you do a good job on the lighting, then your yields will be nice and big. A poor job, however, will result in a poor yield. Naturally, you can solve this issue by focusing on the quality and quantity of the lighting source.
When talking about lighting, you primarily have two options; LED and HID.
LED lighting is the most efficient source of lighting that you could provide your plants. HID lighting, on the other hand, can be as much as ten times cheaper to pull off while also being quite efficient.
Most rookie growers tend to settle on the latter since they don’t want to invest too much too early. Once you’ve gotten the hang of it, LED should be your preferable type of lighting.
4. Air Circulation
Since cannabis is a green plant, it needs CO2 so it can perform photosynthesis. Air circulation is vital if you want your plants to come out the way they should.
When it comes to setting up proper air circulation, you can use exhaust fans. The place where you set the fans will determine how successful your yields will be. The best and the preferred setting is to place them near the top of your grow chamber.
This is because the lighting can make the air much warmer than it should, so the exhaust fans will suck the warmer air and keep the entire chamber at a nice and optimal temperature.
The type of exhaust fan, however, can be determined based on the type of lighting. If you’re using HID lighting, then you’ll probably need at least one large and one medium-sized fan to do the job. HID produces far more heat than LED, so you’ll end up spending more on air circulation.
These are some of our tips on how to grow cannabis. While you might think you know all of this, it’s essential to understand that this is a learning process that takes time to master. You will inevitably lose plants due to inexperience or diseases, but you will eventually get the hang of it.