There is simply no denying that marijuana is just not what it used to be. Not only is it seen in a different light by a lot of people, but the product itself is different. Over the years, growers have engineered more potent and effective strains. There are now some strains that can specifically target anxiety, while some strains can target sore muscles and fight nausea at the same time. Whatever the situation is, it is clear that cannabis legalization is spreading like wildfire throughout the United States and Canada. While it might be more accessible, it certainly has become any cheaper. Whether you need it for medical reasons or are a highly active recreational user, you could easily go broke on cannabis if you aren’t careful. Well, with just a little bit of know-how, some supplies, and the right seeds, you can grow your own potent strains.
Choose Your Location
There first thing that you will need to decide on is your location. Depending on the circumstances and your current weather conditions, growing indoors might be your best option. Whatever the situation is, both growing indoors and outdoors comes with their own set of unique benefits and disadvantages. Make sure that you weight them heavily before choosing a location because you do not want to have to start over or over complicate things. Growing indoors is more private and gives you more overall control of your crop. Indoor growing is also much more affordable than what one would imagine However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is the best option for your specific scenario.
Growing outdoors much cheaper, but you don’t need to customize the environment. You will, however, want to search for an optimal location with the right amount of sun, but there will be no need to splurge on lights, fans. and reflective paper. Growing outdoors probably means that you won’t be limited on space. In fact, the only real downside to outdoor growing is that you can’t control the environment. And, this is a major downside.
Choosing The Right Lighting
After choosing a suitable location, you will be ready to move onto the lighting. If you are growing outdoors this won’t be much of a problem, but you will want to make sure that you place your plants in a location where they will receive at least eight hours or more of direct sunlight. Getting direct sunlight will be crucial, especially during the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. As a good rule of thumb, the more light, the better off you are.
Growing indoors gets a bit more complicated when it comes to lighting. You will have a variety of options available to you. Most growers go with compact fluorescent light bulbs or household LEDs. These light aren’t specifically made for growing, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t yielded some potent grows. These lights are also dirt cheap and can easily be purchased at any big box or hardware store.
If you have a bit more money and time to invest, you will probably want to opt for the LED grow lights. These lights were specifically made for growing indoors and are much more powerful than CFLs or other fluorescent lights. In addition to this, they are more aesthetically appealing. Just remember that there are also various models of these lights available, and each model will come with different requirements as to how far they need to be from the plants.
Select A Growing Medium
Now, you are really getting to the meat and potatoes of things. This will be when you decide on the growing medium. Once again, there will be a number of options available, and each will offer some unique advantages and disadvantages. That being said, there really is no need to over complicate things right now.
Soil – The first and most basic option is soil. Growing in organic composted super soil is not only the easiest venture, but it will provide the fastest results. You can buy this stuff online or compost your own.
Soilless Mix – Anything besides soil is technically considered a hydroponic grow. This can include anything from water to coco coir, perlite, and vermiculite. These grows might tend to get a bit more complicated, especially the water ones.
Get Your Plant Feed
If you read on the side of any soil bag it will probably say something about providing plants with 6 months of nutrition. Since a marijuana plant only takes a little over three months or more to grow, you would figure that this soil alone would be enough. However, this is not entirely the case if you want to produce the biggest and best buds possible. If you want to get the most fruitful and productive grow, you will want to start adding nutrients when your plants reach the flowering/budding stage. Nutrients are crucial during this stage because it will take nearly a month or more for the plants to get there, and by this time they will have consumed the biggest portion of nutrients in your starting soil.
This is not constituting for transplanting, which is something that is best avoided if at all possible. If you are growing in any medium besides soil, you’ll want to get a nutrient that was specifically designed for hydroponics. Some nutrients are more specific than others and may require a bit more research.