Grow Weed Indoors Correctly
Growing weed indoors correctly is a multi part blog series that covers how to properly and effectively grow Medical Marijuana once you receive your Grower's Card.
How to pick Your Space, Choosing Your Lights
First Step To Growing Cannabis Is Setting Up Your Grow Space:
You can not learn how to grow weed indoors in a day. It’s a process which requires you to take time, energy and money to set up properly. In addition; the amount of information available on the web on the subject of growing weed can be overwhelming and convoluted.
Picking Your Space:
Growing weed indoors means you control the space and control climate. It will take time to nail your method, so you can maximize your harvest and reap the benefits.
You can begin growing in a small closet, a basement, or even a bedroom that doesn’t get much attention. Make sure you consider your options fully, because there are a few things you need to keep in mind when choosing the right space.
If you’re just learning how to grow weed, Start small you don’t need to go all out for your first time. In fact, you will save yourself a lot of stress. You can always expand your space to accommodate more in the future. Like any plant, marijuana is susceptible to pests and conditions that can effectively wipe out your crop. Losing a couple of plants will be less painful emotionally and financially than losing a whole garden. You’ll need a room with decent height, as cannabis plants love to double or even triple in size.
Marijuana plants can be picky, and if you aren’t growing in a temperature they thrive in, the plants will become stressed out. Remember depending on the lights you add to the setup may increase your temperature as well.
Ideally, fresh air from outside is the best option. You can choose a room that offers easy access to a window or an adjacent room you can cycle air through. As you start to expand your operation, you will want to invest in a proper ventilation setup, but that won’t be necessary if you’re just learning how to grow weed.
Your plants will be exposed to a light cycle, and preventing light leaks is imperative to proper flowering. Therefore, you must choose a space that can easily seal away light.
Discretion and Convenience:
Our state law in Missouri, requires to keep your cannabis in a locked-away area. Since lighting is a big issue You don’t want every person who enters your home to know you are cultivating cannabis.
Choosing Your Lights to Grow Weed Indoors
The lighting you choose for your indoor weed operation is going to make or break your setup. It’s important to choose the best quality possible.
High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Lights
Are known to get very hot and usually require an exhaust fan to keep the temperature under control.
Metal Halide (MH)
These produce a soft, bluish light that vegetative plants can’t get enough of. Therefore, the light can be used throughout the whole harvest, including the flowering stage.
High-Pressure Sodium (HPS)
These lights are more used for the flowering stage because the yellow light encourages high bud production. The lights get the best yields per watt of energy, making them a top choice for efficient production.
If you can’t get yourself a combination of the two, start with HPS lights as they are more energy-efficient.
Fluorescent Grow Lights
A good choice for a shorter room because they can be positioned close to plants because they don’t produce a lot of heat. These lights are easy to get a hold of, produce little heat and use little electricity. Fluorescent lights are not super efficient for growing weed since their light can’t travel too far down into the plants, though. They are affordable and don’t require a ventilation system.
LED Grow Lights
For small harvests, or for people just learning how to grow weed, they can be a good choice without any complications. LED lights tend to use less electricity and run cooler, allowing growers to sometimes skip a ventilation system altogether. They’re easy to set up, and just need to be plugged into the wall and hung over the plants. Do some research on the ones you want. They can be a great addition to your setup, but you have to be careful to buy good quality.
If you are serious about growing Medical Marijuana then check out our Medical Marijuana Grower's Card page to set up an appointment with Dr. Sturm.