Cultivating weed indoors has its advantages. Climate isn’t a significant factor which means you get year-round produce. In addition, you have better control over the environment, which leads to quality yields.
And the most important of all is the location. Indoor cultivation assures privacy.
Weeds grow even under not-so-favorable conditions. So even a beginner can grow them indoors.
In this guide, we’ll guide you to grow your weed so that you don’t have to purchase it anymore.
1. Find the right place
Now that you want to grow weed indoors, you need to identify the right place to cultivate them. With multiple options, you might find yourself confused.
Consider factors such as insulation, access to electricity and water, and odor elimination ease when choosing a place. You can get a fabricated tent if you are unable to find a place.
2. Grab the suitable soil medium and pots
The most crucial factor is the medium on which you grow your plants. You can consider the traditional way of using soil or a more advanced hydroponic tray.
Since soil is already rich in nutrients, you don’t have to worry about the nutrients intake.
Hydroponics gives you more control over the nutrients, which can yield better yield.
3. Identify quality seeds
Once you have identified the growing space and medium, you’ll need marijuana seeds. Regular seeds contain both male and female plants, while feminized seeds produce only female plants.
Note that male seeds do not produce marijuana. So even if you have regular marijuana seeds, you can eliminate male buds later. Make sure you check Weed Smart Online Dispensary for top-quality marijuana seeds.
4. Provide balanced lightening conditions
Light produces heat, which plays a significant role in determining the quality of your plants.
There are many grow lights available. Most commonly used are LED, HID and fluorescent grow lights. Each has its benefits and .challenges
We recommend using LED grow lights for maximum efficiency.
Quality weed grows in the fresh air, while stagnant hot air promotes the growth of molds and pests. Set a cooling fan to provide CO2-rich air to your plants. You can use any fan, provided it is in the lowest setting.
If possible, use an exhaust fan and an air filter to remove the marijuana smell.
Now that you have set up an ideal environment, it is time to sow the seeds. The soil should be rich in nutrients, especially nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Plants ideally use the nutrients within a week so make sure you add proper nutrients to it.
1. Germinating Phase
Most growers wrap their seeds onto moist paper for 2-4 days until the seeds split up. This process speeds up the germination process. However, you can also germinate them directly in the pot.
- Plant your seeds 1-2.5 cm deep. Pay attention to the soil. It should be moist enough but not soaking.
- Regularly water your seeds to prevent the soil from drying up.
- Provide sufficient heat using grow lights to keep your seeds warm.
- An ideal temperature should be around 73-80°F with a humidity of 65-75%.
- You should provide at least 16-18 hours of light followed by darkness.
2. Vegging Phase
After about two weeks, your plants enter the vegetative phase. The plants will grow fast but won’t produce buds yet.
Control the growth of your weed to keep them small and healthy. During this stage, the temperature should hover between 70 and 80°F with 40-60% humidity. Give your plants 16 hours of light and frequent watering to get quality yield.
3. Flowering phase
After four weeks or so, you can introduce your plant to the flowering stage. You can do this by adjusting the light duration from 12 hours to 16 hours a day.
Maintain temperature and humidity similar to the vegetative phase, and you’ll notice the buds developing.
It is essential to identify and eliminate male buds because they will pollinate the female ones and won’t receive much yield. A simple way to identify them is to look closely at the buds. The buds with white hair are females, while the buds hanging down are the males (similar to a bunch of grapes).
The flowering stage lasts a minimum of 8 weeks. After this, your weed is ready to harvest.
Your plants should now stop growing and display cloud-like thick hair. You can also use a microscope to accurately determine whether your plants are ripe and ready for harvest. If the trichomes (sticky, frosty covering on your buds) are cloudy and brownish, your plant is ready.
To get better quality smoke, you need to cut off the nutrients and force the plant to use the remaining nutrients. This is called flushing and is usually done two weeks before the harvest.
Now, cut the plant above the soil.
After harvesting, it is time for trimming. Remove large leaves using a small scissor. Leave out the smaller buds covered with ice-like
After trimming comes the drying part. The best way to dry them is to spread them on paper and leave them in the dark for 6-7 days. Drying your buds will make them more potent to smoke.
Get a plastic or glass air-tight container to store your weed. This will increase THC and make weed easier to consume.
Every passionate weed lover should try growing weed at home. It is a lovely experience, and you have much better control over the quality of weed you smoke.