If you’ve been enjoying weed for some time now, why not try growing them? Not only that marijuana consumption is already legal in many places across the US and in some parts of the world, but many people are also now into growing their supply of weed in their homes.
Growing marijuana may seem like it’s so complicated, but given the right information, you may find it otherwise.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the 7 steps on how to set up your marijuana grow room. Read on!
1) Hydro vs. soil
Each growing medium entails different cultivating requirements. When you choose to grow marijuana in soil, use the one which is organically composted, or a pre-made mixed soil which contains enough nutrients that your young plants need for their first month.
You may also grow marijuana in water or use hydroponics. Hydroponics are soilless mixes which contain coco coir, perlite and/or vermiculite.
You can use ordinary tap water but make sure that there is enough amount of minerals and nutrients, fewer impurities, and right pH level. If the pH of the water is too high or low, your cannabis plants will not be able to absorb nutrients properly.
When you have decided what growing medium to use, choose the best hybrid strains that grow best in them. You may want to seek help from experienced cannabis growers in choosing the right strain for your space.
After growing marijuana it will be possible to use it in different dishes, make cannabutter or other cannabis edibles.
2) Pick your space
Growing marijuana indoors make it more private and you also get more control over your plants’ environment. You can grow marijuana almost anywhere—an extra room in your house, a tent, or even a closet! Of course, the size of your space will also dictate the amount of your harvest and vice versa.
When you have difficulty in setting up your grow room, you can consult some of the best construction companies in Las Vegas Nevada who can help you in the design, construction, and operation of your facility.
3) Preparing ventilation
Air circulation is very important. Your cannabis plants also need a lot of fresh air so a hole or port of entry for both air and carbon dioxide is important.
Oscillating fans will work well to circulate the air around the room. An air extractor is also essential as this will remove the plants’ odors and at the same time remove the excess heat from the lights to maintain stable room temperature.
4) Prepping the walls
To make sure you get the best out of your grow lights, use walls that reflect light well. So, paint your walls white! Or you can use mirrors or reflective bubble insulation.
You can also transform your walls into an air ionization system to eliminate contaminants. Simply mix the ionic paint additive with the paint that you will use for your walls.
5) Putting up your lights
Growing marijuana indoors entails good lighting for photosynthesis. Note that in the growing phase, your plants need 18 hours of light each day while those in the flowering phase need 12 hours of light per day. When installing them, check the size of your lights and make sure that your light holders, hooks and chains can support the weight of the lights.
Metal halide (MH) and high-pressure sodium (HPS) combination type of light are what most commercial growers use indoors. They are cheap yet powerful and easy to set up. You can also use LED lights but note that each LED model is different and so they also require different distances from the plants.
CMH or ceramic metal halide light also works great for marijuana plants. It emits a more natural color and produces significant UV light levels which can increase the trichrome production of marijuana plants.
6) Climate management
Always check the temperature of your grow room. Young marijuana plants grow best with warmer temperature (20-30 0C) while older plants, especially those in the budding or flowering stages, should be kept in cooler temperature (18-26 0C) so they will obtain buds with the best color, trichrome and smell.
You also need to ensure that your room has the right level of humidity because too much humidity will encourage the growth of molds and other fungi. You may use humidifiers or dehumidifiers depending on your room conditions.
7) Collection rack and screens
Those growing marijuana plants in soil need a collection rack installed at the bottom of the grow room. This keeps the plants away from the ground which is important for proper airflow and also makes it easier to clean the room. If you intend to use the screen of green method, use a screen that perfectly fits your grow space, so you can easily train your marijuana plants during their vegetative phase.