So, you are ready to embark into the exciting world of growing cannabis indoors? Perhaps, you have some experience with outdoor grows, or maybe you are completely green to the whole situation. Well, it does not really matter because this guide will explain everything that you possibly need to know. In fact, in just a short 12 weeks with the help of this guide you can be reaping the benefits from you very first indoor harvest. Before you delve right into the exciting world there are several things that you are going to need. Below, you will find a list of items that will get you started on your exciting journey.
- A good disguised place with a grow tent
- Seeds for different strains
- Proper air circulation
- Pots for the plants
- Soil and fertilization
- Pellets for the germination process
- An innovative method to eliminate the smell
- Proper measuring instruments (optional)
- Microscopes (optional)
Understanding The Importance Of Your Growing Space
Growing indoors is completely different than outdoor growing. When growing outdoors you truly have an unlimited amount of space, but with indoor locations you are often limited on space. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to start converting your whole basement into a grow house. In fact, you can just start right in your closest. If you put a little bit of research into indoor grow tents, you will find that there are tons of different sizes available.
You can even find ones that will find right inside a closet. Just make sure that you choose one with good reflective material located on the inside, so that your plants receive the most effective lighting. You also want a tent that is thick enough to keep the outside light out as well, so that you plants can get rest when they need it.
Acquiring Your Seeds
You can’t have a successful grow without the right seeds. Of course, as an enthusiast you probably already know that there are tons of different strains available to choose from. Maybe you know someone that you can get the seeds from locally. If not, you always have the option of shopping online. Just make sure that you are buying from legal and dependable sellers. Once you have set up your tent and gathered your seed, you will be ready to start the germination process.
Taking Advantage Of Peat Pellets For Germination
One of the easiest and most effective ways to get you seeds to sprout indoors is by taking advantage of peat pellets. These items are basically small discs of compressed peat. All you have to do is place several of them in a container where they have room to expand, add plenty of water, wait a few minutes for the pellets to expand, place your seeds inside the expanded pellets, and cover the container, so the pellets don’t lose their moisture. It will probably take right around three days to a week before your seeds sprout, but once they do, you will be ready to begin.
Properly Using Your Lights And Timer
After your seeds have sprouted it is okay to leave them inside the pellets. However, now that they have sprouted your plants will need the right amount of lighting. From this point, until right around the three and a half week mark, your plants will require 18 hours of light and six hours of darkness. The easiest and most effective way to ensure that your plants are getting the proper rotation of lighting and darkness is to take advantage of a light timer.
Once the plants hit the three and a half week mark, you can then begin rotating them on a 12-hour/ 12-hour schedule where they will receive 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness.
When it comes to growing indoors you have to be very careful of the energy that you are consuming. Extremely high electric bills right out of the blue are going to spark the curiosity of the electric company. Not to mention, the bills will right away at your funds before you even start making a profit. Luckily, for you there are energy-efficient LED lights that you can take advantage of. Not only do these light consume much less energy, but also they are produce a lot less heat than traditional lighting. This will save you money on your electric bills, and on your circulation costs.
With all that being said, you also want to make sure that you are investing in a good quality timer. Some timers are literally junk and don’t do a great job of keeping time. Since the lighting and darkness stages are critical during the beginning stages, you are going to need a quality programmable timer.
Exploring Your Circulation Options
With your lights constantly running 12 hours a day, you will be producing a lot of heat, so you are you going to need some kind of circulation to combat this heat, otherwise you run the risk of burning up your plants. Stand-alone fans are a popular choice amongst growers because they are quite, cheap, and effective. In addition to this, most of the time the motors are water resistant, so getting the wet won’t mean ruining the motor.
Keep in mind that some grow tents already come equipped for this type of setup. In fact, they will include the lights, fans, exhaust ducts, and even a charcoal filter to mask the odor that is exhausted through the duct.
Get Your Fabric Pots
Fabric pots are without a doubt one of the newest and most innovative devices when it comes to potting your seeds. These newly designed pots give the plant’s roots plenty of room to breathe, while providing the proper amount of drainage from watering. You will know when it is time to put your pellets in pots, because the roots will start to push their way out of the sides of the pellets, and your can simply bury the whole pellet in fresh soil located inside a pot. Anywhere from a five gallon to a three-gallon pot should be suitable for each seed depending on your size restrictions.
Also, remember to choose the best soil and nutrients, because someone is going to be smoking your product, and you want it to have the very best taste possible. You truly never can go wrong with organic soil, as it always delivers a fantastic taste.