Growing your own marijuana can be very rewarding in more ways than one, but it does involve a great deal of time, effort, and money. If you are really serious about growing quality weed, you will also need to learn about issues such as pH testing, soil preparation, nutrient planning, and so much more. It is all pretty involved stuff to be sure, but it could be one of the most rewarding experiences you can ever have.
Because of the immense amount of detail that goes into growing marijuana – so much more than what could be contained in a single article – this guide covers only the basics of growing. This will hopefully give you a good start to further research.
- growing medium
- pH testing equipment
In addition to the above items, you will also need to invest in the following:
- odor control system
- watering system
What kind of seeds to use?
The first and most important item is of course the seed. Although quality seeds will give you a much better product, you can start out with any type of seed you can get your hands on. This will allow you to become familiar with the growing process without having to waste money on expensive high-quality seeds.
What growing system is best?
The next important concern is your growing medium. Some of the most common choices are rock wool, jiffy cubes, soils, and perlite or vermiculite. More and more growers also opt for a hydroponic system.
If you opt to grow your plants in soil, it would be best to go with organic – as opposed to pre-fertilized – soil. For optimum results, soil pH should be somewhere around the 6.3 to 7.0 range.
Lights, pots, and ventilation…
As for lights, most experts recommend allotting 50 to 100 watts per plant or 3500 to 5000 lumens at a minimum after about 2 weeks when the plants are fully mature. You can either use fluorescent lights or High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights, which come in a number of different varieties.
For pots, you will need to have a 1 gallon sized pot for every foot of plant. If you have a two-foot tall plant for instance, you will need a 2 gallon pot. It would be best to start off with smaller pots and then move your pants up to bigger pots as they grow.
Don’t neglect to plan for adequate ventilation. For optimal plant growth, you will need to ensure proper air movement, as well as exhaust and intake of air. An oscillating fan is a good addition to your grow room, as it will help keep your plants cool while strengthening their stems at the same time.
Don’t forget to water!
Watering is of course the most important concern when growing plants. New sprouts should be kept in medium moist soil constantly during the first two weeks. When the plants have grown sufficiently, you will only have to water them when the top two to three inches of soil feel dry to the touch. Over time, you should be able to determine whether or not your plants need to be watered by the weight of the pot.