Outdoor growing is generally considered to be the best way to ensure a product of superior flavor, bouquet, potency, and quality. However, there are many good reasons to grow weed indoors as well. With the right conditions, it is even possible to produce indoor – grown weed that equals–and even surpasses – the quality of weed grown outdoors.
If you are interested in learning how to grow weed indoors, you should be aware that it is an almost entirely different discipline from outdoor growing. With an outdoor plot, simply sticking a few seeds into the ground, watering the plot, and watching out for pests will be enough to assure you of harvesting at least a small amount of smokable product. With indoor growing on the other hand, careful coordination and orchestration of various factors are required in order to produce anything at all. Not to say that outdoor growing is easy – far from it, if you want to do it right – but indoor growing does require a different and very specific set of disciplines.
Factors to consider when growing marijuana indoors
There are a number of factors to take into consideration if you want to learn how to grow weed indoors. These include:
- Grow space
- Growing medium
- Water and drainage
Some strains of weed are better suited to indoor growing than others. Sativas give off a more cerebral, ‘mind’ high, and they tend to grow tall and skinny. Indicas provide a more body-oriented high, with squat and short forms being the norm. Apart from potency and flavor considerations, you will have to consider how particular strains will fit into your grow room.
The two primary choices for growing medium indoors are soil and hydroponics. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages, but the hydroponic method is generally thought to provide better results in terms of yield and quality.
If you want to learn how to grow weed indoors, you will have to become familiar with lighting options and principles. The most commonly available options are CFL, LED, and HID lights. CFLs are inexpensive and are adequate for smaller grow rooms. LED and HID lights are more expensive, but they generally provide better results.
Whether you opt for soil or hydro, you will have to figure out how to deal with water and drainage concerns. A few plants can be watered easily by hand, but larger grow rooms with several plants will require a more efficient irrigation and drainage system.
You should make sure that your plants get the nutrients they need for proper growth and development. You may add fertilizer into the soil after the plants have matured sufficiently, but take care to avoid over-fertilizing.
Maintaining the optimal temperature is essential for ensuring proper growth during the vegetative stage, and you will also want to keep air circulating in order to push hot air out while drawing cool air in. Good air flow will also help to strengthen the main stems of your plants.
Learning how to grow weed indoors will require a lot of research and preparation. Take the time to do it right however, and you will be rewarded by a quality harvest.