How to Grow Cannabis Indoors: a Beginners guide - 2020 (Part 2)

While growing cannabis indoors can be a daunting task for beginners, with this ultimate beginners guide, you’ll get acquainted with every information and knowledge to help you get started in no time.
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How to Grow Cannabis Indoors: a Beginners guide - 2020 (Part 2)

So you’ve decided to grow your own cannabis. Well done! Soon you’ll be part of the rapidly emerging culture. The experience of homegrown marijuana is sweeping the world. Growing cannabis is a fun and affordable way to put high-quality buds in your jar.

Here is a continued ultimate guide to help you get started as a first-time cannabis grower.

 

Step #4 Observe and Monitor

Once you have chosen your climate control materials and lights, you will need to automate their operations. Although there are refined and highly-priced handy devices out there that control humidity, temperature, lights, and carbon dioxide levels, a first-time grower will typically require a 24 hour time to monitor and control the light and exhaust fan.

When growing cannabis, the timing of light and dark cycle is crucial. Basically, during the vegetative phase, you should turn on your lights for 15-20 hours per day then change to 12 hours of lights per day when they are about to flower. You’ll need to frequently turn the lights on and off during the day to avoid the risk of stressing your cannabis plants; therefore, having a timer is vital. While using a timer on your exhaust fan is significant as well, considering purchasing a thermostat is way better.

With the most basic designs, you can set the thermostat on the unit to the maximum suitable temperature for your space and plug your exhaust fan into it. After the temperatures increase to the set level, it will turn the exhaust fan on till the temperatures drop a few degrees below the set limit.

Perhaps, you don’t spend most of the time in your grow room, having a thermostat with a high or low memory feature can be very useful in maintaining conditions in your grow space. 

Lastly, it is a great idea to have a PH meter so you can check the PH level of your nutrient solution, soil, and water. If you’re growing your cannabis in soil, maintain a PH between 6 to 7 and between 5.5 to 6.5 if you’re growing hydroponically. Ensure to test the PH of your water and soil consistently and be sure the nutrient mix you’re feeding your cannabis plants falls within the suitable range. Remember, letting PH out of this range will lead to insufficient nutrient; this means your cannabis plants will absorb inadequate nutrients.

 

Step #5 Determine your Growing medium

Now that you’ve got light and space, you need to decide what you’re going to plant your seeds in. While growing indoors, you'll have endless methods to choose from. Ranging from hydroponics to dollar store gardening soil or old fashioned pots full of soil. Every medium has its pros and cons. Here, we’ll talk about the two most common growing mediums.

Soil

Soil is the most standard medium for growing cannabis indoors; besides, it is the most lenient, making a perfect option for beginners. Any high-quality soil will work entirely provided that it doesn’t contain any artificial fertilizers such as Miracle Gro, which is unfavorable for growing quality cannabis.

An ideal choice for first-time growers is pre-fertilized soil, also known as super soil. With this cannabis plants can grow with it without adding any nutrients from the beginning till harvesting if used appropriately. You can either purchase pre-made soil from suppliers or make yourself by incorporating bat guano, worm castings and other components and let it sit for a few weeks, and it will be ready for use.

Soilless (Hydroponics)

Many Indoor growers are relatively fancying soilless, hydroponics for growing cannabis plants. This technique needs feeding with a concentrated solution of mineral salts that are directly drawn up by the roots through osmosis. This technique is perfect due to faster nutrient uptake leading to more rapid growth and bigger yields.

There are different materials used, ranging from coco coir, perlite, Rockwool, vermiculite, and expanded clay pebbles. Coco coir is the most popular soilless option made from coconut. It looks like soil at a glance, but it's perfectly suited for growing friendly bacteria that will give your plants nutrients. You can combine the mix with others to create an ideal growing mix.

 

Step #6 Decide on the containers to grow your cannabis in

Whatever vessel you’re going to grow your marijuana depends on the growing medium, your plants' size, and the system. For example, tray-style hydroponic and flood-and-drain systems may use tiny net pots filled up with clay pebbles or a considerable slab Rockwool to grow several small plants.

Also, there are cheap alternatives, including disposable perforated plastic bags, while some people prefer to spend more on smart pot containers that are created to boost airflow to the plant’s roots region. A couple of people grow their first cannabis plants in gallon buckets. The essential thing to consider is drainage; cannabis plants tend to be sensitive to water-logged environments. Therefore, if you repurpose other vessels, ensure that you make holes in the bottom before setting them in trays.

 

Step #7 Provide your cannabis plants nutrients

Growing high-quality cannabis plants need sufficient fertilizer and nutrients. Your plants need primary nutrients, including:

  • Potassium (K)
  • Nitrogen (N)
  • Phosphorus (P)
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Copper

You need to provide your plants with suitable nutrition at least once a week especially if you’re not using pre-fertilized soil mix. These nutrients are handy in concentrated liquid or powder form and you can stir with water. Such nutrients are meant for different purposes, for vegetative or bloom stage. This is because cannabis requires different macronutrients during its lifecycle. They need more nitrogen during the vegetative phase and more potassium and phosphorus during bud production.

Well, some strains need more calcium than others to produce hardy and healthy nugs; therefore, choose a brand that provides the essential nutrients. It’s recommended to research the specific strain you need and become familiar with the nutrients it requires and prefers most.

 

Step #8 Water your cannabis plants

 

Of course, your plants need water. Based on your location, some water has a high volume of dissolved minerals that can develop in the root region and can adversely affect nutrient uptake. It may also contain pathogens or fungus that can lead to root diseases.

Besides, some locations may have a water supply with high volumes of chlorine, which can be detrimental to soil microbes. So, for such reasons, people decide to filter the water they use in plants.

However, an essential thing to keep in mind is that during this stage, it is not to overwater. Cannabis plants are incredibly vulnerable to fungal root diseases in waterlogged surroundings. Therefore, the most common mistake made by first-time growers is overwatering their plants. Depending on the medium you’re using, the size of your plants, and temperature, this will determine how many times to water your plants.

This guide is meant for any cannabis enthusiast who would love to grow cannabis indoors and experience the thrill. While there are chances of mistakes, but that’s normal as you gain experience, you’ll be more than happy for growing, harvesting, and finally using self-grown cannabis.

We hope this beginner’s guide on how to grow marijuana indoors was able to help you, and we expect this will lead you to the productive and fun cannabis growing journey.