The Grow Book & Equipment Guide Marijuana Edition By The Grow Boss
Advantages of growing weed indoors
Although it’s more resource-intensive than growing outdoors, you can manage every aspect of your environment and what you put in your plant, so growing inside will allow you to dial in your setup to grow some primo weed.
Reside in an apartment or condo or a cottage? You can grow weed practically anywhere, even folks who do not have a backyard or a lot of additional area.
Unlike outdoor growing, you aren’t connected to the sun and the seasons. You can let your plants get as huge as you want, turn them into flower, harvest, and after that start another batch right now. You can grow whenever you want, even directly through winter season.
Even in legal states, you might want to hide your crop from judgmental neighbors and certainly from potential burglars. Growing indoors enables you to grow quietly behind a locked door.
Step 1: Designate a cannabis grow space or area
The first step in establishing your individual marijuana grow is creating an appropriate area in which to do it. This area does not even need to be a common room it can be a closet, tent, cabinet, spare space, or a corner in an incomplete basement. Simply bear in mind that you’ll need to tailor your equipment (and plants) to fit the area.
… But believe big
When designing your space, you’ll need to consider not just the amount of room your plants will need, however likewise your lights, ducting, fans, and other equipment. You’ll likewise need to leave enough room for you to work. Cannabis plants can double in size in the early stages of flowering, so ensure you have appropriate head space!
If your grow room is a cabinet, camping tent, or closet, you can merely open it up and remove the plants to work on them; otherwise, you’ll need to make certain you leave yourself some elbow room.
Cleanliness is important
Make sure your area is easily sterilized; cleanliness is important when growing indoors, so easy-to-clean surfaces are a must. Carpets, drapes, and raw wood are all hard to clean, so avoid these materials if possible.
Keep it light-tight
Another important criterion for a grow space is that it be light-tight. Light leakages during dark durations will confuse your plants and can cause them to produce male flowers.
Action 2: Select your marijuana grow lights
The quality of light in your grow room will be the number one environmental factor in the quality and amount of your yield, so it’s a great idea to select the best lighting setup you can manage.
Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular types of cannabis grow lights utilized for indoor growing.
CONCEALED grow lights
HID (high-intensity discharge) lights are the industry standard, commonly utilized for their mix of output, performance, and value. They cost a bit more than incandescent or fluorescent components, but produce even more light per unit of electrical power utilized. Alternatively, they are not as effective as LED lighting, however they cost just one-tenth as much for similar units.
The two primary kinds of HID light utilized for growing are:
Metal halide (MH), which produce light that is blue-ish white and are generally utilized during vegetative growth.
High pressure sodium (HPS), which produce light that is more on the red-orange end of the spectrum and are used throughout the blooming phase.
In addition to bulbs, HID lighting setups require a ballast and hood/reflector for each light. Some ballasts are designed for use with either MH or HPS lights, while numerous more recent designs will run both.
If you can’t afford both MH and HPS bulbs, begin with HPS as they provide more light per watt. Magnetic ballasts are more affordable than digital ballasts, however run hotter, are less effective, and harder on your bulbs. Digital ballasts are typically a much better alternative, however are more pricey. Be careful of low-cost digital ballasts, as they are typically not well protected and can develop electro-magnetic interference that will affect radio and WiFi signals.
Unless you’re growing in a big, open space with a lot of ventilation, you’ll require air-cooled reflector hoods to install your lamps in, as HID bulbs produce a lot of heat. This requires ducting and exhaust fans, which will increase your preliminary cost however make controlling the temperature level in your grow room a lot easier.