If your new year's resolution was to grow your own marijuana this year then start warming up your green thumbs! Growing cannabis doesn't have to be a daunting and scary task to start. You don't have to begin with a mega big grow room, nor do you need to spend big bucks just to get started. Many beginners simply want to try out their green thumb with one plant to see if they're any good at it.
There are many pros to growing your own weed instead of just buying it. You will know exactly what you are smoking and how the plant was treated. You will know if it has any chemical residue on it and the quality of the plant. Any grower will tell you that smoking the bud you grew yourself has a particular satisfaction that you cannot get with purchased bud.
Growing just one plant is a great way to start. This way you can put all your attention and efforts into one plant so the chance of it succeeding is higher. Security is also better if you grow only one plant. A nosy neighbor or friend is unlikely to notice one plant instead of a whole room full.
The first things
Growing only one marijuana plant indoors requires minimal space. It's as simple as having an empty closet, cabinet, or small grow tent. You will first want to prep the grow space and make sure you have all the equipment before germinating the cannabis seed. Some of the equipment you will need is a light, an appropriate light socket, light timer, a fan, reflective insulation, a pH tester, a growing medium, a pot to grow it in, and fertilizer.
Your plant will go through a vegetative state before its flowering state. During its vegetative state it will require 18-20 hours of light; this will last for 4-6 weeks. It's crucial for your plant to receive proper lighting in order for you to get a good harvest. When shopping for a light go for one with a full-spectrum light. An HID (High-Intensity Discharge) bulb will usually do the trick. These bulbs can usually be found in any hardware store. Once your plant has reached its flowering state you will need to give it 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. When setting up your grow space put reflective insulation on the walls near your plant. You can use something as nice as Panda plastic or as simple as aluminum foil.
Although your grow space will probably not get too hot with the lighting needed for only one plant, it is a good idea to put a fan in the grow room. A fan will help your plant get the CO2 it needs to thrive. Also, good ventilation aids in the prevention of mold and other nasty things like fungus.
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Your growing medium is another important part of your setup. Opt for organic soil that is airy. Don't use one full of nutrients as your seedling will need different nutrients than when it is an adult. Instead, you will need to add your own nutrients to the soil. Flower Power Fertilizers provide the necessary nutrients for your cannabis plant in its every stage. You will need a pot to grow it in that is big enough to hold 5 gallons. Also, make sure it has a drain hole so that the excess water can escape. Use the pH tester to ensure that the soil's pH remains between 5.5-6.5.
As a new grower, you may have the urge to constantly give your plant water. It's understandable that you want to "feed" your baby, but avoid doing this, or else you risk killing it. Overwatering will deprive your plant of oxygen or may even cause root rot. Only water your plant when the top of the soil is dry about an inch deep.
In just about three or four months you can harvest and you will be able to reap what you have sowed. This basic guide has hopefully shown you that it trying your luck at growing your own marijuana plant is very much doable for anyone. It doesn't take much equipment or space to get started. Don't wait for "someday" to roll around to give a go, start today! Your future self will thank you all the while smoking good old homegrown bud.