With the explosion of cannabis legalization across the country, many people are choosing to grow their own plants. After all, why pay someone a premium when you can grow exactly the kind of plant you want yourself in the privacy of your own home? Read on to weigh the pluses and minuses of becoming your own amateur herbalist, and learn the best way to grow cannabis at home.
One problem is that cannabis can be a temperamental plant and it requires a lot more maintenance and technical know-how than your standard perennial. So, factors like light, heat, temperature, and moisture can all play a major factor in end results. And the mishandling of any one factor could potentially result in a botched or poor-quality plant.
Keys to a successful cannabis crop batch
The video below lays out the key things aspiring growers need to consider before starting. And to help make sure that your first grow is a success, read on for some additional tips that will come in handy.
First, start by choosing how you want to grow your plants: soil or soilless. Growing your plants in potting soil will give you more room for error, which makes it ideal for first-time growers.
Basically, you need to choose the correct soil for your strain and create an optimal growing space, which can really be any space with enough room for your plants, grow lights, exhaust fans, and filtered air inlets.
Second, you’re going to want to keep your growing room in the range of 70-85°F with your grow lights on and between 58-70°F with your grow lights off, ideally with automation.
Thirdly, you’re then going to want to make sure your plants receive the necessary nutrients—specifically, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Copper, and just enough water to not oversaturate the plant.
The rest will be determined by your personal preference, gardening experience and space availability. With that in mind, we’ve curated a series of tutorial videos and a recommended reading list to suit any cannabis grower, from noob’s to seasoned green thumbs.
23 million viewers have turned to the YouTube channel From Seed to Stoned for growing advice. This particular video is packed full of equipment suggestions and supplies needed to grow cannabis at home. While it’s called a “Beginner’s Guide,” it does require lots of material.
The Grow Sisters have been teaching people how to grow and respect cannabis for many years. When California passed a law allowing people to grow up to six plants at home, they were first to publish a how-to video showing you exactly how to do it–indoors!
If you don’t have the time or resources to follow the Beginner’s Guide, the Balcony Grow is a good alternative method. This YouTuber grew his plant in front of a window and outside on his balcony. In this video, he takes us through the first few weeks of the plant’s life cycle. It really is the best way to grow cannabis at home if you are on a budget!