There are two main ways to grow weed at home: outdoors in your garden, or indoors, in a hydroponic system or grow cabinet (which is a smaller scale hydroponic setup).
How can you grow weed in a garden?
Below are some of the primary considerations and tips we can give you on growing weed in an outdoor garden setting.
- Cannabis is a generally hardy crop, but extreme climates and variable weather conditions can stunt its growth. The ideal temperature range for weed is 55ºF-86ºF (12.78ºC-30ºC). Going above or below this range can result in two things: stunting or in a worst case scenario, plant die-off.
- Protect your weed from strong winds and heavy downpours if you happen to live in a location where it’s damp and rainy for weeks or months. The high level of moisture or humidity can damage the plants. Molds and mildew can also grow on the flowers and leaves, reducing the viability of the cannabis.
- The number of daylight hours has an impact on the speed at which cannabis can shift from the vegetative phase to the flowering phase. In the event that your locale receives less than 14 hours of daylight per day, it may be a good idea to invest in outdoor external lighting to help your crop along.
- Compared to other more finicky crops, you will soon realize that growing weed is relatively easy. As long as the weed isn’t pummeled by rain or wind on a daily basis and it has enough daylight hours, you should be fine.
- Unlike other crops, cannabis plants tend to be hardier when they are fully grown from seeds. So you will have to germinate the seeds and allow the plant to mature fully in your garden. Clones are fine if you have no prior experience with gardening, but soon enough you will be delving into plant genetics to get the best possible yield from hardier weed strains.
How can you grow weed in a hydroponics setup?
- Marijuana hydroponics is a straightforward method of growing weed in a soil-less environment. There must be no confusion: grow cabinets are also hydroponic setups.
The only difference between these setups and the larger ones is that you have everything you need in a confined space, lighting included. If you want to grow only a small quantity of weed for occasional or moderate consumption, one or two grow cabinets will suffice.
- Use liquid fertilizers that provide an abundance of macronutrients and micronutrients, including magnesium and potassium. Micronutrients will improve yield and crop quality during the flowering stage, especially.
- Make it a habit to refill the nutrient reservoir with water, but do not overdo the supplementation of nutrients to avoid nutrient lock. Nutrient lock occurs when there is a high concentration of organic salts in the nutrient solution, and nutrient uptake becomes impossible for the plants.
- Use a PPM-EC meter to check the EC level of the water. pH level monitoring is also necessary to make sure that the water is healthy for your plants.