Cannabis 101: Grow Weed Like a Pro
Growing cannabis may initially seem like a daunting project. But with the right information, tools, resources, and a bit of work, you will find that the cultivation process is not as complicated as it may appear to be at the onset. The first thing you need to do is to read up on the local laws on cannabis cultivation. This is to ensure that you are not circumventing any rules that might inadvertently put you in trouble and put all your work to waste. Armed with all the information you need, you can proceed with growing weed indoors like a pro.
It takes at least three months to cultivate cannabis — from planting the seed to harvest time. This is usually followed by roughly three weeks spent on drying and curing. You have to be prepared to commit at least four months into the growing process if you want to get the best possible yield from your plants. As its nickname suggests, cannabis grows fairly easily like a weed. But if you are after quality or yield, you need to devote some time to proper cultivation to get the results you want.
Factors to Consider
Do you have a suitable space that you can use as growing spot? Does the space get too hot or cold? Does it have adequate ventilation or is there any way for fresh air to get in? These are just some of the things you might want to check out before picking a post that best fits your needs.
How much are you willing to invest in growing them? For your first attempt, you might want to start small. Come up with a budget for your choice of seeds, supplies, and monthly expenses for electricity and nutrients among others.
How much do you want to produce? You have to determine your target yield so you can make more informed decisions on your budget and other requirements.
Growing Your Weed
1. Gather all the materials like your choice of seed variety, pots or containers, grow lights starting at 250 watts/m², and other supplies.
2. Germinate seeds by placing them roughly 1 centimeter below the surface of a damp soil. Make sure that the soil is kept moist at a temperature of about 20°C until the seeds germinate.
3. Make sure that the seedlings are provided more than 12 hours of light during the first stages of its life. You can opt for lower artificial light intensities if you wish to keep the light on for at least 18 hours during the initial growth phase.
4. Reduce light to less than 12 hours daily as the plants enter the flowering phase. This will take about at least eight weeks. Make sure that the plants are provided with enough nutrients and exposed to more intense or bright light. Some growers add supplemental lighting at this point for better yields.
5. Once the flowering phase ends, you can cut down the plants and dry the buds for at least one week. Avoid harvesting too early if you want to maximize your yield.