If you've decided it's time to try to grow your own seeds and enjoy harvesting your own weed crop, you probably need a few pointers to help you learn how to grow marijuana. While growing weed isn't difficult, it's definitely not something you can do successfully without the right information at your fingertips.
While you can't just stick some seeds in a pot and hope for the best, growing your own plants isn't as hard as some people make it seem. The key is to find the right method to suit:
- Your available growing space
- Your available budget
- The amount of crop you want to harvest
The great news is that virtually anyone who has a bit of extra time and a bit of space can growing professional quality buds of their own.
If you're struggling on a shoestring budget, don't panic. You can still successfully grow weed, albeit on a small scale. You don't actually need to pay out a fortune to get started as long as you have the basics.
The Basics of Growing
- Light – think back to those school science lessons when you learned about the basics of growing plants. You can use natural sunlight or growing lights, but without any light at all, you won't be growing anything.
- Growing medium – yes, that does mean soil, but that isn't your only option. Read on to find out more about that...
- Air – without decent ventilation, your plants won't thrive.
- Temperature – controlling temperatures isn't always easy, especially with a small scale setup, but as a basic rule, if you're feeling too hot, your plants are probably hot too, and whatever you do, don't let your plants freeze – being stuck out in the cold doesn't just kill humans – it'll kill your weed too.
- Nutrients – this depends on how involved you want to get. Yes, you can compost super soil of your own, but if you're feeling lazy, just buy some pre-formulated nutrients and add them to your water.
- Water – yes, weed is a plant, and as you already know, without water, it won't survive. No matter whether you're growing your crop outdoors or inside, you must make sure that it's getting plenty of all of these elements.
How Long Does Weed Take To Grow
The first question every new grower asks...
If you're in a rush, growing your crop indoors is likely to produce a faster result since you can control the budding of your plants more effectively. If you go for auto-flowering varieties, you'll also get a faster growing crop, but remember that there's always a tradeoff. The shorter growing time your crop takes, the smaller your yield is likely to be.
Also, be careful which strains you choose – some varieties can take as long as 7 months to grow, so if time is of the essence, you need to do your research carefully.
On average, it will take around 4 months to go from growing to harvesting and curing your own buds.
Avoiding Common Errors
If you want a high quality bud, and which grower doesn't – you'll need to follow every step I've listed here.
Choose Your Growing Space
It goes without saying that if you're growing outdoors people are going to notice, so if discretion is important to you, you might want to knock that idea on the head.
Growing your plants inside is a lot more private and you'll also get better control. It's also pretty cheap to start up your indoor setup, especially if you're starting small.
- Spare bedrooms
- Spare bathrooms
Choosing A Grow Light
Choosing a growing Medium
- Soilless Mix – this could be vermiculite, perlite or coco coir
- Hydroponics – any grower worth his salt has heard of this method which is famous for its big yields and fast growth, particularly when used with HID grow lights
- Aeroponics and Aquaponics – both of these are pretty rare
You can even pop down to your local garden center and buy a regular organic potting mix – if you use some quality nutrients with it, you'll do just fine. If you grab a bag of perlite your soil will drain even better.
What Nutrients To Choose?
Choose Your Strain
There is a bewildering selection of strains out there to choose from, but unless you're lucky enough to know another grower you're probably going to have to shop online for your plants. Do your research and find out which strains are the best for achieving the effect you want – are you looking for a euphoric high, or would you rather feel chilled and relaxed?
Perhaps a combination of both is perfect for you? There's going to be a strain out there that suits your preferences perfectly, the key is to find the right one.
Germinating Your Seeds
A paper towel, a couple of plates, some water and your seeds... Yup, it works just as well with weed!
Growing Your Plant
The Flowering Stage
- Changing to a 12/12 light schedule
- Identifying your plants' gender
- Removing male plants
Harvesting, Drying And Curing
You'll know that harvesting time is here when your buds have stopped growing new white hairs. They'll be pretty fragrant by now and will look full and plump. Once around 40% of the hairs have got darker and started curling in, your harvesting window has opened. If getting the highest level of THC is important to you (and it probably will be), you should harvest when around 50% to 70% of your plants' hairs ave got darker. If you harvest when around 80 to 90% of the plants' hairs are darker, you're going to get a higher level of CBN for a more relaxing effect.
Next comes the easy bit – the actual harvesting. There's nothing complicated to it – just get out some scissors and start cutting – yes, it's that easy!