For a plant that’s so widely cultivated and consumed, cannabis can be a tricky to coax into full bloom, especially when growing at home. Myriad factors influence the final product: lighting, temperature, air circulation, nutrients, growing methods, and many more among them. This can be intimidating for beginner growers who want to get started but aren’t quite sure how. If tools and terms like TDS pens, NPK value, pH stability, and “nutrient burn” make you want to wilt, don’t worry – for one thing, you’re not alone, and for another, you can still grow cannabis indoors like a pro.
In Episode 1, you’ll learn the difference between closed loop growing systems and high CFM growing systems, figure out how to choose the right lighting for any given system or space, and understand the differences between hydroponic and soil growing. You’ll also learn about each of the individual elements that your growing space requires: adequate lighting, reflective walls, suitable water supply, cleanable surfaces, an organizational area for tools, ample growing space, consistent air circulation, and a device to monitor temperature and humidity. Intimidated? Don’t be – let Rory walk you through how to set up a grow.
In the interest of providing a gateway for aspiring growers to plant their first cannabis crops, SuperCloset, which offers a variety of customizable and award-winning grow cabinets, hydroponic systems, and grow rooms to suit DIY growers’ needs, has developed a comprehensive series of instructional videos covering everything you need to know to grow. In these episodes of the Grow Like a SuperPro series, Rory will cover everything you need to know in order to set up your own indoor cannabis garden and make the most of your space as you get your seedlings started.
Episode 1: Choosing Your Setup.
Episode 2 introduces the steps of successful germination, breaking down the materials you’ll need to turn your seeds into cannabis sprouts. You’ll need a medium for the seeds, a pH testing kit, a TDS pen, a water basin, a seedling tray, a humidity dome, and a seedling heat mat. With your materials assembled, you’ll then learn how to alter the pH in your water supply to achieve stability, how to inspect your seeds and weed out the bad ones prior to planting, and how to ensure that your environment is actively encouraging seedling growth. In a few days, you’ll check back on the seeds to see how you’ve done.
For more information on how to grow cannabis, check out more videos in the Grow Like a Pro Video Series.
Episode 2: Germinating.
#3 Setting up your grow medium.
Your limited space of choice could be a closet, a cupboard, or even an old wardrobe you are no longer using. When you choose your dark, growing spot you still need to equip it just like you would a normal grow room. For some elements of your equipment, you can, of course, improvise. Before you start, think of how you can set up artificial lights or how you can handle smell management. You may not be able to install real ventilation as your closet might be too small, so perhaps you’ll want to bring a single oscillating fan in the room where the closet is, or just try if odor neutralizers help. You also have to adjust the room temperature so that it soothes your plant. Not too warm. Not too cold.
#4: Controlling your plants.
Mission Possible: Growing Weed in Your Closet.
Regardless of where you do your indoor growing, you can make use of the same grow medium options. If you are growing in soil containers, pay attention to how much water and nutrients you use for your cannabis plant. Overwatering and overfeeding are some of the most common growing mistakes that even experienced gardeners make. Too much water may cause the plant’s roots to decay, so treat your cannabis plant as you would treat a gentler flower.
If you are a beginner, it’s best to stick with autoflowering seeds. Plants from autoflowering seeds are small and compact and they don’t exceed more than 3.2 feet (1 meter) in height. They also grow and flower quicker than other seeds. At all points of growing, combine 18 hours of light and six hours without lights to grow your closet autoflowers cannabis. Aside from controlling the size of your weed plant, you also need to contain any smell.
Your growing space needs to be clean. Closets, wardrobes or cupboards may often fall victims to negligence, hence there could be dirt or mold, especially if you are choosing a corner of your house that hasn’t been touched in years. So, ensure that your grow closet is well-cleaned. You can also paint the inside walls of the closet or blanket them with a reflective growing tent cover. That is, depending on how professional you want to go with your efforts.
Your plants may release more odor as they enter the flowering stage. At this point, you can further test odor neutralizers around your home, such as burning a candle in your living room or somewhere in the hallway. Although your closet may be tucked away in a more private part of your home, the odor may easily leak in the air.
If you are a starter and have no experience in growing weed whatsoever, you may want to stick with growing just one or a maximum of two plants. Having fewer plants means you are better able to observe the growing cycles of each plant and learn more from the process, plus it’s easier to discard your closet when you are done growing.
Nutrients will enrich the soil, potentially helping your plant to grow bigger buds, but you also want to be reasonable with the dosages. You can purchase nutrients from a local garden shop or a dispensary or you can prepare a modest dose of organic tea compost by yourself.
Check on your marijuana plants at least two times a day to see how they’re doing. Make sure that they receive sufficient light and air inside the closet. As your plant begins to tower from the container, check if the top part feels warm at the touch of your hand, especially if you are using sources of light other than LED. Too much heat may damage your crop. As will too much moisture. So, you always need to balance between humidity and warmth in the closet. When the time comes, collect the buds and prepare to cure them. If you collect a more significant amount of weed, use a glass jar to stock it. Avoid keeping weed in plastic containers as this may affect your weed in negative ways.
Converting Your Closet Into a Grow Room.
#1 Cleaning the closet.
If you are growing weed in your closet, you also want to control the size as well as the odor that might be coming from it. First, it’s important that you select seeds that you know are not going to consume too much space as they begin to form into beautiful plants with flowers. Since you are growing in a closet, it’s easy to assume that your space is limited. If you are buying seeds from a local dispensary, ask the vendor for seeds that are optimal for growing in a small space.
Growing weed in your closet sounds like a super secretive activity to do, so treat it like one. If you don’t want your secret out of the closet, keep tight-lipped. If you opt for a closet grow, you opt for a very limited space that needs to be converted into a tiny control room where your plant can thrive and flower.
There are several options for grow lights, although it’s best to get LED lights. The more plants you put in your closet, the more lights you’ll need to install in the upper part of the closet. LED lights are inexpensive and fairly easy to install; they are appropriate for growing weed from seedling to yielding. LEDs are a preferred source of light as they don’t emit too much heat. If you use other types of light you’ll have to be extra cautious not to overheat your cannabis plant.
Setting up the lights is a very important step. The grow lights you install in your closet are going to be the only source of light your plants are going to receive, so it’s really important that you do this part right. It’s not going to work if you keep your green pal in the dark.
How many plants should you grow in your closet?
#5: Preparing for harvest.
When all is set in and around your closet, it’s time to pay more attention to your plants.
Last but not least, it’s also good to think of an “emergency” plan or what you are going to do if somebody spills the beans to someone like your parents. Would you be able to discard your closet swiftly, or can you mask the closet so that it still looks like you are keeping clothes inside it? When you are done contemplating your grow strategy, follow the next five steps to fulfill your closet grow mission.
You want to grow weed but you don’t live separately from your parents or perhaps for any other reason you want to keep your plant a little secret. You can always grow weed in your closet. You might think that’s impossible, but with a little effort, it’s manageable and doable.
You can grow as many plants as you like and this would also depend on the space of your closet. The bigger the closet the more plants you can grow. Although, the more plants you grow, the greater the responsibility.
If you are growing a small number of plants it would help if you can circulate the air in the room where your grow closet is. Use fans and open the windows frequently. If you still notice a hint of a strange smell in the air, you can try to set up a small fan inside the closet.
Not everyone has the luxury of a large grow area in their homes. But even if all you have is closet space, guess what, there’s hope for you too! All you need is a grow tent or grow box , which come in many different sizes to accommodate the growth of a single plant and more. Grow boxes usually come equipped with their own hydroponic and light system already set up.
Successful indoor growing also means that you don’t just give your plants lots of light, but also keep them near the light. This is important so that more light reaches both buds and leaves . To maximize your growing conditions, it’s best to have a 400W or 600W HPS lamp over a 2 m² growing area.
Follow our expert tips on help you grow some good weed indoors.
Growing Marijuana In A Closet Or Bedroom Is Not Hard.
During the first weeks of life, seedlings can grow well even with low light intensity .
If you are using hydroponics, it’s necessary to monitor the pH level of the water. Most tap water is acidic or alkaline; what you are looking for is a neutral pH. You can also neutralize the water by letting it stand for three days before using it.
You’ll need powerful artificial lights that are meant to imitate the sun . Commonly used lights are the HPS (High Pressure Sodium) although other kinds of lights such as LED, metal halide, and fluorescent lights can also be used. Cannabis is a light-loving plant so it’s in your best interest to expose it to as much light as possible especially since you’re growing it indoors. You can start with 250 watts/m² although ideally it should be three times as much if you can . Superior yields with top-quality dense buds depend largely on adequate light exposure.
Make sure that the plant isn’t too near the light that it actually gets damaged since the light is pretty hot. Use the back of your hand to check if the light is cool or warm – whatever temperature you feel will also be felt by the plant. A good gauge is to keep a distance of around 40 to 50cm between the plant and the bulb. If your marijuana plants grow very tall you can bend and tie them.
Growing marijuana in soil or good quality compost is also an option , if you don’t want to use hydroponics or don’t have the budget to do so. Growing in soil is a basic but effective way of growing marijuana, even indoors. It’s simple, easy to do, and environmentally sustainable.
The ideal temperature for growing cannabis plants is around 21.1°C – 28.3°C, although it can tolerate temperatures of 17°C – 33°C. It’s important to make sure that your plants always have adequate air supply which is necessary for them to grow properly so you may want to consider a ventilation system. There is also the option of adding carbon dioxide in your grow room which is effective in increasing the overall yield. But if you are a budding grower and only have a small grow room, additional CO2 might not be worth the added expense.
Before you buy a seed, know first if you want to choose a sativa or indica strain . It’s recommended to start with feminized seeds which have been chemically treated to grow female plants so that you don’t have to worry about tossing the male plants and sexing them later on. Auto-flowering cannabis seeds are also another great choice for indoor growing since they are not as light-dependent as other varieties. No matter how much light you give these seeds they will flower after some time. However the plants that grow from auto-flowering seeds tend to be smaller so these are ideal if have a small grow space.
As you get started, keep in mind that the variety of seeds you choose plays a crucial role . Until you already have a mother plant, it’s best to grow straight from the seed to ensure that you are preserving good genetics for your future grows.
Cannabis plants do smell, but if you want to mask the odor of your grow (especially if you’re cultivating some dank stuff!) there are options. You can choose from a variety of ozone generators, ionizers, and carbon filters – these are all useful when it comes to cleansing the air before it leaves your grow room. (Tip: If you are working in your grow area, change your clothes before you head out, especially if you are reporting to the office! Marijuana odors can cling to your clothes for a couple more hours after exposure .)
Artificial lights are typicall switched on for 18 up to 24 hours a day. The seedlings will grow roots, branches, and leaves but won’t bear any bud yet. Once you reduce the light exposure to less than 12 hours per day, your marijuana plant will begin “flowering”. This usually occurs around 8-10 weeks although it can easily be more for other strains.
You can grow top-shelf ganja right from your home – save yourself some greens or use that money to buy some kickass marijuana paraphernalia. Growing weed indoors is becoming more popular today, and if you do it right, you can even produce strains that are at par, or even better, than what you can buy at a dispensary.
When the flowering process is finished, you can cut the marijuana plant down and dry the buds. It depends on you though – some tokers prefer buds that have been harvested early, while others prefer those that have been harvested late.
So you want to grow weed in your closet?
During the flowering phase, the female flowers are formed and visible. The plants become bulkier and will require more nutrients and bright light. During the flowering phase, you may want to consider using supplemental lighting to ensure that you get a better yield.
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