Question: Where can Coloradans grow marijuana plants? Can people just stick them in a sunny window next to basil and aloe?
A light system and building materials will run $350 to $1,000, and electricity costs per harvest are $100 to $200.
A: Be discreet. You wouldn’t tell everybody you have $2,000 just sitting on your nightstand, so don’t tell everyone you have $500 to $1,000 worth of marijuana in your basement. Putting a lock on your growing-room door and installing a home security system is not a bad idea.
I’m a lazy gardener, not a farmer. This is the same approach I’m taking to growing my own weed.
Clones vs. seeds
The quantity of light that cannabis is exposed to—also known as the photoperiod—will determine whether the plant enters its flowering phase. And because it’s an annual, you’re only going to get those flowers once. That’s why many growers try to save the flowering phase for when the plant is bigger and will produce more buds.
The minimalist’s setup
In places where recreational marijuana growth is legal, you can find clones at cannabis nurseries, farmer’s markets, dispensaries, and even delivery services.