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cannabis growing basics

Cannabis growing basics

The best way to get quality buds and big yields is to grow strong, healthy plants. Here’s a quick rundown of the most important things you need to know about growing weed:

Because the plant was illegal for so long, a lot of grow info has been passed down by word of mouth. There are many myths and traditions about growing weed, so it can be hard to sort good, sound advice from hearsay. Also, because it was illegal, there’s ample information on indoor growing and how to get the most out of a small space by maximizing harvests and training plants.

Enjoy, have fun, and learn a tip or two—growing weed is therapeutic and relaxing, and there’s nothing better than smoking weed you’ve grown yourself.

What does a marijuana plant need to survive and thrive?

Growing weed is super easy—it’s called “weed” for a reason—so don’t worry if you haven’t grown anything before. Our clear, easy-to-digest guide will help growers of all kinds, especially first-time ones.

At the end of the day, you want to grow a strain you like. A single plant can yield between a half-pound and a full pound of dried buds, depending on how big your plants get, so you’ll have a lot of it come harvest time.

You might be surprised which states don’t allow homegrowing—only five medical states and one medical territory allow homegrowing at all, and some adult-use states require a medical card.

Leafly’s complete marijuana growing guide

*Illinois and Washington are adult-use states but require a medical card to homegrow.

Whether indoors or outdoors, growing marijuana is fun and rewarding, but it can also be challenging and takes a certain amount of patience, time, and money. We’ll walk you through all the steps of growing, from preparation, to seed germination, plant growth, and harvesting, as well as best practices and how to troubleshoot common problems.

Cannabis growing basics

Growing in soil-based mediums is slightly slower than in coco or hydroponics systems, but does have its advantages. For one, many growers swear by the fact that soil-grown buds have a stronger flavor and taste. Soil medium can also be ideal for beginner growers. As for containers, you can grow marijuana successfully using either fabric pots, or plastic containers and that’s a choice you can make on your own. Of course, think of drainage and if you’ll need a tray system beneath the pots to catch water runoff.

Based on the number of plants you want to grow, you will need a specialized growing tent or a separate room. It is highly recommended to buy a high-quality tent that is both durable and highly reflective. The high reflectivity of the inner layer allows plants to receive almost 100% of the emitted light. As said earlier, the more received energy from light results in enhanced photosynthesis and higher yields. The outer canvas should be thick and made of high-quality material to prevent leaking. A tent that prevents the leaking of gases is ideal for the efficient addition of carbon dioxide because otherwise, the gas would constantly leak. With gas leaking, you will never reach the optimal CO2 concentration. Also, the exterior canvas acts like an insulator, so it should conduct minimal heat. With all being said, buying a more expensive high-quality tent is a wise long-term investment for efficient marijuana growth that will result in high yields. It is important to note that you should avoid buying tents with plastic poles since they are not designed to withstand the burden of heavier objects that you will hang. The bars should be made of metal since you will need to hang cannabis lights, carbon filters, inline and oscillating fans on them.

5) Seeds & Germination

For efficient cannabis drying, you need a dark place since light causes the degradation of THC. The drying area should have a constant airflow to improve the process, which can be done simply from oscillating fans. The optimal temperature range in the drying room is 65 to 75 Fahrenheit, while relative humidity should be 45 to 55%.

The early bloom period is considered from the first flower appearance to approximately 35 days after. At this phase, the amount of all macronutrients should be equal, while their concentration should be between 200 to 250 ppm. During this period, each plant needs 600 to 800ml of water every 2 to 4 days.

Growing tent

New growers often get overwhelmed when it comes to choosing lights because of how much information is out there. Choosing LED lights can be the best decision a grower can make as long as they properly source the one they need. There are three essential features that you need to check while seeking suitable LEDs. So let’s check them out!