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how to grow weed without hydroponics

How to grow weed without hydroponics

Besides greenhouses, the most obvious cultivation option available to home cannabis growers is a “sunroom,” which are popular retreats for many homeowners. A variety of household plants thrive in sun rooms across the country, so there’s no reason cannabis can’t flourish in the same environment.

Natural light from the sun has been the main source of light for growing cannabis for ages. Many strains require a total of 10 to 12 hours of direct sunlight every day or risk getting stressed out and under-producing trichome-rich flower buds.

Balcony and Terrace for Marijuana Growing

Because of their overhead installation, skylights are a great way to supplement or provide indoor lighting that’s good for weed plants. Of course, the number of skylights and their size will both be factors in the overall benefits these lights.

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If not built into the structure of an existing home, some people opt to screen-in a large porch area. The trick to a good sunroom for plants is providing a way to receive as much unobstructed light as possible. Screened-in sunrooms provide an excellent means of allowing sunlight to reach plants, but this material provides less protection from outdoor environmental factors like low temperature. Sunrooms in the United States should face southeast or southwest (followed by south) to receive the most sunlight possible.

How to grow weed without hydroponics

When growing in your home’s natural environment, choose a strain that will best match up with the general temperature and humidity of your mango-colored home. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

Will growing a plant indoors without grow lights leave you with wonky plants? Lower yields? Less potent flower?

Many hobbyist growers elect to use grow tents, closets, or other enclosed spaces when growing cannabis indoors, often outfitting these spaces with lights and even humidity and temperature control systems. Depending on your level of interest and enthusiasm, these systems can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

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Experience is the best teacher when it comes to growing cannabis. Photo by: Dimitri Newman/Weedmaps

Be a good plant parent. Keep an eye on its growth and development. Trim yellowing or dying leaves that often present at the bottom of the plant when they get shaded by the top canopy. Keep an eye out for insects and act quickly when you see them, then continue monitoring closely because pests and disease can be persistent and difficult to get rid of.

What to expect when growing weed indoors without lights

But can you simply stick a cannabis plant in a nice sunny window and let it do its thing? Read on to understand what to expect if you choose to grow cannabis indoors au naturel, along with a few tips and tricks from experts to help your indoor plant thrive in a minimal setup.

Pro tip: don’t set your cannabis plant on fire. Photo by: Dimitri Newman/Weedmaps