Growing Weed Indoors For Dummies
Growing weed indoors may seem intimidating, but with these easy to follow steps anyone can produce some high-quality bud. Making an attempt to grow weed indoors can be a great option for some reasons: you can grow all year long, you can keep your horticultural activities a bit more discreet, and you can have full control over your plant’s growing environment.
But before you start filling plastic pots with dirt and dropping cannabis seeds into them, there are a few basic steps you need to have in mind.
This guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of growing a single cannabis plant indoors. Once you’ve mastered these steps and have successfully grown your first plant you can start branching out and trying to grow multiple plants at a time.
Step 1: Select Your Seeds
You won’t get a good crop if you don’t start with the right kind of seed. Whether you go with an indica strain, a sativa strain, or a hybrid strain, be sure you get feminized seeds.
Female cannabis plants produce buds, male ones don’t. How to tell if your cannabis plant is male or female.
There are plenty of reputable seed dealers online, so spend some time on Google looking for one who can sell you just what you’re looking for.
Step 2: Get a Container
There are really a number of containers you could use to grow your cannabis plant, but we suggest starting out with a fabric growing pot. These containers allow plenty of oxygen to reach the roots.
Step 3: Add Potting Soil
For your first grow attempt, the simplest thing to do is to fill your container with a commercially made potting soil. These soils usually contain a mix of nutrients and other stuff designed to keep the soil light and airy.
When you fill your container, don’t pack it down. You want your soil to stay fluffy so the roots of your plant don’t have any trouble growing or getting nutrients.
Step 4: Plant the Seed
Gently plant your cannabis seed 1/2 – 1 inch into the soil. Cover it with a light layer of soil, and lightly water it.
During the sprouting phase, don’t let the soil dry out, but be careful you don’t overwater it and drown the sprouting seed. All you want to do is keep the soil moist.
Step 5: Give It Light
Once the seed has sprouted, and its first baby leaves have appeared, it’s time to kick things into gear by giving it light.
Cannabis plants need a lot of light, so be sure you get this part right. If you’re already committed to becoming a hardcore grower you’ll probably want to invest in a more expensive LED full spectrum grow light.
But for more casual growers and beginners, a 600 Watt high-pressure sodium lamp will work just fine.
During the growing phase, be sure to give your plant 18 hours of light a day.
Step 6: Feed Your Plant
As your plant begins to grow, be sure you keep it well watered, but not over watered. After watering, wait until the top inch of soil dries out before watering it again.
Use plant food throughout the growing phase to give your young plant the nutrients it needs.
Step 7: Initiate Flowering Cycle
In the wild, cannabis begins to flower as the long days of summer give way to the shorter days of fall. When you grow weed, indoors you need to make your plant think this is what’s happening by beginning to reduce the amount light it receives.
Scale it back to somewhere around 12 hours of light per day. Your plant should soon start flowering.
Step 8: Harvest Flowers
As your plant begins to flower, you need to keep an eye on the trichomes. Those are the weird, little hair-like things that look like they’ve got tiny crystals attached to them.
When the trichomes are all milky looking, and there aren’t any more clear ones, it’s time to harvest.
Carefully cut the buds off at the stem, making sure you don’t damage the actual buds.
Step 9: Dry Your Bud
To dry your freshly harvested bud, tie strings to the stems and hang them upside down in a well-ventilated room. As soon as the smaller stems become dry enough that you can easily snap them in half, it’s time to move onto the curing phase.
Step 10: Cure Your Bud
To cure your buds, carefully remove them from the larger stems. Now place them into glass mason jars, screw on the lid, and put them somewhere dark.
Check on them once or twice a day, and if it’s ever getting too moist, unscrew the lid and let the bud air out a bit. Check the bud until it’s got that perfect balance of sticky-icky and dry.
At that point, you’re ready to light up and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Now is the time to explore, experiment, and perfect your approach to growing weed indoors.