Cannabis is one of the fastest growing products in the world. The industry is on a rapid rise thanks to how a lot more countries are accepting its use for both medicinal and recreational purposes. In fact, it has also become legal in those countries to buy and sell marijuana buds and seeds. That is why, in many countries and states, there are indoor cannabis seeds for sale.
Given that this market is one that is still rapidly growing and can even be as large as $166 billion by 2025, it is high time for you to try to invest on this industry by growing your own indoor cannabis seeds.
Growing marijuana seeds from plants is not always an easy endeavor if you do not know what to do and if you are not equipped with the right fundamental knowledge. But, to make things easier for you, here are some beginner tips that might help you learn a thing or two about growing cannabis seeds indoors:
- Dedicate a room or area as your indoor grow space
The first thing you need to do to succeed as a new cannabis grower is to designate a room in your house as your personal indoor grow space. After all, indoor cannabis growing is useless if your seeds do not have their own space inside your home.
However, the room or area does not need to be a huge one. You do not have to sacrifice an entire bedroom in your home just so you can grow cannabis indoors. In fact, some grow spaces can be as small as a closet. Some use grow tents that are strategically placed in a certain spot in the home. Meanwhile, others use their basements or garage for this endeavor. As long as the room or area is safe, it can be a pretty good grow space for your cannabis.
- It is better to start things small
By starting small, we mean to say that you should focus on a small grow space and on a small number of plants instead of going big all the way from the start. The reason is that going small at first means having less to spend on. You will be using less electricity to power up your equipment. At the same time, you also will be spending less on seeds because you will only grow a few of them at the start.
Once you get the hang of it and have already seen success as in the business of growing marijuana indoors, then that is the time that you may want to start thinking and going big. You can expand your business by using a bigger space and by growing more seeds.
- Use efficient grow lights
Grow lights are essential to your indoor cannabis space because light and heat are important to the growth of your marijuana plants. Simply put, cannabis won’t grow unless they get enough light and heat.
But, because you are still merely a beginner grower, you should not spend a lot on grow lights that tend to be expensive to set up or are too costly on energy. In that sense, your grow lights should have enough power to provide the right amount of light and heat. At the same time, they should not eat up a lot of energy so that you will not see your electricity bill spiking up.
Fluorescent lights and LED lights are recommended. Fluorescent bulbs are very affordable to set up and do not emit a lot of heat to the point that you will be needing a lot of fans to exhaust the heat out. Meanwhile, LED lights might be more expensive to set up but they are very efficient in the sense that they do not use up a lot of electricity and can last far longer than any other source of light can.
- Air is essential
Setting up fans inside your indoor grow space is a vital part of making cultivating your cannabis plants. As you might have already known, air is essential to any organism’s life. Even your cannabis plants need a lot of air to thrive correctly.
However, since most grow spaces tend to be enclosed, there is not a lot of air to go around. Worst, your grow lights will emit quite a lot of heat that might eventually be harmful to your plants. Because of that, you need to use fans that can circulate air in and out of your space.
Exhaust fans will carry the heat out of your space while intake fans make sure that your plants do not run out of air. A good tip to follow is to make sure that your exhaust fans are smaller than your intake fans so that you will not end up fanning out all of the air from your grow space.
- It is important to monitor your fixtures
Timing the light and dark cycle of your plants is an important factor of indoor growing because they will rely on you to provide them with just the right amount of light. In nature, cannabis plants rely on the natural day and night cycle. However, in this case, you will be the one to monitor that cycle in your indoor grow space.
Having your lights on for 24 hours straight is not a wise decision to make because your cannabis plants also need some hours of darkness. That said, you need to time the light hours correctly by monitoring them yourself or by using automated fixtures. Most strains need 16 to 20 light hours per day.
When it comes to temperature and other factors such as humidity, it is also important to note that your grow space might get too hot or too cold or might end up becoming too humid for them. That is why you also need fixtures that can monitor the temperature and humidity.
Thermostats and hygrometers are available for you to purchase and use so that you can check the temperature and the humidity. If it gets too hot/cold or too humid, you can easily adjust your fixtures.
- Never forget the water and the nutrients
Feeding your plants with nutrients and watering them is an essential part of making sure your marijuana ends up thriving well indoors. This is because you are not relying on the rain and on the natural nutrients found in the soil in outdoor environments. In that case, you have to make a feeding schedule that times how often you should feed and water your plants so that you do not end up flooding them with food and water.
The most important macronutrients that marijuana needs are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). However, what you have to keep in mind is that the vegetative and the flowering phases of the plant need different concentrations of NPK. The good news is that these solutions are available for you to purchase.
As for micronutrients, you can use pre-made soils so that you will be leaving it to your cannabis plants’ roots to go out looking for them in the soil. However, if you are not using soil and are using a hydroponic system instead, there are pre-mixed solutions available for you to use so that you will be feeding your plants with both the essential micronutrients and macronutrients yourself.
When it comes to watering your plants, the most important thing to remember is to make sure that their soil does not dry out. Always keep them moist but never too wet to the point that you will end up flooding their pots. When conditions get too wet, fungus or molds might end up growing. A lot of marijuana strains are especially weak to those kinds of adverse effects.