With cannabis being rapidly legalized in numerous states, there are a huge number of people starting to grow it in their gardens and grow rooms. Although growing cannabis can be a lot of fun, especially since you have control over the strains that you want to grow, it can also be a bit confusing. But don’t worry.
This guide will walk you through the basics of growing cannabis both indoors and outdoors.
Growing Cannabis Indoors
Most experienced cannabis growers recommend growing indoors to be the best option. You will have full control over the entire environment which leads to high-quality plants. Here are some of the things you need to grow cannabis indoors.
Naturally, the first thing you are going to need is an empty space in your home. It can be either an empty room or even a grow tent that you can use in your backyard. Space isn’t a huge factor, you can grow cannabis in smaller rooms. Although, bigger rooms will enable you to grow more plants and you will have more space for the different pieces of equipment.
Indoor grow spaces also allow you to control the temperature, airflow, and humidity. You need to keep the air inside since it enhances the effects of the exhaust fan and the cannabis smell will be easier to contain. Also, it will be far less likely for bugs to enter the room. Adding a ventilation system is extremely important as well because it helps keep temperatures down, controls humidity, and prevents molds.
Cannabis and any other indoor plant need sufficient lighting in order to grow properly. Acquiring LED lights is the best option, but you will also need to make plans regarding the fixture. Firstly, you are going to need to calculate the best height to adjust the light. Next, you may need more than one light fixture depending on the weight of the lights. Before you start growing, be sure to test the structure you have built.
Growing Cannabis Outdoors
The main benefit of growing cannabis outdoors is the price. It’s much more affordable than creating an indoor grow spot.
Create a Greenhouse
Outdoor cannabis growing carries risks such as exposure to dangerous elements. Although you have strains that are resilient to mold and mildew, there is still the risk of weather conditions, pests, and temperature. This is why we recommend that you create a greenhouse. You can use plastic sheets, PBC piping, and other pieces of sturdy material to make one yourself in only a few days’ time. With a proper greenhouse, your cannabis plants will be safe from outdoor environmental conditions. If animals are also a potential problem, you can even create a wired fence around the greenhouse to be extra careful.
Get a Proper Irrigation System
For irrigation, we recommend that you use an AutoPot system. An AutoPot system works similarly to automated flood-and-drain systems, except it’s much more practical. It relies on gravity pressure to accumulate water into the different tubs that are connected. AutoPot systems are especially convenient for beginner growers since you won’t really have to spend time each day watering your plants; you just have to refill the AutoPots when they get empty. This will allow you to spend more time focusing on other aspects of the growing process. AutoPot systems are one of the new “set it and forget it” pieces of gardening equipment.
Considering everything that we have mentioned, growing cannabis indoors is definitely the better option for the well-being of your plants. By acquiring the different pieces of equipment such as the ventilation system and lighting you are going to ensure steady and healthy growth. However, if you don’t have a huge budget to work with, growing cannabis outdoors can be just as good.