Marijuana is now legal throughout many states, but the high prices and taxes can really put a damper on the change in legislation. Thankfully, there are just a few easy steps to start growing your own at home.
Decide Where to Grow Your Marijuana
Growing indoors allows you a good deal of control over your plants. Start off with a small area, like the corner of a vacant room or even in an empty cabinet. A smaller grow will be easier to manage in the beginning. Indoor grows, however, require specific lighting that will increase your home's energy consumption.
Growing outdoors allows you to harness the power of the sun and avoid the energy bill increase, but your plants could sustain insect and/or sun damage. Also, be sure to check your communities policies on outdoor grows.
Gather Your Growing Supplies
After deciding where to grow, you'll need to decide between seeds or clone. Seeds need to be matured before being ready for germination. These can be purchased online from seed banks. Seeds should look hard and dark, not green and soft. They take more time, but cost less than clones.
Clones are already sprouted and developing plants. This allows you to skip the early germination and sprouting phase entirely. These can be purchased from some dispensaries. Clones are also a way to guarantee you're getting a female plant that produces buds.
Growing in "organic super soil" is ideal. It's specially composted soil that gives your plant everything it needs. You won't need to worry about soil pH or adding nutrients throughout the grow. Some growers believe this soil improves the taste and smell of cannabis by causing the plant to produce more terpenes and terpenoids.
Pots that are about two inches across are perfect for early stages, but eventually you’ll need three-gallon pots or containers. Classic plastic, terra cotta, air, and smart pots are common container options. Smart and air pots provide more air to the root area.
Take Care of Your Plants According To Their Stages Of Growth
Every plant has a life cycle, and marijuana is no different. It’s important to vary the amount of light and nutrition to help your plant grow. The grow time usually ranges between three and six months.
Gently water your seeds in two inches of the soil for the first few weeks, until they emerge from the topsoil. For the next three weeks, give them plenty of sun (17 hours or more) and a light spray of water here and there. For the next five weeks, give them as much light as possible. Dial it back to 13 hours for the following eight weeks and increase your watering.
Once the budding process starts, cut lighting to less than 12 hours per day. Once the flowering reaches its climax, harvest your marijuana gently and enjoy!