Not necessarily. “The more effort and energy you put into a plant, the bigger and better your harvest will be,” said Jimmy. “I think that’s a pretty universal truth in the gardening game, but I’ve definitely been surprised by how well plants can do without the elaborate tents, fans, filters, feeding systems, and so on.”
What to expect when growing weed indoors without lights
The environment inside your home is perfectly safe for your cannabis plant. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
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.
While curtains or plastic film can keep a grow out of visibility, they can also reduce the amount of light reaching the plant. Growers may require a supplementary artificial light to provide the plant with enough light if they intend to hide the plant.
Choosing the right-sized marijuana plant container for a window sill is crucial to improving plant growth. Window sills require a thin pot to fit within the confined space, but wide enough to provide room for root growth. A container’s size and weight is determined by the amount of space available and if the window sill will support the container.
When growing outdoors is not an option, greenhouses are one of the most obvious methods of growing indoors, and there’s much to be said for these stand-alone structures. In many ways, they capture the best of indoor and outdoor cultivation.
Courtyards For Cannabis Growing
Patios with translucent roofs are another ideal location for growing cannabis without lights. These areas usually have concrete or brick floors, which are great surfaces for regular water, cleanup and general maintenance of cannabis plants. Having a roof over the plants provides them limited protection from the elements, but definitely shields them from two big dangers: heavy rainstorms and hail damage.
Growers should note that growing weed in attics and skylights can become labor-intensive. Watering plants can quickly become tiresome when carrying buckets of water up and down a flight of stairs, especially without spilling any water. Some growers opt to have a sink and drain installed, but this can be too expensive for some budget growers.
Bay Windows and Window Sills For Growing Weed
Floor heating systems can also be used in solariums and greenhouses under wood flooring, concrete, or metal panels. Floor heating enables cannabis plants to grow during all seasons. Radiant heating provides uniform heating compared to other heating systems.
This is a reality of growing cannabis. Both light and darkness at critical stages of its life cycle are necessary for it to thrive. While plants can grow with continuous light during the vegetative stage, a significant period of darkness will cause it to create buds and reach sexual maturity during the flowering stage.
I highly recommend training your plants during vegging.
And you can get by without a charcoal filter to remove the odor as well. Ideally though, you want to ventilate your tent and you want to remove the odor from any air you ventilate out.
The most important additional items for ideal growth are: a nutrient solution, a pH meter or pH strips, and pH up and down solutions.
Vegging Your Cannabis Plants
If you want to use pots you already have, that works fine, too. Just make sure whatever container you use has some holes in the bottom for drainage. If you use a regular bucket, for example, make sure to drill a few holes in the bottom.
To do this, plant them the cannabis seeds about 1/2 to 1 inch deep (1.3 to 2.5 cm). The soil should be moist, but not soaking.
If you use a nutrient rich soil, your plants will be getting a good amount of nutrients, at least for a while. Eventually, you will need to provide more, by adding them to your plants’ water.
I know many beginning indoor cannabis growers want to spend as little as possible, so they start by growing bag seed. I did this myself, so I won’t tell you not to, but you should be aware of the problems you may face.