In the interest of providing a gateway for aspiring growers to plant their first cannabis crops, SuperCloset, which offers a variety of customizable and award-winning grow cabinets, hydroponic systems, and grow rooms to suit DIY growers’ needs, has developed a comprehensive series of instructional videos covering everything you need to know to grow. In these episodes of the Grow Like a SuperPro series, Rory will cover everything you need to know in order to set up your own indoor cannabis garden and make the most of your space as you get your seedlings started.
In Episode 1, you’ll learn the difference between closed loop growing systems and high CFM growing systems, figure out how to choose the right lighting for any given system or space, and understand the differences between hydroponic and soil growing. You’ll also learn about each of the individual elements that your growing space requires: adequate lighting, reflective walls, suitable water supply, cleanable surfaces, an organizational area for tools, ample growing space, consistent air circulation, and a device to monitor temperature and humidity. Intimidated? Don’t be – let Rory walk you through how to set up a grow.
Episode 1: Choosing Your Setup
For a plant that’s so widely cultivated and consumed, cannabis can be a tricky to coax into full bloom, especially when growing at home. Myriad factors influence the final product: lighting, temperature, air circulation, nutrients, growing methods, and many more among them. This can be intimidating for beginner growers who want to get started but aren’t quite sure how. If tools and terms like TDS pens, NPK value, pH stability, and “nutrient burn” make you want to wilt, don’t worry – for one thing, you’re not alone, and for another, you can still grow cannabis indoors like a pro.
Episode 2 introduces the steps of successful germination, breaking down the materials you’ll need to turn your seeds into cannabis sprouts. You’ll need a medium for the seeds, a pH testing kit, a TDS pen, a water basin, a seedling tray, a humidity dome, and a seedling heat mat. With your materials assembled, you’ll then learn how to alter the pH in your water supply to achieve stability, how to inspect your seeds and weed out the bad ones prior to planting, and how to ensure that your environment is actively encouraging seedling growth. In a few days, you’ll check back on the seeds to see how you’ve done.
Episode 2: Germinating
For more information on how to grow cannabis, check out more videos in the Grow Like a Pro Video Series.
We suggest basing the number of plants you’ll be growing on the size of the closet you’ll be growing them in, as you definitely don’t want to overload the area. You also want to be sure that you have enough room to accommodate your equipment, including grow lights and ventilation.
While there are several different types of grow lighting options available, we highly recommend opting for LED. Why? Because it has been proven time and time again to yield unbeatable results; plus, LED lights don’t emit a lot of heat, and as such, they’re well-suited for growing cannabis in an enclosed space, like a closet. There are several top-quality, reliable LED grow lights, and some of the options that we recommend include:
Whatever the case may be, if you’re looking to grow weed covertly, there’s a simple way that you can stay under the radar. How? By growing it in a closet! That’s right, a closet.
You’ll have a much easier time establishing and maintaining the ideal conditions in a closet, and of course, when your weed grows in the ideal environment, naturally, your buds are going to be a whole lot better.
Your first closet grow can be a little intimidating; however, with the right supplies, set-up, and patience, you should be able to successfully cultivate your very own ganja under the radar of prying eyes (and noses).
A lot of people opt to grow their cannabis outdoors, in a greenhouse, or in a dedicated corner in their home. While these locations are all well and good, they may not be suitable options for you. Instead, you are seeking a spot where you can sprout your weed in privacy – a stealth growing operation, so to speak.
When the flowering process is finished, you can cut the marijuana plant down and dry the buds. It depends on you though – some tokers prefer buds that have been harvested early, while others prefer those that have been harvested late.
Growing marijuana in soil or good quality compost is also an option, if you don’t want to use hydroponics or don’t have the budget to do so. Growing in soil is a basic but effective way of growing marijuana, even indoors. It’s simple, easy to do, and environmentally sustainable.
Before you buy a seed, know first if you want to choose a sativa or indica strain. It’s recommended to start with feminized seeds which have been chemically treated to grow female plants so that you don’t have to worry about tossing the male plants and sexing them later on. Auto-flowering cannabis seeds are also another great choice for indoor growing since they are not as light-dependent as other varieties. No matter how much light you give these seeds they will flower after some time. However the plants that grow from auto-flowering seeds tend to be smaller so these are ideal if have a small grow space.
Artificial lights are typicall switched on for 18 up to 24 hours a day. The seedlings will grow roots, branches, and leaves but won’t bear any bud yet. Once you reduce the light exposure to less than 12 hours per day, your marijuana plant will begin “flowering”. This usually occurs around 8-10 weeks although it can easily be more for other strains.
Growing Marijuana In A Closet Or Bedroom Is Not Hard
Successful indoor growing also means that you don’t just give your plants lots of light, but also keep them near the light. This is important so that more light reaches both buds and leaves. To maximize your growing conditions, it’s best to have a 400W or 600W HPS lamp over a 2 m² growing area.
During the flowering phase, the female flowers are formed and visible. The plants become bulkier and will require more nutrients and bright light. During the flowering phase, you may want to consider using supplemental lighting to ensure that you get a better yield.
You can grow top-shelf ganja right from your home – save yourself some greens or use that money to buy some kickass marijuana paraphernalia. Growing weed indoors is becoming more popular today, and if you do it right, you can even produce strains that are at par, or even better, than what you can buy at a dispensary.
Make sure that the plant isn’t too near the light that it actually gets damaged since the light is pretty hot. Use the back of your hand to check if the light is cool or warm – whatever temperature you feel will also be felt by the plant. A good gauge is to keep a distance of around 40 to 50cm between the plant and the bulb. If your marijuana plants grow very tall you can bend and tie them.
The ideal temperature for growing cannabis plants is around 21.1°C – 28.3°C, although it can tolerate temperatures of 17°C – 33°C. It’s important to make sure that your plants always have adequate air supply which is necessary for them to grow properly so you may want to consider a ventilation system. There is also the option of adding carbon dioxide in your grow room which is effective in increasing the overall yield. But if you are a budding grower and only have a small grow room, additional CO2 might not be worth the added expense.