When growing in your home’s natural environment, choose a strain that will best match up with the general temperature and humidity of your mango-colored home. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
There are two types of plants a grower might consider: autoflowering varieties or photoperiod varieties.
“I make zero effort to control the climate of my grow spot. If you’re growing without a light, that plant will be just fine in regular household conditions that are suitable to us humans,” explains Jimmy B Harvests, a YouTube creator that documents his adventures in growing cannabis, along with other fruits and vegetables, at home.
To maximize the amount of daily sunlight your plant receives, work with the seasons. The total number of daylight hours vary depending on where you are, but in the Northern Hemisphere a good rule of thumb is to germinate your seeds around the Spring Equinox.
The environment inside your home is perfectly safe for your cannabis plant. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Bottom line: Photoperiod plants will require several months of your time and attention, whereas some autoflowering plants complete their life cycles in as little as 49 to 56 days. This is something folks might not consider when getting started with cannabis — you have to tend to it often and be present through the plant’s life cycle. So if you’re planning a vacation or work might take you away from home, an autoflower strain might make more sense for you.
Keep a grow journal. There are many ready-made journals tailored specifically for growing cannabis. You can also grab a pad or notebook and jot down daily details on watering, feeding nutrients, the days or weeks in a particular growth phase (vegetation, flowering), any insects or mold issues, and so on. Having a record of a plant’s full life-cycle will help improve future plants.
Because of the limited space, marijuana growers will have to consider pot size and the number of pots that can be grown in the space. Also, consider the wind factor on your floor. The higher you’re planting cannabis in a balcony or terrace, the more wind you’ll experience.
While growing high-quality marijuana without lights indoors presents its share of unique challenges, it provides a realistic alternative to investing in expensive grow lights and paying lofty electric bills. If you want to try your hand at growing indoors with natural light, weigh your options and consider the locations and practices described here. Most likely your home and its design will present a way to harness solar energy from Mother Nature to fuel your grow.
Avoiding Detection When Growing Marijuana
Because of the four solid walls in courtyards, you want to avoid the shade factor as much as possible. Cannabis enjoys direct sunlight, so situating the plants near the center of the courtyard will provide the best orientation for receiving maximum sun exposure.
Cannabis growers can choose from a number of growing locations ranging from greenhouses to large windows, but each location can attract unwanted attention. Growing cannabis with natural sunlight requires as much light as possible to hit the plant.
Attics and Skylights For Growing Pot
Most cannabis plants grown with only the sunlight from vertical windows to aid their photosynthesis needs will grow with less vigor. The plants will usually be sparser, with comparatively spindly vertical growth and smaller leaves than plants allowed more direct access to sunlight. As well as less then optimum plant structure, the flowers will be looser and smaller, lacking the dense, large size most growers want.