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.
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.
Sunlight vs. Artificial Light: Which One’s Better?
Heat and humidity management will also be a major concern for window sill growers. Some window sills have heaters and radiators under them adding extra heat to the budding marijuana plant. Growers can select containers with water reservoirs to ensure the plant is well hydrated.
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.
Bay Windows and Window Sills For Growing Weed
Although you hear the terms sunroom, and solarium used interchangeably, there are subtle differences, but both are intended to meet the same end: providing an enclosed area rich in natural light.
High Pressure Sodium (HPS) Grow Lights
If you get very high-wattage LEDs, you may need to vent out heat to keep the grow space cool
Fluorescents are a great choice for clones, young plants, supplemental lighting and can save you money on electricity in the vegetative stage compared to using high power lights when plants are too young to use it all anyway. They can also be used to flower plants in spaces that are shorter than what’s possible with other grow lights (aka ‘stealth growing’).
HID grow lights are much more efficient than fluorescent lights and are powered by large, oddly-shaped bulbs. They are usually screwed into a reflector or hood to reflect more light down onto the plants. HIDs are great at growing cannabis, but they also get very hot and are usually hooked up to an exhaust to help vent out heat.
T5s are much bigger/wider than CFLs and usually come as part of a panel, but they can still be kept mere inches away from your plants without worrying about burning them.
For growers who are looking to harvest 1/2 to 1 ounce of cannabis a month, LEDs may be your best choice. At this size, they are super low on electricity, run cool and need almost no setup! They get better yields than fluorescents but don’t run as hot as an HPS of similar wattage.
T5 grow lights are one of the most easily available types of grow lights and are used to grow many different types of plants. As a result, they’re available in many garden and home improvement stores.