How Difficult is it to Grow Cannabis Indoors?
Indoor Cannabis Cultivation
The vast majority of people who currently use cannabis most likely purchase their product through a licensed producer or a retail outlet.
However, there remains a smaller segment of the consumer market that is not interested in the products developed by the commercial growers, rather they prefer to cultivate their own product.
This is no easy feat, and it is a undertaken at a tremendous expense of time, effort, and money on the part of the home grower.
You must really love cannabis to even bother attempting cultivation on your own. If you are undeterred by the difficulty of the task, the commitment, and resources it demands, please read on.
How to Grow Cannabis at Home
Put simply, growing cannabis at home requires the following:
- A Growing Substrate
- Temperature Control and Humidity Control
- UV Light
In and of themselves, these resources are not hard to procure, although they can be expensive, but their management throughout the growing cycle of your cannabis plants can be cumbersome.
Essentially this refers to what you choose to grow your cannabis in, be it soil or a hydroponic system.
Fairly straightforward, however depending on how many plants you are cultivating, the demand for water increases significantly. If you are using a hydroponic system, this becomes infinitely more complex and you will need to retrofit your grow space to accommodate and facilitate the flow of water.
There are a number of fertilizers and grow boosters that you can use including, but not limited to, vermiculite and perlite, nitrogen, wood ash, compositing, and CO2 generators (such as a vinegar-baking soda drip for hydroponic systems).
These techniques and products are all the more relevant indoors as the malnutrition of your cannabis plants is more likely due to the confined spaces and dense potted soil. An exception to this is a hydroponic system where there is a continual influx of nutrients.
Temperature and Humidity Control
These two go hand-in-hand and their management is critical for a successful growing cycle. High humidity can promote mould while excessive heat can damage and degrade the plants. Maintaining an optimal grow environment is very difficult if you do not have an enclosed room or space for your plants. The larger the space the more difficult it will be to maintain this heat/humidity balance.
Last, but certainly not least, the presence of UV light is necessary for photosynthesis and the growth of your cannabis plants. These lights can be quite expensive and depending on your grow space more or less lights may be required to achieve the desired effect.
How To Set Up Your Grow Space
Growing cannabis indoors is more complex and expensive than growing outdoors, but it allows you to exercise greater control over the surrounding environment. If done properly, your plants can even grow faster indoors due to the 24 hour light cycle, additional atmospheric CO2, and improved CO2 respiration from the humidity control.
It is advisable that if you are going to grow cannabis indoors, that you use a grow tent. A grow tent is a reusable and portable grow space with a canvas exterior and a reflective interior that improves the effectiveness of your grow lights, and creates a finite space allowing for greater temperature and humidity control. It is a smart investment if you want to improve the likelihood that your first home growing experience is successful. If you are looking for more information on the best grow tent or cannabis cultivation in general, please visit TopGrows.com.