Growing your first weed plant indoors is not as easy as cultivating and nurturing your to-go-to-house plants. You need to carve out a grow room, and set up proper ventilation, lighting, temperature, and humidity levels. If you get it right from the beginning, your first weed plant will be ready within the first three months.
Do your due diligence before you prep and set yourself for a successful growth journey. If it’s illegal, a single weed plant can put you into some serious trouble. The law is far from simple. Get to know what you’re allowed to do and your limits. For an optimal yield, put these tips into consideration.
Before you start thinking of the genetic strains, you need to set up a weed plant-friendly grow room. A single weed plant needs sufficient space to accommodate the vertical maturation. You should be able to hang grow lights slightly above the plant. To make the process easy, invest in a 4×4 grow tent. The 4×4 grow tent will provide enough space to accommodate vertical and horizontal maturation. It also lets you set up the right light condition for the plant as it goes through various growth cycles. What’s more, a 4×4 grow tent lets you grow the plant out of plain sight, seals in the odours and light. The reflective surfaces of a 4×4 grow tent lets you conserve energy. You’d want to create an environment where the plant can absorb enough light.
After setting up a grow room, get a healthy clone. Weed plants come as either male or female. If you decide to begin with a seed, you might end up with a male weed plant. You’d want your first weed plant to be a female weed plant. Besides, if you’re going to nurture a single weed plant don’t waste your time and resources on a male weed plant. Female weed plants produce the most potent flowers. Skip the germination process and get a clone. It will cost you $15 to $20 to get a good clone.
You should get a safe and drainage-friendly container for your plant. You can either opt for plastic, fabric, or ceramic pots. Plastic containers are quite affordable but can harm the root due to poor airflow. The fabric planter provides room for dense roots due to increased airflow and good drainage. However, your plants will require extra attention since the soil may dry out quickly. Ceramic pots provide good stability as the plant grows taller.
Once transferred to the planter, your weed plant will need 18 to 24 hours of light as it goes through the germination and vegetative phase and 12 hours of light once it hits the flowering phase. A 4×4 grow tent will let you seal in the light to prevent light leaks when darkness hits your grow room. Light leaks cause growth reversion and confusion. As it grows, your weed plant will need 75-80 degrees Fahrenheit, 60-70% humidity level, and proper ventilation.
Don’t overlook the carbon dioxide supply. The plant needs up to 900 ppm of carbon dioxide during the vegetative phase. As it flowers, you will have to reduce the temperatures to 75-78 degrees Fahrenheit, maintain 55-60% humidity levels, and increase carbon dioxide concentration to about 1200-1500 ppm. Invest in automation tools to help you maintain favourable atmospheric conditions for the plant as it goes through the clone, vegetative and flowering phases. You will also need a thermometer, hygrometer, and infrared thermometer to monitor your plant.
You’ll need to regularly water and feed your weed plant. Use a fertilizer that’s high on nitrogen during the vegetative phase. Switch to potassium and phosphorous as it flowers. Don’t overwater your plant. Your plant needs cycles of dryness and wetness to thrive. Water the plant every 4 to 7 days During the germination or cloning phase. Increase watering frequency to every 2 to 4 days once it enters the vegetative phase. Once your plant starts flowering, water it after 2 to3 days. Keep on checking if your plant needs water. Dig your finger 1 to 2 inches into the soil and check its dryness. If it’s too dry, add water. Remember to watch out for pests and pathogens, prune and flush the plant. Before harvesting, flush your plant. Flushing is done to get rid of nutrient build-up.
The process may seem tedious. However, with the right amount of care, growing conditions, and patience, your first weed plant will be a success.