How to Grow Weed at Home
The legalization of weed is spreading across Canada, the US, and other countries. The high tax on weed products is now the biggest problem. People aren’t able to buy weed products at legal dispensaries due to the high prices. This short starter guide will teach you all you need to know to grow a healthy cannabis plant in your home.
Growing cannabis at your home, whether indoors or outdoors is not that difficult.
- Decide a growing area
You can plant marijuana in a tent, cabinet, spare room, in a closet using weed grow kit, or even in a corner of unfinished basement.
Start with a small space constructed for few plants for easier management.
If you have a garden, you can also grow weed outdoors. Growing cannabis outside saves you money on electricity and lighting fixtures. Before planting, check your local laws whether you’re allowed to grow it outdoors in your community.
- Gather your growing supplies
Cannabis seeds are available in local dispensaries but for better results consider buying high-quality seeds from online cannabis seed banks. The seeds must be mature (hard and appearing dark brown) for them to germinate.
You can also opt to buy marijuana clones in legal marijuana dispensaries. Marijuana clones are ready to be planted directly without going through the sprouting stage. Buying clones also help you make sure you have a female plant.
Here is a guide on how to clone marijuana: Cloning marijuana.
For good quality and better results, use high-quality potting soil that does not have artificially extended-release fertilizers. Pre-fertilized potting soil is recommended to save your time and to minimize the need to keep buying nutrients for your plant.
If you’re growing it outdoors, you can plant it directly in the ground or a pot. If you plant directly, surround the plant with quality soil to give it the best growing conditions.
Two containers of different sizes are needed. One for seedlings, and another one where you will transfer the seedlings to. The container where the seedling is to be planted in should have a capacity of at least 3 gallons.
Fabric pots are the best, but you can still use terracotta or plastic pot that has drainage holes at the bottom.
Light (indoor only)
Use high-intensity discharge lights. They are expensive but more efficient than fluorescent lighting fixtures. You can also take advantage of the indoor weed grow kit that comes with a watering system, light, fun, and a camera.
Feed your plants with nutrients throughout their vegetative period to avoid nutrient deficiency and ensure getting quality and healthy buds. Feed your plant with micronutrients such as Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, and Iron. Also feed your plant with macronutrients such as Potassium, Phosphorus, and Nitrogen.
Taking care of your weed plant at different stages
Every growth stage of your weed plant requires you to adjust light and nutrients. Your weed will take three to five months to mature, depending on the growing conditions.
The growth stages of a weed plant
- Germination – 1 week
- Seedling – 2 to 3 weeks
- Vegetative – 3 to 5 weeks
- Flowering – 6 to 8 weeks