Since the U.S. entered social isolation and marijuana businesses were deemed essential, people stocked up on marijuana. The sales spiked and well-established dispensaries became busier as more and more people either ordered cannabis online or picked up their packages through curbside pickups.
However, some dispensaries, manufacturers, and distributors saw a gradual drop in sales after the sales spiked initially. This means that despite being deemed essential, some businesses still have to sit on the back burner until the situation normalizes.
In fact, in the COVID-19 era, the fear of running out of cannabis stock constantly hovers the minds of people. While many have resorted to different ways of cannabis consumption, others are simply planning on growing marijuana.
And homegrown cannabis is a great activity to pass time during the pandemic. Not only this but it is the safest way to access cannabis and we will help you grow cannabis indoors through this write-up. So, jump on the bandwagon of growing cannabis safely from the comfort of your home.
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How To Grow Your Own Cannabis During The Pandemic?
Since many people have a lot of free time these days and some patients require medical cannabis to alleviate the symptoms of their medical condition. Growing your own cannabis can prove highly beneficial.
Everything required for growing cannabis indoors can be picked up curbside or delivered to your doorstep. All you need is a space in your house or the basement.
You can also grow cannabis using a tent or a safe corner in your house. But make sure that you sanitize the delivery packages before taking them inside your home. Most vitally don’t forget to wash your hands. That said, let us learn how to grow cannabis indoors.
Create A Growing Space
First and foremost designate a growing space and make sure the area is out of the reach of children and pets. That space can be a room, a tent in the basement, or a spare cabinet. However, you will be required to tailor all the equipment according to the designated space.
Also remember, if you are growing cannabis for the first time, do not grow a higher limit. Start small because a small yield will help you get the desired results and it will not burn a hole in your pocket.
In addition, while choosing a designated area for you to grow to ensure that you have enough space to set up the lights and fans. Most vitally, sanitize the room thoroughly before setting it up, leave space for yourself to work with the plants, and keep the space light-tight.
Select The Lights
Now that you have designated a perfect growing space, it is time to choose the lights and other growing materials. For the same, you have to select the best lights because they will determine the quantity and quality of your yield.
You can grow your yield with HID lights. These are high-intensity discharge lights capable of producing more light without consuming extra units of electricity. HID lights are not as powerful as LED lights but are cost-effective. Next, you have fluorescent lights.
These lights are quite popular among small scale growers because they are inexpensive and easy to set up. The only drawback with fluorescent lights is that they generate less light and take up a large space.
In the next category of lights, we have LED lights. They are super-efficient, consume less electricity, generate less heat, create maximum light, and can help you grow a powerful yield.
The only drawback is that they are quite expensive and the designed fixtures can cost you ten times more than HID and Fluorescent lights. Also, if you are keen on growing marijuana with LED light ensure that you read the product review because LED lights are produced by many manufacturers.
Induction grows lights are traditional lights but famous among indoor growers. These lights last longer and are an efficient version of the fluorescent lights. The only problem you will face with these lights is their cost and availability.
Maintain An Effective Airflow
The marijuana plant requires fresh air to survive. Growing cannabis indoors means that you have to place artificial air inside the growing space. To do so place an exhaust fan or a simple standing fan on either side of the grow.
For a small grow you can place one fan at a slightly elevated level. This will help you reduce the effect of warmer air on the top. Also, take note that the size of your fan will depend on the space, lights, and quantity of your marijuana grow.
For instance, HID lights produce an extra amount of heat. This means that you will require a consistent amount of airflow in the growing space. All in all, consider all the growing factors before placing an exhaust fan in the growing space.
Choose A Growing Medium
Growing indoors means that you can select your own medium. It can be anything from good old fashioned soil to a hydroponic tray. Although getting a hydroponic tray in these crucial times can be very difficult.
In my personal opinion, you should choose an effective soil as a medium because it is one of the safest and healthiest ways to grow cannabis. So, to grow cannabis using the soil you have to first take into consideration the following factors.
For instance, potted soil with no artificial fertilizers or organic pre-fertilized soil. Both these soils can work in your favor. In fact, organic soils are a very good choice to grow cannabis.
All you have to do is mix worm castings in good-quality soil and let it settle down for a few weeks. You can also add nutrients in the soil or use a regular soil mix. Once the soil is ready, take a pot and place the soil inside it. Also, if you are not sure what healthy soil looks like, seek the following factors.
Healthy soil is dark in texture and color. It will have retention qualities, meaning that it can hold water without making it muddy. The soil is loose and drains well. In simple words, as soon as you pour water on the soil it will quickly absorb and drain it out to the bottom.
So, make sure you choose good quality and organic soil for a strong and healthy yield.
Add Essential Nutrients
Just like different crops require fertilizers, cannabis plants also need nutrients to produce a healthy yield. For cannabis crops, you will primarily need macronutrients such as Potassium, Phosphorus, and Nitrogen.
In the case of micronutrients, you can add Iron, Copper, Magnesium, and Calcium. So, make sure you are adding all these nutrients to make the soil fertile.
You can also add these nutrients to pre-fertilized soil. However, in the case of organic soil, add a little amount once a week. Do not overdo the soil because it can cause the plant to produce male parts.
If you are using nutrients in the form of powder or concentrated liquids, add them when the plant enters the vegetative stage. You can add phosphorus during the budding stage and more nitrogen in the initial stages of vegetation.
Also, always keep in mind that all strains are not grown equal. Some will require more micronutrients while others will not. While you water or spray your plants with nutrients learn to look at the signs of deficiencies and excess. And accordingly, reduce and increase the dose of nutrients.
It is also vital to check the pH value of the soil. You can do the same by using a pH meter. Cannabis works wonders in soil between 5-7 pH values.
This is to say that every time you mix your nutrients in the water, check the optimum pH value, and protect your plant from the nutrient lockout.
Water Your Plants Regularly
If you are growing your own cannabis in a pre-fertilized organic soil, you need to water your plant regularly. But here’s a trick. Ideally, when people water their plants they do not pay attention to the natural nutrients present in the water.
Little do they know that water contains dissolved nutrients and excess supply can cause the plant to block nutrients uptake. As a result, you have to pay attention to the amount of chlorine that comes along in your water supply. If the level of chlorine is high then filter the water and then use it to feed the plants.
The most crucial aspect of watering cannabis plants is that water can cause roots to catch fungal infections. This means that if you over water your plant, the roots are more likely to catch fungus.
So, do not overwater your plants and look for the following qualities while watering them. For instance, the size of the plant, temperature, and quantity. Experts believe that you should water your crop once you see the lower leaves drooping in the downward direction.
You can wait until the leaves droop slightly and then water them with an optimum amount of water. Also, if you live in a hotter region, you have to water your cannabis crop more than the ones who live in a cooler climate.
The Final Thoughts
Growing cannabis requires a lot of patience, hard work, and proper equipment. Since you might be locked within the confines of your homes. It is the perfect tie to grow your own cannabis.
You can grow the legal limit using a medical cannabis card and use the same to alleviate your medical condition. More importantly, when you will gain enough experience and knowledge on growing marijuana, you will become an expert at adjusting equipment, producing hybrids, and managing the entire grow single-handedly.