Now that you have decided to grow cannabis at home, it is time to make some important decisions so that you can set up your grow op properly from the beginning. You have probably already done some reading about how to grow cannabis, and you my be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the choices available to you. Setting up a proper grow op can be time consuming, expensive and even frustrating for beginners. We have created this easy-start guide to growing cannabis for beginners.
This will help you figure out exactly what you need to start growing as soon as possible, with none of the fluff or complicated technical information you see in advanced guides. Your first grow is all about getting to know the life cycle of the plants, and your best teacher is going to be experience and troubleshooting issues that you have along the way.
Growing Cannabis for Beginners – Indoors or Outdoors
The first thing you need to decide is whether to grow indoors or outdoors. Outdoor growers do not need much equipment other than a shovel, fertilizer and soil additives. Outdoor cannabis is low maintenance and relatively easy, but the downside is that you only get one crop per year.
If you choose to grow indoors, you can have multiple harvests per year. You can either grow in soil or in a hydroponics system indoors. Artificial lighting and multi-stage nutrient systems allow for a high level of customization. To grow indoors you will either need a dedicated room or a grow tent to put your plants in.
Growing Cannabis for Beginners – Choosing your Grow Medium
Growing in soil indoors is a good choice for beginners because it is easy to set up and maintain. You do not need much equipment, just pots to grow your plants in, grow lights, and fans for ventilation. LED lights are preferable because they offer full spectrum lighting for both vegetative and flowering growth, and you never have to replace the bulbs. You will also need to purchase separate fertilizers for vegetative and flowering stages.
Hydroponics may seem intimidating due to the equipment it requires, but it offers the benefits of being able to customize and automate your grow. The most common hydroponics setup is called ebb and flow. In this type of system, plants are grown in a wide tray which is filled with nutrient solution and emptied every few hours. For this type of system you will need a reservoir, pump, pH tester and pH up/down, tray, pots and growing medium for your plants, and of course lights, fans and a grow room or tent as well.
Once you have purchased and set up all of your grow equipment, you can start growing cannabis right away. The next step is to decide what kind of weed you want to grow, and whether to grow from seeds or clones.
Check back in later this week for our next article in this beginner’s guide series, where we will discuss choosing strains, purchasing seeds and germinating.