With the legalization of medicinal marijuana in the US, people were allowed to use their weed vaporizer or similar vape device, which increased the use of cannabis. As a result, a lot of people became interested in growing their own cannabis. If you live in a house, but don’t have a yard, you can build a grow tent kit in your basement for your cannabis. However, since there’s a big difference between the outdoor and indoor factors, you need to make sure your plant has the same or almost the same growing conditions. You can do that by following these 5 tips.

Choosing a growing location depends on where you live. For instance, if you live in a house, but don’t have a yard, you can grow cannabis in your basement. If you live in an apartment, you can grow it in the spare room (if you have one) or in a closet. Regardless of your home capacity, you should have in mind the environmental factors, such as light, temperature, and humidity when choosing the location.

I also recommend using a sativa strain indoors because Sativa strains often have amazing and unique buds effects, and produce very high yields when done right.

2. Mimic the Environmental Factors

  • Lighting – in order to maintain proper lighting, you need to choose the right grow lights. You can choose between fluorescent grow lights, LED grow lights, metal halide grow lights, and high pressure grow lights. Which one you choose, depends on the space and your preferences.
  • Temperature – maintaining the right temperature is very important because it greatly affects the plant’s growth. Namely, if the temperature is too high it can droop the plant. On the other hand, if the temperature is too low, it can slow the plant’s growth. That’s why you should always make sure the temperature is between 70-85 ⁰F when the lights are on and between 58-70 ⁰F when the lights are off.
  • Humidity – maintaining the proper humidity level is another factor that is crucial when growing cannabis indoors. It’s because it affects its development and health. For example, if the humidity is too high it can cause bud rot and/or other diseases. On the contrary, if the humidity is too low, it can dehydrate the plant, which leads to plants’ cell death. But, when the plant has the right humidity level in each stage, it allows the plant to flourish.
  • Air – If you want to support the growth of your plant, you also need to provide it with fresh air. In order to do that, you need to have a good ventilation system in the grow room or tent. In this way, there will be constant airflow. You can do this by using a fan or an air circulation system.

3. Choose Quality Soil

Soil is another very important factor that affects cannabis’ growth. It’s because it contains all the nutrients necessary for its development. Therefore, when choosing the soil, you should make sure it’s of good quality and rich in nutrients. This way, you won’t have to add artificial nutrients. However, if you decide to use a hydroponic system instead of soil, you need to make sure you “feed” the media with concentrated mineral salt nutrients.

4. Choose Quality Strains

To make a smart choice on the seeds you are about to use for the growing process, is of utmost importance. Having a variety of different seeds and clones you can choose from on the market, or borrow from a fellow grower, only makes the choice harder. The best thing to do is to avoid using clones and purchase high-quality seeds from a seed bank.

Your choice of marijuana strains is also predetermined by your growing conditions. Always keep in mind that the size of your grow space and growing equipment can result in a good harvest with only some of the strain types. To choose the right type of strains, it’s best to consult a professional at a seed bank. Seeds with good genes are the foundation of a successful crop. 

5. Properly Water Your Plant

Water is another factor that can support or hinder your plants’ growth. It’s because pouring too much water can droop and rot your plants and too little can dehydrate them. But, pouring the right amount of water will ensure their development.

Apart from watering your plants with the proper amount, you should also make sure the water you use is safe. It’s because some areas have hard water and others have polluted water. The excessive amount of minerals in hard water can build up in the root are and prevent the absorption of nutrients. On the other hand, the harmful chemicals in polluted water can cause root disease which will prevent the plant’s growth. That’s why you should use filtered water to avoid any unwanted situation.

6. Beware of the Pests

Bugs and pests, like the most-common spider mites, can be a serious hazard to your crop. Cannabis plants can easily be infected with several types of bugs that can be fatal for the whole crop. Bugs, pests, spider mites, can come to your indoor garden if you take clones from other growers or dispensary, or from a soil that is already infected. Also, having more people working in your indoor garden can result in contamination with pests.

To avoid contamination, you should first of all, have solid ventilation as a humid environment helps them reproduce faster. Moreover, you should regularly remove the dust from leaves and branches and do a foliar application. There are natural ways to prevent or kill contaminators, by using vinegar, essential oils or you can also use chemically produced pesticides.

If you fail at preventing your crops from pests attack, you should react quickly. Better ventilation, bringing beneficial pests to your garden (like ladybugs) and applying natural anti-pesticides will help you get rid of the pests. You should be very persistent in your intention to save the crops, otherwise, your crops will be completely destroyed.

7. Harvest at the Right Time

The growing conditions are not the only things you should take care of when growing cannabis inside. Harvesting is another very important factor. It’s because it has to be done at the right time. If it’s done too early or too late, all your efforts might go to waste. That’s why you should pick the right time. You can notice if the buds are mature by their white hairs. If they have become rusty red or brownish, it means the buds are ready for harvesting. When 60-70% of the hairs have darkened your crops are at the pick of THC levels. If you miss this period and let your crops get 80-90% dark-haired you will have strains with higher level of anti-anxiety CBN concentration. 

Despite all the tips and tricks you’ll read on “how to grow marijuana indoors”, you should be aware that, you will become a good grower once you get several years of experience. Growing any type of planst requires a bit more practice rather than theory!