simple indoor weed growing

Simple indoor weed growing

Natural light will keep your cannabis in optimal health if you’re cultivating outdoors. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

It might be easier to grow marijuana outdoors if you live in an ideal climate, or indoors if you have a grow room. If you live in a dry, temperate climate with loads of sunshine, like San Diego or the Mediterranean, then growing weed outdoors may be the way to go. If you have ample space in your home, along with an efficient lighting system and temperature controls, then your marijuana plants may fare well indoors.

Water: Hydration needs vary according to the life cycle of a plant, but a good rule of thumb is to pay attention to the soil and assess whether it’s parched or moist. No fancy irrigation system is necessary if your garden is small. Just water by hand and your plants will get the hydration they need. But you still need to measure those pH levels. Six to seven is a good benchmark for marijuana grown in soil.

Grow weed easy: outdoors

Temperature: Temperate is the name of the game when growing weed indoors and you’ll want to maintain a consistent temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, and not less than 60 degrees at night. Depending on where you live, you may need to adjust your thermostat, or you may be able to let your cannabis grow at room temperature.

Nutrients: Organic fertilizers such as compost or fish meal are ideal nutrition to help your outdoor cannabis plants flower. Use the fertilizer sparingly, though, as plants are more likely to die from overfeeding than undernourishment.

Air: Cultivating cannabis in the great outdoors means you don’t have to manage air quality. In fact, you have no control over the air, other than to ensure you are growing your marijuana in a climate that is not as dry as the Mojave or as humid as the Everglades.

Should you grow weed indoors or outdoors?

The process of growing marijuana indoors is easier than it once was, thanks to innovative lighting technology, especially LED lights. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

Stale air is the enemy of a healthy plant, so you’ll want to keep a flow going in your indoor space. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

You’ll need to ensure that temperatures remain within a comfortable range for your plants, between 70-85°F when lights are on and between 58-70°F when off. Some varieties of cannabis—generally indicas—prefer the colder side of the range, while others—typically sativas—are more tolerant of high temperatures.

If you’re growing in a cold, wet basement, you might have to run a dehumidifier or heater to stabilize the environment. Conversely, if your space is too hot, you might need to add extra fans or an AC to cool the plants down.

Tools to measure temperature and humidity

The main drawback is fluorescent lights are less efficient, generating about 20-30% less light per watt of electricity used; space is another concern, as it would require approximately 19 four-foot long T5 bulbs to equal the output of a single 600 watt HPS bulb.

This is easily achieved by placing an exhaust fan near the top of the space to suck out warm air—warm air rises—and adding a port or passive fan on the opposite side of the space near the floor to bring in cool air. A complete air exchange throughout the entire grow space should occur once every minute or so.

How to set up an indoor grow room

Although it’s more resource-intensive than growing outdoors and you will likely have to spend more money on utilities to power equipment, you can control every aspect of your grow environment and what you put in your plant, allowing you to dial in your setup to grow some primo weed.

Total cost: $938

The “Standard Grow” is designed to be a fully comprehensive cannabis cultivation and propagation system, offering an all-inclusive perpetual grow space packed into a 4×5’ build. For just under $1,000, you get a 3-chambered, 3-light tent with a full air filtration system, automation and metering included.

This build is a perfect fit for a small room or garage space. At 64” tall, the tent affords enough room to propagate most smaller, bushier cultivars. There is a canopy height limit of between 35” and 42”.

The Standard Grow offers a complete package for growers who wish to maintain a perpetual cultivation operation year-round. It covers all of the essentials in housing, lighting, automation, and filtration for a standard home grow.

Who should use this build?

Total cost: $117-147

Setting up an indoor weed grow in your home is a lot easier than you may think. You will need to invest some time and money into an indoor grow, but acquiring materials and building it out doesn’t require a lot of skill and can be done cheaply.

Total cost: $466

Standard cannabis grow setup: $1,000

This build allows growers to cultivate at multiple stages in the plant’s life cycle as well as provide housing for multiple propagation projects.

In this indoor grow setup, 2 to 4 cannabis plants are recommended. You can squeeze in 6 plants if you grow small auto-flowering varieties and/or vegetate the plants for less time.