The indoor grow room was always something of an inevitability. As soon as Joe Stoner realized that some of the beans in his seedy bag of bush were viable, he was going to attempt to grow them, thus giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “pot plant”.
However it doesn’t take a genius to realize that whilst the only place inside the house where it is possible for a light loving plant to thrive is the sunny window, it is also the least secure as far as secrecy is concerned. The cannabis indoor grow room was born.
7 things you need to have to grow good bud!
An indoor grow room needs to replicate all the environmental factors necessary for good vegetative growth and maximum bud development. What is exciting about the indoor grow though is that it is possible through technology to not simply emulate these conditions, but to optimize them specifically for the cannabis plant. You may not get as big a plant growing marijuana indoors, but, done correctly, you will indubitably get one with a higher flower to leaf ratio. As to whether or not it is a better smoke … well that argument continues. For some, an organically grown outdoor plant will always be better by virtue of being more natural. For others, an indoor grown cannabis plant will have more resin, higher THC and firmer buds.
If you are building your first indoor grow room, we suggest you read through the following links first. You will be creating a unique space within your home, and careful planning will always benefit in the long run. As with most things, budget will be a factor. There are some items that can be costed in at a later date, whilst others are essential from day one.
In order to grow cannabis indoors, you have to create the right environment. In order to do this you need to:
Consider your grow space.
Will you be building a specific grow room yourself, converting a storage space, or buying a grow tent? Where should you put your grow room?
Provide ventilation and air flow
These are essential, or your cannabis plants will suffocate. Ventilation also has an impact on the siting of your indoor grow room; you won’t want to be venting air directly into a shared space (and if you have to, you must buy a good carbon filter).
The indoor grown cannabis plant isn’t restricted to being grown in soil. In fact many marijuana growers prefer other mediums such as coco, perlite/soil mixes, or hydroponics. What container should you plant your cannabis in? With the advent of smart pots and air pots is the plastic garden pot redundant?
Sounds simple enough, but it is worth considering that your grow room should be easily accessible to a water supply. You may attract undue attention or create unwanted mess carrying bucket after bucket of water through the house. There’s also the issue of pHing your water, as the high levels of pH commonly found in the domestic water supply will be extremely damaging to your cannabis plants.
Feeding regimes specifically catering for the different stages in marijuana growth will make all the difference in the amount of bud produced.
Cannabis seeds and strains
Choose a seed designed for indoor growing. Buy Feminized Seeds to avoid the issue of sexing your cannabis plants. Consider Autoflowering Plants if you want a short term (although often a much lower yield) turnover or if you experience any frequent problems with power supply (see flowering marijuana – photo-period plants).
Security = safety and secrecy
Make sure no one discovers your indoor grow room by following this advice.
What to read next:
- Building an Indoor Grow Room
- What’s the best grow tent?
- Ventilation and why good air flow is essential for the cannabis grow
- Growing with Coco-Perlite
- T5 Review: the Quantum Bad Boy
- LED grow lights & cannabis grows
- pH your nutrient solution and get a better grow
- What you need to buy to grow 2 pounds of weed