Recent studies have shown that the indoor cultivation of weed is on the way to becoming an important greenhouse gas producer in the United States. The use of dried leaves, seed oil, and other parts of the weed plant for recreational and medicinal purposes is becoming more popular every day. This is because it can have a pleasurable effect and reduce the symptoms of various conditions in the body, especially chronic pains. Since cannabis cultivation is on the rise, you may want to find out how to grow your first weed plant. Here are some tips.
On the federal level, it is punishable by up to five years in prison if you cultivate even one cannabis plant for personal consumption. It is a felony and you need to remember that. However, there are some U.S. states that have passed laws amending the Federal laws. For states like Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington D.C., citizens who are at least 21 years old can grow a limited number of cannabis plants without sanctions. Even in these states, the laws are not as simple. In some states, it used to be allowed to grow up to 6 plants per person but now it is just 6 per house and there shouldn’t be any combination plant counts. Then apart from these, the cultivation shouldn’t be in the full glare of everyone. The odor must also not affect your neighbors, else it becomes an issue. While trying to grow your first cannabis plant, you need to be sure you are in the right location and you abide by all the other laws.
For a weed plant to thrive well, you have to foster the environment for it. You need to ensure that your home will be friendly to it and will support its growth. There are five main factors to consider. The space, relative humidity, amount of light, pH of water, and temperature. The space should be a minimum of 3 by 3 by 5 feet at least. It could be bigger though. Weed plants foster well between the temperatures of 68 degrees to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. You could use hygrometers to tell you the temperature at any given time. Relative humidity should be about 30 to 45 percent. You could get a reliable humidifier since you are growing at home. You should also use appropriate grow lights for your cannabis plants at home. A 175-watt light is perfect. Stay away from fluorescent lighting as it may not bring forth a fruitful outcome. The pH of the water used should be between 6.3 to 6.7. Most taps give out water with a pH of 7.8. So, you can use pH down.
To skip the seed-germination period, you can buy female cannabis clones. Medical and recreational dispensaries do sell these. Some home growers even gift clones to their friends so, you may be lucky to get them free of charge if you have friends also growing the plant. It is usually given in a four-inch pot. This means that you are skipping a fortnight of the growth process and are practically ready to plant.
Most times, all you need to do is just add water, especially if you are using organic soil. Watering too often isn’t good though. If you want to maintain the plant properly, do not water it every day. You can stick your finger deep into the soil to check if it is too dry. Also, if you lift the pot and it is heavy, it would mean that it has enough water but if it is too light, you can water a little. When the plants start flowering, you can water them daily, and while at it, keep watering until you see that the water is running off the soil. This would mean that the water has reached all of the soil in the pot.
Weed plants, like other plants, follow their flowering season. So, if you must trigger the flowering, you have to reduce the plant’s exposure to light to about 12 hours a day. If you make a mistake during the flowering stage to expose it to light by switching the lights on in a dark room where it is growing, you will jeopardize the whole process and throw the whole cycle off. Only a few seconds of exposure to light would end the flowering process. Since you are growing at home, you need to consider the space available to you. If the plant is growing in a closet, you need to understand that there must be at least two feet of space between the canopy and the plant. So, you need to consider that while activating its flowering stage.
Most first-time growers still choose to cultivate cannabis indoors despite all the hurdles. Maximizing a plant’s chances of growth, there are steps you must follow which start from understanding the plant’s genetics. Growing at home means you need to keep the plant as short as possible. Sativas are really tall and lanky so, an indica will be useful instead. Cultivating from seeds will guarantee that their plants are safe from viruses but will more likely give you the males. People prefer the flowers of female plants so they go for the clone deals.