How To Grow Marijuana In The Winter
Advantages of growing weed indoors
It’s more resource-intensive than growing outdoors, you can manage every aspect of your environment and what you put in your plant, so growing indoors will allow you to call in your setup to grow some primo weed.
Reside in a house or a cottage? You can grow weed practically anywhere, even folks who don’t have a backyard or a lot of additional space.
Unlike outside growing, you aren’t tied to the sun and the seasons. You can let your plants get as big as you desire, turn them into flower, harvest, and then start another batch immediately. You can grow whenever you desire, even directly through winter.
Even in legal states, you may wish to conceal your crop from judgmental next-door neighbors and absolutely from prospective burglars. Growing indoors enables you to grow quietly behind a locked door.
Step 1: Designate a marijuana grow space or area
The first step in setting up your individual marijuana grow is creating a suitable area in which to do it. This space doesn’t even need to be a common space it can be a closet, camping tent, cabinet, extra room, or a corner in an unfinished basement. Just remember that you’ll need to tailor your devices (and plants) to fit the space.
… However think huge
When creating your area, you’ll need to take into consideration not just the quantity of space your plants will need, however also your lights, ducting, fans, and other devices. You’ll also have to leave enough room for you to work. Marijuana plants can double in size in the early stages of flowering, so make certain you have sufficient head area!
If your grow space is a cabinet, camping tent, or closet, you can just open it up and remove the plants to deal with them; otherwise, you’ll need to make sure you leave yourself some breathing space.
Cleanliness is essential
Make sure your space is easily sterilized; tidiness is very important when growing indoors, so easy-to-clean surface areas are a must. Carpets, drapes, and raw wood are all difficult to clean, so avoid these materials if possible.
Keep it light-tight
Another vital criterion for a grow space is that it be light-tight. Light leakages during dark periods will puzzle your plants and can cause them to produce male flowers.
Action 2: Pick your cannabis grow lights
The quality of light in your grow space will be the primary ecological factor in the quality and quantity of your yield, so it’s a good idea to select the very best lighting setup you can pay for.
Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular kinds of cannabis grow lights used for indoor growing.
HID grow lights
HID (high-intensity discharge) lights are the industry requirement, widely used for their mix of output, effectiveness, and value. They cost a bit more than incandescent or fluorescent components, but produce even more light per unit of electricity used. On the other hand, they are not as efficient as LED lighting, however they cost just one-tenth as much for comparable systems.
The two primary kinds of HID lamp used for growing are:
Metal halide (MH), which produce light that is blue-ish white and are normally utilized during vegetative growth.
High pressure salt (HPS), which produce light that is more on the red-orange end of the spectrum and are utilized during the flowering phase.
In addition to bulbs, HID lighting setups require a ballast and hood/reflector for each light. Some ballasts are designed for usage with either MH or HPS lights, while many newer styles will run both.
If you can’t manage both MH and HPS bulbs, start with HPS as they deliver more light per watt. Magnetic ballasts are less expensive than digital ballasts, but run hotter, are less efficient, and harder on your bulbs. Digital ballasts are normally a much better option, however are more costly. Beware of low-cost digital ballasts, as they are often not well protected and can produce electromagnetic disturbance that will impact radio and WiFi signals.
Unless you’re growing in a large, open space with a great deal of ventilation, you’ll require air-cooled reflector hoods to mount your lights in, as HID bulbs produce a lot of heat. This requires ducting and exhaust fans, which will increase your initial cost however make managing the temperature level in your grow room much easier.