Below is some basic info to help you get started growing your own. Check out the Guides, Grow Tips and other content here on GrowersLove.com to learn more!
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A healthy garden needs:
Light, Environment, Nutrition, and Love!
Light is the engine that powers plant growth.
Environment is temperature, humidity and the other conditions in your garden that affect your plants.
Nutrition is the balanced diet your plants’ need to build new growth.
Love is the care you provide your plants to help them thrive and reach their full potential.
Light powers your plants!
Light is the engine the drives plant growth. The quality and quantity of light in your garden plays a big role in determining the quality and quantity of your harvest. Its best to use lighting that mimics the color of sunlight. This will help you grow great buds and creates a pleasant environment for you to work and observe their plants.
Invest in the best lighting you can! Your lights are a long term investment, so get something nice that will grow great plants and will last for several years. Don’t limit your potential by starting out with a low quality light!
Check out our lighting recommendations for more info!
Most cannabis plants know when to flower based on how many hours of uninterrupted darkness they receive each night. When growing indoors, you can control when flowering begins by adjusting your lighting timer.
You want to start your plants under a veg lighting schedule while they are young. This will keep them growing as leafy little bushes. When you are ready for your plants to flower, switch your lights to a flowering lighting schedule to trigger flowering. Once flowering has been triggered, make sure plants continue to receive 12 hours of uninterrupted darkness per day until its time to harvest.
Veg plants- 18 hrs lights on and 6 hrs lights off (aka 18/6)
Flowering plants- 12hrs lights on and 12 hours uninterrupted darkness (aka 12/12)
Auto-flowers are a unique type of cannabis that behaves differently. Auto-flower plants flower on their own set schedule, regardless of lighting conditions. They grow for a while (usually about a month) and then eventually begin to flower on their own.
Auto-flowers can be useful in certain situations, but they also have some drawbacks. Autos are on their own schedule and the grower can’t control when they flower. They also can’t be cloned to grow again. Autos give the grower less control and are less forgiving of mistakes. Growing autos also majorly limits your selection options when you are shopping for seeds.
For these reasons we don’t recommend auto-flowers for new growers or indoor growers. They are best used in specialty situations when the grower is unable to control the lighting conditions in the garden.
The conditions your plants face will directly impact their health, growth rate and the quality of the harvest they produce. Understanding and controlling these parameters will drastically improve the yield and quality of your harvest.
Temperature- Your plants need a comfortable temperature for healthy growth.
- Too Hot- Above 85 degrees and flower quality will start to suffer.
- Too Cold- Below 70 degrees will drastically slow growth.
When using LEDs, try to keep the temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s. 78-82 degrees is typically where most gardeners see the best performance.
Humidity- For ideal growth, keep plants within a healthy humidity range, and keep humidity fairly stable.
- 50-70% in Veg
- 50-60% in Early Flower
- 45-55% in Late Flower
Avoid large swings in humidity! This can cause powdery mildew and other issues. Watch out for humidity rising when the lights turn off!
Air Movement- Your plants should be dancing in the breeze to help them grow big and strong, but make sure they don’t get damaged by excess wind!
Use oscillating fans and ventilation to keep air circulating. You want to your leaves dancing like they are enjoying a light breeze, but not getting blown around like they are stuck in a windstorm!
CO²- Plants consume carbon dioxide as a part of photosynthesis.
A simple ventilated grow tent (without supplemental co²) is the best option for most home growers. Just make sure you have some airflow moving through the garden to occasionally refresh the co².
Supplemental co² methods are best left for advanced growers with a sealed room and access to air conditioners, dehumidifiers and other specialized gear.
Odor- Cannabis plants have a strong distinct smell that can attract unwanted attention.
Use a carbon filter on your exhaust fan to filter odor out of the air as it leaves your garden. Running a carbon filter will help keep you and your plants safe. A second carbon filter setup running right outside the grow area can help provide another layer of protection.
Get a good filter! Don’t go cheap on odor control! Be extra careful if your growing activities could potentially get you in trouble! Be smart and keep yourself safe!
Positive Attitude– Your plants respond to your attitude, and your attitude impacts other gardeners too!
When you are happy and kind, your plants know it and they will be happy as well. When you are grumpy or inconsiderate, your plants will be grumpy too! Cultivate good vibes by helping other gardeners and spreading positivity! We’re all learning and growing together, so lets be kind to one another! Let’s make the cannabis community a warm and welcoming place for all!
Your plants need balanced nutrition, so pick an established grow style and follow a plan or a recipe! There are lots of grow styles to choose from, its all about finding the right style for you!
Whatever style you decide to use, just make sure you follow a plan that was designed by someone who knows what they are doing. Find a good plan or feeding chart developed by an experienced grower or nutrient company and stick to it for your first grow. Its important to get a good understanding of the basics before you start experimenting. Once you’ve had some practice and have a good understanding of the basics, then you can start to make small adjustments and develop your own style.
Here’s an article that goes over 3 great nutrient systems. These are great quality nutrient programs and that have been used by professional growers to win cannabis cups and other awards. These options all have a lot support from the nutrient suppliers and other growers in the cannabis community. This means if you run into trouble or have a question about one of these programs, there is lots of people around who can help!
Microbes are vital to plant nutrition!
Beneficial soil microbes are an ESSENTIAL (and often overlooked) part of plant nutrition!
Microbes make nutrients more accessible and ensure they are in a form that is available to your plants. They also help create and maintain an ideal environment for your roots to grow and thrive. Adding microbes to your nutrition plan can help keep your garden running smoothly.
Incorporate high quality compost or worm castings into your grow medium whenever possible. They both contain lots of beneficial soil critters! Adding compost or worm castings helps add LIFE and organic matter to your soil. Microbes and organic matter are the magic ingredients that turn “dirt” into SOIL!
Apply supplemental microbes regularly in your grow! This could be in the form of homemade inputs like compost tea, or through the use of a beneficial microbe products like Recharge.
Your plants need love and care so they can thrive and meet their full potential!
This includes things like:
- Pest Management
- Preventive sprays
- Equipment maintenance
There’s a lot to learn, and learning takes time! You won’t know how to do everything at first, but with time and practice, gardening becomes second nature!
For now, focus on learning!
Be mindful of what you do in your garden, and observe the results!
Learn from your successes (and your mistakes) and apply these lessons to future crops.
If you focus on learning and improving with each crop, you’ll be a pro before you know it!
You don’t have to learn alone!
We’ve got lots of guides and resources here at GrowersLove.com to help you!
The “Learn” section has guides and resources to help you develop your gardening skills.
The “Grow” section can help you find the best gear for your garden.
The “Love” section features great causes and charities you can support.
The “Connect” section features cannabis social groups and organizations that can help you connect and make friends in the cannabis community!
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Thanks so much for visiting Growers Love and for sharing your gardening journey with us! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or if we can help with your grow!
-Andrew (aka Soup the Gardener)
Founder of Growers Love