Make sure all equipment is on, no breakers have flipped, and everything is running smoothly. Check lights, timers, fans, dehueys, ACs, and anything else that plugs into the wall or has a battery.
You can let your plants get as big as you want, and can control when they flower and when you harvest, and you can start another batch right away or whenever you want. You can grow any time of year, even straight through winter or summer, and you’ll get consistent crops each time.
For example, it takes less time to grow 3′ weed plants than 5′ plants; in the span of a year, you can maybe grow four harvests of 3′ plants, or two harvests of 5′ plants.
Check for pests, mold, or nutrient deficiencies
Growing weed indoors is great because you can grow it any time of year and you’ll have complete control over the plant and what you put into it. Live in an apartment or a small house? Don’t worry, you can grow weed practically anywhere, even if you don’t have a backyard or a lot of extra space.
Different lights produce different colors of light. Here’s a brief rundown of the most popular types of cannabis grow lights used for indoor growing.
As much fun as growing marijuana indoors is, having a home that perpetually smells like fresh weed can be a serious inconvenience, if not to you than possibly your neighbors. Although weed odor from a small indoor grow in a closet is much easier to manage than a large grow with several flowering plants, both can produce pesky odors that will permeate an entire home if left unattended.
Think of all the equipment in your grow space as organs in the body—if one fails, the others will have to work a lot harder for a bit, and then will fail in a matter of time.
You can grow cannabis literally anywhere in your house by building a grow box. With a few basic materials such as some PVC pipe, duct tape, a hand saw, a good light, and a fan, you’ll have everything you need to create your own custom grow box. You can modify the size of a grow box to fit flush with any corner within your house.
To tie down your plants for training. You’ll want to use appropriate gardening wire or something similar to avoid damaging your plants.
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11-litre white plastic pots tend to be the norm among most indoor growers. However, fabric pots and other smart pots can also be used. You can fit around nine 11-litre pots per m².
Below, you’ll find a complete walkthrough of all the basic concepts involved with growing great weed indoors.
Of course, outdoor growing may not be possible in every part of the country. So within states, the authors also identified locations where indoor growing is comparatively less energy intensive. In Colorado, for instance, “the practice of growing cannabis in Leadville leads to 19% more GHG emissions than in Pueblo,” because the former tends to be colder. In climates where outdoor growing could work, policymakers should take steps to usher in the transition. That includes changing regulations and zoning codes to allow for more of these outdoor operations.
All told, the authors found that the cumulative greenhouse gas emissions created by one of these indoor cultivation warehouses was between 5,033 pounds (2,283 kilograms) and 11,428 pounds (5,184 kilograms) of carbon-equivalent per every 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of dried flower. Put another way, the eighth of weed you buy (legally, of course) comes with up to a 41-pound (19-kilogram) carbon footprint.
Many cannabis growers prefer indoor cultivation to outdoor because it offers greater control over the plants’ habitats and more security. But these indoor operations come at a cost to the climate, since they require heating, ventilation, and air conditioning to maintain ideal temperature and humidity levels and high-intensity grow lights which stay on around the clock. They also often pump in a regular supply of carbon dioxide to speed up plant growth and increase profits.
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“If indoor cannabis cultivation were to be fully converted to outdoor production, these preliminary estimates show that the state of Colorado, for example, would see a reduction of more than 1.3% in the state’s annual [greenhouse gas] emissions,” the study says. That means Colorado alone would see a reduction of 2.3 million tons of carbon equivalent every year, which the study notes is roughly on par with emission from the state’s entire coal mining sector.
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The authors say it doesn’t have to ruin your buzz, though. We don’t need to give up growing weed. We just need to start shifting the industry toward more outdoor growing operations.
As more states legalize weed, commercial production of it is increasing. These growing operations may not just be getting customers high—they may be getting the planet’s temperature higher, too.