Perhaps your neighbors cannot see your room, but will they hear it through the walls–the rattle of oscillating fans, your exhaust, and the hum of the ballasts? Perhaps your guests will never pass by the door to your grow, or perhaps the door will be cleverly concealed to the point of invisibility. But will the location adjacent to the living room make it impossible to mask the smell?
What about the other appliances needed for growing premium homegrown weed? Where will you hang your fan and carbon filter? Will you mount your oscillating fans on the walls, or will they just stand in the aisles? Do you have room for a dehumidifier or even a heater should the need for either arises?
No matter what, figure out your exhaust system ahead of time when first choosing your room!
Of course, there are ways to deal with smells and noises, like carbon filters, hanging equipment from inside the tent, sound boards as well as other techniques, but plan ahead so you know which measures you need to take if any.
Finally, damages to your home present another major concern for the indoor medical marijuana grower. Measures for minimizing the effect of humidity and heat go a long way, but given time, these elements take a toll nonetheless.
Would you launch a business without a plan? Probably not. Or perhaps your answer is yes. Perhaps you would start a business by just moving forward and winging it as you went along.
Drainage is key, as cannabis plants can get waterlogged and develop root rot. If you repurpose containers, be sure they have holes in the bottoms and set them in trays.
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.
Soil is the most traditional medium for growing marijuana indoors, as well as the most forgiving, making it a good choice for first-time growers. Any high-quality potting soil will work, as long as it doesn’t contain artificial extended release fertilizer—like Miracle Gro—which is unsuitable for growing good cannabis.
What to look for in a pot
You can connect a controller to fans, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, heaters, or air conditioners, and set thresholds whereby each device will power on and off based on your ideal environmental settings. Some units run autonomously, making changes based on set parameters, while others allow you to control each element via an app on a phone, tablet, or computer.
In addition to bulbs, HID lighting setups require a ballast and hood/reflector for each light. Some ballasts are designed for use with either MH or HPS lamps, while many newer designs will run both.
Benefits of growing weed indoors
A lot of people these days buy grow tents for their weed, but they aren’t necessary. You can grow in a closet, tent, cabinet, spare room, or a corner in an unfinished basement. Just keep in mind that you’ll need to tailor your equipment (and plants) to fit the space.
These are quickly becoming the standard. Roots in fabric pots grow to the outer edges and attempt to bypass the porous fabric wall but are cut back, allowing new growth to occur. This process, called “air pruning,” results in a denser root composition which promotes healthy growth and development.