However, just because other growers have done it, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “that doesn’t mean that I’ll be able to do it”.
With all of that said, the minimum size of the closet you use as your cultivation location should be 36 inches wide and 24 inches deep. Most full-sized closets are larger than this, but if you aren’t sure, take some measurements to be certain.
Can you really grow weed in a closet?
Trust us, it is possible. You absolutely can grow weed in a closet! To do so, all you need is a closet (obviously), a few basic supplies, a little bit of knowledge, and some patience. Heck, you can buy a complete all-in-one kit to get started that has every thing you need. As long as you have these things, there’s no reason why you can’t become a successful “closet grower”.
The more lights, the more plants you’ll be able to grow, and the better the quality of the lights, the better the quality of the plants. In other words, the type of lights you use will have a direct impact on the outcome of your cannabis, so you want to be sure that you choose your lights wisely.
While using a closet as a weed “farm” (for lack of a better word) might sound like a difficult feat and even downright impossible, believe it or not, it’s actually doable; in fact, lots of people have successfully grown cannabis in closets.
Setting up the lights is a very important step. The grow lights you install in your closet are going to be the only source of light your plants are going to receive, so it’s really important that you do this part right. It’s not going to work if you keep your green pal in the dark.
If you are growing weed in your closet, you also want to control the size as well as the odor that might be coming from it. First, it’s important that you select seeds that you know are not going to consume too much space as they begin to form into beautiful plants with flowers. Since you are growing in a closet, it’s easy to assume that your space is limited. If you are buying seeds from a local dispensary, ask the vendor for seeds that are optimal for growing in a small space.
Mission Possible: Growing Weed in Your Closet
#2 Installing your grow lights
If you are a beginner, it’s best to stick with autoflowering seeds. Plants from autoflowering seeds are small and compact and they don’t exceed more than 3.2 feet (1 meter) in height. They also grow and flower quicker than other seeds. At all points of growing, combine 18 hours of light and six hours without lights to grow your closet autoflowers cannabis. Aside from controlling the size of your weed plant, you also need to contain any smell.
Converting Your Closet Into a Grow Room
Your limited space of choice could be a closet, a cupboard, or even an old wardrobe you are no longer using. When you choose your dark, growing spot you still need to equip it just like you would a normal grow room. For some elements of your equipment, you can, of course, improvise. Before you start, think of how you can set up artificial lights or how you can handle smell management. You may not be able to install real ventilation as your closet might be too small, so perhaps you’ll want to bring a single oscillating fan in the room where the closet is, or just try if odor neutralizers help. You also have to adjust the room temperature so that it soothes your plant. Not too warm. Not too cold.
This is especially true when using hot lights – I can personally attest to how badly plants can get burnt if they are forced too close to the light in a small space. Even when using LEDs, it’s important to maintain distance between the canopy and the light to prevent “light bleaching“.
However, if you carefully inhibit phosphorus in early flower, you can achieve a reduction in stretch with little to no adverse consequences – and in fact, a slight phosphorus deficiency at this time often makes plants appear greener and healthier!
So, first of all, what do we mean when we say “closet grow”?
Airflow and Aroma
A four-pot Autopot system or similar with a 5-10 gallon tank would be ideal for a small closet grow.
In order for you to avoid the major pitfalls associated with closet growing, here are some tips to keep in mind:
When levels are reduced, shoot growth is reduced in turn. It’s a technique that should be used with care, as phosphorus is an essential macronutrient responsible for various aspects of keeping your plants healthy.
Later in flower (when your plants have truly stopped stretching), you should avoid creating a morning temperature dip, as you actually SHOULD create a positive day/night temperature difference (although not more than a 10°C/18°F difference, or you could cause excessive humidity and mold) in order to maximize cannabinoid and terpene production.