Flush your plant before harvesting. If you’ve been feeding your plant with synthetic nutrients or fertilizers, you’ll need to give it a good flush before harvesting. By flushing the growing medium of nutrients and fertilizers, you’ll leave the plant to use up its reserves before harvesting. It’s an important step that, if skipped, can negatively impact the final quality of your flower. Timing is important here because you don’t want to strip your plant of nutrients too early. One to two weeks before harvest is a good rule of thumb.
Cannabis plants need plenty of bright light or direct sunlight. Southeastern and southwestern exposures provide the most direct sunlight per day, followed by southern, eastern, and western. If you’re dealing with a northern exposure, your cannabis plants won’t have enough direct light to thrive. You’ll need to supplement with artificial light.
To maximize the amount of daily sunlight your plant receives, work with the seasons. The total number of daylight hours vary depending on where you are, but in the Northern Hemisphere a good rule of thumb is to germinate your seeds around the Spring Equinox.
Cannabis plants need plenty of bright light or direct sunlight. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
When growing in your home’s natural environment, choose a strain that will best match up with the general temperature and humidity of your home. If you use air conditioning in the summer, then you might want to select an indica-dominant cultivar that can thrive in milder temperatures. If your home is hot and humid during the summer, then a sativa-dominant strain might be a better choice.
“I make zero effort to control the climate of my grow spot. If you’re growing without a light, that plant will be just fine in regular household conditions that are suitable to us humans,” explains Jimmy B Harvests, a YouTube creator that documents his adventures in growing cannabis, along with other fruits and vegetables, at home.
When growing in your home’s natural environment, choose a strain that will best match up with the general temperature and humidity of your mango-colored home. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Be a good plant parent. Keep an eye on its growth and development. Trim yellowing or dying leaves that often present at the bottom of the plant when they get shaded by the top canopy. Keep an eye out for insects and act quickly when you see them, then continue monitoring closely because pests and disease can be persistent and difficult to get rid of.
Many hobbyist growers elect to use grow tents, closets, or other enclosed spaces when growing cannabis indoors, often outfitting these spaces with lights and even humidity and temperature control systems. Depending on your level of interest and enthusiasm, these systems can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Cannabis should receive 5 hours of direct sunlight at the peak of the growing season in mid to late summer—although access to 8 hours or more is ideal. Within the sunroom, furniture or room decorations should not obstruct light from reaching the plants. The more access your plants have to direct sunlight, the better.
Cannabis can grow and flourish in a variety of environments, both indoors and outdoors. From a cultivation perspective, it’s a forgiving plant that will reward its grower if key essential needs are met.
Balcony and Terrace for Marijuana Growing
Cannabis growers can choose from a number of growing locations ranging from greenhouses to large windows, but each location can attract unwanted attention. Growing cannabis with natural sunlight requires as much light as possible to hit the plant.
Greenhouses for Growing Weed
Choosing the right-sized marijuana plant container for a window sill is crucial to improving plant growth. Window sills require a thin pot to fit within the confined space, but wide enough to provide room for root growth. A container’s size and weight is determined by the amount of space available and if the window sill will support the container.