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growing marijuana 101

Growing marijuana 101

Enjoy, have fun, and learn a tip or two—growing weed is therapeutic and relaxing, and there’s nothing better than smoking weed you’ve grown yourself.

*Illinois and Washington are adult-use states but require a medical card to homegrow.

Where is it legal to homegrow cannabis?

Growing outdoors is the cheapest and easiest way to grow, because you can utilize the power of the sun and other natural resources, but you need the proper space to do it, and the space needs to be able to get ample sunlight throughout the growing season. Often, you can let plants grow large and get big yields with more space outdoors.

Before you get started growing, you’ll need to see if you even can grow in your state. Below is a list of states in which it is legal to grow your own marijuana at home, both states with medical and adult-use legal status. If your state does not appear on this list, it is not legal to homegrow in your state .

What does a marijuana plant need to survive and thrive?

Your homegrowing journey starts with the question: indoors or outdoors?

When growing weed indoors, you’ll likely have to add nutrients to your plants. You won’t need to add nutrients every time you water, but get on a schedule where you water every other time, or two on, one off.

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.

Because the amount of light a plant receives is so important, you’ll need to make your indoor grow space light-tight. Light leaks during dark periods will confuse your plants and can cause them to produce male flowers or revert to a different stage.

Ceramic pots

Inexpensive options include standard plastic pots or cloth bags, while some growers choose to spend more on “smart pots” or “air pots”—containers designed to enhance airflow to the plant’s root zone.

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.

There should be a comfortable airflow both above and below the canopy, and fans shouldn’t blow air directly onto plants—this can cause wind burn, which makes leaves recede into a claw-like deformation.

Check for pests, mold, or nutrient deficiencies

It’s also a good idea to have oscillating fans to provide a constant breeze in your grow room as it will strengthen your plants’ stems, making them stronger and healthier.

Equip yourself with these cheap and easy-to-use tools to take measurements in your indoor cannabis setup:

Air—If you’re growing indoors, you will need to supplement your plants with some wind (i.e. a fan) and some sort of ventilation system.

Gel/Grow Medium—Definitely the best for guaranteed results and healthy, stress free plants. Use a rooting gel, rock wool or another grow medium to allow for root growth prior to planting in your desired final grow medium.

Grow Medium—Definitely the most old school, simply place your seeds in your preferred growing medium, water and wait for them to sprout. This can arguably lead to less plant stress and also requires less vigilance making sure the seeds don’t dry out.