There are two types of plants a grower might consider: autoflowering varieties or photoperiod varieties. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Will growing a plant indoors without grow lights leave you with wonky plants? Lower yields? Less potent flower?
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.
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.
What to expect when growing weed indoors without lights
Experience is the best teacher when it comes to growing cannabis — or any plant for that matter. Consider these tips before embarking on growing weed indoors without lights.
That’s a big variance, but it really depends on how big you want your plants and how often you want to harvest—you can have multiple harvests of smaller plants, or less harvests of bigger plants.
Getting the right climate for your plants can be a delicate balance involving multiple pieces of equipment and also lots of electricity. This is part of what makes growing weed indoors more expensive than growing outdoors.
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.
Fluorescent light fixtures, particularly those using high-output T5 bulbs, are quite popular with small-scale cannabis growers because:
Daily maintenance checklist for your indoor marijuana grow
When starting with clones or seedlings, you’ll want to check your plants every day because they’re delicate and sensitive to environmental conditions. You may need to adjust temperature and humidity levels in your indoor grow space at first to hit the sweet spot for your plants.
If using nutrients, estimate how much water you’ll need for all of your weed plants so you can measure out and mix in the appropriate amount of nutrients.
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.
Dehumidifiers and ACs
There are many different media to choose from, including good ol’ fashioned pots full of soil, rockwool cubes, a hydroponic tray, and more.
Although you’ll be controlling the climate inside the grow space, climate outside the grow space will affect your plants. If the environment outside your grow space is very warm or humid, you’ll have issues controlling your grow space. Choose a cool, dry area with ready access to fresh air from outside.
You’ll have to grow your cannabis outside. For this, you really only need a pot and some good soil, which is cheap and available everywhere. Just stick a germinated seed in a pot full of loose, well draining gardening soil (or kick it up a notch with this serious garden soil your cannabis plant will love), water frequently and let mother nature do the rest. This is assuming you don’t live somewhere with extreme temperatures, in which case mother nature might not be so cooperative. Planting in the springtime will increase your chances for success.
Growing weed for the first time can seem like a daunting task. And with the potential to get expensive, fast. So you may be asking yourself if you can grow weed without any equipment at all. The answer is: probably!
It depends on what you mean by “equipment”. If you want to grow cannabis without having to invest in expensive specialized gear, then definitely yes, you can do that! It shouldn’t be too tough to get your growing going with just some simple, widely available stuff. It’s pretty much as easy as growing weed in a flower pot. With one caveat, though…
Pretty easy. But can you replicate this crazy-simple approach indoors? The short answer is nnnnoot really. You’ll need a few gizmos for a successful indoor grow, like a grow tent, LED grow lights and/or hydroponic systems. The costs can vary between a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, depending on your needs and desired yields.