The two main types of HID lamp used for growing are:
For most first-time gardeners, we recommend buying a quality potting soil that will provide your plants with enough nutrients to get them through most of their growth cycle without having to add many amendments or liquid nutrients. This pre-fertilized soil—often referred to as “super-soil”—that can grow cannabis plants from start to finish without any added nutrients if used correctly.
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.
Now that you’ve chosen the plants you want to work with, it’s time to start growing with these basic rules-of-thumb:
When the marijuana industry first moved to indoor growing, farmers began to use artificial light to control flowering times. This meant that they could increase yields and shorten harvest times by growing more plants in a smaller space, a method now known as a Sea of Green. But this was not always a popular method for growing.
A detailed growing guide for the Sea of Green method
Determining How Many Plants Per Square Foot Using a Sea of Green
It seems simple, right? Well, for the most part, it is. The difficulty comes when you need to adjust environmental parameters and genetics to improve flower yields. Luckily, we’ve got the lighting part of the equation dialed in for you:
The number of plants per square foot should be determined based on how much space you have available. Using the SOG method of cultivation, we generally recommend 1 plant per square foot, with no more than 2 plants per square foot max.
Brief History of the Sea of Green (SOG) Method
The traditional way of growing used large marijuana plants, which comes from the outdoor farming methods practiced in Northern California and Humboldt. In the region known as the “Emerald Triangle”, growers had all summer to produce large vegetative cannabis plants before fall came around to flower. Some of these trees could produce upwards of two to three pounds or more.
When setting up your grow room, consider these tips when setting up your SOG environment: