A recent root ball from our low-cost hydro system 🙂 Almost half a pound harvest!
If you’re new to growing cannabis indoors, you’ll be happy to know that it’s not that difficult.
The first question is, hydroponics or soil? Soil is always the best way to grow medicinal plants and generally offers a margin of safety. The downside is that you’ll have to pay close attention to pH and nutrient levels in the soil, flushing occasionally to remove buildup. If medicine isn’t the focus, hydro can produce well and requires a bit less overall work as long as you’re attentive. The downside is that things can go wrong really quickly.
Here are a few simple rules:
- Lights: More lumens = more growth in every stage. 1000W lights will produce more than 400W lights. Higher wattage lights require more attention to ventilation because of heat.
- Ventilation: The closer you can keep the temperature to 75° and humidity at <= 50%, the better off you’ll be. You’ll need to plan for dealing with the heat from the lights – in summer you’ll need to ensure the temperature never goes above 90°. Plants stop growing at 90° and the longer they stay there the more stressed they get. In the winter, you may want to dump the heat back into the room to keep the temperature stable.
- Nutrients: Pick any nutrient line you want and stick with it for a while until you understand how it works. The most important thing here is having a good meter that gives both EC/PPM (nutrient levels) and pH. pH is the single biggest factor in non-organic gardening. Bluelab makes a really good meter and their return policy is outstanding. The pH for hydro plants is between 5.5 and 6.5. For soil it’s between 6.5 and 7.5. You’ll want to check the runoff from the soil for pH and nutrient level regularly to determine how to adjust the pH when feeding and when to leach.
- Water (in soil): Overwatering is as bad, and often worse, than underwatering. “More roots, more fruits”. Your goal is to make sure the plants dry out completely so they continue to grow more roots daily. If a plant gets stressed for any reason it can take a week or longer for the pot to dry out. If you water before it’s fully dry you risk root rot and more stress. As long as you’re checking on them a couple times a day, don’t worry! When you do water, make sure at least 20% of the total volume comes out the bottom of the pots to avoid nutrient lockup.
- Water (in hydro): You should check pH and nutrient levels daily, topping off with water, and replace the water once a week in bloom, and max 2 weeks in veg.
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