You might be surprised which states don’t allow homegrowing—only five medical states and one medical territory allow homegrowing at all, and some adult-use states require a medical card.
Whether indoors or outdoors, growing marijuana is fun and rewarding, but it can also be challenging and takes a certain amount of patience, time, and money. We’ll walk you through all the steps of growing, from preparation, to seed germination, plant growth, and harvesting, as well as best practices and how to troubleshoot common problems.
Quick overview of the basics of growing marijuana
The best way to get quality buds and big yields is to grow strong, healthy plants. Here’s a quick rundown of the most important things you need to know about growing weed:
Your homegrowing journey starts with the question: indoors or outdoors?
*Illinois and Washington are adult-use states but require a medical card to homegrow.
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This article was amended on 16 February 2019 to amended gross factual inaccuracies.
This is important, and you might need to find yourself a pH balance kit, too. The water you use to hydrate your plant cannot be too acidic or alkaline. You’ll need to be between 6.5 – 7 on the scale to play it safe when growing with soil, or 5.8 – 6.2 when growing with a soilless medium such as hydroponics.
Dagga – Tips for growing your own marijuana:
Unless you’re putting it in a grow room and under the glare of an electric bulb, it’s vital that you find somewhere that is guaranteed eight hours of sunlight a day. A pot plant must be placed in 12+ hours of light every day in order to keep the plant from “flowering” – more on that in a moment…
Before you get started, it’s vital you know what you need first. For those of you growing indoors, you’ll need a suitable light – depending on how many plants you want to grow, the required wattage will vary, but you generally want around 100w of draw minimum for a single plant, a popular choice for grow tents is a 400W or 600W metal halide and high pressure sodium, both of which could cover a 4×4 foot area.
Okay, so if you’ve got your seeds, planted them in your fabric pot using organic soil, put them somewhere where they can get enough sunlight at a temperature between 20 – 30C (give or take), and you can supply them with neutrally-balanced water, you’ve got the go ahead.