Weed may be legal in 18 US states, but top-shelf quality weed does not come cheap. However, you can cut costs by growing weed at home if you are of legal age in Colorado and other states where growing weed for individual use is legal. States like Colorado allow adults aged at least 21 years to grow six cannabis plants per person.
Growing cannabis at home has many advantages, including affordability and unlimited access to your favorite weed strains in your preferred potency. However, cannabis cultivation requires identifying and mastering the ideal cannabis cultivation technique. Below are the top home-growing cannabis cultivation methods.
The Grow Tent Method
The primary challenge for weed enthusiasts desiring to grow weed at home is space because not everyone has the outdoor area or spare room to convert into a grow room. However, a grow tent is a viable solution to the space challenge because it is compact and fits in tight spaces.
Second, grow tents are affordable, efficient, and will have you thinking, “Wow! I love growing marijuana at home.” They are easy to set up and feature integrated features to help recreate the ideal microclimate for growing weeds.
Such features include hanging lights, an air extractor, and a charcoal filter. Moreover, they also feature a complete reflective interior to facilitate even light distribution. Some grow tens also feature multiple chambers allowing you to grow marijuana plants at different growth stages in separate chambers within the same tent.
Grow tents are available in varying sizes to suit the available spaces. Moreover, some have more features than the basic integrated features mentioned above to improve your plants’ chances of yielding lush trichome-rich buds.
The SCROG (Screen of Green) Method
The SCROG method is the ideal indoor cannabis cultivation if you want to maximize your harvest. It entails restricting vertical cannabis plant growth by tying its branches to a SCROG or screen positioned above the plants.
Scrogging maximizes the number of nodes/ bloom points along the stem directly exposed to overhead lights. Light exposure is essential for healthy, decadent cannabis flowers; therefore, exposing more bloom points means more tasty cannabis buds.
While scrogging yields a bumper harvest, it requires technical mastery and more effort than you employ to maintain the ideal microclimate. However, you can search online for a SCROG tutorial and maximize your weed harvest.
The SOG (Sea of Green) Method
Sea of Green (SOG) is also a growth technique that boosts yield and facilitates multiple growth cycles within a year. However, unlike SCROG, this technique causes the plant to channel its energy into growing one bloom point and yield a voluminous bud within a short duration.
It entails placing cannabis plants of the same height in a compact space so that the top bloom spots (meristems) receive maximum light exposure. The SOG technique saves you cultivation resources because the buds develop and are ready for harvest within a significantly shorter duration. You can search online for a detailed tutorial on the technique.
Low-Stress Training (LST)
LST is a yield-boosting cannabis cultivation method pretty similar to scrogging. It entails gently bending the plant and tying it along the stem to expose multiple nodes or bloom spots to overhead lights.
However, unlike SCROG, it does not require using a screen because tying the stem keeps the plant in a horizontal position. Second, SCROG is a high-stress training technique that involves trimming and pruning the plant, altering the plant’s anatomy.
The plant takes time to adapt to the anatomical changes; hence SCROG plants take longer to mature for harvest. However, LST does not alter a plant’s anatomy, facilitating maximum yield within a shorter duration.
Indoor Grow Room
A grow room is a bigger, suitable alternative to a grow tent and is ideal for cannabis strains that grow tall. However, grow rooms require creating the ideal microclimate for your preferred cannabis strain.
Cannabis plants are sensitive and require optimum growth conditions featuring ideal growth mediums, regulated temperature, humidity, ideal light exposure, and ventilation. Therefore, you will need to install fixtures that maintain perfect growth conditions and clean the room to prevent pest and mold invasion.
A hydroponic system utilizes water rather than growth mediums like soil, coco coir, and rockpool to facilitate nutrient transfer to the plant. The system maximizes plant yield in a tight indoor space within a short period and is less labor-intensive. You can install a hydroponic kit indoors or outside under a covered area.
Organic Cultivation Method
Cannabis requires plenty of nutrients in precise quantities to thrive, and organic cultivation facilitates efficient nutrient transfer. It entails using composite materials like kelp and bone meal. You can mix organic nutrient sources with soil or settle for a soilless mixture.
The Greenhouse Methods
A greenhouse is an ideal cannabis home cultivation tool for a sizeable outdoor area. Although most individuals consider greenhouse as ideal for large-scale cannabis cultivation, you can find hobby greenhouses as small as 6ft by 4ft.
Greenhouses allow you to regulate temperature and sunlight exposure while growing cannabis outdoors at operational costs substantially lower than the expense required to recreate an indoor microclimate. They also protect the plants from harsh weather and pests and allow you to grow weed all year round.
Growing cannabis at home is an involving but rewarding activity that every wed lower should consider exploring. The cannabis home cultivation techniques above are a great place to start your journey towards unlimited homegrown weed.