Intro to Growing Cannabis: Learn How to Grow Weed!
You’re here because you want to learn how to grow weed indoors and are interested in an “online class” about growing marijuana. Despite what you may have heard, growing your own cannabis is actually pretty easy once you have the right information. Anyone with the will to grow, a few extra minutes each day and a grow space already have what it takes to grow their own cannabis!
Cannabis goes by many names; weed, pot, marijuana, bud, ganja and more. These all refer to the dried and cured buds of a female cannabis plant. Cannabis plants can live in many environments, and some form of cannabis naturally grows nearly everywhere in the world. Yet it’s the flowers of specially bred female cannabis plants which most people think of when it comes to the word “cannabis.”
The flowers of potent strains of cannabis are grown, harvested, dried and cured to become the buds that can be used to vaporize, smoke, eat (via edibles) or otherwise processed for recreational or medical marijuana purposes.
Dried & Cured Flowers of a Female Cannabis Plant
“Sinsemilla” – potent cannabis buds without seeds
Maybe you’re like me a few years ago. You like cannabis, or need it for medical reasons, and you’re tired of paying for it. Or perhaps, like me, you couldn’t even find any cannabis to buy most of the time.
For people like us, growing cannabis can be a relaxing pastime that can save you a lot of money, time and frustration.
Why I started growing cannabis
- save money & time – compared to buying cannabis, growing is much cheaper easier for me
- health reasons – I use medical marijuana for epilepsy
- stealth – never have to bring cannabis in from outside the home
- personal safety – no need to deal with drug dealers or other shady sources to get cannabis
- consistent supply – never run out!
- higher quality cannabis & choice of strains – produce exactly what you want
Cannabis is a weed in the wild that adapts to many climates. Cannabis plants can actually be really easy to grow if you have the right information and know what to do. It can seem impossible to get started if it’s your first time growing, but this website will walk you through everything.
Don’t you want to see this when you wake up every morning?
How Long Until You’re Smoking Your Buds? 4 months
After you start growing, it usually takes at least 3 months until harvest for most strains (some just a little less, some strains take longer, and it will also take longer if you grow big plants). After harvest, your cannabis buds takes around a week to dry. Lastly, for the best quality, most growers want to cure their bud for 2+ weeks to get a smoother taste and a higher perceived potency. After being cured for 2-4 weeks, buds will feel stronger and be less likely to cause headaches or anxiety.
In total, you’re looking at a 4 month investment for a cannabis harvest.
~3+ Months – Seed to Harvest
~1 week – Drying
2+ Weeks – Curing
Total: 4+ Months
Growing Cannabis Basics
Cannabis plants are weeds with simple needs. Your cannabis plants will grow as long as you give them the right amount of the following resources..
In order to thrive and grow, your weed needs…
- Light (brightness has a huge effect on yields)
- Air (fresh air with a slight breeze is best)
- a Grow Medium (place to grow, soil isn’t your only choice)
- the right Temperature (room temperature or a little warmer is perfect during the day, cannot stand freezing at night)
- Nutrients (start at half as much as what’s recommended on the package)
- Water (maintain pH for best results, soil likes 6 – 7 pH & hydro likes 5.5 – 6.5 pH)
Whether growing marijuana plants indoors or outdoors, you will need to ensure that it gets the proper amount of these six resources. You will be rewarded with big colas!
What’s The Most Common New Grower Mistake? Lack of Research
One of the most common mistakes made by new weed growers is to conduct spur-of-the-moment experiments and hurt or even kill their plants.
You should always at least do a quick google search before you try any new technique.
Why make your plants be the guinea pig of an experiment that someone else has already tried before?
For example, it may seem like a good idea to give your growing cannabis Miracle-Gro nutrients because it’s easily available/cheap, or plant your seeds in the original Miracle-Gro soil you have laying around the house. Unfortunately the standard Miracle-Gro formula does not contain the right ratio of nutrients for cannabis, especially during the budding stage. Using original Miracle-Gro nutrients during flowering can hurt your plants and reduce your yields.
But how could you possibly know that unless you look it up first?
Suggestion: Harvest Your First Plant Before Trying Any Experiments
You don’t want to lose your entire crop to something that has already been tried before and proven not to work, so make sure you do a little research and experiment with caution and moderation.
Another common problem new growers have is the tendency to skip crucial steps like maintaining a proper pH or getting the right kind of nutrients. While you can get lucky and succeed at growing weed without taking these steps, you are a lot more likely to end up plants that die or just never produce any buds.
It can actually be really easy to grow marijuana with the right info. It’s like growing any other plant. You follow a proven set of steps, and before you know it, you’ll be harvesting your first buds.
Start by reading this simple cannabis grow guide and you will soon have all the knowledge you need to start producing your own potent buds today!
Light Needs (Cannabis needs more light than most house plants)
Many cannabis growers like to grow outdoors. Outdoor growers need a accessible, private space that gets 8+ hours of direct sunlight a day for the best results.
Outdoor growers need 8+ hours of direct sunlight a day
Plant in Spring, Harvest in Fall.
Cannabis plants grow very fast in a short amount of time, and need a lot of energy from the light to grow and produce buds. In the wild, a cannabis plant can grow to the size of tree in less than a year, and it uses energy from light to power that growth.
Many new growers who want to grow indoors like the idea of growing their cannabis plant in a sunny window, like a house plant. Usually the light from a window won’t be enough. While young cannabis plants seem to be able to grow in bright, sunny windows, cannabis plants usually don’t ever produce more than a few wispy hairs during the flowering stage, and may not produce any bud at all. Without any flowers/bud, you’re out of luck.
Indoor growers almost always need grow lights to get buds
Indoors, nearly all growers will need some type of grow light for successful cannabis growth.
Indoor growers usually put their grow lights with a timer to simulate the sun. This makes it easy to turn on and off the lights for each “day” so grow lights are more automated. There are many different sized grow lights, from the CFL light bulbs you already use in your house to bigger, more specialized grow lights that produce pounds of bud at a time.
There are indoor growing options for nearly everyone, even if you’re on a budget or only have a small space to work with, whether you want to grow in a bucket or a whole room.
Indoor growers need a private space and grow lights
There are limitless setup options
Two Stages of Cannabis Life: Vegetative & Flowering
There are two main stages of a cannabis plant’s life…
Cannabis plants keep getting bigger and bigger with long days, and start making buds when they get long nights.
Here’s the cannabis life cycle in the wild…
- Seed sprouts in spring
- Cannabis grows for a summer
- Days start getting shorter
- Cannabis starts making flowers or pollen
- Female plants make seeds
- Cannabis dies for winter
- Repeat – Everything starts over again for the next generation
Why is this important?
Cannabis plants go from seed to death in just one year, and they have a certain order for their life stages. This is very important for you to understand as a grower.
As far as a grower is concerned….
Seed ⇒ Seedling ⇒ Vegetative ⇒ Flowering ⇒ Harvest
A plant will keep growing vegetatively (just stems and leaves) as long as the plant “believes” it is early spring or summer. Outdoors this happens naturally as the seasons change. Indoors, growers put grow lights on a timer to “tell” the plant when to start flowering.