Each election season there has been an expansion in which states allow recreational and medical cannabis. Currently, there are 16 states, as well as Washington D.C., where you can grow your own cannabis for personal use or caregiving purposes.
This is an exciting opportunity for patients and anyone else in some cases to grow their own marijuana. Being able to grow cannabis from seed to bowl is a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience. While it may seem complicated when looking at photos of giant grow warehouses, it’s actually easier than you may think. For the average home grower dealing with 12 plants or less, you can easily grow cannabis at home!

Having the ability to control the environment and strain is a fantastic opportunity for all cannabis enthusiasts. With this guide, you will be able to learn the ins and outs of growing and find the right grow setup for:

  • Your budget
  • Your grow area
  • Your desired yield

If you’ve ever grown another type of plant, grasping how to grow cannabis should be simple. While growing marijuana can take a little more care than most plants, the process is still mostly the same.

Growing marijuana plant.

Why Should You Care What I Say?

As a Colorado medical marijuana patient since 2004, I started growing my own cannabis in 2006. My first setup was a very modest CFL setup I put together for $400.

These days I grow with a much more legit setup, but there’s no reason you can’t have a nice grow for under $500. In my experience, all you need to do is be committed to learning and doing right by the plants.

As the Editor-in-Chief of Red Eye Chronicle, this is the perfect forum to share my knowledge with all of you. Before you know it, you will be growing your own marijuana!

“There’s no reason you can’t have a nice grow for under $500. In my experience, all you need to do is be committed to learning and doing right by the plants.”

What Does a Weed Plant Need to Grow

In order to grow big buds, every cannabis plant needs:

  1. Light Source – whether your grow is outdoor or indoor, you will need very specific light needs. To get the highest quality bud and yields, you need to understand how light affects the cannabis plant.
  2. Growing Medium – what your marijuana plants grow in, from soil to soilless to hydroponics. There are a lot of differences between soil and hydroponics, so make sure to do research.
  3. Temperature Control – while not always possible to control the temps perfectly 100% of the time, you still need to mostly regulate the plants’ environment. A good rule is that if it’s too hot for you, it’s far to hot for the plants. Also, all plants will die if exposed to freezing temps.
  4. Air/Ventilation – a well-ventilated area with good air exchange and a soft breeze is optimal.
  5. Water – like all living things on mother earth, your cannabis plants need water. That being said, you will want to analyze and be aware of the water you are giving your plants. We will cover that topic in this section ____________
  6. Nutrients – like people, plants need food. A healthy diet of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sulfur will give you the best buds. You can get achieve this by buying soil or composting yourself.

Whether you have an indoor or outdoor grow, organic or hydroponic, you will need to make sure that your plants have the right amount of all these elements.

Big cannabis grow

How Long Does It Take To Grow Weed?

The shortest possible period of time to grow marijuana from seed to smoke us around 8.5 weeks.

If you’re growing indoors, this will ensure the fastest grow, as you are able to control the elements and life cycle of the plants. While auto-flowering will yield you bud very quickly, it will also yield significantly less than a grow that’s allowed to mature.

For outdoor plants, you have less control over the light, and therefore flowering, schedule. For some outdoor plants, the growth cycle can be upward of 6 months or more.

As an estimate, I’d tell you that it takes about 4 months to grow, harvest, and properly cure a batch of cannabis.

2 Pro Tips for Growing Marijuana

  1. Always make sure to do ample research while growing. There are some fantastic resources on the internet, in addition, this blog. Never undertake random experiments on your plants without first researching the topic online. Killing your plants can be devastating, especially if you are deep in the growing cycle.
  2. Always pay attention to details. Don’t skip steps. Ever. Sometimes, when you are in the weeds, it can seem like taking care of plants can be boring. But, doing research and following all the steps, like learning about lighting schedules and how to balance pH will ensure you have the biggest, healthiest buds possible.

This is a great overview to start diving into growing cannabis and we can’t wait to continue to share more content on the subject. Keep coming back as the site expands and you will find a vast array of guides to help you grow cannabis!

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