There’s no better feeling as a gardener than seeing a healthy plant sprout from a seed into a full-blown plant over time. With the legalization of cannabis slowly spreading throughout the country, as well as many other countries around the world, it’s becoming more common for people to grow their own cannabis plants at home.
Many medical patients have taken to having their own gardens at home to ensure they get the right strain of cannabis for their needs, whether it’s for CBD or THC ingestion. Cultivating a plant from a little seed into a full-grown medication producing plant can not only provide the medicine a patient needs but also can help elevate their mental well being by being a therapeutic activity.
Ensure Your Seeds Are Healthy
Before having a garden, growers must start with the right seeds. The best way to tell if your seeds are of good quality is by coloration and shell rigidity. Good quality seeds will have a darker coloration than other seeds. This dark coloration means the seeds are healthy and potent, whereas a lighter color seed may either be premature or of a lower quality strain than the rest. If the shell is firm to the touch, it’s most likely a healthy seed.
One way to easily test the shell is to take it between the thumb and index finger and gently squeeze with enough pressure to test the firmness without breaking the shell open. If the seed stays firm under the pressure, then it’s a solid seed and is ready to plant. Before starting the planting process, take a look over at i49’s guide to indoor growing for some detailed tips on in-door growing benefits and starting out. Some handy tips about seed quality can also be found over here.
Tips for Starting Your Garden
Once your seeds have been verified as healthy and read to plant, the next step is making sure the garden they will occupy can let them flourish. Indoor gardens have the benefit of allowing plants to grow year round, even during winter months. To achieve this goal, it’s usually best to use good-quality grow lamps that can run continuously.
LED grow lamps are making a big impact on home gardens due to their energy efficiency and how easy they are to install and replace if necessary. Cannabis plants will need a steady 24 hour light cycle as they start out, but can be switched a pattern of 12 hours on/12 hours off once the plant has reached a decent size to help promote flowering.
Having the right temperature in the grow room is also essential. Cannabis tends to grow best at around 68 to 77 degrees F, but growers also need to ensure the humidity in the grow room is kept to a minimum. Having good ventilation will help in this area.
This will ensure the plants aren’t susceptible to temperature-related diseases and will not develop mold as they grow. Mold can be as dangerous to plants as they are animals. Always ensure your plants are mold free, regardless of what you are growing. There are some helpful tips over at this website that can help with setting up a grow room.
Enjoying the Benefits of Home-Growing
One of the biggest benefits of having an indoor grow room is the fact you, as the grower, can control the environment in which your plants thrive. This means they will always have the right amount of light, water, and nutrients for proper growth. Plants grown indoors can often surpass the quality of those grown outdoors and produce more flowering buds, which are the most important part of the plant for CBD use.