This post is shared with us from our friend Robert, over at ILoveGrowingMarijuana.
You don’t need to grow a whole bunch of plants to enjoy marijuana. In fact, a single plant is an excellent way to enjoy your own supply of high-quality weed. Plus, growing anything is rewarding – especially if it's marijuana.
A single plant makes it easier to give your Mary Jane all the attention she deserves. It also costs less and is less likely to get you in trouble. When one plant can yield plenty for the average user, there’s no reason to spend more and increase your risk.
Marijuana is not that difficult to grow – that’s why it’s called weed. It is very easy to grow a single plant indoors. All that is needed is proper lighting, appropriate temperature and humidity levels and proper ventilation levels. When you only are worried about one plant, this is not that hard to accomplish. And oh yeah, some seeds won’t hurt either.
Lighting: T5, T8, and CFL lamps are adequate for home growers with access to sunlight. For the best results, however, (or if you will not be using a windowsill) try a 250-watt HID light bulb that uses HPS and MPH bulbs.
Temperature and humidity: These two things work side-by-side to create the ideal environment for your plants. Marijuana prefers a dryer environment kept between 55 and 78 degrees. At different times of its development, however, that range becomes smaller. Purchase a dehumidifier if your growing area is too humid.
Ventilation: Proper ventilations keeps molds, fungi and other problems from happening to your plant. It also helps your plant ‘breathe.' Use a fan if growing in enclosed spaces such as closets.
You will also need to invest in a breathable pot large enough to support your growing plant, choose your growing medium and ensure that your water doesn’t have too much chlorine in it.
Before you can smoke it, you must grow it. Here are the stages of growth that a marijuana plant goes through:
Germinating your seeds is the first step for growing your marijuana plant. It’s a simple step, but if done incorrectly, your plant may never happen. Marijuana seeds can be germinated in warm, moist soil or started with damp paper towels and then placed in soil.
Your young seedling will need plenty of light before it finally enters the vegetative stage.
Most of the growing happens during this portion of a marijuana plant’s life. This is a critical stage where stems thicken, and leaves grow rapidly. Depending on your available space, the strain and your needs, this period can last as little as two weeks.
In indoor marijuana plants, the flowering cycle is triggered by the amount of darkness, so the timing of the flowering cycle is entirely up to the grower. When growing a single plant, this process is easy. Simply move your plant from its current location to one that enables total darkness (such as a closet).
The flowering cycle is the last step in the marijuana grow cycle, lasting anywhere from 8 to 10 weeks.
Now is the time to enjoy all your hard work! Harvest your marijuana plant by cutting off the buds and leaves. To prepare it for extractions or smoking, dry your cuttings by hanging it upside down in a cool, dry room. After a few days, move the dried cuttings to glass jars with tight fitting lids. Cure the plant matter in the jars for several weeks.
Raw, uncured marijuana can also be juiced and enjoyed as a smoothie additive.
If you want to learn more about growing marijuana be sure to download my Free Marijuana Grow Bible!