Beginner By Luna / September 24, 2017 Everyone stick out your hand and make a thumbs up gesture! That green thumb of yours is going to be your ticket to growing your first Cannabis plant! Well maybe you don’t have a green thumb yet, but this article is sure to help you get there. I am going to try and list the most simple way to start growing your own marijuana plant. I am going to go into detail about the actual growing process, but feel free to research what type of seeds your would like to try out on ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com and Seedsman.com for your growing needs. They have great selections from regular seeds to auto-flowering, from High THC seeds to High CBD seeds, and they even have a medical seeds category that show different strains to help with certain ailments. It’s pretty much seeds galore over there. Step 1: Where will you grow? Not you silly, but the cannabis plant. The first step is to designate an area or room where you will grow your plant. You do not need to remodel your house/apartment to figure out where you will be doing this. Instead you could designate a closet, cabinet, your second bedroom, or even a tent in the corner of your basement dedicated to growing your little weed baby. There are a few things that you need to keep in mind though. You will need room for all of your equipment, such as lights, fans, etc. Also, remember that the Cannabis plant can double or triple in size during the early flowering stages. In addition, you will probably need space to work around the plant while you are maintaining it. If you do end up growing it in a cabinet, you can always just make it easily accessible and just take it out of the cabinet while working on it. Other Important Variables You will need to make sure that your work environment can be easily sanitized. Remember cleanliness is key! Another variable is to keep the grow room “LIGHT-TIGHT.” Meaning, that if there are any leakages of light onto your plant during “dark periods” it will confuse it entirely and cause it to produce male flowers (you want female flowers). Also, be sure that the area for your plant is cool and dry. If possible, also readily accessible to outdoor fresh air. Last but not least, you will probably want to keep your operation hidden, so be smart about where you choose your grow space to be. Step 2: Choosing your Marijuana Grow lights The single most important factor for your cannabis plant will be the quality of light that you choose. The light in your grow room will determine the quantity and quality of your plant. So if you are a beginner, I highly recommend investing in the best lighting that you can afford. Different Grow Lights Fluorescent Grow Lights are the most popular small scale lights. The reason for their popularity is that they do not require a cooling system (which I will dive into soon) and they have a cheap setup since all of its parts come in a single package. The only problem with fluorescent lights is that the generate about 20-30% less light per watt of electricity used. So you would need more of them to create the same output of more higher end bulbs. Induction Grow lights are are also know as electrodeless fluorecent lamps. These lamps are more efficient long lasting version of the fluorescent grow light. The only problem with this is that they are harder to find and a little pricey. LED Grow Lights (Light Emitting Diode) have recently evolved into creating super efficient lighting for growing indoors. Price is a major drawback to this bulb, which makes sense because LEDs generate less heat, last longer, and are design to create a bigger light spectrum. Just be sure to do some research on where to buy before purchasing. HID Grow Lights (High Intensity discharge) Two types of HID lamps are Metal Halide for vegetative growth and High Pressure Sodium for the flowering stages of your cannabis plant. These lamps cost more than the fluorescent bulbs, but they create more light. These lamps do generate heat so you will need exhaust fans and air-cooled reflectors. Step 3: Aerate your Cannabis Plant Like we all learned in elementary school, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is needed for plants to go through the process of photosynthesis. An easy way to do this is a create a stream of flowing are through your growing area. You will need to place an exhaust fan or come up with a way to remove the warmer in the room. Also, a light breeze in the room will help with circulation of the air. In addition, a dehumidifier can also help with controlling your grow environment. This will help you ensure that you keep the room cool (70 degrees Fahrenheit to 85 degrees Fahrenheit when lights are on and 58 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit when the are off). Depending on the strain you are growing, cannabis plants may prefer cooler of higher temperatures. Step 4: Monitoring Since you are most likely a beginner getting into growing, you will have to closely monitor your CO2 levels, lights, temperature, and humidity. There is climate control equipment, and if you did decide to purchase it, you’ll be able to automate the functions. If you don’t have that equipment you will just need to invest ins a 24 hour timer to time light for the plant and a thermostat switch for the exhaust fan. The light/dark cycle is key to growing cannabis. Most plants require 16-20 hours of light per 24 hour period during vegetative growth. When ready to bloom you will switch to 12 hours of light per 24 hour period. To be sure to NOT stress your plant you will need to set your lights to turn off and on at the same times everyday. Step 5: Soil & Pot Soil is the most common and traditional base for indoor growing of cannabis. It is an ideal first choice for beginner growers. You can use any high quality potting soil as long as it does not have fertilizers that are artificial. This is unsuitable for quality cannabis. Once you have decided on the soil you can now choose what you are going to grow it in. Cheap options are cloth bags or disposable plastic bags, There are also pots designed to help with air flow to the plants roots. Also, be sure that which ever pot you choose there is a way for the water to drain. Cannabis plants are very sensitive to really saturated conditions. Another factor to monitor are the pH levels of your soil. Be sure to invest in a test kit. Ideal soil pH levels for cannabis plants are between 6 and 7. In monitoring this you are ensuring that you plant is receiving the most nutrients it can from the soil. So be sure to test your water and the nutrient mix you feed your plant so that the pH falls within range. Step 6: Feeding and Watering your Plant In order to grow your cannabis plant you will need these primary nutrients: Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper. If you opt for regular soil that is not pre-fertilized, you will need to create a nutrient solution. Solutions are easily found in powder form and can be mixed with water. You can just use this created solution to water your plant. One important thing to remember is to make sure the water that you mix with the nutrients is clean. Water that contains high amounts of dissolved minerals and chlorine hinder the nutrient absorption of the plant. The last most important piece of information is to not over water. Watering is dependent on the soil used, size of plant, and temperature. There are growers that wait for the lower leaves to sag before watering. Congratulations! You are now well on your way to start growing your own cannabis plant. Hopefully this post steers you in the right direction.