How to Grow One Marijuana Plant Effortlessly
How to Grow One Marijuana Plant Effortlessly:
Growing just one marijuana plant can be more advantageous than we think. This is especially true for beginners who are starting to learn the ropes in growing weed. To advanced growers, it also offers many benefits compared to growing multiple plants.
There are several reasons why cultivating just one plant is highly beneficial. First, we can focus all our efforts with only one plant which makes it grow even healthier. Of course, this guarantees a satisfying harvest that we might not be able to get if we have more than one marijuana plant.
Second, security is better since no police officer will harass anyone over just one plant. Even on their slowest day, the authorities will not raid someone with just a single plant. Additionally, hiding one potted marijuana is easy which reduces the chance of anyone noticing it.
Another advantage is the cheap cost of growing only one plant. Compared to growing many at once, having just a single plant requires the bare minimum when it comes to seeds, nutrients, water, lighting, and soil. Hence, it’s the perfect way to start growing marijuana without having to worry about spending a lot of time and money.
So, in this article, we will learn all the basics on how to get started in growing a single plant. While there are many skills that we must master, the purpose of this article is to show how easy the steps are. So, let’s get our green thumbs ready and start having fun.
How to Grow One Marijuana Plant at Home
It is high time for growing weed as many governments start to loosen restrictions. And what best way to take advantage of this than to start growing weed. Whether for medicinal or recreational purpose, having an easy access at home is the best way to enjoy the herb. So, here are the 5 steps to grow one indoor marijuana plant without breaking a sweat.
- Do the Research
Before we start looking for seeds, it’s important to know the nature of marijuana. So basically, it’s a flowering plant that grows buds just once a year in the fall. It does so once it senses that the sunlight is dwindling a certain point.
However, since we will be growing our plant indoors, then we must set up a source of light to emulate the outdoor environment. Also, we must develop a lighting schedule to ensure that we trigger the phases of growth.
Unless the plant gets more than 12 hours of light exposure daily, it will flower early. And we don’t want this to happen as it will most likely only give a smaller harvest than if it flowers on time. Since we’re growing only one plant, the size of its harvest is critical.
So, remember to make sure the plant grows for a minimum of 30 to 50 days before triggering the flowering phase. And while it’s in in the vegetative stage, give it more than 12 hours of light. Hence, make buying a grow lamp the priority at this point.
- Be Confident
One vital rule in starting to grow just one marijuana plant is to realize that it really is easy to do. As such, the reason why it earned the nickname “weed” is because it grows just about anywhere. Hence, don’t get stressed up with the details on how to grow it. Be confident and learn to relax while learning the process.
- Set Up the Grow Room
Now that we have decided to grow one solitary plant, it’s time to set up the grow room. For best results, install all the items listed below as they are necessary for a healthy and rapid grow.
- Install Grow Lights
Even with a nice window that allows lots of sunlight, the plant will still need the help of a grow lamp. As mentioned, it is a vital element in the grow room. So, don’t hesitate to spend on one that is designed specifically for growing plants.
Luckily, a good grow light doesn’t have to be expensive especially when growing just one plant. For example, a 250-watt HPS (high-pressure sodium) or MH (metal halide) is available in hardware stores for as little as $25.
Alternatively, we can also use a fluorescent bulb as supplement if we have a window with good light for a good number of hours a day. Overall, when it comes to grow lamps, keep in mind that the more intense the light, the better the plant will develop.
- Ensure Ideal Temperature and Humidity
For those who are familiar with indoor growing, we know that light is not the only essential element in an indoor garden. To get a healthy plant, the right temperature and humidity must prevail in the room. The main thing to know about these two is that they should be different when the lights are turned on and when they’re off. Hence, the next items on our list are a room thermometer and dehumidifier so we get the right values at least most of the time.
When we are using the lamp to create an artificial “day”, the temperatures should be between 68 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, there should only be about 15 degrees drop for the “night” temperature.
As for humidity, the area around the plant must be relatively dry to promote the production of resin. As we know, a resin-rich plant will guarantee a high content of THC. Hence, the right humidity is vital for producing rich weed.
Ideally, the temperature should not be too warm when the humidity is low. Otherwise, the roots won’t be able to absorb the right amount of water to keep the plant hydrated. Thus, we need a dehumidifier to promote healthy plants. However, with just a single plant, we don’t need to invest too much on this.
- Provide Ventilation
When the grow room is generally humid, we need a preventative measure against mold and fungi. Left unchecked, their presence can make the plant sick and less resistant to other health problems.
Aside from that, poor ventilation also causes the pores in the leaves to clog and eventually die. Since the leaves are the main players in absorbing energy and food production, when they’re dying, the plant itself may also die.
When growing marijuana, ventilation is the most important during especially once the flowering phase begins. Without proper air circulation, molds and other diseases may develop on the buds. Hence, a rotating fan and extractor are very useful in the grow space.
Additionally, a continuous breeze around the plant is interpreted as stress which causes it to grow more leaves and strengthen its resistance. As a result, we are more likely to get better growth which often leads to a bountiful harvest.
- Germinate the Seed
Once the grow area is set, it’s now time to germinate the marijuana seed. Things to consider at this point include container types, soil, and nutrients. And because we are going to focus on only one plant, we must choose the best options.
- Choose Containers
Recycled plastic cups with adequate holes usually do the trick when sprouting cannabis seeds. At this stage, a little moisture is enough as well as a little warmth. We can also cover it with screen or plastic to protect it from hungry bugs.
When the seedling is ready for transplant, it’s best to select fabric pots that allow the plant to breathe. If this is not available, we can consider other pots with drainage holes and saucers to catch run-off.
These are important features so that the plant won’t be sitting in stagnant water. Otherwise, the excess moisture could alter the pH of the soil as well as attract bugs and molds.
- Use the Best Soil
There are many mediums available, but a small bag of organic potting soil is an excellent choice. As such, it is already complete with mild nutrients that is often enough for the plants to consume until it flowers. For best result, use an airy medium that allows air into the root system.
- Take Care of its Needs
A marijuana seedling will grow with vigor once it produces the first leaves. With the right pot and soil, we will need to regularly monitor its growth and make sure that it flourishes. Here are the things to do and provide to guarantee this.
- Vegetative Stage
At this stage of in life, the young cannabis plant will grow abundant leaves and increase in height for a month or so. As growers, our role is to provide all the basic needs which involves the following.
- Provide Day Hours
As mentioned, the plant needs more than 12 hours of light to keep it in vegetation. Some growers suggest 18 to 20 hours to play it safe. With this light schedule, keep the plant growing for 4 to 6 weeks before attempting to start the flowering phase.
- Water it
Obviously, we must water the marijuana plant regularly with quality water. But for many newbie growers, this is the part where they often fail. Most of the time, they end up overwatering the plant which results in many problems.
To avoid this situation, give larger amount of water occasionally and make sure that the entire soil is evenly wet. Using a pot with holes and a good airy soil also help prevent the problem.
As to the quality of water, get rid of the chlorine and other chemicals by letting it stand for 24 hours. Also, it must be in room temperature to avoid shocking the plant.
- Fertilize it
One thing we need to remember when it comes to fertilizers is that too much can have devastating effects. Hence, a good potting mix is enough for the marijuana plant while it vegetates. Avoid giving too many minerals to the young plant which can burn the leaves and damage its vulnerable roots.
If we really do need to fertilize, it’s wise to choose organic products whenever possible. This is because artificial nutrients often cause more problems which affects the harvest.
A good rule of thumb is to fertilize only when the plant is at least 3 weeks old. And always start off slow, giving only half the dose, to avoid major negative changes in the pH of the soil.
- Prune it
The vegetative stage of the cannabis plant is the best time to start pruning all those leaves. While pruning is optional, many growers include it in their list of things to do as it often results to larger yields. And since we only have one plant, we would want to get the most out of it.
In general, only marijuana strains that occupy most of the grow space need pruning. So, the first sign that it’s time to cut some parts is when it starts growing taller that we would like. Simply, cut off the top of the plant where the tallest branches meet.
Just so, we can keep the desired height of the plant while encouraging it to grow horizontally. However, stop pruning it once it enters the flowering phase so it can focus all its energy on making buds and not on healing the cuts.
But if we don’t want to dedicate too much time on one houseplant, there’s always the option to buy seeds that don’t need pruning. Just check the description and reviews it if grows short so we don’t have to deal with a monster plant.
- Flowering Stage
The second phase of the marijuana plant’s life cycle starts once it grows flowers which eventually become the buds. Since these are the highly-prized parts of the plant, we must do everything to nurture and protect it. Hence, the following tips will help ensure that we will get a satisfying harvest.
- Trigger the Blooming Phase
It’s time to start the flowering phase once the plant looks like she can produce enough buds. The way to do this is to manually trigger it by bringing the light cycle to 12 hours of light or less. During this period, the light will have to be the strongest possible to provide energy for the plant to flower as much as it can.
The one critical thing to remember here is that the plant needs only 12 hours of light. Otherwise, it could revert to its vegetative phase and we could end up with a disappointing harvest. So, the best option is to use a timer and set it to a 12-hour cycle
- Provide Total Darkness
Earlier, we mentioned how vital the 12-hour light cycle is to the plant during the blooming phase. As such, no light must enter the grow area, or it could stress or confuse the plant which could result to a poor yield and low-quality weed.
- Harvest it
We will know that it’s harvest time once 70% to 90% of hairs on the buds are dark and curly. Additionally, most of the crystal trichomes would also turn dark and frosty. Another good way to know if the buds are ready is by cutting a sample and smoking it.
After gathering the weed, we will need to cure it to enhance its quality and make it more enjoyable. So, dry them first by hanging them upside down in a cool, dry and secure room for at least 10 days. See to it that they are completely dry before storing them to avoid the growth of molds.
Once we are sure that the marijuana buds are dry, we can now store them in clean jars with tight lids. Make sure to leave some extra space inside the jar to accommodate air which is vital for the process. Next, open the jars once per day, then once every few days for a few weeks until we are satisfied with its texture and smell. Finally, we can enjoy the weed to our hearts’ content.
Growing One Marijuana Plant is Easy
As this article explained, growing one marijuana plant can be the best thing to do if we want our own stash of weed. Aside from the guarantee of high-quality weed, we also save money in the long run.
While it has its own challenges, we can master the techniques in no time and hone the skills that we need to grow marijuana. Not to mention, this activity connects us with nature while giving us the chance to learn and have fun.