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Where Should I Grow In the House?

By: Grass Master J (with contributions by Nebula Haze)

Hello there, fellow growers! I know that a major concern for a lot of you guys is and always has been strategic and stealthy growing.

Regardless of how many plants you grow, what sort of lights you use, whether you’re growing in soil or a snazzy hydroponics system, your biggest priority should always be to grow stealthy! After all, who would want all their hard work to go down the drain because some neighbors see your lights or a guest finds your growing room.

In this article, I’m going to tell you how to keep your little garden secret and secure. These quick, simple precautions and strategies will keep you growing strong without constantly worrying about those nosey neighbors or having a panic attack every time you have a house guest.

1. Location

Location, location, location. I cannot stress this enough my friends, location is KEY. Putting your garden in the wrong place is the easiest way to get caught, and in some instances leads to a less bountiful harvest (See: The Attic). Here’s a list of good places to put your cannabis, with some of the pros and cons that come with the territory.

1a. The Attic

  • Nobody else is going to go in your attic but you! It’s not included on a tour of the house, and isn’t visible to neighbors.
  • Your grow room is going to be bright and attics have less places for light to leak out and alert neighbors.
  • Plenty of room.
  • Some attics are difficult to get to.
  • If your attic isn’t well insulated, you’re going to need lots of fans to keep it cool during the summer and some way of heating it during the winter or your plants won’t produce as much bud as you want. They could actually die from too much heat (or not enough heat).
  • Possible lack of outlets for your equipment.

[If you have windows in your attic, make sure to cover them up with something like panda film.]

1b. The Basement

  • Generally basements have few or no windows, so no light is going to get out.
  • Remains at a steady temperature throughout the year.
  • Plenty of room.
  • Some people have living areas, playrooms and the sort set up in their basements, and if this is the case, putting your garden there can attract some very unwanted attention.

1c. An Unused Closet

  • Well-defined space, you may not even need a grow tent. Cover it in Mylar or panda film, make sure no light leaks through the door and you’re good.
  • Temperature will be roughly the same as in the rest of your house, so other than some fans, you won’t need to get too fancy.
  • Unless there’s a lock on the door, anybody looking for a bathroom or some paper towels could accidentally stumble into your grow room. This is why a very out-of-the-way closet is preferable.
  • Not as much room to grow.
  • Sirius: Another problem with growing in closets is that there is no ventilation. So if your closet gets hot and stuffy, it’s going to stay hot and stuffy unless you intervene! With that being said, closets are still great grow areas.

1d. The Garage

  • If you’re using a grow tent, it won’t be hard to hide or camouflage as something innocent like a tool cabinet.
  • Stays cool in the summer and (reasonably) warm in the winter.
  • If your garage isn’t attached to your house, you probably shouldn’t grow there. You want your grow room as close to you and accessible as possible since people will get suspicious if they see you lugging a whole bunch of lights and growing supplies in.

1e. Camouflaged Grow Boxes (Stealth Boxes)

One way to keep a grow of 1-2 small plants stealthy and hidden is to build a camouflaged grow box. This basically means you use something that you would have in your garage or your basement that doesn’t stand out as odd (It looks like it belongs there), and turn it into a grow box. Here are some things you could use to make stealth boxes:

  • Lockers (like a school locker, they’re a bit expensive)
  • Tool Cabinets

All you really need to do with these is line them with Mylar or panda film, make holes for all your wires and extension cords, and make sure it’s properly ventilated (and no light leaking of course).

There are websites that will sell you pre-built stealth boxes, but they end up being on the expensive side.

Sirius: Also, check out some of our past newsletters on homemade stealth boxes!

  • Ultra-Stealthy Grow Cabinet
  • 400 Watt Stealth Box
  • Grow Tents (alternative) – Get a perfect growing environment that you can set up in an afternoon! Highly recommended.

These are all good places to build your grow room, but almost any room in your house can be a grow room as long as there is privacy, a way to stabilize the temperature, people won’t go in accidentally, and you don’t use the room or space for anything other than growing.

2. Smell

So now we have a good set of options for our grow room, but now we run into some problems. Cannabis plants often have very strong and distinct smells, so you’ll NEED some way of dealing with those. I personally recommend a carbon filter to control smell in the grow room, as it requires little to no maintenance and does a great job of getting rid of the smell.

DO NOT spray your plants or grow room with aerosol based air fresheners, or use a product like ONA gel near your plants. The chemicals can hurt your harvest quality, and your bud will more than likely taste terrible when you smoke it!

If you don’t want to have to struggle with intense smell control, you can find strains that have a very neutral smell while growing. Blue Mystic and Northern Light are relatively scent-neutral and great strains for beginners or people working with limited amounts of room.

3. Sound

The more equipment you work with and the more powerful that equipment is, the louder it ends up being. You don’t want people to come investigate what sounds like a tornado ripping through your house, and you’ll have a pretty tough time sleeping. Make sure you get equipment that is quiet as possible, and walk around the outside of your house to see if any sound is easily noticeable.

4. Security

It may seem like overkill, but I really recommend getting a lock on the door to your grow room. You should be the only one with a key, and don’t make more than two! Your keys should be hidden somewhere only you will be able to find them, so no fake rocks or doormats. If people ask you why you keep the room locked, just say that you have some utility stuff that you don’t want anybody messing with, or just say it’s none of their business.

I know one person who went so far as to use a fake bookcase door entrance for his grow room (Of course by showing it to me, he sort of defeated the point of using it, but I digress). Do not go into your grow room or leave it unlocked when you have company in your house, and if you are going away for an extended amount of time, don’t ask people to tend to your plants!

Last but not least, there is one thing which this site has already mentioned in their “how to not get caught” article which I feel is worth repeating….

DON’T TELL PEOPLE – loose lips sink ships my friends, and this is not a good ship to sink. If the ship goes down, you go down with it, and that can mean anything from a loss of a harvest to jail time. Nobody cares as much about keeping your garden a secret as you do, and if somebody else lets it slip; they aren’t the ones who have to deal with the consequences.

With all this being said, I wish all of you the best of luck in your grows. I really hope that this article helps some of you out when you’re planning on how to set up your grow rooms!

Peace, love, and happy growing you guys!

Get the Right Tools To Grow Like A Ninja!

Low Odor Marijuana Strains – These Strains are known for producing low/non-marijuana-like odor:

  • Auto Duck is an example of an auto-flowering strain that is great for stealth growing due to its smell (or lack thereof)
  • Northern Lights Auto
  • Northern Cheese Haze Auto

Quiet Electronic Devices – Get devices that work without making noise:

  • Carbon Filters
  • Odor Neutralizers – for living spaces only, don’t use near plants!

I know that a major concern for growers is and always has been strategic and stealthy growing. There are good and bad places to grow, learn what works best!

Growing marijuana indoors

How to grow weed indoors

Growing marijuana indoors is the most common and popular way to cultivate marijuana. The main advantage of growing weed indoors is that you are 100% in control of what you are growing and this tends to result in a better quality end product. You are not at the whim of the seasons like outdoor growers, meaning you can plant and harvest marijuana throughout the whole year.

For the novice it may seem there is an intimidating amount of information to work through, but the basics are easy. As long as you’ve built up a little knowledge, you‘ll learn how to grow marijuana indoors in no time.

What do you need to consider when growing marijuana indoors?

Are you a commercial grower, are you growing for medical reasons, or are you growing weed indoors for your own personal stash? The answer to this question will have a great effect on the space you choose to grow in. What you need to grow 2 or 10 plants makes a huge difference to the space, equipment, and the amount of money you’ll need to get up and running. Just knowing the answer to this question will enable you to pick a good space to grow marijuana indoors and maximize the quality of the weed you’re growing.

There are plenty of options that you might want to consider when growing weed indoors; you can close off the corner of a basement or attic, put an unused bedroom to use, convert a closet or purchase a pre-fabricated grow tent or cabinet. No matter where you choose to put your grow room, it should be enclosed to give you more control over the environment your marijuana plants will be growing in. Our basic guide on setting up a grow room will help get your indoor marijuana grow started.

Choosing a strain

If you’re growing weed indoors and have a lot of space, there is no limit to what you can grow giving you a large selection of weed strains to choose from. Do you want the uplifting high of a sativa like Super Silver Haze or Jack Herer? Or do you prefer the dreamlike body stone of an indica like Blue Dream and Gorilla Glue? If you are inexperienced and have limited growing space, try starting with auto-flowering strains as they are more forgiving and tend to grow smaller. Use our section on indoor growing strains to help you make the right decision.

If you are looking to purchase seeds, make sure you get the genetics you’re after by using a reputable site. Listed below are sites that deliver good marijuana genetics worldwide;

How to grow weed indoors – Key decisions

What medium to use – Soil vs Hydroponics
As an indoor grower, choosing between growing in soil or with hydroponics is a difficult decision to make as both growing mediums have advantages and disadvantages. The main influences on your decision will be based around your grow room space and budget. It is easier and cheaper to get started with a simple soil grow. However, a hydroponic system will produce a larger yield. If you need help choosing your indoor marijuana growing medium, you can find out more here.

Lighting – CFLs vs LED vs HIDs.
Marijuana needs light to grow. For outdoor growers, this is supplied by the sun. However, the indoor grower needs to supply a healthy amount of light to get their plants to grow. There are three main types of light that are used for indoor marijuana growing; CFLs (Compact Fluorescent lights), LED, and HID (High Intensity Discharge) which are normally a mixture of Metal Hallide (MH) and High Pressure Sodium bulbs (HPS). This is where budget and space really are important. Use our guide as each type of lighting system has its own advantages and disadvantages which are laid out in the lighting section of the website.

Water and Drainage
Plants will not grow without water. When choosing a suitable place or room for growing weed indoors, considering a water source is a must. Your water and drainage will be affected by whether you choose to grow in soil or hydroponics and in both cases you will need a reliable supply of good quality water. Advice on what kind of water to use to get the most out of your grow can be found here.

Temperature Control
Temperature and environment control is very important for the weed you’re growing marijuana indoors. Outside, the majority of marijuana strains grow in a heat similar to those found in Southern California, the Mediterranean or the tropics. You will need to try and recreate these conditions indoors. However, too hot or too cold, and you will destroy your marijuana crop. Measure the temperature of your grow room, using fans to help regulate its temperature and supply fresh air to the plants.

Air Circulation
Your cannabis plant uses a lot of CO2, so good air circulation using a vent and fan to create airflow is important for a healthy grow. Good odor control helps keep the smell of your grow room at an unnoticeable level. You can find more information on air circulation and odour control here.

Finally, when choosing your grow space you may want to consider security. You certainly do not want to bring any unwanted attention to your indoor marijuana grows. Don’t worry though, security issues are less of a problem and you will sleep easier if you deal with the following issues before starting.

Noise – Muffling your fans and pumps will reduce noise. You can use rubber or foam fittings alongside insulating ducting to reduce noise.
Fragrance – Growing marijuana indoors will smell. Having good odour control is a way of guaranteeing your neighbours will not know about your grow.
Electricity – A spike in how much electricity you are using could be enough to alert your electricity provider so be as efficient as you can.
Do not talk about your grow to anyone. The fewer people who know the better. You do not have to worry about anyone stealing your plants or informing on you if you don’t tell anyone in the first place.

Knowing how to grow weed indoors is about research and preparation. Ask yourself the right questions and plan your grow properly and you’ll be successfully growing weed indoors in no time at all.

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