How To Grow Weed: Beginner’s Guide To Growing in 2020
Growing Marijuana The Right Way: A Step-By-Step Guide
This guide will teach you everything you need to know grow healthy cannabis plants with massive yields and picture-perfect buds.
Whether you’re a first time grower or a professional looking to take your grow op to the next level, we’ll show you the tried & true process used by the world’s largest and most successful growers.
In the updated and expanded 2020 guide, we’ll walk you through each step of setting up your very own marijuana grow operation:
Growing marijuana is a rewarding hobby and can offer a great business opportunity as well. By the time you’re done with this guide, you’ll know how to grow cannabis indoors like a professional, allowing you to get better and bigger yields than you’ve ever imagined at surprisingly low cost.
We’ve taken methods from traditional hydroponics and combined them with the latest technologies and methods used by the best professional grow operations to get you started growing the right way. With professional equipment and an easy, step-by-step process, you’ll be able to produce buds with quality beyond your wildest dreams. We’ll show you secrets previously only known by the inner-most circle of top-tier professional growers around the world to grow magazine-quality buds. When you see your first harvest, you simply won’t believe your eyes.
You will learn
- How to set up an indoor grow room using the principals of professional grow facilities
- How to pick the right grow equipment
- How to pick the right strain for your grow
- How to start your plants from seeds or clones
- How to give your plants everything they need in terms of light, nutrients, water and airflow at each stage in the growing cycle
- How to care for your plants and spot potential issues early so your plants stay healthy
- How to speed up the growing growing cycle while maintaining high bud-quality
- How to pick the right grow equipment
- How to harvest, dry and cure your marijuana buds
Growing like a professional will allow you to
- Experience the beautiful evolution from seeds to full-blown, magazine-quality yields
- Know how to scale your production from a single plant up to as many plants as you’d like – event to the size of a medium or large commercial production in a professionally designed grow room
- Impress your friends and customers with beautiful buds that create the exact effect you desire
If growing beautiful buds excites you, continue on to Chapter 1 below!
Also, feel free to ping us with any questions about starting or optimizing your production in the comments below. We love working with new growers and are happy to help and offer advice based on our experience setting up some of the largest grow operations in the industry.
Hydroponics: Growing Marijuana in 2020
Growing outdoors requires less investment up-front, but can leave your plants at the mercy of environmental conditions and mother nature for better or worse. With an indoor hydroponic production on the other hand, you are in full control of every factor that will impact the quality and size of your harvest. Creating a professional-style grow room will allow you to influence all factors that limit or accelerate the growth of our plants, and master the art of maximizing yields and producing picture-perfect buds.
From choosing the best grow lights, to learning the ins-and-outs of hydroponics and setting up a well-designed growing space with proper ventilation and environmental control — this guide will show you what you need to know. Setting up the infrastructure for hydroponics takes a bit more time and investment at the start, but trust us, you’ll be very glad you did once you see your final yields.
Planning Your Business
If you’re planning to grow for personal use only, you can skip this section and continue on to Chapter 1 below.
Planning to grow marijuana as a business? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
As with any business, you should start by researching the market circumstances and legal considerations in the area you plan to operate. Your business will be very different depending on your goals: Do you want to grow medical marijuana or recreational? At what scale? And in what state?
What will your team and setup look like? How many people will be involved? How much is the investment for setting up the grow room? How much are the monthly costs for water, electricity and other supplies? Can you grow in your house or do you need a commercial area? How will you be distributing your weed buds?
If you are considering growing marijuana as a business – treat it like a business. Do your research beforehand. Identify your target customer and how you’re going to reach them. Research the balance of supply and demand in your market — your work will be much easier in a market that is supply constrained, so that may influence where you decide to set up your grow. What are the financial and legal risks and how can you manage these risks? Are you willing to take a legal risk or not? A business plan can help you structure your thoughts as well as forecast your cashflow.
By the way: you do not have to have prior experience in growing weed to get started. What it will take is your genuine interest in taking good care of your plants and your ability to work hard, study hard and make changes on the way according to your learnings. It’s not rocket science, but it needs dedication and passion. And you can do it, too.
When starting a cannabis business you will want to choose the right seeds first. Depending on the effects you want to achieve, you will choose different strains. This major choice (medical vs recreational) will largely determine the market you will be operating in.
After deciding on the results you are hoping for, you will then research the right plants for you and purchase seeds. With the seeds starts the lifecycle of your plants. From now on you will do everything you can to optimize water, airflow, nutrients and light.
Because we know that starting an adventure like this can seem overwhelming in the beginning we have created this practical guide for you. Our goal is to walk you through all steps needed to start out and grow like a professional. We cover infrastructure as well as plant care. We help you to select the right strains as well as harvesting them at the right time. We share all our knowledge and secret tips from years of experience.
Growing weed includes various aspects of gardening as well as business. There is great opportunity in the market for medical usage as well as CBD right now. If you are acting smart 2018 could be your chance.
This guide includes 11 chapters of in-depth information on growing cannabis the right way, with tips that will make you a pro. With every phase of your plant’s lifecycle described, you’re about to learn the best practices and secret growing hacks of the masters.
How To Grow Weed Like A Pro in 2020
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Step 1: How to Select the Best Marijuana Strains for Your Production
Before choosing your marijuana strains you should reflect on what kind of results you are looking for. The buds may vary greatly in look, smell and effects. Read more >>>
Step 2: Setting Up Your Grow Room
An indoor production, whether starting with a single grow tent or a full scale commercial facility is the perfect opportunity to start your marijuana production empire. In this chapter we’ll cover the 6 most important factors for successfully growing hydroponics. Read more >>>
Step 3: Mastering The Art Of Cannabis Propagation
The art of growing cannabis can be divided into two main skill sets: The skill of replicating known genetics and the skill of creating new genetics. There are two different approaches to you need to know about for starting new weed plants: growing from clones, and growing from seeds. Read more >>>
Step 4: Environmental and Ventilation Systems For Healthy Cannabis
In this piece we will study how use your ventilation system to create the perfect conditions for your plants. For your hydroponic systems to prosper you will need fresh air, ventilation and exhaust air set up properly. Naturally your plants would grow in a soft breeze and warm climate. Read more >>>
Step 5: Selecting the Best Grow Lights for Your Marijuana Production
Lights are essential because they largely determine your plants’ grow cycles, their photosynthesis and therefore their health and their buds. Lighting is the food of your marijuana plants. When first creating your grow room make a blue print to decide what system for water management, light and air flow you want to use. In this piece we will discuss the details about lighting. Read more >>>
Step 6: How to Manage Water in a Hydroponic Grow System
While a hydroponic might seem a lot more complex than growing outdoors or using soil at the first glance it will only take you some time to learn and study but it will be far less work when set up. Your plants basically live off light, water and nutrients. We have discussed grow lights before, so today we will be looking into the science of water management to improve your yield. Read more >>>
Step 7: How to Use Nutrients to Maximize Your Yield
To take your growing operation to the next level, we will discuss the main ideas and best practices for hydroponic nutrients today. Your plants need the best light, water, and nutrients to grow and flower. The better you take care of them, the more they will reward you with great yield. There are some principals to follow when using nutrients. Read more >>>
Step 8: Taking Care of Your Plants While Vegging
After the process of propagation, small and fresh baby plants have now started to grow. You might have used a special growth medium or a plastic dome to grow them initially. Now you have brand new marijuana plants to take care of. It is time to find their spot in your grow room and start improving their health, strength, and shape. Read more >>>
Step 9: Taking Care of Your Plants in the Flowering Stage
The flowering stage is the moment we all have been waiting for. For you, as a professional grower, this is the most important part of growing marijuana. Let’s discuss how you can take care of your flowering cannabis and grow the best yield ever. Read more >>>
Step 10: Best Tips for Harvesting Cannabis
It’s time to harvest your cannabis. You have grown your plants from seeds. You have taken care of their lights, their water supply, and their nutrient levels. You have given them the best care and optimized your indoor production to create the best environment for your plants. Your small plant with a few leaves has matured into a full-blown plant with heavy buds. Congratulations, you have come far. Read more >>>
Grand Finale: Drying & Curing Cannabis – Climax of Your Cannabis Production
After many weeks of taking good care of your plants, the moment of truth has arrived. You’ve picked the perfect time for harvesting and you’ve started cutting down your plants. In the process of manicuring, you will be removing all the leaves from your plants. Now, all you are left with are your buds. Read more >>>See the best pro tips distilled from 10,000 hours of professional growing experience. We'll teach you how to grow weed like a professional. Become a Master Grower. This guide will walk you through: Selecting Cannabis Strains, Grow Room Setup, Cannabis Propagation and Cloning, Selecting Grow Lights, Vegging and Flowering, Nutrients, Harvesting, Curing and more.
How to Grow Weed Indoors for Beginners [Follow-Along Guide]
I’m here to tell you that growing weed indoors step-by-step is easy. Just follow along.
Because it’s the first choice of thousands of beginner growers, I’ve decided to put together the most comprehensive soil weed growing guide on the internet.
In this guide, we will go through the whole growing process, from choosing the seeds and soil to harvesting and curing the buds. Hopefully, by the end of this guide your cannabis growing knowledge will grow as much as your plant.
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The first week (or week 0 as I like to call it) is when you prepare your grow.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a whole week, however it can often be longer.
You might think:
“So, it’s not a week at all?”
And you’d be right.
You won’t be doing any growing this week as you can’t grow plants without the seeds first.
Week 0 is focused around finding the best soil, seeds, lights and setting up your growing tent.
Even if you are growing hydroponic marijuana you have to do the prep stage, which might be even longer for hydroponic setups.
For this indoor soil growing guide we will use one of the most popular strains ever: White Widow.
But, we won’t use just any White Widow.
For this occasion we will use the autoflowering version of this plant.
Well, for a few simple reasons:
Autoflowering plants are smaller, but they don’t cut down on the yield, they are easier to grow, and they grow faster than regular plants.
You will want only feminized seeds for this grow as male plants do not grow flowers.
“Your plant is only as good as your soil.”
I find this to be one of the biggest truths of growing cannabis.
Beginner growers often experience problems with their soil, such as malnutrition and over-watering.
Both of these will have a long term effect on your plant if not dealt with in the quickest manner.
This is not to say that cannabis won’t grow in slightly bad conditions, far from that.
It’s called “weed” for a reason. It will grow even in sub-par conditions, however the end result might not be what you hoped for.
So, in order to avoid any confusion, do your best to get the perfect soil, and if you fail, you can still make it up by adding nutrients.
Feel free to buy any of the branded soil mixes, except for those that are labeled “extended release”as they will release nitrogen to your plant roots for up to 6 months, meaning that you will have n0 control over the pH levels of your soil.
The best option out there for first-time growers is “Super Soil”, a special mix of soil that can be found in stores. KindSoil is one of the more popular brands of Super Soil.
With any Super Soil mix you won’t have to add any nutrients, as the mix comes premade, so water will be the only thing you add to it—by watering the plants.
Did you know that earthworms in soil can increase the yield up to 75%? According to scientists from Netherlands, earthworms might be one of the most important parts of a soil-based grow.
However, this study was done on wheat plants so I wouldn’t suggest you throwing earthworms in the mix if you haven’t had at least a dozen successful grows.
Lights are super important for growing cannabis and insufficient lighting is one of the biggest reasons why many indoor grows fail.
Lighting depends totally on the size of your grow.
Basically there are 2 most common options for lighting:
CFLs give off more heat than LEDs and are better suited for growing in small spaces, such as tents.
Their downside is that they tend to spend more energy and you will have to readjust them more often than LEDs.
So, my end recommendation is this: if you have room for LEDs and you are willing to go through the hustle of setting up LEDs, be my guest.
For a small first time grow, I would suggest getting a CFL setup with lights up to 300W.
Keeping CFLs close to the plants will bring in the best yields and ensure the biggest plant growth.
Growing tents are perfect for those that tend to grow in their garage or colder areas of the house, as the tent holds the warmth within itself, helping plants get bigger as soon as possible.
If you plan on growing marijuana in a closet, or a similar closed space that doesn’t let too much heat out, I would suggest that you approach it with caution.
Either way, the most important thing is to keep the temperature at a constant 25°C (77℉).
In case you do go with a tent, you will have to extract the air from the tent, which is removed using a fan that sucks the air out through tubes.
Most modern tents have a carbon filter which prevents the smell of weed leaving the tent, so keep that in mind when shopping for one.
If you still think you can make do without a tent, then get ready to spend some money on fans and/or ventilation systems.
Most modern air extractor fans include temperature and moisture controllers, which will come very handy when calculating your VPD (we’ll get to that later), so I strongly suggest you get one of those.
Light schedule for growing weed indoors
Light periods for autoflowering plants are really easy to grasp:
All you have to do is keep the light turned on.
Like, all the time.
I am not joking when I say that you should keep the lights on 24/7.
Giving 24 hours of light is crucial when growing autoflowering plants, as it may give them the best chance to grow bigger in the vegetative stage and then eventually flower when their time comes.
Autoflowering plants do not need darkness.
Autoflowering plants are not dependent on changes in the light cycle to commence flowering.
This is why they can be grown using a light cycle of anything from 16 to 24 hours daily.
This is also what makes them perfect for first time growers as light periods are one less thing to worry about.
Germination & seedling stage
Time to put those girls into action!
But first, some more prep.
VPD for weed
Creating the perfect environment for your plants doesn’t necessarily end with buying all the right gear.
You will have to know how to properly set it up, and more importantly, how to make the perfect atmosphere for your plants to grow to their potential.
Dehumidifiers decrease environmental moisture and release heat, which can be helpful in certain cases like very moist and cool areas, such as basements.
If you want know how to grow big buds indoors, you have to understand the importance of VPD.
Whether you are growing weed in a closet or a tent, you will have to control the atmosphere.
Humidity is one of the more important factors to control and this is in part due to the fact that different humidity levels are best for different growing stages.
In general, the air humidity for growing weed indoors is as follows:
- 70-80% after you see the first leaves
- 40-70% during the vegetative stage
- 40-50% during the flowering stage