With new laws and regulations regarding recreational and medicinal cannabis use in Ontario, Canadians are becoming more and more receptive to the idea of growing their own weed. There are so many perks to home-growing, and it may seem like a lot of work to get started but within three months you could have your very first harvest and start enjoying homemade cannabis that you are sure to be proud of.
The recent legalization of recreational cannabis in Ontario allows people to grow four plants per household, but if you want to grow for medical purposes think about applying for your ACMPR license. When you receive this license from Health Canada, you’ll be given greater allowances on plant counts and have more flexibility as far as what you can grow. If growing your own cannabis is something that interests you, the first thing to think about is setting up the proper environment. The environment can make or break your weed plants, so check out the top five things to consider when setting up the perfect grow room.
Choosing the proper lighting during each phase of the grow process can be tricky. You need to pick a light that gives off the full spectrum of light (from ultraviolet to infrared). Many first-time growers assume that flourescent lighting will work just fine, but this is not the case since these types of bulbs only cover a small portion of the spectrum. During each phase of the grow operation – vegetative to flowering – the optimal light intensity will vary, so be sure to set up your lighting so that you can adjust the bulb distance from the plant.
Fresh air is essential for your grow room. Not only does it bring necessary oxygen and carbon dioxide to your plants, air circulation is vital to prevent mildew and fungus from forming. You’ll want to install several fans throughout the room to get the air moving, but also think about setting up extractor fans to vent the stale air out of the room or tent. Even better, you can greatly improve plant growth by pumping CO2 into the room from a tank or electronic generator.
Similar to air circulation, humidity control is essential for preventing common errors like mold, mildew, and root rot. It is a good idea to set up a dehumidifier and invest in digital humidity controls to keep the room around 50% humidity.
You plants are susceptible to tons of issues when the temperature of your grow room is too hot or too cold. Ideally the room should be between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, anything colder or hotter can inhibit growth. You’ll need to consider the lights you are using and the heat that these lights give off, and invest in a thermometer to frequently test the temperature right above the plant canopy. If possible, set up your grow room with higher ceilings so that the heat can rise above the lights. Ideally you will set up an independent cooling and heating system, and use digital temperature controls to prevent overheating or overcooling.