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.
A s you may know, the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana across several states has enabled many consumers to become accustomed to purchasing cannabis from a dispensary. Even more intriguing though is the opportunity that legalization has created for adults and medical patients to cultivate cannabis in their own homes.
While the laws, limitations and regulations are different for each state, almost every state with some form of legalized marijuana does allow home cultivation to some extent. Even though it’s completely legal, some people do not take advantage of their right to grow cannabis due to the perception that it is too difficult, expensive or time-consuming.
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Don’t let the lack of ambition from others discourage you though. If done correctly, growing cannabis at home can be fun, simple and cost-effective! We believe everyone should have access to their own clean cannabis. That’s why we decided to bring you a comprehensive guide to growing marijuana, created specifically with beginner growers in mind.
With essential grow knowledge, you’ll learn the benefits and tips of different grow methods, how to maximize plant yields and grow times, the best harvesting, drying, curing methods and much more! Who’s ready to start their cannabis growing journey?
Part 1 – Understanding Marijuana Grow Mediums
Deep Water Culture Hydroponics
Before starting your cannabis grow, you must decide if you want an indoor growing system or an outdoor growing system. When it comes to indoor growing mediums, DWC, or deep water culture, is a type of hydroponic growing method where each plant’s roots are growing in a tub of water.
One of the main benefits of a DWC system is that it promotes faster growth. Unlike growing cannabis in soil, roots grown in DWC don’t need to expend energy to search for what the plant needs; nutrients are easily accessible by the roots.
Plants have an unlimited supply of oxygen because of added oxygen from the air stone in the reservoir. Since the plant is spending less energy finding what it needs to grow, it channels that energy to plant growth. In addition, with proper guidance and a quality set up, DWC takes less time to maintain than an average grow.
When implementing a DWC system, a bubbler bucket reservoir system is recommended.
A bubbler bucket reservoir is a simple system that suspends the plant’s roots in a highly oxygenated nutrient solution. The roots are submerged in the nutrient-water solution in the bucket and are then replenished, as needed.
The most important growing tip is to check on your cannabis plants daily. As with many processes, the easiest way to fix a problem is in the beginning stages! If something is wrong with your plant in a DWC system, your first step in remedying your plant should always be to change out the reservoir. It is common for root rot to occur when roots are consistently in water, therefore, it is imperative to establish a preventative routine of changing out the reservoir every seven days. Adding beneficial bacteria to the reservoir is also effective in avoiding and combating root rot.
When growing from seeds in DWC, use each reservoir port (or net cup) to vegetate, then pick the strongest looking females to continue growing.
Keeping air and water temperatures under control are also very important measures to take. Air temperature should be 75-85°F when the lights are on and will drop by 10 degrees when the lights are off. Water temperature should remain at a constant temperature at all times. Your empty portholes can be used to change out the reservoir water by using a pump, allowing you to easily inspect what’s going on inside.
A common mistake to avoid when growing with DWC is not checking the pH levels of the water. This is important for any grow! Dirty reservoirs or not using an aerator 24/7 are two additional crucial mistakes, as roots must have excessive oxygen so they don’t drown. While some people like to maintain a completely sterile reservoir with just nutrients and water and no traces of anything alive, there are some good sources of beneficial bacteria that can be added. Bad bacteria is obviously, bad, but we wanted to emphasize the possibility of bacteria that can benefit your grow. To avoid potentially harmful bacteria, be proactive about changing the reservoir water.
In addition, having too many plants in one reservoir can lead to problems such as white powdery mildew. Don’t cramp your plants, instead, we recommend growing one plant per reservoir to allow the roots to spread out and give the leaves and buds more space.
Setting up a water transfer pump for this task can speed up the process. For best results, learn how to flush your cannabis plants.
Flushing your plants by removing any nutrients and salts improves the quality and taste of your final product. By simply draining your bubbler bucket reservoir and adding plain (pH neutral) water for two-three days before harvest, the plant will use all its existing nutrients contained in the stems, leaves and buds.
Growing Cannabis with Coco Coir
Coco coir is another great growing method, especially for beginners. It provides the ease of soil gardening with the rapid growth of hydroponics by using fibrous coconut husks instead of a potting mix. Compared to just soil growing, it absorbs moisture much easier, allowing plants to take up more nutrients and retain oxygen more efficiently because of its lighter texture. It also provides a forgiving buffer by reducing shock stress when human errors are made, such as adding too many nutrients, a common mistake.
Coco is much easier to flush than DWC because you aren’t changing an entire water reservoir. In fact, watering coco coir is very versatile. You can use a flood and drain hydroponic system, which is when the nutrient system temporarily floods from beneath the plant, controlled by a pump and timer, instead of dripping from above like most hydroponic systems. You can also use the most recognized top water to waste system, which is simply taking a water pail and watering your plant until water comes out of the bottom of the pot.
When growing cannabis with coco, good quality coco coir makes an immense difference, especially regarding root development. For beginner growers, a three-to-one coco to perlite mixture is recommended as it requires less watering frequency and holds moisture and nutrients better.
For more experienced growers, a one-to-one coco to perlite ratio is recommended as you are able to water more frequently, giving the plant more nutrient uptake and allowing more aggressive root growth.
With coco, water around the outside of the pot in early stages of growth to encourage roots to reach out and fill up the entire container.
Some common mistakes can occur when growing with coco if a grower allows the coco to get too dry, as the mixture dries quickly. Not checking the pH of the nutrient-water solution and not flushing on a consistent basis are also critical errors, as you are using more nutrients with coco and the excess residual nutrients can cause common nutrient deficiency symptoms.
It’s also very important to use Cal-Mag, or Calcium and Magnesium, in your coco growing medium. Calcium plays a direct role in a plant’s root development, nutrient uptake and protein synthesis. Magnesium is an essential part of chlorophyll production, helping your plants with photosynthesis, as well as aiding in the synthesis of sugars and proteins. Together, the correct amount of magnesium and calcium will help keep your cannabis plant healthy.
Outdoor soil growing is a common gardening technique that most people with house plants or vegetable gardens are familiar with. Using techniques such as top-fed watering, deep irrigation or wicks are all viable methods to water your plants. You can either use organic, composted soil, or store-bought soil with added liquid nutrients.
To make organic soil, you need a mixture of biolive, alfalfa meal, oyster shell for calcium, blood meal and bone meal, humic acid to keep the roots clean, and kelp. With store bought soil, use organic nutrients and start adding them about three weeks into the vegetative stage. With synthetic nutrients, you must flush them out regularly. Flood the soil with as much fresh water as it can withstand and leave it for a few minutes to allow the nutrients to be picked up, then flood it again to get the nutrients away from the plant.
Always remember, less is more with non-organic nutrients. If you are adding nutrients, a good rule-of-thumb is to add them about once a week.
A benefit to outdoor soil growing is that if you have a good base-soil built up, it’s not necessary to add nutrients throughout the plant’s life cycle. That means less work for you! It is also likely that the smell and flavor profiles of your buds will increase as well.
A common mistake when growing outdoors is overwatering. Wait to water your plants until the first three inches or so, or about knuckle depth, of soil is dry. You can gauge your soil by pulling the container it is in slightly outwards. Not checking the pH after mixing nutrients, or using nutrients too frequently are also common mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.
Don’t use miracle grow or other similar slow release soils. Your plants will not get the correct amount of nitrogen needed during vegetation and they will receive too much nitrogen during flowering.
Part 2: Learning Cannabis Grow and Plant Maintenance Techniques
Growers have recorded a plethora of marijuana growing techniques over the years to ensure you make the most of your crop. If you want to maximize yield and maximize the amount of light your cannabis plant receives, it is important to practice bending and securing parts of the plant, or removing parts of the plant altogether. While there are many different methods, it is important to note which ones will be the most sustainable for your growing medium.
Bending & Securing Your Cannabis Plants
Screen of Green (ScrOG)
One technique for bending and securing parts of marijuana plants is ScrOG, or Screen of Green. ScrOG is perfect for an indoor grower who is only growing a small number of plants. In places like Colorado, for example, this method is ideal as the legal growing limit is three flowering plants at a time.
ScrOG is designed to optimize the energy from a light by creating an even canopy space where bottom growth of the plant is forced upward to form a flat canopy. By spreading out the canopy and growing the plant horizontally until a few weeks into the flowering stage, more main cola budding sites will take place. The canopy of one plant can be grown as large as a four-foot canopy.
New to growing cannabis? Don’t worry, our beginner’s guide to growing marijuana will help you through the process. From seed to harvest, we have you covered with tips, tricks and step-by-step procedures.