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Grow weed indoors advice tips
The perfect indoor grow room can be described as one that is easy to access but also easy to conceal. It is also one that has plenty of opportunity for ventilation and plenty of room for big plants. The perfect grow room will be kept neat and tidy and produce stellar medicinal marijuana.

The perfect grow room may be different for different growers. First it depends on what style growing you prefer. So you like to have tightly packed hydroponicly fed plants? Or do you like to have many large plants in a soil-less mixture so that you can walk amongst them. Maybe sea of green is more your thing. Every pro will have a different idea of a perfect grow room.

Plenty of Ventilation

When it comes to air movement every grower can agree that you will need plenty of it. Moving air is one of the biggest challenges when constructing a new grow room. Many people want a grow room in their home especially in the basement. However they forget to think about how they will get air flowing in and out.

Rooms that have easily accessible windows are usually risky for security reasons, even if you treat the air for the smell. This is a dilemma the constructer needs to solve but one thing is for certain, a perfect grow room has plenty of ventilation.

Space in your Grow Room

The perfect grow room will have space for clones, vegging plants as well as budding plants. Space also refers to the height of the ceilings. You will need to have lights and light movers so a low ceiling is not ideal for a grow room.

Although you can get good results from a limited amount of space, the perfect grow room will have plenty of room to work with.

Grow Room Security

The perfect grow room will give you the option of keeping your room a secret. Many private grow rooms are too accessible to house guests and could get unwanted attention. The perfect grow room will be easy to keep under wraps.

You don’t need to have secret doors or false walls, but the more you can do to divert attention away from your grow room the better.

In Summary

The perfect grow room requires space, security and opportunity for air to circulate. Ventilation cannot be stressed enough. If ventilation is taken care of, security and space are the next requirements when looking for the perfect grow room.

Cannabis clones you can be proud of
Starting your garden with strong clones is one of the easiest ways to ensure a great yield come harvest time. Taking clones from a mother plant is an art where practice will make you a pro. The first few cuts you make may not work out perfectly, but after only a few you should start to get the hang of it. Here is an explanation of one method beginners can use to get clones from mother plants.

Cut Lower Branches

Lower branches are the youngest and have the best hormones for quick root development. Using lower branches will give you the best chance at creating solid clones that will develop roots and be ready for the vegging stage as soon as possible.

Cutting the young lower branches is also best if you plan on budding the mother plant since the lower branches don’t get enough light to produce large buds.

Snipping Your Clones

Use a sharp pair of scissors to cut your clones. Snip the stem the long way so that there is the most surface area available to begin growing roots. Some growers also cut the leaves in half due to transpiration. The theory is that the less leaf area the more nutrients go straight to creating roots.

Trim the bottom stems of your new cutting and get ready to plant.

Planting Your Clone Seedlings

Your seedlings should be immediately dipped in some kind of root enhancing hormone solution, powder or gel. This will help ensure strong roots grow. Once dipped in rooting compound you can place your seedling in the medium of choice. Using a jiffy pot or rock wool cube makes this step easy. Just push the seedling down in and you’re all set.

Waiting for Roots

At this stage you do not want to give the clones any nutrients. Just put them in a clear plastic enclosure with your fluorescent light well away from the top of the container. You want the clones environment to be warm and humid.

Some experts also place a heating pad under the clones container to help the roots along. In 7-14 days you should see most of the clones popping new roots from under their cubes. Now they are ready to plant.

Germinating weed seeds

Germinating marijuana seeds is not that difficult. Do not make it harder than it needs to be by rushing the process and ruining the premium seeds you just bought. Many growers get too anxious and try to germinate their seeds too quickly. Are you making the same seed germinating mistakes?

There are only a few steps to the seed germinating process, do each step thoroughly and you will end up with stronger seedlings in a shorter amount of time.

Mistake Number 1 – Not Germinating in the Dark

Your seeds need total darkness as if they were under soil. This is an element needed to spark the hormones within the seed to start doing their job. Any light that shines through will inhibit the optimal germination of your seeds.

In order to achieve total darkness you can place your seeds in a damp folded paper towel. You can even go a step further and place the paper towel in a dark box.

Mistake Number 2 – Not Enough Water

Water is the other catalyst that sparks the hormones into action. Many people make the mistake of dampening a paper towel but not checking on it only to find that the dampened paper towel is all dried up. This is the fast track to losing your seeds.

In order to combat this make sure the paper towel you use is nice and amp but then put the towel in a jar with some water on the bottom. The paper towel should sit above the pool of water but the water below should evaporate enough to keep the paper towel damp. Also check in on it and don’t assume your seeds are fine.

Mistake Number 3 – Leaving the Sprouted Seeds Unplanted

The food inside of a seed is only enough to last through germination, once sprouted your seeds will need to be planted so they can absorb water and light. Leaving your sprouted seeds unattended too long will easily kill them.

You can check in frequently on your germinating seeds to assure that you catch them right as they begin to sprout. Once spouted plant your seeds into soil cups where they will go under a fluorescent light to become seedlings. At this stage keep the light far away from the seed cups. Let the plants poke through and develop roots before lowering the lights over your seedlings.

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How bad is weed for youThe answer about how bad weed is for you depends on who you ask. Osteopaths suggest marijuana to patients suffering from chronic illness such as Crohns disease. Many Osteopaths have more hours of education and experience than normal family practice doctors.

Some argue that smoking anything is bad and others argue that marijuana can impede a developing mind, so who is right?

Well the bottom line is that you need to make the decision for yourself. With people from each side saying opposite things, you should be your own scholar and research the topic yourself.

Are the Side Effects Bad?

Although marijuana may have some side effects, you have to weigh them against the benefits. Side effects of smoking weed are usually less apparent than the side effects of pharmaceuticals taken by millions of people each day.

Many people dealing with cancer will experience the side effects of many medications including those involved with chemo therapy. Now with cannabis oil being researched to fight cancer those side effects could be a thing of the past.

Marijuana Effects on the Developing Brain

The one area that is the least known about marijuana is how it interacts with a developing brain. There is a lack of research for obvious reasons. Not only has marijuana been illegal to possess in most states it would be very illegal to test it on the developing people, say under the age of 18.

Because of this marijuana should be avoided by young people with still developing brains. The exception to this rule may come from cannabis oil and its ability to treat devastating illness but that is still being researched as well.

How does Marijuana affect you Long Term?

There are some reported cases of mental illness issues later in life with the prolonged use of marijuana. There are however many marijuana users who claim to have used pot all their life without any such issues.

Most experts say that if you are prone to mental conditions over use of marijuana could bring them forward. However there is no evidence that marijuana directly is the cause of a mental condition.

Secret on growing weedThe secret of producing top quality herb has to do with experience and diligence. Professional growers consistently grow killer bud because they put in years of effort and they are genuinely passionate about producing the best medical marijuana possible.

Trial and Error

One thing many growers get caught up in is the thought that all the good ideas have been taken. They mimic the efforts of successful growers and the results are varied. The growers who reach High Times status are the ones who think outside the box.

This style of growing can take years to dial in. Meticulous records and observation is required but the payoff id the very best weed produced, award winning weed.

Be Passionate about Your Product

Whether you are a business man, an athlete or a pot grower, if you want the very best results you must be passionate about your efforts. Being passionate means that you genuinely intend to produce marijuana that is unique and serves its purpose. All the best growers have an idea of what they want they want their final result to accomplish.

Passion is the attribute that pushes growers past the tedious duties of studying all their grows and the grows of others to learn as much as they can about all combinations of hybrids. Just wanting to get killer bud plus a big yield is not good enough to produce the best weed.

Optimize Space, Light and Air

It takes a lot of space to grow the best weed. Every plant should have an optimal amount of light, air and space in order to grow its very best. This situation is very rare in the weed growing world. Usually we only have so much space and so much money to work with. An optimal amount of fans and lights can rack up quite the electric bill. However if you want the best you will need to except that you are going to invest a lot of time, money and space.

Most marijuana growers can produce very good weed but it takes an experienced, passionate grower to produce marijuana that is of rare quality.

Indoor growing can be very beneficial because you are in control of all the elements.  Along with having control over your own medicine, indoor gardening is a great way to relieve stress and can be quite therapeutic. There are many tricks of the trade that can help you be a better grower, here are a few tips you can start using today.

Research Before Starting

The best thing you can do to get the best results is to study up before you get going. There are a lot of strains that you can choose from each having their own unique advantages, strengths and weaknesses. Some strains will be better at fighting pests and diseases while others will offer bigger yields. Finding a good strain and talking to someone who has grown it before will give you a huge jump start.

Ladybugs Make Great Pest Control

Ladybugs for weedIn many regions ladybugs are a pest in people’s homes when spring time comes. If you have an indoor garden you take advantage of these little guys. They will make sure your plants are mite free by feeding on any mites and their offspring. Spider mites can be extremely hard to get rid of, especially in smaller closet grows.

Isolate some ladybugs in your garden room and let them go to work. Ladybugs along with an organic pest spray can be all you need to keep your plants free and clear.

Automate as Much as Possible

Your indoor garden will have all kinds of lights and fans. Advanced growers will also use CO2 and may even have a nutrient solution that feeds their plants. All of these garden items can be placed on timers so that they turn on within a set schedule, even when you’re not there.

If you are a beginner the extra time it may take to learn about hydroponics could be worth the trouble so you can automate your feeding schedule. If you forget to water your plants it could ruin your entire crop. By setting up a simple overflow tub with a pump you can automate your nutrient and water schedule without too much learning.

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White hairs when to harvest weedThere are many ways to start growing weed. The way you choose to start growing will depend on how easy you want your grow, how much you want to spend and if you plan on growing indoors or outdoors. Most likely you will want to start with a grow that will produce the best quality bud while making the process the easiest to maintain.

Advice for Best way to Start Growing Indoors

The best way to start indoors is with a soil-less mix like pro-mix and fluorescent lights for vegging. Then you will need a separate room or closet for budding and you will also need a light good for blooming like an HID light or an LED light.

Tips for Best Way to Start Growing Outdoors

For outdoor growing the major difference is that you will need to find a good spot, a location that gets enough sun for good production but enough cover to ensure security. You also should look for a nearby water source but plants should not be in a flood zone.

Once you have chosen your spot you can dig holes for each plant, about 3x3x3 should do. You can also use pro-mix or you can use soil form the area you dig your holes. If you choose to use native soil you can amend it with blood meal and then bat guano later in the season for blooming.

Start with Rooted Clones if Possible

Whether growing indoors or outdoors you should start with clones or seedlings over seeds. Germinating seeds is ok but you can never be sure you have the females you are after. If you get clones from a female plant it will ensure you get a female plant. A rooted clone is also easier to start growing with versus a seed.

A few other things to keep in mind for outdoor growing is that you will need to protect your plants from pests like deer, mice, slugs and carnivores that might be interested in digging up your fertilized soil. For indoor growers you will need plenty of fans and ventilation to keep air moving over your plants and keep your lights cool.

Once your plants start showing white hairs you know they are starting their flowering phase. For indoor growers you should research how long to have your plants under 18 hours of light. Then make the switch to 12 hours on 12 hours off.