Guide to Growing Your Own Marijuana

The Basics of Marijuana Cultivation

Sour Diesel ClonesMarijuana is a weed built for survival, making it one of the easiest plants to grow.  However, there are many factors that can affect this growing process.  It is important to look at all the options for growing marijuana, as well as your specific surroundings, in order to determine which path is right for you and will yield the most successful results.

Indoor vs. Outdoor

Marijuana can grow both indoors and outdoors.  There are advantages and disadvantages for both.  For example, outdoor growing allows for almost effortless expansion, if the area is large enough to begin with.  On the other hand, indoor space is usually much more limited.  However, outdoor growing is much more vulnerable to outside variables, such as climate, storms, wind, etc.  Indoor growing allows you to control all of these variables to create a much more stable environment.  Outdoor growing is also much more vulnerable to detection.

Soil vs. Hydroponic

Just like with indoor vs. outdoor, marijuana can be successfully grown in soil as well as with a hydroponic system.  Which one you choose, once again, has to do with your surroundings, your means and your level of experience.  Let’s look at some pros and cons of each method:

Soil Pros

  • Soil is a truly “organic” way to grow marijuana
  • Soil can produce highly successful yields if done correctly
  • Soil contains humates, an organic substance that positively effects the taste of the buds
  • Soil is a forgiving medium, acting as a protector to the roots of any plant
  • Soil is a better choice for beginners

Soil Cons

  • Soil can carry pests, diseases and mold
  • Soil makes controlling nutrients difficult because you can never be certain what is in your soil
  • Soil is messy and accidental overfeeding can cause waterlog and death of the plants

Hydroponics Pros

  • Hydroponics allow you to accurately feed plants more often
  • Hydroponics make it easier to regulate nutrients
  • Hydroponics can produce a greater yield

Hydroponics Cons

  • Hydroponics makes salt build up easy
  • Hydroponics systems can break down and require maintenance
  • Hydroponics allow for easy algae growth, which is harmful to the plants
  • Hydroponics can be intimidating for novice planters

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