Growing cannabis for the first time can be overwhelming, especially when you take into account the different equipment, materials, and knowledge you should have before beginning this process. While advanced cultivators take countless factors into consideration and have mastered techniques to maximize their yields, the basics of growing plants, cannabis or otherwise, apply to everyone from the beginner to the expert.
Questions to Ask Before Growing Marijuana
Whether you’re a first-time cultivator or have grown marijuana before, you’ll need to ask yourself some key questions to better understand the weight of the task ahead of you.
- Is it legal to grow cannabis where you live?
- Do you have to be a medical patient to grow cannabis?
- Do you have enough open space to successfully grow?
- Do you own your property or live in a cultivation-friendly building? How far away is your property from school zones and other private residencies?
- Do you have the time and money to invest in your grow?
It’s important to consider these five basic questions because cannabis requires an appropriate amount of space, light, temperature, water, and nutrients to be successful. Different cultivars have different environmental and space requirements, but on average, each plant will need at least 9 square feet, or about 1 square meter, of space to thrive. In most places where you can legally grow marijuana, the odor needs to be controlled and it must be grown out of public sight.
Evaluating Your Investment Needs
Cost considerations come into play as you decide what type of growing method you prefer and what types of growing media, lighting sources, and nutrients you’d