Micro growing is probably one of the best things to happen to home grows, since the invention of LED lights. If you are planning on starting your own micro grow, there are some things that you first need to know.
Why are People Starting to Micro Grow?
The reason most people are starting to micro grow, is well, because of the space. More and more people are doing their own grows. This means a lot more people are growing in small spaces, such as in apartments and small closets. Sometimes, actually a lot of the time, growing weed takes up a lot of space. So, what do you do when you have a limited amount of space? You micro grow of course!
Make Sure Your Area Doesn’t Get Too Hot
The thing about small spaces is that they tend to get warm pretty quickly, which can of course be very bad for your grow. Make sure that wherever you have your grow setup is ventilated properly. You should also try growing using LED lights, because they emit less heat than for example, high intensity discharge lights, or HIDs.
Keep Your Plants Short!
When micro growing in a small space, obviously you don’t want your plants to grow tall enough that they either end up suffocating, or touching your light source, which is obviously not something you want either. Make sure that you trim your plants as regularly as possible. You may want to consider using something like a trellis, which makes it easier to control how high your plants grow.
Pick the Right Strain
You’ll most likely want to opt for indica dominant plants, as they tend to grow in more short and stout, unlike the tall and lanky sativas. Indicas can grow quite large too, so you do need to make sure to keep them trimmed. Here is where the Screen of Green (SCROG) method. Another method that you can go with is picking an autoflower strain. Autoflowering strains also tend to grow in shorter, and as such are perfect for your micro grow.
Activate the Flowering Phase
You can activate the flowering phase in your plants by shortening the number of hours your plants receive light, from 18 hours to only 12. If you trigger the flowering stage early enough, your plants will stay a reasonable, and a much more manageable height.
Micro grows are really no different from indoor growing. The only difference is that you’re growing in a much tinier space. It’s not necessarily the best method for beginning growers. It requires a great deal of time and effort to make sure that your plants are properly trimmed and that they don’t suffocate in the small space. Of course, these are just the basics. For a more detailed guide you can download the Marijuana Grow Bible here.
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