One of the first decisions to make, once you have decided to grow your own marijuana, is whether you will grow outdoors or indoors.

Preparing to grow indoors has its unique challenges and benefits that you must know if you want to end up with the best stash of weed.

This short guide article will discuss some of the basic information you should have before setting up your indoor growing systems.

Growing indoors

There are a lot of different reasons for growers not to cultivate plants outdoors, from climate and weather to legal reasons and decreased yield. Even if a grower is fortunate enough to have the law on his side, it’s always possible that some bad apple will try to steal the plants. Easier than growing your own, right?

Throughout history, farmers have always had to worry about theft, and cannabis buds attract far more resourceful and focused predators than potatoes or carrots ever have.

Growing indoor marijuana
Indoor marijuana grower

Fortunately, growing your plants indoors offers protection against all of these hazards. No need to worry about thieves or weather or any sort of other predators. You control the environment.

Every facet of the plant’s growth can be carefully monitored and adjusted to create the perfect environment for your plants. There are several variations available for indoor growers. Hybrid systems can offer plants both natural and artificial nutrients and light. Greenhouses fall under this category, for example.

Hybrid systems

Hybrid systems can range drastically in complexity, from the relatively high-upkeep of an artificially heated greenhouse to the simple placement of a couple pots in front of a window. The primary advantage to any of these hybrid systems is that they can use real sunlight.

Hybrid systems cannabis growing
Hybrid system for cannabis growing

Many growers swear that natural sunlight is the best source for plants, even if it’s being filtered through glass. This makes sense since most bulbs used for artificial light simply don’t offer the same spectrum as the sun.

Additionally, tall windows in a small apartment can actually be close to ideal. If the windows reach down to the floor, the plant itself can be placed on the ground.

Tip: make sure to download my free Grow Bible for more information about growing indoor

This is better than raising it up since it will be able to absorb additional carbon dioxide, which sinks down to the ground after being exhaled by humans. Read more about marijuana grow rooms

Closed systems

While growing in front of a window is the simplest route, it’s not always an option for growers. Not every living space is equipped with tall windows, and even those that aren’t always a good choice.

In many parts of the world, it’s undesirable to put the cannabis plant on display. In order to receive light from outside, a grower has to make it possible for strangers to look in and see the plant itself.

In addition to the total control offered by closed systems, growers can also benefit from privacy. Although it can be a bit more work, it allows the grower to maximize the potential yield of the plant by optimizing the environment.

Closed systems cannabis growing
Closed system for growing

For these reasons, many growers prefer to use fully enclosed systems. This is especially true for larger scale or professional operations since it has the potential to be so efficient and offer higher yields.

Closed systems also allow growers to actually mutate their plants to achieve specific effects. The potency of cannabis grown indoors can be truly exceptional, with much higher ratios of the cannabinoids and other active ingredients so prized by growers and consumers.

The fully enclosed systems allow growers to saturate plants with optimum nutrients, but it also allows growing seasons to extend indefinitely. The length and cycles of daylight can be radically altered, essentially “hacking” plants so that enormous yields can be achieved. Read the article How To Build A Marijuana Grow Room

Grow room procedure

Although it can be more complicated than growing outdoors, an indoor grow room is simpler in some respects as well. Set up properly, an indoor grow room offers everything a grower needs to successfully raise a plant from seed to sprout and beyond.

Soil, fertilizer, and water are all added at regular intervals. Following instructions on how to care for plants inside will allow growers to get great yields.

Cannabis grow room procedure
Grow room

Generally, plants should receive light in regular cycles of light and darkness. Twenty hours of light exposure followed by four hours of darkness is a good rule for growers to follow, with the temperature in the environment being kept at around 70 degrees.

Once the plants have reached the desired size, the light cycle can be adjusted to alternating cycles of twelve hours light to twelve hours of darkness. The increased darkness will cause cannabis to flower, tricking the plants into thinking that the seasons are changing.

Regardless of the type of system used, it’s important to remember that the genetics of the seeds used will figure prominently in the quality of the end product. Bad genes can’t grow top quality cannabis, even if conditions

Thanks for reading. Please leave comments or questions below and don’t forget to download my free grow bible


The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]


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    Is it a good idea to give autoflower plants more than 12 hrs of light during flowering. Plz and thanks
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    And I tried one type of pruning method and it produced!!!!!!! Thank you again. Cheerz James

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