The “GrowBox” is where everything happens. The germination, vegetation and flowering stages of your beloved marijuana plants will take place here. All the problems you encounter and the solutions you discover will occur here. Whether your crop is a success or a failure will mainly depend on how you build your growbox.
There are many factors to consider when installing or building the growing room. Some of these factors may not have been considered yet, but they prove to be very important.
Before taking any other step towards growing marijuana, make sure you have a plan for what you are doing. Calculate the space you need and all the essential requirements for growing indoor plants – lights, ventilation, nutrients, water, etc. Keep in mind that setting up your growing room is a great investment. This includes physical and economic work! Surely the best rule to follow at this point is “measure twice, cut once”.
The size of your grow room depends largely on how much marijuana you want and how much space you have available. It also depends on the type of cannabis you want to grow. If you are growing for medical purposes, the amount you will grow will generally depend on you. The sensitivity and type of disease of the person who intends to use it determine the volume that should be grown. It is not necessary to be expert in the dosage of medicine to calculate the amount of cannabis needed for your condition. Everyone can decide for himself, how much he needs.
A lot of average patients have an average usage of between 1 or 2 grams per day. This means that for personal use, you will need to pull around 1 or 2 ounces per month. Theoretically, you could have a harvest every 2 months because there are about 60 days of a flowering period. If you want 2 ounces per month, you need to collect double the amount, in this case, 4 ounces of cannabis.
Grow room location
The location of your grow room is important for a variety of reasons. First of all, you may need discretion and privacy for your growth operation. You’ll also need to make sure it’s a place you have control over. There is no point in trying to grow indoors if it doesn’t allow you to control the environment. Below we will list some useful tips related to location and planning, before jumping into a couple of hypothetical options.
Choose a sensible area for your garden: a place out of sight. A cellar is perfect because it is underground. The earth is naturally thermally stable and it takes much longer to cool down or warm up above the earth. A cellar will be reasonably cool in the summer and freeze in the winter.
If you are in an apartment, you want to keep the position of your cannabis garden discreet. Therefore, it is advisable not to choose a place near the entrance but instead, somewhere on the back. Use an unused room, a special wall cabinet or even a closet as a growing place. Avoid rooms with large south-facing windows, especially on the upper floors, as you may run into problems with heat control. Believe it or not, the sun gives off a lot of heat.
Above all, the grow room should be suitable for the cannabis strain you are planning to grow.
If electrical products are used, local safety regulations must be observed. Make sure that the amount of energy used is adequate for a range supported by your connection. Do not use many shorter cables connected together to form a long line, but use a long direct cable. This minimizes the risk of electrical failure.
Ideally, your grow room should ensure the safety of having water and electricity without risk. If you can configure it so that they are both close together, it will be much easier for yourself.
Do not underestimate the water, it is very important for the life of cannabis plants. It is required – on a daily basis – and in large quantities. You will spend much more of your precious time watering if there is no water source near your grow room. If you are in an ideal position to locate good water sources, try connecting a pipe from the nearest tap and running it in the grow room. Use a submersible pump if you use hydroponics to grow many plants and you need to empty the tank.
The area must be well ventilated. It may be sufficient to use a window, an air duct or even a fireplace to ventilate the room, but it is necessary to ensure that there is a good flow of air. This is especially true if you don’t use other ventilation systems to help. Use the ventilation pipes to supply fresh air and eliminate the used air if the windows and chimneys are too far from the growing room.
Also remember that air takes time to travel. If your fresh air has a long distance to travel to reach your growing room (due to unusually long and winding pipes or ducts), you will need to make sure to use the fans to circulate the air.
You also want to make sure the space is clean. Start first with the floor and then work up to the walls and cleaning the ceiling. After cleaning, put the plants back in place.
An asphalt or concrete floor is great for indoor cultivation, because it does not allow you to hide hiding places for insects and tiny insects and is easy to clean. If a tiled floor cannot be provided, any covered floor or a thick layer of plastic may also work. If carbon dioxide (CO2) is used, properly insulate the garden to avoid leaks.
Once you’ve thought about all these potential problems and developed a well-built plan for your personal grow room, you’re ready to go.
In the closet or closet.
There are a variety of ways to set up your grow room. Before choosing one, determine your needs and location requirements. For example, when growing marijuana indoors, you need to have plenty of light. Without enough light, the plant will not grow.
If you are running out of space, perhaps the smallest space you can get from growing marijuana is a closet. In fact, a 1 x 0.5 x 2 meter space is large enough to produce enough medicinal cannabis for a single patient. And because of its small size, a closet is appropriate for growing marijuana – it can be covered very easily. You can also insert a 250 watt HPS light.
Mobile or locker
Another type of grow room is possible in confined spaces is a wall cabinet or hidden storage space. Here are some estimates for the lighting you will need in various wall unit sizes:
1 x 1 x 2.5 meters for 400 or 600 watt HPS lights
1 x 2 x 2.5 meters for 2 lights 400 or 600 watts HPS
2 x 2 x 2.5 meters for 4 XPS 400 or 600 watt lights
2 x 3 x 2.5 meters for 6 HPS lights of 400 or 600 watts
You shouldn’t forget that you also need space to move and work in the grow cabinet. The above measures only cover the area for marijuana. They do not include the space you will need to move. Therefore, plan to add some space to the numbers above. Uno spazio in più di cinquanta centimetri intorno alle aree sarà sufficiente.
Grow in a tent
Field tents are a very popular and intelligent solution and my favorite. A tent for the cultivation of marijuana is a light-proof rectangular tent where to place the containers with the soil or hydroponics system. Flood and drainage systems or drip irrigation are usually used in a tent, but do not work as well with the nutritional film technique.
They are black on the outside and totally light proof, coated with a reflective material on the inside to use the light more efficiently. Field tents allow you to fully customize the environment in which marijuana plants live, including temperature, light intensity, humidity and location. The tents are portable, resistant, washable, light and water resistant and are available in a wide range of sizes to meet the needs of every hobby.
Use an entire room.
There are advantages to using a full room for growing marijuana. One is that fans can be used to freshen the air. They can also be connected to the outside air through, for example, a window. This can work in a cellar because a cellar is (usually) built underground. Earth keeps the temperature stable. This means that some fans will be all it takes to keep the area cool.
The penthouse, on the other hand, is not as good as a choice because it does the opposite. The temperature is highly unstable; it will be very cold or very hot, depending on the season. The same for rooms and / or wall units facing south, especially if there are large windows or are on the upper floors. During the summer, plants can become quite overheated. Here are some potential room measurements and the light requirements you want in a room of that size:
3 x 3 x 2.5 meters for 9 lights x 400 or 600 watts of HPS light for a fixed system
Remember, make sure your room is adequately covered and insulated so that it stays in the dark during dark periods. You want to control the lights, otherwise you may end up with a sudden and inappropriate bloom.
Cover your GrowRoom.
Keep all the walls of the cultivated room covered with something that reflects light, such as white plastic or white paint.The best material for this, however, is Mylar designed specifically for this purpose.
Make sure you grow the lights in the room. Do this by attaching them to the ceiling with a hook, ring or pulley. Make sure the electrical parts are securely connected and protected from damage.
Then, install the air circulation devices. This could be an exhaust fan, an intake fan or an outlet fan. Avoid long curved air channels; adversely affect the capacity of the aeration. Try to keep the tube as short and straight as possible so that air can travel efficiently.
It is a good idea to install other devices at the same time. Some examples are measuring devices such as a hygrometer or a thermometer. You will also need to set the substrate (your growth level below) and decide whether you plan to grow in the soil or install hydroponics. Hydroponics is much less susceptible to bacteria and therefore to the soil, making them a good choice in some cases.
Clean your grow room
It is of great importance that your grow room is kept clean. If you don’t keep the growing room clean, you put plants at risk of fungus, mold and disease. The disease can get out of control very quickly in the hot, humid environment you created. It is absolutely vital not to let mold or dust build up in out-of-the-way corners or, worse still, on the plants themselves.
In addition, you want to be careful to keep animals away from your plants. While this may not seem like a difficult task, cats are very curious and tenacious creatures, and dogs love to get into trouble. Don’t let them ruin your crop! In addition to causing problems, animals can carry insects and bacteria that have a high potential for ruining the crop.
Before and after starting a new growth cycle in your grow room, it is a good idea to disinfect. Clean the entire site with some sort of cleaner, just to make sure you’re not dealing with parasites or latent bacteria in future crops.
Cleaning also means cleaning up the waste that your plants create on their own.Inevitably some leaves and leaves turn yellow and go out. Make sure to remove them right away. If youend up having problems with the growth of fungi or mold, you will probably have to abandon that crop.