You have to create the perfect environment for your weed to grow to perfection. Of course, you want high yields and the best quality possible. The thing is, growing cannabis isn’t any different from other plants, and you only need to know what to do, when. You’ll require the right apparatus in your grow room, but that’s a topic for another day.
What follows is a rundown of five of the most critical factors that will help to make the environment in your grow room ideal for growth. These affect your plant’s growth hormones and have a hand to play on how fast or slow your cannabis grows.
Light is essential for the growth of any plant. But when it comes to weed, you’ll be growing it in an indoor grow room which makes it a little bit tricky. For a good yield, the light has to be bright enough. At the same time, it shouldn’t be too bright. It, therefore, makes perfect sense to invest in good led grow lights to make sure that your plants get enough light to enable them to thrive.
Remember, different led lights produce varied levels of light intensity so you should check that before buying. In the end, you want lights whose capacity is adequate to handle your plant’s needs and the size of your grow room.
Note – light directly affects how your plants grow. A color spectrum of light, for instance, will make your plants grow tall and thin. Or, it can make them short and bushy. In fact, the very reason you’re better off with led light in your indoor grow room is their ability to leverage on a custom color spectrum so that your plants attain maximum growth.
And on that note, ensure that you place the grow light relatively far from your plants to avoid exposing them to too much light.
Yes, the temperature in your grow room is vital in determining how your plants turn out. Think of it this way; in hot temperatures, you’re likely to feel uncomfortable, right? The case is the same for low, chilly temps. In other words, you should ensure that the temperatures inside the grow room are as comfortable as possible. Warm temps trigger a chemical reaction inside your plant’s cells which speeds up photosynthesis, respiration, and transpiration. Besides, your plants will grow quickly during warm periods and remain dormant if the temperature isn’t right.
Cannabis thrives in a temperature range of 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. You will start to notice problems with the foliage if the temps surpass that range.
The Level of Air Circulation and Exhaust
You have to ensure that your grow room has enough circulation of fresh air to help your plants grow faster. There must be a gentle breeze too. Plus, getting these two factors rights, by extension, helps keep common cannabis problems such as spider mites and fungus gnats at bay.
In simple terms, make sure that there’s a gentle breeze passing over and under your plants in your grow room. The idea is here is to ensure that every leaf is being rustled perfectly. How do you do this? Well, you have to place a fan inside the grow room. However, do not point the fan directly to your plants. Also, you should position your fan in a way that gets rid of hot, stagnant air that can hamper your plant’s growth. Invest in one or two good oscillating fans to help create a steady breeze.
Other than ensuring that there’s enough circulation inside your grow space, you should also work on venting out the heat generate by your grow lights. That way, you’ll regulate the temperature inside your grow room especially when your lights are on. It is also worth noting that it doesn’t matter if you’re using HPS lights or CFLs, ventilation is a must.
You will improve your yields and the general condition of your plants if you reflect light at your plants. Theoretically, by so doing, you’ll be preventing the walls of your grow room from absorbing the additional light generated by your grow lights. You’ll only need to mount reflective material on the walls to make sure that the light reflects back towards your plants.
And, you don’t have to spend much on the reflective material. You can use flat white latex paint, which is quite affordable and readily available. It offers 85% to 95% reflection. You can also paint the walls to get the same effect. Even then, you’re better off with professional options if you want to increase your yield.
The Level of Humidity
Indeed, the level of humidity in your grow space has to be correct. It should not be too high or excessively low. And while moisture isn’t one of the primary causes of growth problems with cannabis, you may want to try a few tricks to get more yield, and substantial resin on your buds are outlined below.
- Clones – Keep the humidity level anywhere between 70 to 80%
- Vegetative – Ideal humidity should be between 40 to 70%
- Flowering – Keep the moisture level at 40 to 50%
- Final weeks of flowering – humidity should be below 40%
Note – high levels of moisture cause mildew, bud rot, and mold growth. It is for this reason that you should ensure there’s a constant breeze moving over and below your plants. Also, make sure that the humidity is at its lowest during the last month of growth.
While you cannot create a “perfect” growth environment for your plants, a little effort goes a long way in increasing your yields. The only thing to remember here is that the needs of your plant may vary from one strain to the other. Even then, working on all the five factors mentioned above will help maximize the yields by creating an excellent growth space irrespective of the strain.