As popular a plant as cannabis is, people all over the world have different ways of cultivating marijuana. Some people tend to adjust their growing techniques depending on the climate they live in while others develop different methods of cultivating marijuana depending on the strain type. However, there are those who grow marijuana depending on their experience level and on the space they have to grow weed.
After all, not everyone has the space, experience, and expertise needed to grow a full-blown marijuana operation either indoor or outdoor. That is why people tend to opt for what we call as microgrowing instead.
What is microgrowing and how is it different from regular growing?
When you look at pictures and videos of indoor or outdoor marijuana operations in a magazine, the internet, or on television, the one thing you might notice is that there are a lot of different strains that tend to grow moderately tall. Of course, most of the pictures and videos you see tend to involve operations that grow marijuana plants in huge spaces. So, one might think that you can only successfully cultivate cannabis plants if you have a large space either indoors or outdoors. However, that is not necessarily the case because of microgrowing.
Microgrowing is basically the process of growing marijuana plants in a very limited space. In other words, you are basically growing cannabis in an indoor grow tent or room without the luxury of space. That is actually the main and only difference between microgrowing and regular marijuana growing indoors. When you microgrow, you are trying to get the best results and the highest yields possible in a very small indoor grow space. Meanwhile, regular indoor marijuana operations involve bigger grow rooms and spaces that basically have the same fixtures as microgrowing.
However, the conditions of microgrowing might not be the same as regular indoor not because you are using different tools and equipment but simply because of the lack of space. Because microgrow tends and rooms tend to have limited space, the air, light, and water that your marijuana will be receiving will also be a bit different. And because you do not have the luxury of space, the choices of marijuana strains you will be growing also needs to be different since there are certain strains that really require a large space to grow.
Benefits of microgrowing
You can monitor the conditions
When you microgrow, it is easier for you to monitor the conditions of the grow room because you will be using tools and equipment that allow you to give your plants the best climate and nutrients they need to thrive well.
It is more affordable
Microgrowing involves a smaller room with as limited a space as possible. That means that you do not have to invest in a larger grow tent or grow room. Furthermore, your expenses for utilities and nutrients will be less than what most people spend when growing on a larger scale in bigger rooms.
Good for gaining experience
One of the best reasons why some people opt for microgrowing is that it helps them gain the experience they need to move up to a larger scale of marijuana growing. That is because growing in a limited grow space allows you to focus your attention on the few plants on the few plants you are growing. In other words, you won’t be needing a lot of time and effort when monitoring your plants.
More room for errors
Another reason why microgrowing is good for beginners is that there is more room for error in this limited space. Microgrowing is good for gaining experience and for experimenting with different ways of growing marijuana because it is okay to make mistakes since you won’t have to spend a lot of time and money. So in case you actually commit a mistake, your losses will not be as heavy compared to when you commit errors larger scale of marijuana cultivation.
How to microgrow
Choose a space
The first thing you need to do when you are microgrowing is to choose a small space you can use to grow a few plants. And when we say small space, we really mean it. A lot of people opt for filing cabinets for their grow space. Meanwhile, some use old computer cases or even homemade boxes. It really is up to you as long as you believe that the space you chose can fit the plants as well as the fixtures you will be needing to grow your cannabis.
Chose your strain
Of course, choosing the correct marijuana strains is an essential part of microgrowing. That is because not all strains can grow well in limited space because of how they require large spaces. Take sativa plants, for example. Most sativas tend to be really large plants that can grow to heights of more than ten feet. That means that they need a lot of space to grow. In that case, going for a sativa might be a bad idea for microgrowing.
However, choosing indicas might be the better choice for you because of how most of these strains tend to be smaller plants that can thrive in limited spaces. Autoflowering indicas are also great for microgrowing because of how small these plants are. Autoflowers are some of the easiest strains to grow not only because of how small they are but also because of how they tend to require only a minimal amount of effort on your part.
One of the reasons why outdoor growing usually yields to more larger plants and buds is that there is more soil for the plants to extend their roots. In this case, since you will be growing in a limited space, you won’t be needing a lot of soil when microgrowing marijuana plants. At best, you may need to cut the soil of each plant down to about 12 liters or less if you want to make sure that your plants will not grow taller than the average height.
Choosing the correct light source and bulb type is essential in microgrowing. While most people use HPS lamps in larger grow rooms because of their high energy output, that isn’t the best choice in microgrowing because of how these types of bulbs tend to produce a ton of heat that your plants might not survive through in a small and cramped space. As such, it might be best for you to choose CFL or LED bulbs because they tend to operate cooler compared to HPS lamps.
Air and water
Lastly, air and water are also essential in microgrowing because plants need a lot of them especially if you are growing cannabis in a limited space. When it comes to air, the best way for you to give your plants the air they need is to make sure you ventilate your grow space properly and to also make sure that you have a really good exhaust system.
Watering your plants during the early stages of their growth might not be very difficult as you can simply use a watering can or a sprayer to give them the water they need. However, it becomes a more difficult ordeal during the latter stages of your plants’ life because of how they tend to become bushy. In that case, you should use a good watering system that can distribute water to your plants from both sides of the grow space. A simple tube system might suffice.