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How to micro grow

Your choice of soil is also quite important. It should be rich and drain well. Anything with a muddy or clay texture is a no-go. One consideration, especially for smaller operations, is the actual amount of soil used. Large containers will obviously take up too much space and may make it harder to light your plants. At the same time, tiny containers will stunt growth and make your plants rootbound. When looking to achieve “normal height” plants, you’ll want a 12l container. If you want to contain growth, 5l will limit height to around 60cm while 2-3l will allow the plant to only reach 24cm. It’s all about your exact limitations, strain, etc. Square containers take up less space than round pots. Low and broad containers are often a good fit for most indoor micro-grow environments.

Micro-growing is the optimal solution for growers with limited space and resources to facilitate a successful cannabis grow. By optimising several necessary variables, you can crop impressive buds in spaces as small as a cabinet.
Autoflowering and indica strains, on the other hand, usually grow to be much smaller and more compact. It’s rare for indicas to stretch over twice their size during bloom, barring major stress conditions. Despite their smaller stature, the bushy nature of indicas allows them to produce just as much, if not more bud than some towering sativas. Autoflowering strains have a distinct advantage; these cultivars do not depend on a change in light cycle to initiate bloom, and their entire cycle from seed to harvest is usually very fast. This is why so many growers are cropping high-quality auto strains when attempting their first couple micro-grows. If after all this advice, you are still hell-bent on growing a sativa, check out the next section.

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Airflow is important to all cannabis cultivators, but especially so for micro-growers. One of the best ways to achieve healthy air circulation in very small grow-ops is to use computer fans. These are small and silent, and easy to set up.
Place an exhaust fan near the top of your grow space, and leave an opening in the lower end. The hot air generated by the lights will rise and be ejected by the exhaust fan. This allows new, fresh, cool, and CO₂-rich air to flow in. For extra cooling, install an intake fan at the bottom of your space to make the process more streamlined. For stealth grows, it’s usually important to install a carbon filter, which neutralises the odours formed during the bloom phase.
As cannabis is moving more and more into the mainstream domain, more and more novice cultivators are looking into cropping their own cannabis plants. Few individuals have the large space requirements and breadth of knowledge to set up a full-sized grow. “Micro” means small, and micro-growing involves cultivating few cannabis plants in environments with major spatial and resource limitations. The process of micro-growing is perfect for new growers looking to experiment with home cultivation, without wasting money and time on a crop that may never come to fruition. In short, micro-growing is the predominant way growers find out if the process is right for them.

Published : Feb 16, 2018
Categories : Cannabis cultivation

Micro-growing is a way for cultivators to crop high-quality bud in tight spaces. But how is it done?

How to micro grow

All marijuana plants need a free flowing breeze. This not only helps to create healthy and strong stems (with which to hold all of those luscious, massive buds you will be growing) but also helps to circulate in CO2 rich air. Your plant will need a ton of CO2 (the stuff we breathe out and plants breathe in) to grow healthy, even for a small marijuana plant. Plants use CO2 to go through photosynthesis and create new cells, so they will quickly process CO2 out of stale air. This is why it’s paramount that any crop big or small, has new, CO2 laden air being pumped into their growing space. A fan set up will not only give your plant plenty of CO2 to breathe, but it also helps to remove heated air from lighting sources, which is super important if you don’t want your plant to dry out too quickly. Most mini weed plant growers use a simple two fan system. This system is cheap and easy to come by as the best way to achieve it is by using a computer fan set up. Two fans can be placed in the entrance to your grow hut: one up as high as your grow space will allow, the other down a bit lower near soil height. The lower fan will blow cool, CO2 rich air into the setup, putting (good) stress on the stems, and cooling down your grow space. The second, higher, fan will suck out the CO2 poor air as well as the heat (heat rises). Many growers choose to attach some kind of air filter onto the intake side of the lower fan, which will help prevent pests and spores that could potentially harm your plants health. If you’re worried about the stank from your little bundle of joy, attach a filter onto the intake side of the higher fan as well.

Just about everyone who’s interested enough in weed is aware that how the plants are grown can affect the potency of the harvestable product. What you may not know is that you don’t need a massive farm and expensive set up to grow decent weed. As home cultivation is becoming more popular, people are becoming steadily more interested in how to grow a small marijuana plant. As growing your own full size crop takes more than just space- but near constant dedication and a plethora of resources and techniques to get your crop tasting just right.
Enter micro-growing. Micro growing is essentially growing your own weed without the hassle and expense of having a giant crop. Micro-growing is hugely beneficial for home growers and novice plant aficionados. Most plants that are capable of growing in a micro climate, and still producing quality buds, require less water, less space, less light, and are all together just easier to grow. But there are a few things you’ll need to know to get your cannabis from seed to weed.

As above, so below: Plants have a tendency to produce roots in roughly the same proportion that they produce plant- so if you have a large, bushy, green thing poking out of your soil- it’s going to need a bunch of root space. Rule of thumb for plant size to pot volume is:

  • Fluorescent tubes/CFL
    • Fluorescent tubes and CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lighting) are fantastic and relatively cheap options when using a micro-grow setup. They don’t produce much heat, and they offer an excellent light output. But these lamps aren’t generally broad spectrum, so you’ll need to have a variety to suit your plants growth cycle. Vegetative plants require more blue light, while flowering plants need the red.
    • High Pressure Sodium (HPS) and High Wattage Metal Halide (HPI) are great for bigger growing ops, because they’re lightweight, inexpensive, and let off a load of light. However, they also let off a ton of heat, so they’re not ideal for micro-growing operations as they tend to dangerously dry out plants.
  • LED
    • Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps are superb for micro growing conditions because they are compact, let of virtually no heat, and they offer plants a wide light spectrum- suitable for your plant throughout it’s growth cycle. The main setback for micro growers when considering LED lamps is their price tag. LED grow lamp set ups are incredibly expensive, but some argue very worth the price.
  • Average plant height: 12 liter pot
  • 60cm plant height: 5 liter pot
  • 24cm plant height: 2-3 liter pot
  • 13cm plant height: .5 liter pot

No, this isn’t a line from The Craft, these are legitimately all of the things you’ll have to take into consideration when growing your own bud. Tiny crop or full sized, you’ll have to consider each and every one of these elements and tailor them to your plant. Don’t worry- it’s not witchcraft, just good gardening guidelines.
Start your plant off right by planting it in good quality soil with a mix of perlite, vermiculite, compost, and coconut shavings. The perlite and vermiculite will help to keep your soil “friable” or crumbly, and stop it from becoming a brick if it dries out. They both help to absorb water which is great, as cannabis plants need a ton of it. Compost gets the the soil filled with nutrients early. If you don’t have your own compost, commercial options are available. You can also use cow, sheep, or even bat poop for fertilizer. Worm castings, fish meal, wood ash, and even human urine are all ways that more experienced gardeners use to fertilize their plants. These are great if you want to get into the more technical side of growing, but if you don’t want to have to concern yourself with specific nutrients and pH balance of your soil, commercial liquid fertilizers are the way to go. Coconut shavings give the soil good drainage and add to friability. Keeping your roots from becoming waterlogged.

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Micro growing is essentially growing your own weed without the hassle and expense of having a giant crop. Here’s everything you need to know to produce your own!