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QUESTION: What’s the Best Way to Get Started Growing Marijuana? I’m beginning and have purchased the below items. I will have a very small garden, maybe 4 plants. I would like to be as frugal as possible until I develop my green thumb. I am also beginning with seeds from my stash (hopefully, they will yield at least 2 females). Have I begun in the right direction? How do I know if I am growing a hermaphrodite?
PH Down, thermometer, hygrometer and SUPERThrive.
ANSWER: Hrm? What’s the Best Way to Get Started Growing Marijuana? I would not recommend using seeds collected from your stash. It would be far better to start with feminized seeds with known genetics. These are available online and vary in price but you can pick up a good all round variety such as Northern Lights in packs of 5 or 10 feminized seeds quite reasonably priced. These will be guaranteed female plants and can be used as your first crop or as mothers. Hermaphrodite plants will have both male and female flowers. You should just see white pistils on your females, if you have a hermaphrodite it will show small round, green male flowers developing as well. If you do have a hermaphrodite it should be removed at once.
Organic compost mixes are more forgiving for the first time grower and in my opinion produce a better crop than hydroponics. You shouldn’t have a problem with your chosen nutrients.
The one thing I would probably not use are the cfl’s – you would be better off using a small HPS lamp for both growth and flowering. You can get a 250 watt high pressure sodium lamp pretty cheap or even make one yourself from an industrial low bay lamp (just Google them).
All indoor grows require a minimum of 50-watts of HPS (6000 lumens) per 30cm2 (1 sq ft) of illuminated area:
1 x 70-watt HPS = 30cm x 30cm garden
1 x 250-watt HPS = 60cm x 60cm garden
1 x 400-watt HPS = 85cm x 85cm garden
1 x 600-watt HPS = 105cm x 105cm garden
1 x 1000-watt HPS = 120cm x 120cm garden