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Southeastern and southwestern exposures provide the most sunlight followed by southern, eastern and western. But a northern exposure is adequate if the garden is given supplemental light from an incandescent grow bulb or small fluorescent unit.



To get started, just fill a container with potting soil or mix from your local nursery or garden center. Some gardeners mix this in a two to one ration with perlite or vermiculite. These additives help keep the soil loose and aerated. Plants can also be started in a non-nutrient medium such as pebbles or a vermiculite perlite mix and fed with a water soluble hydroponic fertilizer. Home depot’s outdoor department offers a great selection of planting materials, all you need to do is provide these seeds.

Detection is the main problem faced by natural light gardeners. It is hard to explain to a cop that you never noticed the familiar seven fingered leaves that were growing in your living room window. Of course many of us are proud to display our horticultural art. But plants can be hidden by using curtains, plastic film or crystal paint, which is sold in tropical fish stores for decorative use. Make sure that the plants cannot be seen in silhouette at night. They can also be placed at a distance from the window or below it, to keep the garden invisible from the outside.

Porches and window sills, skylights and translucent roofs, greenhouses and lean-tos are all possible garden sights for natural light cultivation. Any area which can supply the plants with five hours of direct sunlight during the peak of the growing season (June/July) can support vigorous growth and lush, healthy plants. When marijuana does not get enough light it will grown an elongated stem and small leaves. The natural light even through a properly placed window, will result in full fluffy bud.

Keep a grow journal. There are many ready-made journals tailored specifically for growing cannabis. You can also grab a pad or notebook and jot down daily details on watering, feeding nutrients, the days or weeks in a particular growth phase (vegetation, flowering), any insects or mold issues, and so on. Having a record of a plant’s full life-cycle will help improve future plants.

Many hobbyist growers elect to use grow tents, closets, or other enclosed spaces when growing cannabis indoors, often outfitting these spaces with lights and even humidity and temperature control systems. Depending on your level of interest and enthusiasm, these systems can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Keep it simple to start. When it comes to your setup, “I would challenge people to try doing as little as possible on their first plant and adding in effort or equipment only to solve issues as they arise or to better future plants,” shared Jimmy.

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Photoperiod plants need to follow a specific light schedule, particularly during the flowering period. These plants need 12 hours of complete darkness to induce flowering and throughout the flowering phase until harvest. “If you can’t get the environment dark enough, that plant is just going to keep on growing and might get too big for the space you have,” added Jimmy. Our homes are full of light, so to assure the darkness needed to induce flowering, put the plants in a closet each sundown and back out in their window each morning.

Rotate your plant. “Growing with just a window, your plant is going to bend itself towards the light constantly and will benefit from regular rotating. I was rotating my cannabis plant twice a day to keep it growing relatively upright,” said Jimmy.

Cannabis plants need plenty of bright light or direct sunlight. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

One reason indoor growers work so hard to manipulate the growing climate with light-, temperature-, and humidity-control systems is that different cultivars have different needs and preferences.