For centuries, philosophers have pondered whether art mimics nature or nature mimics art. I know what you’re thinking. How does this relate to growing weed? When it comes to the science of growing weed indoors, the entire purpose is to mimic cycles typically found only in the natural world.

The basic theory

Recreating what nature would normally provide is at the heart of growing weed indoors. Sunlight, nutrients and a cozy environment is all it really takes to produce top shelf bud. When you start looking into grow lights, and timers and all the necessities involved in cultivation, it can become a little overwhelming. It’s not easy recreating the cycle of life in your basement. However, to achieve success growing weed at home, all you have to do is stick to the basics.

Maintain a healthy environment

The single biggest factor in growing weed indoors is maintaining your environment. Just set your A/C and your humidity levels and you’re good to go right? It should be so simple. In a room full of scorching hot lights, keeping your temperatures and humidity in the comfort zone is easier said than done. When putting your grow room together, you have to plan ahead. Know which lights will work for the space you have. Know how much cooling you will need to maintain correct temperatures. One of the biggest factors of learning how to grow weed is in maintaining a healthy environment and compensating for room deficiencies like poor insulation or a drafty door. Understanding the relationship between the plant, its environment and your equipment is half the battle when it comes to growing weed indoors.

Feed your plants what they need

What you feed your cannabis plants will also heavily impact your final results. While we have general standards for pH and nutrient levels, every strain is different and each has unique feeding needs. Nitrogen, potassium, calcium and the other primary nutrients are all required but are sometimes hard to balance. Coming to understand the needs of your garden and having the ability to recognize the signs of nutrient deficiency will help you stay one step ahead of the game. Maintaining your environment doesn’t only refer to the air. Keeping nutrient levels and pH in the soil at appropriate levels is as important as keeping your humidity down. All of these factors contribute to an artificial ecosystem, that much like the real thing, must maintain a delicate balance in order to foster life.

Don’t over-complicate things

Understanding the basics of successfully growing weed indoors is all about maintaining environment and ensuring proper feeding. There are no shortcuts, no easy ways and there certainly are no magic beans. When you plant a cannabis seed, it wants to grow. The instinct to survive is not exclusive to the animal kingdom. Your job is simply to nurture it along, provide the best care that you can and let nature do the rest. Cultivating cannabis is a fun and rewarding experience, so don’t go and ruin it by over-complicating it. If you want to grow the best bud on the block, mastering the basics is the best way to get you there.

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