A birds-eye overview of the process growing marijuana indoors. A summary for beginners.
The process of producing consumable dried marijuana consists of 4 stages:
Once seedlings have developed their first set of jagged leaves give them minimal fertilization. Use a fertilizer that is designed for marijuana vegetative growth at only 25% of the recommended dosage.
Maintain temperature of 68º-82º F, 20º-27º C
Expose plants to constant metal halide, or full spectrum high pressure sodium lighting for 24 hours per day in the grow room.
The longer the plants stay in vegetative growth the bigger they’ll get. Approximately 4-6 weeks is usually the correct amount of time for an indoor grow.
Maintain temperature of 68º-85º F, 20º-29º C
Switch lights to high pressure sodium bulbs. Activate a timer so they are only on on 12 hours / day. Plants should be in total darkness for the other 12 hours / day. The 12 hour on, 12 hour off light cycle will trigger the plant to switch from vegetative growth to flowering.
For the first 3 weeks the plants will continue vegetative growth, growing 25%-50% larger, while flowering occurs simultaneously. By the 3rd week, vegetative growth will be over and the plant will direct almost all of its energy to flowering.
Cut stems of ripe buds off your plants. Cut buds from stem. Remove large leafs. With fine scissors remove finer leaves surrounding the buds.
Put the dried buds in sealed jars to slow dry them. Open the jars once per day, every day, for 1-3 weeks. Once your buds no longer “sweat” in the jar they are safe for long term storage.