• John Swiden

How To Grow Pot Like Any Other Houseplant?


What You Need to Get Started In my experience, people spend way too much money on equipment to grow pot. The truth is you don’t need a lot and the simplest methods often yield the best results. Let the plant do the work for you!


Cannabis Pot

Give it good soil, sun, and water...and enjoy a great harvest.


#1: START WITH THE BEST SEED


The key to healthy, resilient plants is good genetics. This is why getting your seed from a trusted supplier, like ILoveGrowingMarijuana.com, is an absolute must. Trust me, as a first-time grower, you don’t want to be frustrated with seeds that don’t germinate or that turn out to be male. Do your research and always buy from a reputable supplier.


#2. A POT FOR YOUR POT


Choosing the right pot size for your growing needs is also important. After all, pot size is the biggest factor in determining how tall your plants will grow. That’s why I’ve written a separate section just on choosing the right container later in this guide.


#3. SOIL


Cannabis will survive in most soil types. However, if you want a solid yield from a miniature plant, it’s best to choose a soil that is specifically formulated for the plant. There’s a special relationship between the plant and its soil. Organically grown cannabis, nourished with the natural micronutrients of a good foundation, is always going to yield the tastiest flowers with the best aromatics.


#4. LIGHT


While the debate is still open on whether indoor or outdoor flowers taste better...we prefer the sun. Why? It nourishes your plant with a full light spectrum that just can’t truly be replicated by artificial lighting. Indoor lighting doesn’t compare in lumens per sq ft- or in quality of the spectrum. When developed in natural sunlight, cannabis plants are comparatively full-flavored, aromatic, and have a higher THC content. I realize not everyone can grow using sunlight. You might not have any space in your yard or balcony, or your windows might not have enough sunlight to nourish your cannabis. If you require supplemental light, I recommend an LED with at least a 50-watt output per plant. I’ll dive into artificial lighting in a later section of this guide.


#5. OTHER SIMPLE TOOLS


A few simple tools will make you grow so much more fun.


I recommend:

  • a pair of scissors you don’t mind getting sticky

  • a Watering Can An example of the equipment used by your typical indoor “for-profit” grower.

  • a Spray Bottle

  • and, of course, a positive attitude :) Let’s make this fun, right? I don’t want you to spend any more effort or money than you would on growing your tomatoes.

If you’re one of those people who frequently kill plants...rest assured, you can’t go wrong with this growing guide. Soon, you’ll be loving your cannabis seedling like family and, after your first harvest, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without her in your life.

The Best Time to Plant Cannabis loves a warm environment, making your home a perfect place to grow. Room temperature, 69–80°F, is ideal. If you are planting outside, your plant can survive hot spells for a few days but will need a little extra watering. At the same time, Ruderalis do remarkably well outdoors in the winter. They can survive temperatures just above freezing for short periods, too! Photoperiod strains, Indica and Sativa, require much more attention to temperature and light. With an auto-flowering strain, there is no bad time of year to start growing indoors. Plants thrive best in the summer when sunlight is strongest and temperatures are high. Depending on your location, your home may get lower levels of sunlight in the winter when the sun is lower in the sky. Your harvest period can change depending on your growing temperature and light conditions. Cannabis ruderalis strains are usually ready to harvest 80 to 90 days from when they sprout, with lower


temperature/lower light conditions occasionally adding a few days to account for slower growth. Indoor Ruderalis can be sown and harvested year-round. Even in less-than-perfect conditions, you’ll be amazed by the quality of flowers you can cultivate with ruderalis. And, in great conditions, she’ll produce an abundance of delicious, beautiful buds for you to share! If you are eager to grow your favorite photoperiod variety, they are best planted outdoors summer-autumn in most growing zones. Photoperiod varieties require much more attention for success and take 6–8 months to harvest. To learn more, check out our Supplemental Care Guide just for Indica and Sativa varieties here. Start with a Seed Unlike photoperiod plants, which can be cloned, cannabis ruderalis always starts with a seed. That’s what I love about it. Starting from seed is a remarkable journey. Ruderalis is wild beauty, an undomesticated variety that grows stronger, and is more disease resistant than Sativa or Indica. I love watching the full life cycle, seeing each plant’s unique passage from seedling to maturity. How one seed can become a lush, full-bodied tree that can bring peace to your mind and body is nothing short of a miracle. Like becoming a parent, raising a seedling requires gentle hands. Thankfully, pot seeds are remarkably vigorous. Pot seeds are endospermic seeds, which means they contain inside almost pre-formed cotyledon leaves before they are planted. This contributes to their fast growth. In just a few days, your seed emerges from the soil looking like a fully formed plant!


To accelerate germination, try our preferred start method:

  • Place your seed in a small container with lukewarm water

  • Put the container in a dark, warm place

  • Remove between 12–24 hours (don’t let it sit longer!) and plant

We also like using seedling pellets, made from compressed peat moss and coco husk, to start our seeds. Expand your seedling pellets by soaking them in water for 10 minutes. Drain off any excess water- it should feel like a damp sponge that wouldn’t leave puddles on a table. Dig a small hole about ¼" deep and gently place your seed in the hole. Be careful not to damage any root tip if it has started to show! Your seedling will usually emerge in a couple of days but could take up to two weeks depending on your chosen strain.


Once your seedling emerges, it will need a direct light source. Place it in a sunny window or under a bright light. If you see her start to stretch, it’s a sign she needs more light. After two weeks, she’ll be ready to put down the root. Transfer her into her final pot or garden plot to give her the nutrients she needs to develop.


Choosing the Perfect Pot for Your Pot Plant.


Have you ever wondered why cannabis is called “pot”? Well, given its rocky historical relationship with politics and religion...it often needed to be a mobile crop. Even with broadening social acceptance, growing cannabis in a pot is great for convenience and excellent cultivation. We love using fabric pots for our grows. Why? Allowing your plant’s root system to breathe will support rapid growth and help guard against overwatering. The size of your container will directly affect how big your plant will grow. With Ruderalis Cannabis, we recommend a maximum container size of 5 gallons for both indoor and outdoor growing. Any more than this and you start to experience diminishing returns. After all, in nature, this plant tops out at 5–6' in height. When people think of enormous pot plants the size of small trees, they are picturing photoperiod strains. We’ll cover growing these strains in a separate guide. For now, keep it simple. For mobility and the best return for your space, a 5 gal container is what you need.


Soil for cannabis


A “Superb Soil” is a soil formulated just for cannabis. It’s made by adding roughly 17 different ingredients to a standard topsoil blend. Creating superb soil requires the mixture to be thoroughly mixed and allowed to rest over several days. We call this process “cooking” the soil. Even distribution is essential in preventing hot spots that can harm your seedling’s delicate root system. Superb soil is some strong stuff. And you don’t need much. We suggest filling your container one quarter to one-third full of superb soil, then topping it off with topsoil mix. This way, the plant grows down into the superb soil, reaching for its nutrients only as it needs them. This acts as a nutrient reservoir for your cannabis, allowing it to slowly consume and break down the richness of the blend.

  1. Spread soil out, add 1st ingredient on the list and mix.

  2. Repeat step one for the next ingredients on the list.

  3. Wrap tarp and let the soil sit for 24 hours.

  4. Spread soil out, lightly mist with water. Add mycorrhizae and mix.

  5. Wrap tarp and let the soil sit for one week.

  6. Mix soil one more time and distribute to pots.

WHAT TO FEED YOUR SOIL?

  1. MYCORRHIZAL

  2. MOLASSES

  3. COVER CROP

  4. COMPOST TEA

Lighting and Sunlight


As a rule of thumb, the more sunlight a cannabis plant gets- the more flower it will produce. But that doesn’t mean you need a lot of suns to enjoy the benefits of Ruderalis. If you have no direct sunlight, you may want to consider a supplemental light for your plant. LEDs have come a long way. A simple, 50 watt LED is perfect for supplementing indirect light. Using a higher wattage will result in bigger, higher-yield plants. I have an autoflower in my own kitchen under a 75 watt LED, and wow! She is a centerpiece that is hard to take your eyes off of! Autoflowering strains grow best with a minimum of four hours of direct sunlight per day. Like many houseplants, your cannabis will love south-facing windows.


We could write a book about all of the different lighting options on the market. But for growing in your living room, you’ll want a natural-colored grow light. This spectrum of light is easy on the eyes and will show off your cannabis in all of its natural color. Choose a light that emits between 3000k and 3500k. This will fill your room with a natural wavelength. It could be a couple of CFLs, LED lights, or just your desk lamp with the biggest bulb Amazon has. When growing outdoors, you can’t have too much sun. Four hours is still the standard, but don’t worry if you only have partial-shade available. Autoflowering strains will still grow beautifully. Just like all seedlings, when establishing plants outdoors you’ll want to keep young seedlings out of direct sunlight for a few days while introducing them. Direct sunlight is harsh on delicate, new leaves and can cause serious damage. As soon as a plant has established its third full set of leaves, she is strong enough to withstand the day-long direct sun.


Watering


Cannabis plants like to be watered regularly, every couple of days. Be careful not to saturate the soil to the point it begins to drain excess. When cannabis plants are young, watering will be less frequent than when the plant is in full flower power mode or sitting in full sun. Cannabis plants don’t like to have their roots sitting in water, or being drenched; the soil should be wet like a damp sponge you would use to wipe down a table. Overwatering cannabis plants can be as bad as under-watering them. This is why we suggest using a fabric pot. This allows the soil and root system to breathe while letting any excess moisture drain off. If you are using tap water, it’s a good idea to let the water sit for a day before use. The chlorine in tap water can damage all the good bacteria and fungi in your plant’s soil. Keeping a watering can next to your pot is a great way to make sure you have healthy water available to your plant when it needs it. If you live in an area with exceptionally hard or soft water, water that has a pH below 5 or above 8, consider getting a filter or using bottled water for your cannabis plant.


Bugs and Pests


As with most houseplants, there are a few bugs and pests that like to call cannabis “home”. I mean, who can blame them? It’s a pretty sweet plant. Most of these pests won’t do excessive damage to your plant. But, prevention is easier than getting rid of an infestation. Using just a few natural ingredients, we’ve found we can prevent bugs and pests from getting out of hand. Here are a few of our favorites: Neem Oil is a great topical for keeping bugs, mold, and fungus away from the surface of the leaf. Using a 1-quart spray bottle, combine 4 droppers (4 ml) of neem oil to 1 dropper (1 ml) of dish soap in water. Spray at the end of the day, or move your plant into the shade, to avoid burning your leaves. Never spray after your flowers have begun to form. Neem is a fantastic pesticide for mites, aphids, gnats, and a range of other insects. It also forms a protective coating on the leaves that keeps mold and fungus from taking hold. Diatomaceous Earth is great for your root zone. This natural mineral irritates bugs and pests, making it a great deterrent. Just add a few teaspoons to the top of your soil. With such a short lifecycle, pests don’t usually have time to establish in Cannabis Ruderalis.


When growing outside, the Ruderalis has a natural defense in the sticky resin that coats its leaves and flowers. Inside, good airflow will prevent white mold.


Harvesting and Trimming Yay! This is the moment you have been waiting for. Finally, you get to harvest your own beautiful flowers!


Cannabis: Your New Favorite Houseplant

I hope this guide has given you all of the confidence you need to grow your own cannabis ruderalis at home. If you have a sunny window and a little water, you’re already there! With the right auto-flowering strain, you can enjoy your own bonsai cannabis desk plant, a stout herb on your kitchen window sill, or a little monster on your patio. Whatever the size, you’ll be set to not only enjoy a great harvest for next to nothing in cost but a beautiful journey through nature’s own process. Have a great growth!



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