Have you ever thought about growing your own marijuana plants? Colorado law allows individuals to grow up to six plants for personal use. Instead of driving to the dispensary, you’d just need to walk across the room. But growing your own cannabis plants can be a daunting task. You might worry you don’t have the budget or space you need to get started. Or maybe you aren’t sure you have the skill or gardening expertise needed to turn marijuana seeds into healthy marijuana plants with a strong yield.
Whether you’re planting your first cannabis seed or you’re adding a fourth, fifth, or sixth plant, we want you to have a safe and successful home grow. From Colorado marijuana laws to home grow tips, tricks, and safety advice, here are a few things to consider if you’re growing your own pot.
Colorado Cannabis Home Grow Laws
We noted that Colorado allows individuals to grow up to six plants for personal use. Of course, it’s not quite that simple. There are a few DOs and DON’Ts to know about before planting your pot.
- You can only have up to three plants flowering at any one time.
- Counties and municipalities may have stricter home grow laws, including caps for how many plants can be growing in a single house.
- If minors share the residence, plants must be kept in a separate enclosed, locked space.
- Home grown marijuana or marijuana products cannot be sold to anyone.
- Cannabis plants cannot be grown in public view.
A Few Considerations Before Setting Up a Home Grow
Before you start buying equipment or preparing your spouse for increased utility bills, take some time to consider your space, budget, and grow goals.
Will you be using hydroponics or soil? The decision will likely impact the space you need and the gear you’ll need to purchase or repurpose.
You can expect to fit approximately four large marijuana plants per square meter. If you have the space, a closet or wardrobe can work nicely. If not, you may want to purchase a grow tent. The most important considerations when choosing a location are:
- Consistent temperature
- Away from pets, animals, and children
- Comfortable enough to work in
- Tall enough to suspend lights without limiting plant growth
Fans can help keep a grow room cool and provide moving air for the plants. An outward facing fan can push hot air out of the grow room to help lower humidity. And, a well-placed filter can help reduce the scent.
Flat, light-colored walls help ensure more light is absorbed by the plant. Speaking of lights, do your research before getting too far into your home grow planning. Not all lights and lighting systems offer the same features, draw the same energy, or run at the same temperature. Hotter lights need to be kept farther from the plants and will require better ventilation to maintain the right temperature for your budding buds.
If your home grow becomes too humid (or if you aren’t cleaning your humidifier regularly), you increase the risk of pathogenic microbes. But, adding too many fans and your plants may become too dry. As a result, you may need to test your set-up and balance a variety of tools to get the temperature and humidity just right. Here are a few pieces of equipment you may want or need to manage the climate in your grow.
- Light timer
- CO2 drips
You may also wish to build a collection rack or place the plants on an elevated surface to allow increased airflow and allow for easier clean-up. And, as we noted earlier, your set-up may change depending on if you are using hydroponics or soil.
Keeping Your Home Grow Safe
Using a professional electrician to install your lights can prevent power outages and fire hazards.
Placing your grow in a room with walls that don’t easily absorb moisture (like painted concrete or plastic) can help prevent mold and mildew. Similarly, make sure your grow has plenty of ventilation to remove excess moisture and heat.
If you can, avoid using pesticides and fertilizers entirely to ensure a cleaner product and environment. If you can’t, make sure you wear protective gear when applying and keep harmful chemicals locked in a safe place away from children. Change your clothes when leaving your grow room so you don’t track herbicides, fertilizers, and solvents around your house. And, remember to dispose of chemicals properly.
You can read more tips and tricks on how to grow marijuana safely at home on Colorado.gov.
Buying Cannabis Seeds
Now that you have an idea what you’ll need to set up your home grow, it’s time to look for the right seeds. Karing Kind carries a range of highly sought after seeds from FreeWorld Genetics.
With THC levels typically ranging from 20-29 percent, and with every strain providing a medium to high yield in an average of 60 days or less (depending on your growing environment, style, and experience), a small investment now can lead to potent, home-grown weed in under two months.
Want to learn more about our seeds and how to start your own home grow? Bring your questions into our shop in North Boulder and ask one of our award-winning budtenders. Or browse our selection of marijuana seeds in our online menu.
Karing Kind is Boulder’s First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary
We strive to offer a top-tier experience every time you enter our store. Our extensive menu, award-winning budtenders, incredible deals, and the lowest marijuana tax rate in the state make us the perfect Colorado cannabis destination.
Karing Kind is located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open daily from 9am to 10pm.
While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates, edibles, salves and tinctures, inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week and month to month. Check our menu and follow us on Twitter for an up-to-date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available now.