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Looking to start planting yourself some bud? Great! There’s nothing much better than having your favorite strain available straight out of your backyard or grow room. Just make sure you read through this list for 12 key things to think of before starting your grow op, and save yourself a headache. Information compiled by Jamal Mikal Howard.

 12 Things You Should Know Before You Start Growing

12 Things you Should Know Before you Start Growing

By The Stoner's Cookbook

There is nothing better than having your favorite strain growing in your own backyard (or grow room). But before you jump straight in, here are some tips & tricks to help cultivate your green thumb!

  • Find a secure space

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Security is the number one issue with any grow operation, even before you put your first seed in the ground. Making sure your plants are out of sight and smell will go a long way.

  • Know what kind of stoner you are

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Do you like Sativa? Indica? Does it matter to you? Knowing this will help you make the difficult decision of which strain to grow.

  • Pick a good strain

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Pick a familiar strain to help you identify the proper color & texture of a properly cured plant. There’s nothing worse than wasting time due to not knowing what the harvest was supposed to look like.

  • Buy seeds from a reputable dealer

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    This ensures growth and clears ambiguity on the potential sex of the plant.

  • Invest in pots

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Buying pots will save you a lot of stress. Planting in pots reduces a lot of the dangers of growing outdoors, makes it portable, prevents disease & even prevents infestations from ruining your crop.

  • Always Start with clean soil or soilless mixture

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Starting with clean grow medium is a necessity; this allows you to properly feed your plant without worrying about PH or chemical imbalance. Don’t get too attached to dirt after you grow… let it go.

  • Know which lights are right for your grow

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    For those who intend to start an indoor grow garden, it’s very important which lights you use. For starters, standard fluorescent lights are a big no no. Do your research before you start!

  • Always take a clone

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    This applies even if you don’t know the sex. Taking clones will save you a fortune on seeds and a ton of time from continuously starting from the germination stage.

  • Properly “F.I.M” and trim

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    This helps produce a higher & more potent yield by allowing the tree to grow more off shoots & focus on growing the large nugs on your tree. don’t be afraid to let the small, energy consuming nugs go.

  • Pay attention

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    Keeping your eyes open and being aware of your surroundings is very important. Be aware of any leaking smells, leaking lights, unsafe electrical equipment or peeping eyes.

  • Know and utilize the resources available to you

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    There are tons of resources available to help you on your operation and figure out what to do with your harvest. Sites like The Stoner's Cookbook, Grasscity & YouTube are all great resources.

  • The harvest is worth the wait

    By The Stoner's Cookbook

    It may be tempting to pick away at your grow but waiting for the harvest will make it that much sweeter.

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