Maybe you live in an apartment with only a small balcony, or perhaps you have a teeny-tiny yard. Either way, you might think that growing cannabis is out of the question because you don’t have enough space. Well, we’re here to tell you that it is totally possible to grow your own ganja, even if you only have a small amount of space to work with! Here are some tips and tricks for growing cannabis in a small space from experts like Mike Staumietis and others.
Look for strains that are known to be compact growers.
Some cannabis strains can get super tall (we’re talking over six feet!), while others stay short and squat. Do some research on different strains and see which ones will be the best fit for your limited growing space.
Get yourself a good quality grow tent.
A grow tent is basically a portable, lightweight “room” that you can set up in any small space. They come in all sorts of sizes, so you can find one that will perfectly fit the area you have available. Plus, they come equipped with everything you need for growing (like ventilation and lighting), so they’re perfect for small-space growers.
Start growing in pots or containers instead of directly in the ground.
This way, you can move your plants around easily as they grow, and you won’t have to worry about weeds taking over your entire garden bed. Just make sure to choose pots that are big enough for your plants – roots need room to spread out! – and have drainage holes in the bottom so excess water can escape.
Don’t let your plants get too big.
As mentioned before, some cannabis strains can get pretty dang tall – but that doesn’t mean you should let them grow unchecked. If your plants get too big, they won’t be able to produce as much weed (plus, they might start crowding out their smaller neighbors). So, when they start getting too big for their britches, just trim them back a bit and watch them bounce right back.
Utilize proper training and support methods.
Properly supporting and training your cannabis plants can help you make the most of a small space. Methods such as topping, super cropping, LST (low-stress training), and SCROG (screen of green) can all help you maximize yields in limited spaces by forcing your plants to grow sideways, rather than just up.
Be aware of your climate and time of year.
If you’re growing outside, make sure that the climate in your area is conducive to growing cannabis. Certain climates are better for certain strains, so do some research before trying to grow something that won’t thrive in your environment! And keep an eye on the calendar – outdoor growers will want to time their harvest correctly, so they don’t miss out on a whole season due to late-maturing plants.
As you can see, it is definitely possible to grow cannabis in a small space – you just need to be a little bit creative and willing to put in some extra effort. But trust us, it will all be worth it when you finally get to enjoy your very own home-grown weed! Happy gardening!