I spent $390 a month last summer on electricity running my 2600-watt indoor marijuana grow room, so this summer I said the hell with it and shut down when I harvested my winter crop in April.
Where I live the peak of summer has already hit and I sense autumn coming on in about 3-4 weeks. Time to restart my indoor marijuana grow room.
And that reminds me to share with you my checklist for what I do when restarting a grow room, or starting one I haven’t run before.
First thing I do is plan my indoor marijuana grow room season:
What cannabis strains will I grow? How tall will they get? How long in bloom? Will I need netting or other supports? Are any of my marijuana strains unusually susceptible to pests or diseases?
The next thing I do is a test run of all my equipment and indoor marijuana grow room structures. These include:
Reverse osmosis and whole house filtration. Pumps. Timers. Chillers. Hydroponics grow bulbs and ballasts. Exhaust fans. Aeration fans. Hydroponics nutrients. pH and ppm meters. Light movers. Carbon filters. Climate monitors and controllers. Dehumidifiers. Aeroponics misters or nebulizers. Electrical outlets. Circuit breakers. Extension cords. Flip units.
I then clean my entire grow room. Sometimes I remove most of the equipment to do that.
Many cannabis cultivators use bleach to clean their indoor marijuana grow room.
I hate the smell of it and believe bleach is bad for marijuana plants.
That’s why I make my own cleaning solution consisting of reverse osmosis water and tea tree oil, applied with a sprayer.
I don’t put plants into the room until at least 4 days after I do this spraying. I want most if not all the smell and humidity of this cleaning solution to be gone before I put in plants.
Doing a test run of your grow room and planning and analyze your season ahead of time will reveal problems, challenges, and opportunities.
For example, during my restart procedures I’ve discovered:
Two of my HPS bulbs were worn out (my lux and PAR meters showed me that).
I needed to replace my reverse osmosis filters.
My pH meter was off (again). I dealt with this by buying pH Perfect hydroponics base nutrients that automatically balance pH in your root zone and hydroponics nutrients water.
One of my windows I had sealed up to make a regular room into an indoor marijuana grow room had somehow come open, so I re-sealed it.
As you can see, when you have an empty indoor marijuana grow room and are ready to re-start it for a new season, that’s the perfect time to fix problems and make things better for you and your plants.
Be sure to watch the High Times grow room video embedded in this article. The video gives you a seriously useful look at creating a pro indoor marijuana grow room.
We here at BigBudsMag.com are glad we’re helping you have your most successful indoor marijuana grow room seasons!