If your Modern Grow cabinet is all set up, the next step is pretty obvious: get growing! But if this is your first time tackling the world of indoor grows, you might be a bit stumped about where to start. The internet is chock full of helpful blogs -- tips and tricks from pros and people who are going through the same first-timer steps as you. But let us start you off on the right foot: what should you grow?
It’s pretty hard to start growing without any plants. But since it’s not quite as simple as popping into the gardening section at Walmart, here are a few things to think about when you’re planning what you’re going to cultivate
Choosing Your Strains
There are enough options out there to set your head spinning, so you might as well find a way to narrow it down rather than diving spinning-headfirst into a sea of hundreds of strains.
Remember you’re cultivating these guys in a cabinet that’s 54 inches tall, and you need space for the lights (and space between the lights and the plants - that’s vital). You don’t want to choose strains that tend to soar beyond about 3.5 feet.
Make Sure They’re a Good Match
If you plan to maximize your options and grow different varieties, you’ll want to choose two strains that complement one another. That’s not to say you can’t mix skunky with citrus, but think about how long they need to grow and how tall they’ll get.
If other growers recommend vastly disparate vegetative stages for the two strains you’re considering, think about other options. You need to switch the lighting when the plants reach the flowering stage, and it’s best if they’ll all be ready at the same time! And if one strain is going to get a lot taller than the other, it could end up stealing all the light.
Seeds or Clones?
The answer to this could be made for you if you live in an area without access to clones (cuttings from mature plants). You can order them online, but shipping living, thriving plants doesn’t always turn out ideally. Here are the pros and cons of these two options:
Growing from seed definitely gives you the greatest selection. As opposed to the few strains you might be able to find at a local store or snag from a friend, online seed companies sell hundreds of varieties, and you can even choose between regular and auto-flowering versions.Investigate feminized seeds. Through a special process, these seeds are pretty much guaranteed to give you females. When you’re only growing up to four plants, you don’t want to end up with any males (because the guys won’t give you flowers - typical men).
Perhaps the biggest con with buying seeds is the margin for error. You have to germinate them before planting, and if something goes wrong, or the seeds turn out to be duds, you could have wasted your time and money. If you choose seeds, do lots of research on the best way to ensure success!
Buying clones removes the potential problems before your plants ever surface, and you know they’re viable, at least to begin with. Other pros? You can get started more quickly, because your plants are already sprouted, and a lot of people find clones grow faster and even offer a better harvest.
Clone cons? If anything was wrong with the “mother” from which the clone came, you’ll have those same problems. Likewise, though, the good qualities will also carry over. As we mentioned earlier, with clones, your choices are limited to what you can beg from pals or shops, so if you have a specific strain in mind, seeds are best.
Whether you choose to nestle some clones or germinated seeds into their cozy new home, the comprehensive supplies you received with your indoor grow cabinet mean you now have pretty much everything you need to set growing straight away, and harvesting in just a couple months. It doesn’t get much easier than that!