New growers often think that the more plants you grow, the more yield you can expect. While generally, this may be true for outdoor growing, this is not correct for growing indoors. When growing indoors the size of your yield will depend primarily on the amount of light your plant(s) get and the space they have to grow. The particular strain, having the right airflow and adequate nutrients are also important.
As a VERY general guideline, growers will be able to produce 0.5 grams per 1 watt of light in your grow room. New growers can expect to produce less than this.
So, whether you decide to grow 1 plant in the light/space that you have available, or 4 plants, you can expect to get a comparable yield.
How many plants should I grow?
There are a number of things to consider when deciding how many plants to start growing with (apart from yield). Below are a few of those points to help you decide.
Nowadays, I generally grow 2 plants because I have a better success rate than I did when I started growing, and because I am better at “training” my plants to grow bushier. Also, it’s more relaxing and enjoyable. But maybe you want to try multiple strains, or want to hedge your bets and grow more plants…its all good.
Below are some suggestions for Example Grow Spaces
2'x2' Space – Up to 2 Plants
2'x4' Space – Up to 4 Plants
3'x3' Space – Up to 4 Plants
4'x4' Space – Up to 6 Plants
Tip: You will hear the word “canopy” a lot when it comes to growing. Your canopy is the amount of green space your plants consume (e.g. leaves, buds, stalks) within your grow space. The size of your desired canopy will impact the tent size you need, the amount of lighting you need, etc. More on this in our next post!