With the Ontario laws changing in October of 2018, it is now legal to grow up to 4 cannabis plants in a residential dwelling. Many cannabis enthusiasts across the province will embark on a journey like no other when they plant their first seeds this summer. With many in the city residing in high-rise apartments, here are some tips for growing cannabis in these types of living quarters. As you’ll likely want to keep your Toronto apartment cannabis grow as inconspicuous as possible. These tips will help you to keep your grow under wraps while living in a high-rise.
Use a Grow Tent & A Silencing Box For Extractor Fans
Grow tents can easily be placed in the corner of a room and after a while, you probably won’t even notice it. Smaller grow tents, such as a 60cm x 60cm tent, are ideal for 2 cannabis plants and will not take up much space at all.
An investment into a proper grow tent in 100% worthwhile because they will also have the required housing for lighting, and more importantly, your extraction system.
Silencing boxes for your fans will help to muffle the constant hum, as well as preventing any kind of disturbance to your neighbours.
Where To Buy Grow Tents in Toronto: Toronto Hemp Company 665 Yonge Street (Link)
Control The Smell of Your Toronto Apartment Grow-Op
The best way to control the smell of a cannabis plant is to use an extraction system with adequate ventilation. A healthy cannabis plant requires fresh air to be ‘pushed’ onto the plant (this happens naturally outside), and old, hot air to be extracted away from the cannabis.
Extraction systems can be difficult to figure out in a small apartment, however, many grow tents are equipped to house the required equipment. If you do not use a grow tent, you will need to set up an area that has good ventilation, as well as setting up an extraction system.
An air conditioning unit is also a viable option for the dry and humid summers of Toronto.
Where To Buy Extraction Systems in Toronto: Toronto Hemp Company 665 Yonge Street (Link), Grow Op Hydroponics 1332 Bloor St West (Link), Holland Industry 573 Fenmar Drive (Link)
Hydroponics is an incredibly effective way to grow your own cannabis. Unfortunately, the noise created from the air stone vibration in hydro cannabis grows can disturb your neighbours.
Hydro is also recommended for cannabis growers who have a bit of experience under their belt because there is hardly any room for error. Also, some landlords are not that keen on the idea of cannabis plants growing in their property, so you want to keep it as low-key as possible.
Keep Your Lights At A Safe Distance From Your Cannabis Plants
Growing cannabis in an enclosed space can lead to problems such as burnt leaves and buds. Ensuring you are using the right lighting, as well as keeping it a safe distance from your cannabis plants, is highly recommended.
LED lighting has made growing cannabis in a smaller space less stressful for the plant in terms of heat and light. This type of lighting also reduces the need for climate control equipment within your grow operation.
LED lights can still burn the leaves/buds, but, there is a lot less of a risk associated when using this type of lighting.
Choose Your Cannabis Strains Wisely For A Toronto Apartment Grow
Choosing a strain to grow is a whole entire process in itself, but growing in smaller spaces like a Toronto apartment, unfortunately, this eliminates a lot of great cannabis strains.
The best type of cannabis to grow in a Toronto apartment is undoubtedly auto-flowers, which are usually below one metre in height. Also, Cannabis Indica strains make for great apartment grows due to their short and stubby nature in comparison to Sativa plants. Cannabis Sativa usually grows tall, and thin, which does not make these strains ideal for growing in a Toronto apartment.
If you find your cannabis plants are getting a bit out of control, you can always prune, top, or train your plants to grow a certain way. In addition, moving your plants around regularly, for example, from the closet to the balcony, may reduce how much the plant will stretch.
Growing cannabis is an extremely rewarding hobby. We highly recommend signing up to a cannabis growers forum where you can document your journey as well as ask for help and remedies to any problems you may encounter.For more tips on growing legal cannabis, see our article, “5 Pieces of Equipment You Will Need To Grow Legal Weed in Toronto”.