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Stapelia flavopurpurea and a Piaranthus sold as Piaranthus foetidus (now P. geminatus var foetidus?), though I’m having doubts about that. S. flavopurpurea is a small stapelia with a fruity, inoffensive odor and colorful flowers, making it a good option for indoor growers. I’ve found it more susceptible to rot than its cousins, however.

What do you do?

The question I’m asked most frequently, other than how to start growing, is: what do you do?
That’s never a simple question for I have many “jobs”. First and foremost I am a photographer, I take stock photos for cannabis related companies, and I also sell prints of my photos when I have them on hand, which, to be honest, isn’t often because I seldom like a photo enough to print it.
I write articles on various methods of rolling joints and information on the cannabis plant.
I am a grower, both indoor and out, and am just starting to make my own concentrates.
I roll joints professionally, for dispensaries or events.
I run MassRoots’ tumblr, posting my own original content and content for its’ users and from its’ blog.
I help my boyfriend manage his several businesses, including his custom woven wraps and custom creative joints, and his seed company.
And lastly, I am a social media marketing consultant, helping companies when they want to increase their social media reach.
So you see…. My job title is a quite convoluted… and can often change several times throughout the day.

Top Common Mistakes to Avoid While Growing Plants Indoors

Growing plants indoors can be the ideal way for those people with a green thumb but not enough free space to have a full-fledged garden. In fact, indoor gardening can be quite a productive endeavor for most people, especially in these days of rising awareness regarding the need of growing one’s own vegetables. This can help people in avoiding vegetables available in the market that come laden with harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides. However, starting and maintaining an indoor garden is no mean feat, and a large percentage of people starting out commit a number of common mistakes. Even though these mistakes are quite common, it is essential to get to know each of them for the damage they can cause to the plants in both the short and long-term prospects.

The first mistake that any gardener can possibly make is not doing enough research regarding the plants they intend to grow and their specific requirements. Each of the plant types have some specific needs, as well as, growth conditions that the gardeners must be able to provide to them for their optimal growth. Growers must also perform adequate research regarding the growth techniques that yield the maximum result, and any other improvisations that can improve the profitability of their practice. Finally, growers need to provide the nutrients in the right quantity to grow the plants optimally.

One of the major constraints faced by the people practicing indoor gardening is the lack of adequate amount of natural light. Thus, it becomes essential to opt for grow lights that take the place of sun in proving adequate amount of light energy to the plants growing indoors. However, many growers fail to calculate accurately the number and power of such grow lights that they would require for their plants. This results in inadequate amount of light available to plants that leads to low yields. Growers must plan this with due care and use more light for plants with bushy growths.

Another common mistake that people make while growing plants indoors under LED grow lights is the addition the same amount of nutrients that they would while growing out in the open. Plants growing indoors under these grow lights typically require 30% less nutrients than in natural settings, and adding too much nutrients turns out to be counterproductive. Growers ought to find out about the exact nutrient requirements of the plants they intend to grow, and then calculate the amount that they need to add under the given growth conditions.

Indoor gardening also requires regular inspections of the health conditions of the plants to prevent outbreak of any diseases, and maintain growth rate. Growers often make the mistake of not giving enough focus to the need of daily checks of the plants. Since plants growing under LED lights experience lesser degree of evaporation, growers ought to check the water content in the soil regularly to avoid water accumulation and consequent damage to the roots. They should also check other parameters such as soil pH to keep the growth conditions optimum.

Finally, planning properly to ensure adequate provisions for the plants is essential to maintain the optimum growth conditions regardless of their growth.