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.
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.