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Growing Cannabis can be both a fun and rewarding hobby, not to mention you can save big by growing your own herb instead of making regular trips to a dispensary. 

Growing Marijuana: Before you Start

Before planning you grow, it’s a good idea to think about the following basic questions

  • Is it legal to grow Cannabis in my area, and if so is there a limit on the number of plants I can grow?
  • Am I going to be growing cannabis indoors or outdoors? Indoor grows are usually easiest for beginners.
  • How much time per week do I have available to monitor and tend to my plants? More plants more time.
  • Do I want to invest in learning all the details regarding cannabis cultivation or do I want a more plug & play solution?
  • How much money am I willing to invest in my cannabis grow set up?

First Grow?

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Growing Cannabis Outdoors

Whether you even have the option to grow outdoors obviously depends on where you live and the climate (we don’t recommend trying to grow cannabis outdoors in Alaska). While outdoor grows do minimalize costs and set up effort, you’re going to be dealing with variables in the environment like the temperature and humidity. Also, your grow will be exposed to all of nature’s pests (that includes things like fungus gnats and nosy neighbors). 

Growing Cannabis Indoors

We think the easiest and most rewarding grow set up for a beginner is a small tent for indoors (2×4 or 4×4), fitted with full-spectrum LED lights and some basic ventilation. Why is a grow tent the best way to go? There are so many different tent sizes and shapes; you’re sure to find one to fit somewhere in your home that will serve your growing needs. But mostly, small tents are so inexpensive these days, so it hardly makes sense to go through all the work of designing and constructing your own setup from scratch. 

 

There are a lot of choices, but we’ll help guide you to the right tent for your grow. First, you should focus your search on a tent that is within your budget for the grow and that it is the right size (to fit in your grow space and hold the plants you intend to grow). Then, once you have narrowed down your candidates by price and size, you can review details like the materials used for the tent fabric and zippers to ensure you are buying a durable tent to last.

 

You customize your space and purchase the parts for an indoor tent setup separately, or you can check out the “all-inclusive” small tent kits Amazon offers in the range of $300-500. Grow kits typically come with a tent, lights, and ventilation, and sometimes even include fertilizer and other handy tools like a thermometer/hygrometer. These grow kits might be a little more expensive than buying each individual part, but they sure simplify getting your grow started. With a grow kit, you can rest assured that your lights and ventilation system will fit and work in your tent when they all come together, and you don’t have to compare all the choices for buying each part separately. 

Planning an Indoor Grow

Size of Grow Area

Size of the area – How many plants you intend to grow determines how much space you’ll need. As a general guideline, 1 medium-sized plant takes up 2×2’ of floor space. Consider the physical restrictions (the dimensions) of your space. For example, is the ceiling low?

Power supply

How much energy output can the grow space support?

Lighting

Is the area naturally dark? Or, does it have windows and natural light filtering that may interfere with the light schedule? For example, you may need to get blackout curtains to control your light cycle if there’s a nearby window.

Air flow

How enclosed is the area? Is it typically damp or stale? You will need ventilation for any grow, but you may also need to increase or reduce the humidity, depending on your environment.

Privacy

Does your setup have to be inconspicuous or require security features? Keep in mind that grows can be both noisy and smelly.

Construction and materials

Are there any unique adaptions your space will require? For example, a carpet floor may need to be covered with plastic, or you could need to add a support bar for hanging lights.

Recommended Indoor Cannabis Growing Set Up

We think the easiest and most rewarding grow set up for a beginner is a small tent for indoors (2×4 or 4×4), fitted with full-spectrum LED lights and some basic ventilation. Why is a grow tent the best way to go? There are so many different tent sizes and shapes; you’re sure to find one to fit somewhere in your home that will serve your growing needs. But mostly, small tents are so inexpensive these days, so it hardly makes sense to go through all the work of designing and constructing your own setup from scratch. 

 

There are a lot of choices, but we’ll help guide you to the right tent for your grow. First, you should focus your search on a tent that is within your budget for the grow and that it is the right size (to fit in your grow space and hold the plants you intend to grow). Then, once you have narrowed down your candidates by price and size, you can review details like the materials used for the tent fabric and zippers to ensure you are buying a durable tent to last.

 

You customize your space and purchase the parts for an indoor tent setup separately, or you can check out the “all-inclusive” small tent kits Amazon offers in the range of $300-500. Grow kits typically come with a tent, lights, and ventilation, and sometimes even include fertilizer and other handy tools like a thermometer/hygrometer. These grow kits might be a little more expensive than buying each individual part, but they sure simplify getting your grow started. With a grow kit, you can rest assured that your lights and ventilation system will fit and work in your tent when they all come together, and you don’t have to compare all the choices for buying each part separately. 

Growing Marijuana – Essential Supplies

Lights

Light for plants is like food for humans; they need it to survive. One main advantage of growing outdoors is the free light from the best source: the sun. If you’re growing indoors, your lights and the electricity to power them are going to cost you. There are pros and cons for each type of indoor grow light (HID, LED, or fluorescent). Based on your grow setup and amount of plants, you’ll have to determine how much light you need and choose the most efficient light source

Ventilation

Like humans need air, plants also need to breathe. If you’re growing in an enclosed area, the air will need to be changed every 1-3 mins through a ventilation system that exhausts the old air out and allows fresh air to enter. Cannabis plants also have certain humidity requirements, which change depending on the stage of growth, so you may need to add in a dehumidifier or a humidifier.

Seeds

Not all seeds are created equal, but most cost $8-12. Acquiring good seeds is the key to starting off a good grow, so purchase your seeds from a reputable brand with a guaranteed germination rate of at least 80%.

Growing Medium

There are many different options to choose from, including hydroponics, organic soil, coco coir, and soilless mediums. Our beginner grow guides are focused on using soil because it is the most forgiving for a first-time grower.

Container

Fortunately, there are pretty standard options for cannabis grow containers. You can choose a fabric or plastic pot. A fabric pot keeps your roots under control, but a plastic pot can be used over and over. Size-wise, most cannabis plants start in a small 3” pot (or solo cup) and end up in a 5-7 gal container. But you won’t need to repot your pot at all if you’re growing an autoflower plant because they have a short life and live in one container for the entire grow.

 

Nutrients

For all your beginner grower needs, choose professional pre-made nutrients to simplify cannabis feeding. We recommend purchasing a fertilizer set, like the Flora Series, with all the nutrients you need from seedling to harvest. Fertilizer sets for growing cannabis usually come as a set of 3 products with different nutrient combinations: one for the seedling stage, one for growth/vegetative stage, and one for your final stage of bloom/flowering.

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