What Equipment do You Need to Grow Cannabis?

starting your own cannabis garden

 

The California Gold Rush of 1849 has returned. But this time, people aren’t flooding the Sacramento Valley looking for nuggets of a precious metal. Word has quickly spread about the immense potential for profit in the cannabis industry. The result is a market that has become saturated leading to a shortage of quality products and an increase in prices.

Years ago, to “score some weed”, you needed a friend who knew someone who sold it. You would meet this bourgeoning entrepreneur at a secluded location (if you didn’t want him coming to your house) and you were stuck with what you bought.

Maybe it was the best marijuana ever. Maybe it was oregano.

Back then, you didn’t have a choice. Today is much different. 

The passing of the 2018 Farm Bill decreed CBD derived from hemp is now legal on a federal level. The irony is that marijuana is still categorized as a Schedule I drug making it illegal federally.

In most of the country, you can stroll into a dispensary and buy almost any strain you want. Higher-end dispensaries are more like ornate boutiques than corner bodegas.

Speaking to a budtender over a polished glass display isn’t your only option. More people are opting to grow their marijuana at home.

Reasons to Grow Your Own Marijuana

Growing marijuana in the comfort of your own home is illegal under federal law. But almost all the arrests made for the offense have been for a violation on the state level. There isn’t a blanket piece of legislation that covers all states. Individual state laws vary greatly.

For the most part, state cultivation laws will fall under three categories:

  1. Growing marijuana for medicinal and recreational use is illegal.
  2. Growing marijuana for medicinal use (within certain limits) is legal.
  3. Growing marijuana for recreational use (within certain limits) is legal.

Laws governing the growth of marijuana for medicinal use aren’t as strict as those that oversee the growth for recreational use.

States in more than half the country don’t allow “home grows.” You don’t want to be arrested for violating a law pertaining to home cannabis cultivation. It’s a great idea to make sure you are familiar with your own state laws.

In addition to saving yourself a trip to your local dispensary, there are many reasons to start growing your own marijuana.

Dispensaries aren’t excessively overpriced, but depending on the markup and how frequently you go, costs can add up quickly. If you decide to start your own garden, there will be up-front costs for equipment, but those costs aren’t ongoing as in the case of regularly visiting a dispensary. Once your crop is grown and you have a system in place, a home grow will cost less than buying your marijuana from another party.

Another benefit of growing your own marijuana is the sense of pride in your accomplishment after completing your goal.

The world can easily fill you with stress and frustration. Global climate change. Political parties fighting like the Hatfields and McCoys. Human atrocities being broadcast on every news outlet. A person needs something to counter the toxic information that’s present on all media channels.

 

Imagine the sense of accomplishment you will feel when you set a goal in your mind, create a plan, and see that plan through to completion! You will quite literally watch the fruits of your labor flourish before your eyes.

A home grow will allow you to be in control of your own cannabis. You won’t have to speculate if the plants were given the right nutrients. Once you graduate from novice to master, you may become skilled enough to develop your own strain and sell it within the bounds of your state’s laws.

The concept of growing great marijuana, creating a unique strain, and selling it to retailers is very realistic.

Let’s consider where you should begin.

 

Starting Your Own Garden

Have you made the decision to start your own garden?

If so, congratulations!

Deciding to get started is the easiest part of the journey. The path to all success begins with a decision that’s followed by commitment.

As you develop your plan and are confronted with more decisions, your resolve will be tested as you are faced with many daunting questions:

  • What is the quality of the soil?
  • Should I grow marijuana hydroponically? Organically?
  • What strain should I choose?
  • What’s the best source of lighting?
  • How much space to do I need? Can I grow it in a room or do I need a tent?
  • How important is climate control and how will I do it?

Cultivating a home grow isn’t an enormous undertaking, but it will require hard work and education.

 

The hard work must come from within you, but keep reading for the education.

Rest assured, building an indoor home grow may not be as hard as you think. Not only will it be more convenient, but you may have fun during the process as well!

If you keep the process simple and stick to your plan, success is almost guaranteed.

During your first grow, you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles. The setup and process should be as basic as possible. Marijuana is a plant and not everyone is blessed with a green thumb. You don’t want to complicate the process with a bunch of fancy gadgets and expensive soil flown in from overseas.

 

Going large scale on your first try isn’t a good idea. Risks and rewards should be strongly considered as you conduct a thorough cost/benefit analysis.

If you aren’t successful with your initial nano grow, you may be out a few hundred dollars. But if you go all-in with an elaborate and spacious undertaking, you could lose thousands.

By keeping the first grow simple, you will get the most out of your investment.

 

There are tiers to choose from with your first grow. Each comes with its own skill level and inherent cost. Regardless of the tier that’s best suited for you, they all have one common trait.

Cleanliness

 

Proper hygiene and maintenance of your growing area are critical if you are going to find success in growing marijuana at home. The best part of cleanliness is that it won’t add another line item to your budget because it’s free.

People unfamiliar with the process may think that growing cannabis is as simple as buying some dirt and throwing some seeds in a pot or two. They envision themselves kicking their feet up, relaxing, and enjoying a soothing smoke as they reap the rewards of their not-so-hard work.

This fantasy is far from what it takes to have a productive home grow.

It will take effort, vigilance, and patience. A crop will have to be tended to at least four times a week. To cite a quote from the early 1900s, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

 

Now that you have a high-level view of the mindset it takes to get started, it’s time to get to work.

 

cannabis lighting

What You Need to Grow Your Own Cannabis

At Evexia CBD, we suggest first time growers use an actual grow tent.

They are highly cost-effective and relatively inconspicuous. A full scale grow room is expensive and few people can dedicate the space in their home.

 

To get started, you will need certain components:

  • Light
  • A grow medium
  • Ventilation
  • Temperature control
  • Incoming and outgoing air filtration

Keeping the approximate costs in mind, the bullets below can be regarded as your supply list.

 

Tier One

  • 24”x24”x48” grow tent - $60
  • 6” oscillation fan - $15
  • Mechanical timer - $15
  • CFL, Florescent, HPS/MPS, LED or CMH light - $80 (We suggest a Full Spectrum LED light)
  • Hydrometer and thermometer - $15
  • Inline duct fan - $15
  • Carbon filter (for outgoing air) - $40
  • 5-micron filter (for incoming air) - $25
  • 4” ducting (commonly used for dryers) - $20
  • A grow pot - $5
  • Soil - $20
  • Nutrients - $30
  • PH up/down - $10
  • PH Meter- $30
  • Air pump w/ stone- $10 (optional)
  • 5-gallon bucket- $5 (optional)

 

As you can see, the first tier will cost around $400.

It’s important to mention that you don’t want to be cheap when it comes to the PH meter. It’s one of the most vital components of your operation.

Every plant requires a specific PH to grow and cannabis is no exception. If you choose not to be mindful of PH, you will consistently fail to yield a fruitful crop.

Tier One is the strategy that’s most friendly to your budget and lists the minimum number of components you will need. In a grow tent, an LED light will produce minimal heat. Though the carbon filter is optional, it will conceal any odors and help increase air circulation.

For cannabis Sativa, a 48-inch max grow height is a bit low. Instead, consider scrogging (incorporating a screen of green) using low-stress training. This way, you will maximize the impact of your light source.

Alternatively, if your grow tent is 48 inches high, you may also want to consider cultivating an Indica or auto-flowers.

Once you become familiar with the process, you will want to try a grow that’s a little bigger.

Now, you can advance to Tier Two.

 

Tier Two

  • 32”x32”x64” grow tent - $80
  • Two 6” oscillation fans - $15
  • Heavy duty programmable timer with dual outlets- $20
  • CMH 315W fixture and 3100k bulb- $200
  • Hydrometer and thermometer - $15
  • 6” 250 CFM inline duct Fan - $60
  • Carbon filter (for outgoing air) - $60
  • 5-micron filter (for incoming air) - $25
  • 6” ducting - $20
  • Variable speed fan controller- $20
  • Grow pot - $5
  • Soil - $20
  • Nutrients - $30
  • PH up/down - $10
  • PH Meter- $30
  • Air pump w/ stone- $10 (optional)
  • 5-gallon bucket- $5 (optional)

 

The total cost for Tier Two is about $630.

The suggested size of your grow tent will allow you to cultivate two to three plants that are smaller, yet bushier. The dimensions are ideal if you have a spare room in your house. It would even work well on one side of a two-car garage.

Tier Two is also great because, with the proper setup, it will exhaust hot air while filtering out odors that could draw the ire of your neighbors.

The incorporation of a digital timer will give you greater accuracy when tracking time or monitoring lights and ventilation. A vent fan with speed control will grant you maximum climate control.

The 315w CMH (ceramic metal halide) fixture will provide enough light per square foot while the 3100k light spectrum is good for both vegetative and flower cycles.

Ready for something bigger?

For growing up to five plants, we recommend

 

Tier Three:

  • 60”x48”x80” dual room grow tent - $200
  • Four 6” oscillation fans - $15
  • Two heavy duty 7-day programmable timers with dual outlets - $40
  • Two T5 grow fixtures and four bulbs - $160
  • CMH 315w fixture and 3100k bulb - $360
  • Two hydrometers and thermometers - $30
  • 6” 400 CFM inline duct fan - $80
  • Two 6” 240 CFM inline booster fans - $60
  • Carbon Filter (for outgoing air) - $60
  • 5-micron filter (for incoming air) - $25
  • 6” ducting - $20
  • Variable speed fan controller - $20
  • Five grow pots - $25
  • Three bags of soil - $60
  • Nutrients - $30
  • PH up/down - $10
  • PH Meter - $ 30
  • Two air pumps w/ stone - $20 (optional)
  • Two 5-gallon buckets - $10 (optional)

 

Tier Three has an approximate cost of $1,040.

The recommended tent above is ideal for separate lighting. The best lights to use are T5 grow fixtures and four bulbs combined with a 630w CMH fixture with two 3100k bulbs. This tent will allow you to use the main chamber for mature vegetative plants and flowers, while the side chamber is great for young vegetative plants and cloning.  

Regardless of the system you choose, make sure you keep it clean and have fun with the process.

 

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