To get an idea of the specific costs associated with growing indoors, check out this article which outlines some price breakdowns.
What You’ll Need:
Your grow room should be thoroughly cleaned and properly sealed off. Mount a few simple oscillating fans directed at the plants as well as a high-velocity fan to pull air through the light hood and into your carbon air filter. Once your fans and your lights are set up, transplant your starts into pots filled with a quality soil blend. From this point, simply water your plants as needed, control the light cycle, and feed your plants intermittently and soon you’ll have healthy plants to harvest.
A Low-Cost Indoor Cannabis Garden
Because your costs will be minimal, don’t skimp on quality soil. Do your research and talk to grow supply stores in your region to find a product that will help keep your plants growing strong. Alternatively, you can “build” low-cost soil by adding amendments, which can save you money while letting you customize a blend for your garden specifically.
Finally, if your climate isn’t ideal for cannabis, you can still successfully grow outdoors. Building a simple hoop house allows you to increase the temperature, reduce the climate impacts, control the length of the season, and still produce quality buds for a low cost. Hoop houses are the cheapest form of greenhouses, and they’re generally built with 2x4s, PVC, and plastic tarp, allowing you to customize the shape and size to fit your needs. Just be attentive to the temperature in your hoop house by “burping” (i.e. opening up the sides) it as needed and by installing high-velocity fans to keep fresh air moving through the enclosed space.
Selecting Quality Cannabis Genetics
You’ll also need to provide an adequate water supply to keep your plants happy. The cheapest way to water your plants is by hose, while a more expensive method involves installing a drip system.
Outdoor farming is where the budget grower prevails. Pending you live in a climate where cannabis can be grown outdoors, you’ll be able to produce quality buds for next to nothing. If your climate is not ideal, there are still options available to aspiring outdoor budget growers.
The Nano Grow is designed to be the most budget friendly and least technical design. This build focuses on trimming down the necessary components to eliminate any superfluous items. While the essentials will cost you just under $120, you can add an optional inline fan and thermometer/hydrometer for just a bit more.
No matter what your legal plant limit is, this tent should be able to handle it. At 80” for the main grow chamber, height is not a problem, and just about any cultivar can be propagated successfully under this build. With a 630w 3100k CMH fixture, this room can be used for both vegetative and flowering stages.
However, this system tends to run hot and will need the open air of a large room or garage to function optimally.
Standard cannabis grow setup: $1,000
Unlike the Nano Grow, this build contains a complete ventilation system designed to filter and exhaust hot air while simultaneously bringing in clean, cool air. Additionally, the timer has been upgraded to the dual-outlet digital model for controlling both the light and carbon filter exhaust system. A variable speed vent fan controller is also added for maximum climate control.
For whatever reason, the general opinion is that growing pot is expensive and complicated. We are here to change that notion. Th e truth is, it’s called weed for a reason and we want every gardener to grow it as though it were another garden variety. It is an amazing plant to share space with. It may have even been humanity’s first companion plant. Not many plants grow as vigorously, express such a variety of smells, display so many different shades of the rainbow, or heal the body while calming the brain.
How to Grow Weed on a Budget
Those are the bare bones of growing weed cheap! There are several other accessories you can use to help produce the best yield possible and aid with clean-up, including a watering can, fabric grow pot, saucer, and natural pest repellent. This can be an expensive toolkit to put together on your own. To save money, you can check out our Complete Grow Kits at a Pot for Pot. They have everything you need to grow and you won’t have to take care of shipping costs from multiple websites.
What You Need to Grow Weed Indoors and On a Budget
The more light you have the bigger your yield is going to be. Think of it as the engine, the bigger it is the faster you can go. While lighting for cannabis is a highly debated subject, our team at a Pot for Pot believes that the best form of light for your plants is the sun. First and foremost, it is a giant fireball in the sky that is free! Not to mention it is a true full spectrum light source that the plant evolved to grow under.