What do I need to buy to grow 1 pound of weed?
Avoiding the trap of cheap complete kits for cannabis grows.
When you’re looking to put together a complete marijuana grow room from scratch, it can seem real daunting, especially if you’re not sure how you want to grow, and what you need to buy. It may seem just easier to click “buy now” on an all-in-one complete cannabis grow tent package and think that you are getting it cheap. Well you are .. and you’re not. Experienced growers can generally see what’s missing from these complete grow tent packages, or the fact that often at least one major element (ventilation, lighting etc) is made of a substandard quality and that’s going to let the whole grow down. (and in the case of some cheap HID lighting, may even burn the whole grow down!)
So does this mean I can’t get a good deal on indoor marijuana growing systems?
NO!! You can still buy cannabis grow equipment cheaply …
….you just need to know what to buy and where to buy it from :)
Years of obsessive growing, moderating and advising means that the Growers Guide team has this info. There are plenty of local and internet-based hydroponics supplies stores and these do a great job. Some grow shops have great knowledgeable staff who love nothing more than chatting and advising new growers. But remember most are sales staff and at the end of the day they have stock to shift and price margins may differ from one product to another. If you live in the US (and increasingly the UK) Amazon.com is a great resource for creating the best grow box for beginners.Why?
- They are trustworthy: they won’t release payment to the supplier until YOU have received your goods. Their star review system means you can find out other buyers experiences.
- Lots of different grow shops list their stocks there which means you can shop around for the best kit at the best price: each will have different items they are prepared to heavily discount to get sales.
- We get 4% commission .. lets be honest about this. Its not a million bucks, but hopefully it will help us with the running costs for the site and continue to provide growers with the best information about growing cannabis we can. (and it doesn’t cost you any extra!)
IN SUMMARY: THE BEST COMPLETE GROW TENT PACKAGE IS THE ONE YOU PUT TOGETHER YOURSELF.
(back to the question!)
What do I need to buy to grow 1-2 pounds of marijuana?
This came from a specific live chat question, so we know that the person concerned doesn’t need a grow tent. Generally though we’d recommend investing in a decent tent. Brands such as Homebox will last for years, and make the whole process of hanging extractors, lights much easier. They also enable you to dismantle your grow quickly leaving no tell tale hooks and ventilation holes if necessary. Budget is always a factor when setting up from scratch, so we’ve aimed at best quality combined with cheapest start up costs (ie they will be good for more than just one grow) To grow up to 2 pounds, you need to cover a 1.5 by 1.5m area (that’s 5 foot by 5 foot)
We love our LED grow lights but whilst they will keep on producing the yield over and over again for 5 years, we think that given there are so many other pieces of hydroponic kit to buy at start-up, it’s better to recommend an HID lighting system. Remember though that your light is all-important to getting a good yield and high resin production. You really don’t want to skimp by not giving your plants enough watts/foot.
IPOWER 1000W GROW LIGHT KIT WITH AIR COOLED REFLECTOR & DIGITAL BALLAST
Many growers ask “how much yield can I expect from this size room?” when in fact a better answer question is “How many grams can I produce per watt of light?” The holy grail for experienced growers with everything dialled in is “a gram a watt” and novice growers can expect half this return and still feel happy. A 1000 watt light can therefore be expected to yield a minimum of 500 grams, with luck and experience, 1000 grams of dry bud – and that’s 2.2 pounds!
Whats great about this choice is that it comes with both Metal Halide (grow stage) plus a sodium bulb (flower). For the asking price I don’t think you can get such a good quality air cooled 1000 watt system and it will cover a 5`ft x 5`ft area well
To run the air cooled hood IT IS A GOOD IDEA (but not absolutely essential) to give it its own dedicated exhaust fan and this little 6″ in line will be perfect and again is a excellent quality for the price asked (you will also need some 6″ ducting):
VenTech VT DF-6 DF6 Duct Fan, 240 CFM, 6″Full details here