Also, when you only grow a few plants, things like fans and carbon filters to reduce the smell aren’t necessary.
Grow lights can also help you alter the lighting schedule to encourage flowering, but that’s something you don’t need to worry about with auto-flowering seeds, which is the variety we encourage for first time growers. When growing in a windowsill, choose auto-flowering plants, since you won’t need to alter the amount of light to induce the flowering phase — those plants will grow no matter what.
So how much should you grow?
As you can see, growing in the sun is the most cost effective way to get great bud at home. Growing marijuana doesn’t have to be expensive, and it definitely does not have to be hard, when you start with a Pot for Pot.
Indoor growing using a LED – powered grow tent
Knowing how to grow a small weed plant is likely the hardest part of actually growing it. Now that you know what to do, you are well on your way to enjoying hassle-free, home-grown marijuana.
If a 6′ x 6′ ft space is unrealistic, consider growing in a much smaller space using a grow tent. Grow tent dimensions start at 2′ x 2′ x 5′ for under $1,000, which includes everything you’ll need to grow cannabis except for soil and the plants. You can usually grow two to four plants in 1- to 3-gallon pots, and you’ll most likely use a 400-600 watt light.
With a 1000-watt bulb, ideally, you will produce up to a gram of flower per watt. Realistically, when starting out, you might get anywhere between half a gram and a gram per watt. This assumes you avoid pests and disease, and you feed your plants nutrients to keep them healthy. You should set aside an hour or more every couple days to observe your plants and work in the garden to keep your plants happy.
The ability to walk into a store and purchase cannabis products is a luxury that shouldn’t be taken for granted. Products like flower, concentrates, edibles, and more range in potency, flavor, and effect, and require expensive machinery and a high level of skill to produce. The diversity of flower and quality genetics is something most consumers couldn’t dream of 20 years ago.
Growing Cannabis Outdoors
But growing your own cannabis does present some difficulties. Pests, mold, and other diseases can rapidly sabotage a grow and leave you with a bad crop. If you’re completely new to growing, trial and error could lead to some costly mistakes as you learn how to properly raise healthy crops with strong yields.
If you already own equipment from growing other types of plants, you can certainly reuse many of these startup materials for growing cannabis. Growing just a plant or two in your yard will cost even less than the prices listed in these table.
Cost Estimates of a Small Closet Cannabis Grow
It also allows you to explore growing techniques, genetics, harvest times, and curing strategies. This all requires time and effort, but it’s satisfying in the long run.
Costs Estimates of Store-Bought Cannabis (click to enlarge)