Cannabis is a medicine, a hobby, a culture, a way to kick back with friends, and a great ice-breaker. But as anybody who has ever grown their own successful marijuana harvest can tell you — there’s nothing like growing your own cannabis to make you truly appreciate the plant.
First off, growing your own cannabis can save you a lot of money, even with a small harvest. After drying and curing you should be able to get an ounce or more out of each plant cycle, and you can easily run a few cycles each year.
If you make each cycle two or three plants instead of one, and with the price of an ounce of cannabis going for $150 to well over $300 in some states, you can see how it adds up. In fact, by the time a new grower finishes their first grow cycle, the marijuana they harvest should pay for the growing equipment.
Know what’s in your cannabis
Anybody who has grown their own vegetables knows the feeling of preparing food that they grew in their own backyard. When you grow your own cannabis, you know everything about where it came from, how it was grown, what was put in the soil, and what strain it actually is — and not just what you were told it is. You’ll also have the peace of mind of knowing that no pest control measures were used — without having to decipher a certificate of analysis, if one is even available.
Ensure a reliable and consistent supply
If you’ve found the strain that works best for you, be it for anxiety or sleep or any other condition, you surely know the frustration of not being able to find it at a local dispensary. Maybe a grower stopped producing it or the dispensary stopped carrying it. Just finding the right strain can take some people a long time, and not being able to get a steady supply of your medicine could make all that time and effort go down the drain. If you’re growing your own, on the other hand, you can guarantee that over time you are getting the same strain every time — especially if you clone your plant. If you have your own, homegrown supply, you never need to worry about someone else’s supply holding up.
A wholesome hobby
Growing your own marijuana garden is a fun and rewarding experience — even if the yield doesn’t end up being something to write home about. There’s the time and effort you invest in creating something out of a seed and the anticipation of following the process week after week. Don’t be surprised if you get hooked.
While growing marijuana is a little more complicated than many people think, a novice can still have their own homegrown bumper crop. After all, people have been cultivating marijuana for thousands of years, long before they had access to the technology and shortcuts of today. Namely, they never had access to grow kits or grow boxes.
Why consider a grow box or grow kit
A grow box provides all the benefits of an indoor grow — you can completely control your environment, including light, temperature, and stability, and aren’t at the mercy of the elements like in an outdoor grow.
Perhaps most importantly, grow boxes and kits contain everything you need to grow marijuana easily and efficiently. They are self contained and include light, ventilation, soil and a container for the plant to grow in. Most also allow you to control the humidity, light levels and duration, temperature, and all types of other factors that are essential to growing marijuana successfully. Also, buying a single grow kit or grow box can be less expensive than buying all the various parts separately.
Many of these devices are sold with the novice grower in mind and are designed to take a lot of the confusion out of the whole process. They provide step-by-step instructions and some take a “set it and forget it” approach, where the plant grows on its own inside the device, requiring very little intervention from the grower.
Here are some of the top options for your home garden:
- Beginners with no growing experience
- Growers on a limited budget
A Pot for Pot features five separate all in one grow kits that cost as little as $34.95 and should have you well on your way to your first harvest.
A Pot for Pot is suitable for all budgets, with the entry level mini complete pot grow kit for growing up to an ounce of flower, to the Large Complete Pot Grow Kit, which the company says is suitable for growing more than a pound of flower.
The kits contain everything you need to grow weed at home — including a seed germination kit, pot drain saucer, soil, beneficial bacteria, a spray bottle, growing guide, and other handy supplies for your garden. The kits also come with 24/7 grow support for when/if things get a bit complicated.
You may want to consider pairing your pot with an auto-flowering strain, which can be perfect for beginners.
- Growing multiple plants
- Quicker harvests (8-12 weeks)
The Cash Crop 6.0 is a “dummy proof” grow box that stands about three feet tall and according to the company, can produce 1-2 pounds of dry flower per grow cycle – which it says can be in as little as 8-12 weeks.
The box comes with a sophisticated lighting system, exhaust, ventilation, air pump, and more. It can also be upgraded with an “advanced nutrients pack.”
It’s a hands-off operation, and all the grower needs to do is set it up and then switch the water and nutrients for the plants each week.
The grow box can be used for soil or hydro grows, and all customers can make use of unlimited phone and email tech support.
- Big indoor grows
- Efficient electricity usage
The Budgrower features several highly-sophisticated kits for growing anywhere between 1-9 plants.
For beginners, the Starter Indoor Kit and Signature LED Indoor Kit are great options that provide all the fundamentals for growing 1-3 plants indoors, including soil, lights, nutrients, a heat and humidity monitor, electric timer, and more. Both are five feet tall but are narrow, at only two feet deep and two feet wide. This allows them to fit neatly in a closet or pantry.
The Signature LED Kit includes everything from the starter kit, as well as an LED light with much higher output and lower energy consumption.
Any kit ordered from the Budgrower comes with helpful guides and instructions, as well as access to customer support to help with any growing issues.
- Ultra discreet design
- Scent-free and silent
Sleek, discrete, and ready to harvest in as little as two months, the Green Goddess Armoire is a highly-sophisticated grow box that takes all of the guesswork out of growing.
Designed to look just like an armoire, the grow kit stands about 4 feet tall, and comes with LED lights, a WiFi-connected waterproof camera (for checking your plant remotely), an “ultra-quiet” air filtration system, temperature and humidity regulators, child-proof locks, and a “no-smell carbon” exhaust system so the grow box can sit in the living room like a classy cabinet, without stinking up the place.
The armoire is easy to set up, and according to the company, growing with the system is as easy as plugging in the unit, planting seeds, and adding water.
The system also comes with concierge support and professional help to take the grow worries away.
If you build it
If you’ve ever thought about growing your own cannabis but figured it was too hard, you’re not alone. We’ve all pictured what it must be like strolling out in the back yard between rows of tall, flowering marijuana plants with a satisfied grin across your face, and then just ended up shrugging and ordering from the local dispensary.
With grow kits and grow boxes, becoming a cannabis grower is easier than ever before. You just bring the seeds.
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