How To Grow Weed On A Budget
Your first cannabis grow doesn't have to break the bank. Cannabis can be grown cheaply and efficiently, giving you a good idea if the hobby is for you.
Growing cannabis doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it is easily possible to do it on a tight budget and still produce a high-quality personal stash with one or two plants. So don’t fret or be intimidated by costs – you don’t have to spend three month’s wages setting up your grow!
Forget that huge list made on Amazon of things that you deemed NECESSARY to make a start at growing. If you are only just starting out with this hobby, you can keep things simple and still get great results. Not only will this save you money as you get a feel for the hobby, it will also ease you in, ready for more advanced grows later on should you catch the growing bug!
The cannabis plant, like any other plant, needs light, water, CO2 and soil to grow. You can either plant it outdoors, the cheapest option, or indoors in a controlled environment – put often requiring equipment.
Outdoor is, without a doubt, the cheapest choice for growing cannabis. Everything is provided by nature - all you need to do is keep an eye on things and supplement the cannabis with feed if necessary. It can also be a good idea to mix in some high-grade soil mix into the grow location, but it all depends on budget. If you have a good spot to grow and the climate of your zone allows it; the only costs that you will have are the seeds and time.
A great way keep costs down and get great results at the same time is to make your own soil. You can learn how here.
Another important technique that helps you improving your buds without additional costs is called pruning.
Pruning is and old art and technique based on removing unnecessary branches, leaves and shoots in order to focus the energy of the plant on the existing and more important buds.
This technique can be used on weed or any other plant, and is a good way to encourage bigger yields at no additional cost. It can take a bit of practice, but you can learn how to do it here.
Indoor growing is by far the more expensive option, but it gives a great deal of control and discretion. Here is a rundown of what you will need to make an indoor environment. The following list contains both bought equipment and DIY equipment - it's your choice to make!
This is the most important part of your grow, and could also be the most expensive.
If you are trying to grow on a budget, fluorescent CFL lights are the best place to start. These can be picked up at nearly any hardware store and are cheap to run. They are great for growing one or two small plants. They won’t get anywhere the yields of the more expensive HID and LED lights, but it is a great way to see how you feel about growing without dripping a large amount of money.
A lot of hobby growers will use HID lights. These are seen as the golden standard of growing, but create a lot of heat and require a lot of energy. So not only will you have to pay more for them, they will also cost you in electricity bills and you may need a cooling system. It can be argued that the bigger yields are worth the payoff, but if you are trying to grow on a budget, you need to consider exactly how often you intend to grow.
Lastly, if you are playing the long game, the best choice is an LED grow light. The initial investment is bigger than any other light, but it will save you money on the electricity bill – being the cheapest of all lights to run, plus they don’t increase the grow space temperature too much and you won’t need any special cooling system. Just make sure you do some research and get a good one if you decide to go down this route.
You can easily find used grow tents around, but here is where you can get creative! Spare unused closet? This can be your new grow space. It doesn’t need to be professionally made, you can customise and optimise it by buying some light reflective material, maximising the amount of light available for the plants. White paint can be another idea, and can be very efficient on a budget. Don’t use any gloss paint or metal foil, as they are ineffective at reflecting light. It is also a good idea to try and plug up any light leak you notice.
To start growing you don’t need any special water; tap water will work just fine. Experienced growers prefer to use PH corrected water (between 5.5 and 6.5 and EC between 1.8 and 2.2). Personal advice: buy yourself some pH testing drops to test your tap water, if the level of it is really bad, then think about getting a pH corrector as the plants will need a water between 5.5 and 6.5 of pH to grow and stay healthy.
Like the light system, a good soil will cost you a little bit more in the beginning, but it will be better for your plants and will save you money in nutrients. Saying this, if you are stretched, you can still get results from standard soil. Be careful brining in soil from outdoors, as this can contain pests.
Buying a carbon filter will be necessary if discretion is what you are looking for. You can save lots of money if you are willing to do some DIY as YouTube and associates are full of videos that can help you with your own filter. Ventilation will also help keep a consistent airflow, replenishing CO₂ - which is needed by your cannabis for photosynthesis.
It can’t be too hot, and it can’t be too cold, or else your babies could die or not grow healthy enough to produce anything. If you are growing with HPS system you will need a cooling ventilation system, if you are using LEDs you may not need anything. The best temperature for marijuana to grow is around 24° and 29°.
As you can see, as long as you take into consideration the needs of a cannabis plant, growing doesn’t have to be expensive. If you opt for indoors, then costs can be as low as €100 or so to set up -as long as you are crafty. Once set up, you are over the initial hurdle! As always remember, growing should be fun so enjoy it!
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