Six essential pieces of grow equipment according to every cannabis grower
Growing weed from home is becoming a much more common trend, especially in countries like Canada that have passed recreational cannabis laws. When you consider the fact that Canada has recently allowed the average citizen to grow up to 4 plants at home recreationally or upwards of 500 plants with an ACMPR license, it makes sense that so many people are giving growing a go.
But what many people don’t realize when they first get started is that growing cannabis isn’t an easy process, and there are a lot of moving parts involved. In other words, it’s not like growing tomato plants in your backyard. No matter how big or small, a cannabis grow op requires a certain level of skill - and certain pieces of equipment, like these.
Seed Starter Plugs
The first step in the growing process is seed germination, which is a lot easier said than done. Some growers feel that a wet paper towel and a heat mat is enough to germinate seeds, but the best way to do it is with a pack of seed starter plugs.
Seed starter plugs are created with germination in mind and they have the ideal ratio of air to water so that your seeds can germinate to their full potential. They are made from lumps of peat moss, and all that you have to do is pop the seed into a precut hole, add a bit of water, and place it under a lamp or in a warm window sill.
A Quality Grow Tent
If you’re growing indoors, you’ll definitely need a high-quality grow tent. Many small-time growers go with the standard 4x4, but there are tons of sizes to choose from. Investing in a solid tent is a great way to better control the indoor grow environment, therefore leading to healthy and happy plants.
Before choosing a grow tent size, it’s a good idea to draw a layout of how you want the tent set up to look. Once you’ve done that, you can count on the fact that a tent will help to control temperature, humidity, and light as well as reduce smell and the risk of pests from destroying your crop.
An LED Grow Light
The best LED grow lights are a great addition to any indoor grow op. There are several types of bulbs to choose from on the market, but LEDs are loved for their energy efficiency and low heat output. The right LED light can significantly maximize growth and lead to higher yields.
The main drawback of LEDs is that they can be quite pricy, especially if you go for one with a high wattage output and advanced design features. But most ACMPR growers feel that this high cost is entirely worth it once they see how well their plants react to LED light.
A Carbon Filter
Let’s face it, growing weed can be a stinky (or should we say skunky?) endeavor. This is especially true if you’re a fan of potent strains with pungent aromas. The good news is that a carbon filter, also known as a scrubber, can help to minimize the skunky odors emanating from the grow room.
A carbon filter works by purifying the air inside the tent to reduce odors and aromas. It doesn’t always entirely eliminate weedy smells, but it definitely helps. Even though it looks like a big piece of equipment, setting up a carbon filter is easy; all you have to do is connect it to an inline fan so that air can be sucked from the tent and through the filter, eventually making its way outside.
A pH Meter
Cannabis plants thrive at a very specific pH level, which means that monitoring and controlling pH is a major part of any successful grow up. However, it’s something that a lot of growers fail to do, even though investing in a pH meter (also known as a pH pen) makes it easy.
pH pens vary across the market - it’s possible to find one for $30 or one for $300. Although it’s not entirely necessary to go with a pricy high-end pH pen, there are a lot of perks that come with the more advanced models. Compared to a cheap meter, an expensive one reads things like water temperature, PPM, and more.
There’s a good chance you’ll be spending a lot of time with your plants, and this means you’ll be exposed to bright grow lights. These bright lights will not only make it difficult to see the minute aspects of your plant developments, but they can also be harmful to the human eyes.
A simple pair of protective eyeglasses can help to reduce the harmful impacts of UV rays. You’ll have a much easier time inspecting your plants for deficiencies and pests, plus you’ll be doing your precious eyes a favor by minimizing eye strain and long-term damage.
There are a lot of tools that every grower should use in addition to these essential pieces of equipment, but investing with these will at least get you off to a solid start.