Article by Harrison Jordan, Lift News
Come July 1st, 2018, Canadians should finally be able to grow some marijuana for themselves. With a limit of four plants per residence, there’s not a lot of room to screw up. But have no fear, as these four automated grow boxes vie for your business and aim to make the process of growing small batches of cannabis easy.
Grobo is a Canadian company with the motto “grow plants automatically.” What’s really cool about the Grobo platform is that it allows you to collect and share information on how to grow certain strains. Combining small-scale cultivation with big data is sure to help Canadian’s hone their craft from the start. Grobo claims to be a set-it-and-forget it type of machine. The Grobo One machine comes with automatic watering, pH, and nutrient feeding, and a no-smell carbon filter. It also comes with fluid glass so you can show off your plants to guests.
Grobo’s website currently says that all Grobo One units are sold out. It’s unclear when the next batch of Grobo machines will be available, but check out the website of the Canada-based company in July, as they might release more then.
RoomMate Stealth Grow Box
A little more industrial in nature, a company called BC Northern Lights sells the Roommate, which they call an “automated growing appliance.” The box-shaped device features two 400w grow bulbs and can hold up to four flowering plants—perfect for those who want to be in compliance with the upcoming Canadian law. The Roommate also comes with a six month supply of nutrients, grow and tech manuals, and premium hydro pots. The device comes from the same company as the Bloom Box, which BC Northern Lights says has won multiple S.T.A.S.H awards from High Times.
One downside is that the website doesn’t mention the price of the Roommate. Potential customers are instructed to fill out a custom quote, after which a representative will get back within 24 hours.
US-based Cloudponics has released the GroBox, a grow box that can hold up to 6 flowering plants (though remember that Canadian law will only allow 4 flowering plants). The wood-paneled box claims to be all you need to automatically grow your cannabis plants. The box comes in at 67 inches tall by 28 inches wide (and 28 inches deep). It’s a feature-packed device that comes with a Black Dog PhytoMax 200 LED grow light, a pH sensor, 6 netcups, 6 grow cubes, a humidity sensor, and a fresh water pump. One feature that makes it stand out from the rest is the automated door lock—great for those with families or pesky pet.