Article by Cy Williams, High! Canada
In deciding to try out growing my own – I wanted a better , more sustained way of doing things. I wasn’t looking for complicated but if I could do something sustainable – now we were talking. I did a little research and here is a list of cannabis growing essentials I will need for a small indoor home grow.
I will need a good and strong light source suitable for indoor growing. Plants need light to grow, and not any light will do. Especially as I am growing cannabis I will want to make sure that my lights are strong enough to cover the canopy of my plants to give me the harvest I am looking for. For my first grow, a friend gave me a fairly standard set of generic low grade LED lights to start.
I will need high output duct fans and carbon filters for sure. These are vital in any grow for a few reasons: they help bring fresh into my garden, help pull stale air out of my garden, and filters help scrub the odours that come from my garden. I am keeping in mind the size of my grow and buying duct fans and filters accordingly (no need to buy too many fans or filters if I don’t need them).
I am looking for soil next because I hear it’s very forgiving on plants compared to coco and hydroponic mediums. A basic bag of soil for potted plants could do fine in the beginning and I know for cannabis that I will want to avoid big name brands like MiracleGro, as they are not intended to grow what I want to grow. I have started looking into premixed soils intended only for cannabis growth and I keep going back to coco as a possible medium.
I still need to do some homework on liquid fertilizer aka nutrients. These are one of the other vital elements that plants need. Feeding plants the right food and the right amount of food is the difference between an awesome harvest and a poor one. Some brands are more concentrated or designed different from one another, so I am doing a little research on brands before I start buying nutrients. No matter what brand they are, I know enough to make sure base nutrients have the famous “7-5-6” proportion of 7% nitrogen (N), 5% Phosphate (P2O5), 6% Potash (K2O) on their bottles.
I will need a watering can and a larger one at that. Not only will I need a watering can to give my plants the nutrient-rich water they need, but I want a can that can hold at least 10 litres or more. Otherwise I’ll be mixing up nutrients several times within a watering cycle.
I will need a timer- These normally come in grow light kits and I may have to get my own. These will make sure to automatically switch the lights on and off for as long as I need them to. I’ll need to simulate the day and night cycle in my grow room, and a timer is the only way to do that outside of manually turning my lights off and on. (Note: make sure the maximum wattage for the timer switch is well above the total wattage of all my lights)
I will need small pots. These pots are for my young clones and seedlings, because too big of a pot can lead to over-watering. I will want these for every plant I intend to grow, preferable made out of plastic and in a dark color. These won’t dry out as fast and will absorb a bit more heat. (Note: No matter what pots I choose, I will need trays under them to catch run-off water)
I will need a thermometer– I’ll need to know the temperature in my garden at all times to make sure my plants aren’t too hot or cold. If the temperatures are off it can dry my plants out or stunt their growth. Thermometers tell me the highs and lows in my grow room so that I can monitor the weather and control it inside the grow room according to my necessities. I may also want to invest in a hygrometer to also read the humidity levels in my grow room.
I will absolutely need cannabis seeds or seedlings. Last but certainly not least, I will need something to grow! I can either choose to germinate some seeds and grow the old fashion way, or I can get some clones and quickly and easily start growing pants. No matter what, I will want to love them, pamper them, and most of all feed them properly.
So much to learn still, but very exciting.