Indoor Marijuana Grow Kit Options Explained
Published on July 27, 2017
As with any produce, there are a variety of benefits associated with growing your very own medical cannabis. When you grow cannabis yourself, you get to pick the strain you like, control any pesticides are used and growing your own pot can prove way cheaper than purchasing it from a medical marijuana dispensary.
However, like with other plants, cannabis plant growers need to have the right information as well as the right equipment to avoid wasting a lot of precious time and money and to avoid disappointment with your grow tent or ‘indoor garden’. For a first-time marijuana grower, an indoor marijuana grow kit may be the solution with the most chance for success. Growing indoor cannabis keeps your plants safe from adverse weather conditions as well as common garden pests, which can completely destroy your crop.
Before you go ahead and grow your own pot, you should check the legality of doing so where you live. Many jurisdictions actually allow you to grow your own medicinal marijuana as long as you keep it restricted to personal use and keep the number of plants under a given maximum. Abide by these rules while they exist as this is not a legal quarrel you want to end up on the wrong side of.
There are a few benefits to growing indoor cannabis instead of outside. These include:
- Complete privacy
- Complete temperature control
- Freedom from pests and predators
- Complete control of light and water
- Allows you to control the nutrients your plants are receiving
- Indoor growing allows you to grow year round
Marijuana seeds are fairly easy to grow; however, water and light are extremely important. Cannabis loves water, but you can easily kill your plants by overwatering them and enough light at the right time is absolutely essential or they won’t produce buds.
You can compare an indoor growing kit to something like a marijuana seed starting kit for your garden, as the basic concept is basically the same. An indoor growing kit will usually include some sort of “indoor area” (i.e. a growing space). Most of the time, this space is a tent, a cabinet, or a box. Which of these you select will depend on how many plants you want to have, how much room in your house you have to contribute to your weed garden and your budget. A growing kit will also include lights, a filter, a fan, and air ducts.
Depending on which growing method you select, an indoor growing kit will also include seed starters, growing pots, soil and usually plant food. The only growing essential your indoor marijuana kit will probably not include is the seeds. These can sometimes be purchased at a medical marijuana dispensary, but you will definitely be able to find them online.
The Nitty Gritty
- Plants grow quickly
- Usually provides an abundant harvest
- Grower has greater control over nutrients and other components plants have access to
- Space efficient
- Good for the environment
- High maintenance and unforgiving
- Many soil growers believe that soil grown marijuana tastes better
- Low maintenance and more forgiving than hydroponics
- Simple to pick up on, for the beginner grower
- Takes longer to yield results
- Harvest will be smaller
Hydroponic Growing Kit
The term hydroponic is not exclusive to marijuana and simply refers to growing plants without soil, instead of using mineral rich water or other solutions. Indoor hydroponics growing systems usually take up less room, because you don’t need a large pot or sack of dirt for each plant. Because the grower has 100% control as to what is in the growing solution, hydroponics can boast potent marijuana that yields more abundant and quicker results. You can also reuse the water in a hydroponic growing kit, making it an environmentally-friendly alternative to soil growing.
A hydroponic growing kit will usually be more expensive than a soil growing kit because you won’t be using just regular, easy-to-find dirt or potting soil as your base. Also, there is less room for error with a hydroponic system, as you are providing every single nutrient to the plant. Even a short period of neglect can significantly alter the results of your harvest.
A soil growing kit is the best solution for a beginner grower. If you have ever started seeds indoors, you will be able to start cannabis seeds with a soil growing kit. Although seeds grown in soil tend to take longer and yield a less massive harvest, proponents of soil growth find that weed grown in soil actually tastes better, perhaps due to the fact that it takes longer to reach maturity.
Soil growing also gives the user a little bit of wiggle room when it comes to mistakes. Since soil already contains many nutrients that plants require to thrive, a plant is less likely to die if you miss a day or are late providing certain nutrients. Soil growing will also provide a huge financial break as these kits are usually way less expensive than a comparable hydroponic system.
The Bottom Line?
The growing kit option that is best for you is a completely personal choice. If you are growing medical marijuana because you are planning just to smoke it to control your symptoms, a soil growing kit might be the best option. One mistake won’t kill your plants and your buds will be rich and flavorful. It’s also a little bit less of a financial investment.
However, if you require a lot of cannabis for relief or you want to be creating some high potency, medicinal oil to treat your personal condition, a hydroponic system might be a good investment for you. You will be able to grow more, faster and be able to guarantee potency.
Both methods provide some awesome benefits when comparing to outdoor growing. You get to grow all year round and likely will not even require pesticides as your plants are safe from outdoor pests, both human and otherwise. Happy growing!