While cultivating marijuana, the ideal equipment can help you get more yield and less anxiety over the whole process of planting seeds and feminizing the plant.
The right type of tools not only makes you an efficient grower but also helps you in getting the superior and authentic quality of weed.
This article will help you in checking all the boxes for the equipment tools that you may need before you plant the seedlings. The list will be exhaustive and budget-friendly, so if you are thinking of growing your own weed, read until the very end.
The Grow Room Equipment Checklist
1. Seed Starter Plugs
If you want to germinate your seeds faster and protect them, Seed Starter plugs are small lumps of peat moss that will help your plants get the perfect air-to-water ratio so that they don’t dry up or get over-watered.
They are very user friendly, all you have to do is pinch them in the pre-cut hole and add water as directed and leave it by the lamp to get light.
When your seeds sprout, you can simply transfer them to a larger container where they can flower to their maximum potential.
Seed starters have a much higher success rate than other germination methods.
Alternatively, you can use a wet paper towel or plant your seed directly in the soil. However, more seeds may fail to germinate this way, and seeds are expensive. Make your choice wisely.
2. Fabric Pots / Containers
If soil is the growth medium, you will most definitely need a container. However, there are two types of containers that you will need.
The small containers are designed for seedlings and large containers for bigger plants because you expect them to grow.
The fabric pots have porous walls and they allow the soil to breather that allows plants to grow quickly and give maximum yield.
Alternatively, the usual garden pot will be enough with a plate underneath so that it can catch the water run-off.
3. Grow Tent
Providing an ideal environment for growing your plants, a good grow tent protects your plants from pests and unwanted light.
Basically, it helps you grow the plants with efficiency and convenience.
If you are talented enough, you can make your own grow tent. Make sure you keep in mind the expected growth of the plant.
4. LED Grow Light
You would know that light is the food for your plants, so managing to give the right amount of food can be difficult.
LED grow lights should maximize the growth of plants and expect higher yields when you do it.
Ideally, the plants need a 32w light per square meter.
Alternatively, High-intensity discharge grows lights are powerful and effective but run hot and require extra equipment ( ballasts ) to run.
In the growth room equipment, the timers are very crucial as they simulate the day/night cycles for your seedlings.
The timer is source the light and is plugged into the wall.
It basically turns off and on the light that is on the plants at the right times so that you don’t have to present around the plants at all times.
They can be set over a period of hours and days.
6. Rotating / Oscilating Fan
A fan prevents any kind of unwanted mold inside the tent and helps in straightening out the branches and stems.
The ideal one would be mounted on the frame that can be hung above the tent to keep things intact.
7. Inline Fans & Ducting
These fans provide proper ventilation to your plants for the grow room.
Grow tents generally have two holes. In one, you put fresh air and in another one, you put the stale air out. The latter is like an exhaust fan that pushes the unwanted air out.
8. Carbon Filter/Scrubber
These filters purify the air by acting as scrubbers inside your tent.
You will need an inline fan while setting up a carbon filter to suck the air out of the tent, which will purify the air inside the whole tent and give clean air for your plants to grow.
As it’s clear by the name, a Thermo/hygrometer measures the temperature and humidity inside the tent.
They keep you updated on any issues that need resolving inside the tent, so they become a crucial part of the toolkit.
10. PH Meter
To check the PH levels of both your water and soil, you need a PH meter.
They are basically the food and soul of plants and you need to check the purity levels in both. Maintaining an ideal PH level is crucial to grow good weed.
Ideal soil PH is 6.0 – 7.0, while hydroponics ideal PH is 5.5 – 6.5. If plants don’t get these levels, they are likely to die because of fewer nutrients reaching out to them.
Trimming and harvesting your plants are efficient when you have a pruner handy.
They can also be used to increase the yield of plants by undergoing basic plant training.
Heavy scissors in a house can be used alternatively, but using a sterile one is recommended as you don’t want your plants to catch any unwanted disease from bacteria on your scissors.
12. Watering Can
Keeping your plants hydrated with the ideal amount of water at the right place is very crucial and you would need a watering can with a funnel that can reach the roots without disturbing the leaves and stems.
Any home-made jug with a long beak can also be used.
13. Spray Bottles
If you plan on misting the plants often, you would definitely need spray bottles as a watering can transfer the bulk of water in one go.
14. Ball of String
This can be used to support your plants or to train them to increase yields. For that reason, a ball of the string becomes extremely crucial for your toolbox when you grow weed.
You can even leave the buds hanging from above the tent after you are done harvesting.
Some use cables made of plastic but they do more harm to the plants and buds.
15. Duct Tape
Be it for fixing the injured stems, labeling plants, sealing grow tents, and making your ventilation airtight duct tape is essential for any grow room.
They will protect your plants from catching on any disease from the human hands and vice versa. The sticky residue after harvesting can be harmful and you have to protect the plants too.
Latex-free gloves that are food safe and free from any powder are ideal.
17. Protective Eyewear
The LED lights installed for the plants can be harmful to your eyes as they produce UV rays. So getting a good pair of glasses makes it easier for you to inspect the plants thoroughly.
You could alternatively use sunglasses/shades that you normally use out in the sun. But make sure you can see the surface clearly.
18. Bud Trimming Machine
If you are expecting large yields, a bud trimmer would be a lifesaver as it will save you a lot of time.
They perform the same job as a pruner but takes less than half of the time.
Quite evidently, they reduce the harvesting time and make things easy for you.
A cheaper alternative to Bud Trimming Machine is scissors, which can damage the stems of plants.
19. Airtight Containers / Jars
Storing the yield and putting it into airtight containers is the ideal way to protect and store your produce. They prolong the shelf life and keep the potency of the product in a big way.
Try buying an airtight container with a thick glass.
Vacuum bags are a cheaper alternative, but they are usually not airtight. Why take chances with your produce anyway?
20. Power Strip / Extension Lead
For plugging all the tools near the planting site, you would need one.
Well, this is what a basic starters kit looks like if you want to grow marijuana at your own place.
Keep these tools handy and you will have more chances of increasing productivity and the quality of your produce.