If you aren’t already growing your own cannabis at home, that might be due to one of the following misconceptions about constructing an indoor garden:
- You may think that acquiring the materials necessary will be difficult and tedious. This is not true.
- You suspect that the building process itself requires great technical proficiency. It does not.
- You assume building a grow space is highly expensive. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
And we’ll prove it! Building your own climate-controlled indoor grow can be easy, convenient, and inexpensive all at the same time.
This guide will help you build from scratch three different garden setups at three different price points. Each build will contain all of the necessary components needed for climate control, and will not require any technical proficiency to assemble.
All of the hardware used for each project can be ordered on Amazon. This opens up the opportunity for just about anyone with internet access to order and discreetly receive the parts necessary for these builds.
Note: Product prices below may fluctuate slightly over time.
The Nano Grow: $100 to $150
Who Should Use This Build?
First-time growers, budget growers, and those who wish to keep their garden as inconspicuous as possible are a good fit for the Nano Grow. At 24”x 24”, this tent is small enough to fit in most closets.
- TopoLight 24”x24”x48” Indoor Grow Room ($49.80)
- Lorell 6” Clip On Fan ($13.99)
- Century 24 Hour Mechanical Timer ($9.99)
- Growstar 150w Cree LED Full Spectrum UFO Light ($42.99)
- (Optional) iPower 4” 100CFM Inline Duct Fan ($17.99)
- (Optional) AcuRite Hydrometer and Thermometer ($11.51)
- Basic: $116.77
- With inline fan: $134.76
- With thermometer: $128.28
- With both: $146.27
The Nano Grow is designed to be the most budget-friendly and least technical design. This build focuses on trimming down the necessary components to eliminate any superfluous items. While the essentials will cost you just over $100, you can add an optional inline fan and thermometer/hydrometer for just bit more.
LED lights work well in this environment because they produce very little heat. Although filtration for a grow of this size is not necessary, those who wish to grow in a more confined space should consider opting for the intake fan and thermometer/hydrometer. This will help to both increase air circulation and provide some fundamental metrics for maintaining a healthy environment for the plants.
With the tent height maxing out at 48”, plants grown in this space should not exceed 24” in height and we recommend using dwarf, indica, and auto-flowering varieties for best results.
- Assembly Time: ~30 min
- Hardware Recommendations: Duct tape, heavy-duty zip ties
- Total Power Outlets Required: 2 to 3
- Where to Assemble: Closet space or room
- Recommended Plant Count: 1 to 2 plants
- Tent: The Topolight grow tent is perfect for a small space or closet and features highly reflective mylar coating on the inside to help provide your plants with optimal lighting.
- Light: The Growstar LED Full Spectrum UFO Light is an inexpensive and efficient fixture designed to provide a spectrum suitable for both vegetative and flowering plants. This light features 30w of Cree LED and emits a blue/purple hue. You also receive the necessary components to hang the light at variable heights in order to follow a canopy as it grows. LED lights do not add any additional heat to the tent and require less filtration to maintain proper temperatures.
- Filtration: A 6” Lorell clip-on fan provides airflow within the tent. Additionally, you may add a 4” 100CFM inline duct fan to provide an intake mechanism to cycle clean air throughout the tent. If you decide to buy the intake duct fan, install it on the bottom of the tent using duct tape and zip ties. The clip-on fan will help move air around inside of the tent. By keeping the top duct port open, air may exhaust passively. If you decide to opt out of the intake duct fan, leave both the bottom and the top port open for air movement.
- Automation: This build comes with a 24-hour mechanical timer designed to keep the light on an automated cycle. Mechanical timers are slightly more affordable than their digital counterparts.
- Climate Metering: The basic version of this build does not feature any climate monitoring hardware. However, there is an option to purchase an Acurite thermometer/hydrometer which will allow you to monitor essential metrics within the tent.
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