This build is adressed to new growers from the EU with corresponding product links. Start your grow today.
Everything you need to harvest ~10 oz. of dry material every 3-4 months!
I will list the items that are absolute mandatory to grow first. There is a list with additional items, that I deem useful below. Get started on your first grow tent!
General Assumptions regarding your grow
- Your grow medium of choice is soil.
- You grow in a grow tent.
- You start from seed.
- You are a grow enthusiast who wants to make the most of a given space.
- You do not have to run this hobby on a budget. (Options for that below)
List of items
|grow tent||3×3 Grow Tent||1||54,95 €||amazon|
|light*||260W HLG QB||1||319,00 €||todogrowled|
|pots||19 l smart pots||4||33,96 €||amazon|
|soil*||100 l Light Mix||1||28,70 €||amazon|
|ventilation||Clip Fans||1-2||30,96 €||amazon|
|clima control||Temp./Hum. Monitor||1||8,95 €||amazon|
|on/off switch||Progammable timer||1||12,85 €||amazon|
The light – Quantum Board LEDs
The top notch grow LED technology. The set from HLG comes with every part you need tohook up your light. Check out the build instructions from LED gardener how to do this.
The set is particulary inexpensive for the power you get: 260 W of one of the most efficient lights out there. The board has the famous Samsung LM301b chip on the boards. With the driver running at 100% you can expect up to 2.61 µmol/J and over 170 lm/W. You can even ramp that up with two of the kits running both at 200 W. Read more on LED tech in the theory section.
The kit also comes with predrilles heatsinks to passively cool down the boards. This is possible since there are numerous chips far apart from each other on the board, so heat dissipation is easier. One more advantage: Light is distributed much more evenly across the canopy area. In my opnion (11.2018) Quantum Boards are the single best technology for homegrowers right now and HLG are on top of the game.
Soil and Nutrition
This is an optional choice but I had very good results with the products from BioBizz before. You can also choose an alternative like Kanamu Pacha, Canna or Plagron. Read carefully the nutrition and soil usage instruction. Overfeeding is one of the biggest problems for new growers.
Air circulation is key to have optimal temperatures inside your grow tent. Room temperature between 19°C and 22°C are very much optimal for a grow room. The light, no matter if LED or HPS, will create dissipative heat through the process of creating light and of course the photon output. Its necessary to get this air exchanged at least once every five minutes. A good fan will do this easily. Remember that the use of an active carbon filter will reduce the overall power of a fan, so you need to consider that when planning a grow room.
Do you need active intake? Not necessarily. A powerful fan will create negative pressure inside the the tent and air gets sucked through the gaps of the tent inside. Thats more than enough for a homegrower.
Model builders syringes
It can be hard to get the right amount of nutrients out of the bottles. Use syringes to get it right.
I mean, a simple container that can hold 5-10 l of fluid will work, but a normal watering can will ease up the process significantly.
pH test kits
Tap water is oftentimes not suitable for watering cannabis in an optimal fashion. Try to keep track of the tapwateres pH levels and change it accordingly. The pH for soil grows can be buffered through the grow medium itself, but it is helping alot if you can dial it in before putting it in.
pH levels for soil grows should be between 6.0 and 6.5.
Sharp gardening scissors
Keep your stuff clean and only use it for plants. This prevents infections and pests from entering you grow area.