Oh hark! The legalization of recreational cannabis draws closer!
With the California, Massachusetts, and Nevada’s legalization last month, as well as the Canadian government recently publishing their legalization recommendations report, people are getting excited at the possibility of growing their own cannabis plants at home.
Luckily for them, there are already a number of indoor cannabis growing solutions and grow box alternatives available, from the super simple DIY project, to the latest tech gadget that automates the process.
1) Automated Growing Systems
If you have a black thumb for growing plants, automated systems like the Grobo One Hydroponic Grow Box will grow your plants for you. The system waters your plants, distributes nutrients, and ensures that your plants get the perfect amount of light.
Equipped with full-colour spectrum LED lights, temperature sensors, a carbon filter, an electrochromic glass door, and a steel door lock, Grobo creates the perfect environment for your plants to thrive. At $1300, Grobo is a cheaper and more manageable alternative to the Leaf grow box or 7Sensors. Oh, and did we mention that the system comes with a phone app that will deliver real-time plant information to the palm of your hand? Nifty.
Grobo One smart grow box system (Source)
2) Grow Boxes
Standard grow boxes have been around for years. These boxes are enclosed environments to grow your plants. It is, quite literally, a box that grows things.
The difference between these grow boxes and the above mentioned growing systems is that grow boxes are not automated. They require you to manually turn on and off the grow lights and water pumps, or they will be set to a timer. They also do not track the growth of your plant, so you’ll have constantly check on your plants.
There are large selections of grow boxes to choose from, and you’re sure to find something that suits your needs and space requirements. The cheapest, most basic models start around the $700 mark, with larger, more complex systems hitting the $5000 range.
Standard grow box (Source)
3) Grow Tent
A grow tent can be thought of as a larger grow box. It is, in essence, an enclosed space for plants to grow in. There are two major differences between a grow tent and a grow box:
1) Size and structure: Sizes for grow tents cover a wide range, but they will normally be larger than a grow box. Unlike a ridge grow box, a tent is made up of a metal frame and canvas walls, making it easy to setup or collapse if it needs to be moved.
2) Out-of-box readiness: Although grow tents are relatively inexpensive, they are an empty shell. You will need to buy the grow lights, fans, filters, and water containers that go into the tent. Researching and sourcing each individual item will take a large chunk of time and cost a pretty penny. On the flip side, this allows you to customize the tent to include the exact types of light or brand of filter that you prefer.
A basic grow tent. (Source)
The best thing about DIY projects is the sense of accomplishment you feel when you complete it. That holds the same when building a DIY growing system. There are countless online tutorials detailing how to build a growing system, from small systems hacked together in plastic buckets, to large cabinets crafted with advanced systems. DIY systems are less expensive, but you have to be willing to source parts and research your options. If you’re not a DIY person, there’s always the above options!
PC grow box (Source)