A super soil mix can cost between $20 and $50, while there are also nutrient kits on the market for $80+. There is a school of thought that professional soil and nutrient mixes are a better option than natural plant soil because of fewer contaminants.
The simplest way to grow weed at home is to invest in a grow tent . They are designed specifically for growing marijuana, are easy to assemble, and will cause no damage to your property. A two by two-foot (2’ x 2’) tent will cost approximately $120 and can house a maximum of three plants.
You can purchase seeds online for anywhere between $10 and $20 apiece. There should also be options to purchase 3-packs, 5-packs, and 10-packs at least. A 10-pack should cost 20% or so less per seed. A 5-pack is the most popular option (most states only allow you to grow a maximum of six plants) and will probably cost approximately $60.
As temperature and humidity play such a crucial role in growing marijuana, purchase a thermometer and hygrometer, or an all-in-one device. They are available for just $10. If you live in an area where the water isn’t suitable for weed, consider buying a reverse osmosis system to purify the water. The cost ranges from $150 to thousands of dollars.
Filters aren’t a necessity, but they clean the air and eliminate the smell of weed. Typically, you can expect to pay over $100 for a filter and duct fan combination. You also need clip fans to keep your grow tent closed and circulate the air inside; they cost approx. $30.
As you can see, unless you’re growing outdoors, you simply get more for your money by using LED lights.
Knowing how to grow a small weed plant is likely the hardest part of actually growing it. Now that you know what to do, you are well on your way to enjoying hassle-free, home-grown marijuana.
Organic Cannabis Soil Recipe
In many areas, there is a six-plant limit. If that seems small, keep in mind that with just six plants or less, you can still yield plenty. Plus, it is way easier to handle six plants instead of something like fourteen. This is especially true when growing indoors. Think about how much yield you can produce under a grow lamp. For example, using four plants under a 600-watt HPS (High Pressure Sodium) lamp will produce more yield than squeezing sixteen of them under that lamp.
Indoor growing using a 600-watt grow tent
Your marijuana plants need enough light to grow, and generally, 3-4 hours of direct sunlight is the minimum needed. A windowsill will typically give them enough to do it effectively. Grow lights can provide higher yields, but natural sunlight has been doing a great job since long before LEDs were invented, and it’s totally free!
LED lights have received quite a bit of attention over the years with some growers saying they produce very high yields. While this fact still remains to be settled, here are some things to consider if you plan to use them.
Below are some costs that are typically associated with growing marijuana:
Indoor growing using a LED – powered grow tent
Save Money – No Tent Needed
Also, when you only grow a few plants, things like fans and carbon filters to reduce the smell aren’t necessary.
Growing cannabis outdoors can be a very simple startup process. The biggest factor to take into account is the climate where you live. It needs to be sunny and dry enough to promote growth and prevent rot, and it needs to stay sunny and warm long enough into the fall to allow the plants to finish flowering. Growing in a greenhouse can help regulate temperature and moisture-related issues.
But growing your own cannabis does present some difficulties. Pests, mold, and other diseases can rapidly sabotage a grow and leave you with a bad crop. If you’re completely new to growing, trial and error could lead to some costly mistakes as you learn how to properly raise healthy crops with strong yields.
When including estimated labor costs of $20 per day for the growing period, the prices change significantly. (We adjusted the labor time needed for the 2′ x 2′ space at $10 per day because the size of the space is much more manageable.)
Growing Cannabis Outdoors
If you’re curious about the approximate costs of growing your own cannabis, keep in mind that pricing varies between growing indoors and outdoors, as well as the size of your grow.
For this estimate, we are growing in a climate where plants can be outside from the start of the season (July) to the end of the season (October). Again, we assume using clones to start, which aren’t included in our cost estimates.
Cost Estimates of Growing Cannabis Indoors
If you already own equipment from growing other types of plants, you can certainly reuse many of these startup materials for growing cannabis. Growing just a plant or two in your yard will cost even less than the prices listed in these table.
Costs Estimates of Store-Bought Cannabis (click to enlarge)