Those are the bare bones of growing weed cheap! There are several other accessories you can use to help produce the best yield possible and aid with clean-up, including a watering can, fabric grow pot, saucer, and natural pest repellent. This can be an expensive toolkit to put together on your own. To save money, you can check out our Complete Grow Kits at a Pot for Pot. They have everything you need to grow and you won’t have to take care of shipping costs from multiple websites.
How to Grow Weed on a Budget
But let’s talk about the most important elements – light and soil, and how nutrients can further enhance your soil.
What You Need to Grow Weed Indoors and On a Budget
The more light you have the bigger your yield is going to be. Think of it as the engine, the bigger it is the faster you can go. While lighting for cannabis is a highly debated subject, our team at a Pot for Pot believes that the best form of light for your plants is the sun. First and foremost, it is a giant fireball in the sky that is free! Not to mention it is a true full spectrum light source that the plant evolved to grow under.
A typical yield is 5-10 ounces, but they can produce a pound or more, depending on the grower. LECs offer outstanding growth in the vegetative stage. They also produce more UV light than other grow lights, which can possibly increase trichome production and give you more sparkling buds in the flowering stage. Unlike the yellow light of an HPS, LECs let you see plants in full color, which can help you see your plants and notice if something is going wrong. As long as you have 5 feet of height or more, a 315 LEC can be a good choice for new growers. Just be aware that they do put out enough heat to raise the temperature of a small room by a few degrees.
On the flip side, I feel that growers learn a lot about light and how plants grow when using CFLs, because you end up spending so much time with your plants and adjusting the lights. And the quality of CFL-grown bud is great. So in the end I am happy I started with CFLs even if it wasn’t the most logical choice. And you can’t beat the low setup costs (though there are also very cheap MH/HPS grow lights these days that work perfectly).
4.) Know Your Grow Lights!
It’s easy to get lost with endless research about growing cannabis. Which method is the best? Which grow light for your space? Which method gets the most yields?
Yet I’ve found that I get the best growth, healthiest leaves, and biggest yields by giving cannabis relatively low levels of nutrients – just enough to prevent nutrient deficiencies, but not any more than that. Typically I follow nutrient schedules at half the recommended strength to start.
5.) Pay attention to pH
Most of these problems can be prevented by setting up a simple exhaust system to vent the heat and humid air out. Plus this gives you the perfect place to place a carbon scrubber which takes smells out of the air , so you don’t have any odors outside the tent.