How To Grow Weed On A Budget, Both Indoors And Outdoors
Growing your own cannabis is one of the most gratifying experiences a stoner can have. But so many of us are limited by the high-cost the whole operation can entail. But recent developments in the industry have brought this price down! Here is how to grow your weed very inexpensively, both indoors and out.
Growing weed has been associated with costly procedures for a long time. When many people think of cultivating cannabis, they automatically imagine expensive lighting setups, nutrients, humidity and temperature controllers, as well as €50 for a cannabis seed. But fear not, this is far from what the current market has to offer.
Nowadays, you’ll find machines that grow cannabis from start to finish without you even knowing it’s there. And with the appearance of such advancements in growing technology, this brings down the price and boosts the availability of more conventional growing methods.
There are several factors that go into growing cannabis. We’ll be examining how you can save the most money on your grow operation without sacrificing quality. Because if you’re looking to grow shitty weed, it will be super easy to do on a budget. The hard thing is growing cannabis you actually feel proud of when smoking with your friends. Let’s explore each of these essential variables, and see where we can save some money.
One might be inclined to think that the first step to saving money is to acquire cheap seeds. But one would be wrong. This is actually where you should invest the most. Making sure you have quality genetics will go a long way in keeping your plants healthy, even if you use lower-quality products during the later stages of growth.
Automatic genetics are also something that will help you save. In many cases, autos begin flowering just 2-3 weeks after germination. What’s more, the flowering cycle is not dependent on hours of light like photoperiod strains. Ultimately, your auto will rush from seed to harvest in an impressive amount of time, saving indoor growers some hard-earned cash. We currently offer over 20 different autoflowering strains in our store. These will ensure you get your desired yield within an appropriate timeframe.
Within our autoflowering seed catalogue, we feature our great, award-winning Royal Dwarf strain. Not only is this an inexpensive strain, costing you €5.00 per seed, it will also be very easy to grow. Easy in the sense that you won’t need a very big space. It’s called “Dwarf” for a reason. It’s a very compact and short strain, but will still produce up to 200g/m² indoors.
GROW ROOM ESSENTIALS
Now that we have our seed taken care of, we need to set up our grow space to properly receive and nourish it. Growing indoors will always be more expensive than growing outside, so we’ll mainly be looking into what an indoor grow room needs.
Lights are one of the most important variables when growing cannabis. Without light, your plant will not grow, period. Indoor lighting setups have to mimic the energy produced by the sun, so they can be quite expensive, especially when growing multiple plants. But there are still ways you can save on these. One of the best options is to buy used lamps, they’ll do just fine. You’ll only need new bulbs. Lamps and reflectors can be found on eBay and similar sites, and will likely perform as well as newer models.
LED lights will be a great choice if you want to save on electric bills. These, however, will probably be the most expensive option outright. Fluorescent bulbs, on the other hand, are cheaper. But they’ll consume much more energy and you’ll have to change bulb types when moving from the vegetative cycle to flowering. You can get the EnviroGro 4, which will cost you anywhere between €90-120. This is definitely a great option for the vegetative cycle.
HPS lights will be your third option. These have a full UV spectrum but don’t last very long. And on top of that, they release a lot of heat. This means you’ll need more fans to cool down your room. iPower Digital Dimmable System is a great choice as it comes with a cooling hood. This will help reduce the heat it emits, but with the extra cost of purchasing the inline fan. These systems cost anywhere between €130-250.
AIR CIRCULATION AND HEAT
Air circulation is essential to maintain a healthy environment. Your lights are constantly releasing heat. On top of that, your plants will transpire on a daily basis. So it’s important you keep bringing fresh air into your grow room, and stale air out. This means you need both intake and exhaust fans. You can buy cheap second-hand fans on eBay for as little as €10, and you can make your own carbon filter to keep the smell to a minimum.
When you simulate night time, your room or closet will begin to cool down. For this, you’ll need extra heating. During the day, your lights might produce enough heat, but at night, the grow room cools down drastically. So much so, it can be very unhealthy for your plants. Purchasing extra heating equipment may seem like a lot, but you’ll realise how beneficial it can be when it’s needed.
You want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your lights. Reflective walls will help light bounce around the room and get to every part of your plant. This will probably give you greater yields while using the same number of lamps.
The easiest solution for this is to buy a grow tent. You can get one for as little as €100, like the Apollo Horticulture grow tent. These are all usually airtight and water-sealed. They are extremely practical setups and can fit discreetly in almost every household.
We’ve covered the necessities of your plant’s environment. Now let’s go through what your plant needs directly. You’ll obviously require a dedicated space. You can use a closet, an entire room, or purchase a grow tent. This will depend on your budget and what you currently have at your disposal.
Being that you want to save money when selecting a medium, soil will be the best option. This is the cheapest and simplest option. You might not even need a lot of extra nutrients depending on the type and quality of your soil. You can also make your own manure or worm castings at almost no extra cost.
But if you still find yourself needing extra nutrient supplements, try to use ones made specifically for cannabis. This is important as you’ll be consuming the plant’s yields. If buds are grown with harmful chemicals, your cannabis can end up really hurting your body. In case you find yourself using a generic fertilizer, make sure it’s intended for edible products like vegetables or fruit. This will inform you that it’s ok to light up your bud after feeding it the product.
Vertafort has some great options that are super cheap. You dissolve a tablet in 3-5 litres of water to create the booster mix. This will feed as many plants as you can with the water. They have tablets both for the vegetative and the flower stage. Don’t be fooled by the marketing of other expensive brands who claim only their products can do the job. As long as you understand what you’re looking for, you’ll find cheap options. Don’t start before doing all the necessary research.
SETTING UP A BUDGET OUTDOOR GROW-OP
When growing outdoors, there are few factors you can actually control. Therefore, make sure you don’t underspend and buy poor-quality soil. Even if you have perfect genetics and the ideal nutrient supplements, if your soil is too cheap, your seed will not grow. You won’t be spending more than €100 on soil and considering what’s in question, this isn’t a whole lot.
When it comes to water, the cost will depend on where you live, but this shouldn’t be too excessive. Making sure you’re using quality soil will also guarantee the proper amount of water is being both absorbed and drained.
If you decide to use an external nutrient supply, the cost will depend on how informed you are. If you can make your own worm castings, you probably won’t need any extra macronutrients, but it will depend on your time, resources, and quality of soil.
But when it comes to growing indoors, there will be additional costs. As mentioned above, there are some materials that one cannot go without when growing indoors. The closet/tent you use, paired with lighting, heating, and air circulation equipment are integral to your crop’s success.
Once you make that initial investment, growing more plants will only become cheaper. If you can grow outside, do it. You’ll save money. However, many argue that indoor weed is of a higher quality. While proponents of each method with argue their side, indoor grow-ops allow more much more control over your plants’ environment than the great outdoors.
But hey, at a low-cost or not, you’re growing cannabis. So have fun and remember to learn from your mistakes. Learning means that your next crop will be cheaper; and the next one, hopefully, cheaper than that. Good luck with your next harvest!
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You may be asking yourself these common growing questions:
“How do I grow marijuana indoors?”
Luckily, it’s really easy to get a cannabis seed to sprout!
“How much money will it cost to get started?”
If you’re considering growing weed, it costs as little as $300 to get started growing or a bit more for a semi-automatic, high-yielding bubbleponics grow system.
“Where can I get marijuana seeds?”
Check out our How to Buy Marijuana Seeds Online Guide (with delivery to every state of the USA) to safely get your hands on good genetics. Starting with good seeds lets you choose the looks, smell, and effects of your buds!
Cannabis buds are generally green, but can also be pink or purple with certain strains.
“How much will electricity cost each month?”
If you’re just growing a few marijuana plants for personal use, it will cost you $20-$100+/month for electricity, depending on what grow lights (electricity) and nutrients you use. On average, I’d say a hobby-size grower might pay about $50/month to grow, but it depends greatly on your setup and local electricity costs!
“How can I increase my marijuana yields?”
We have quite a few techniques to choose from or combine! See some of our most popular pages:
- Super Cropping – A simple technique to bigger yields
- Simplest Guide to Growing Short & Bushy Marijuana Plants
- LST (Low Stress Training) – Training your plants can easily double your harvest!
- Or check out our page on the controversial defoliation technique
Even More Ways to Increase Cannabis Yields
- Increase Light Intensity (plus choose right light for desired yields & possibly add CO2)
- Manipulate How Plants Grow (a free way to yield more bud indoors)
- Provide Right Nutrients (low Nitrogen in the flowering stage, and remember sometimes less is more!)
- Control Growing Environment (let the growing environment work for you)
- Harvest Plants Properly (most importantly, don’t harvest early!)
- Lastly, it’s important to remember that the strain has a major effect on yields!
Two small cannabis plants can yield several ounces of premium weed!
“How can I grow weed privately?”
But remember the most important factors to stealth growing: “No tell, no smell, no sell.”
Never tell anyone, not even your best friend, that you’re growing. Be on top of preventing smells, and never ever sell cannabis. Breaking one of those 3 principles is how 99% of growers get found out!
“What if my plants get sick?”
The most common issue a grower runs into is a pH imbalance. Barring that, your marijuana plants likely either have a nutrient deficiency, heat or light stress, or are being attacked by some sort of marijuana mold, pest or bug.
Whether you call it weed, cannabis, sinsemilla, skunk, pot, marijuana, or something else, the plant known as Cannabis Sativa is a hardy weed in the wild and can actually be easy to grow indoors at home when you know what to do.
Growing Medical Marijuana
“Medical marijuana” has become a household name. The body of evidence for medical marijuana in the treatment of cancer and other illnesses is growing every day.
And for those who need medical marijuana, growing weed indoors is the perfect way to ensure a safe, regular supply of buds, for cheap. In fact, when you grow weed indoors for personal use, you often end up with way too much.
If you catch the growing bug like I did, and if you start enjoying the process of tending your cannabis garden just for the sake of gardening, you’re going to have to find a dispensary or medical marijuana group where you can donate all your extra buds. 🙂
As you probably know, both medical marijuana and recreational cannabis have been decriminalized or legalized in many places around the world and weed is becoming legal in more places every day!
Yet there still aren’t many simple indoor “how to grow weed” guides for beginners (even for those who legally grow, such as medical marijuana users and those who live in places where marijuana is legalized for personal use).
If so, I know how you feel. It can be hard to weed out all the bad information on the internet and find well-researched, free tips or instructions on how to grow your own cannabis.
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