You will need to think about the following equipment to get a grow room up and going.
- Growing medium
- Reservoir tank and water
- Grow systems
- Final plant size – how big do you want them to be?
- Lighting type and distance between the lights and the plants
- Fans and air control including ventilation
- Power outlets, timers, and meters (temperature, EC and pH)
- Space to work around the growth
Spend some time planning your marijuana grow room in advance. A well planned grow room will be easier to work in and leaves less room for costly mistakes and accidents. Any space that can be made into an enclosed, lightproof environment will be suitable. This can range from an entire garage or out-building to an attic, cellar or bedroom and down to a cupboard or even a tented off area of another room. You will need ventilation and space around the plants to tend to them especially if you are using HID grow lights instead of LEDs.
Ideally, you should have at least 6ft (1.83 meters) of height if not more like 10 or 12 feet and easy access to power sockets, water and exhaust. You can grow in smaller spaces but you will need to train your plants downwards on wires on a daily basis as they grow quickly under lights. You will also have to monitor the humidity, heat and air flow of smaller areas more intensively.
Think about discretion. Fans, bright grow lights and pumps can sometimes attract unwanted attention and should be kept away from living accommodations where they may prove a nuisance. It is also important to think about odors. You’re burgeoning crop may begin to smell quite strongly.
Safety is a crucial consideration when planning the growing environment. Electricity and water don’t mix. Keep all electric appliances away from water and up off the floor in case of flooding. Before starting to grow, double check all timers, pipes, leads and electrical connections. It is usually a good idea to buy new gear but well inspected used gear can save a lot of money. It’s also a good idea to consider purchasing new lights because the bulbs have a longer life expectancy and old lights can weaken and offer poor results.
Give the entire system a test run first to be sure that there have been no errors in setting up the equipment. Watch to make sure the reservoir systems do not overfill and dump water on to the floor. If you are using the high energy (high heat output) HPS and MH grow lights make sure to keep a fire extinguisher in the grow room.
Background information for this article was provided by HowToGrowMarijuana.com.