First, I’d like to apologize for my absence from the blog. I had to take a break to focus on family matters and my mental health for a little bit. It was a bigger priority at that point, but now I’m back. So, let’s get into the shopping list and cheatsheets.
New Grower Shopping List
I’m going to go through the shopping list with a little more detail in here and you can download the document here.
You can choose traditional pots or fabric pots. The fabric pots have better root aspiration which basically means that the roots can breathe easier. A good size for beginners would be 5 gallon or 7 gallon because both autoflower and photoperiod plants can do well in these sizes. You can also go up as high as 20 gallons for photoperiods if you’d like to.
Whether you choose soil or coco coir, there are lots of brands and options available. Try your local gardening/hydroponic store. Some common brands to consider are: Fox farm, Gaia Green, Promix, & Coco Loco. There are also other soilless options, but I grow organically, so coco coir or soil are the best options.
What type of nutrients you use depends on personal preference. I prefer to avoid salt based nutrients as I prefer growing organically using plant or animal by-product based nutrients. I personally find these types of organics to be very easy to use and low maintenance. It is also decently priced. I usually buy my Gaia Green Organic Dry Amendments in 10kg or 20kg bags and this will last for a lot of grows. There are many other brands available for nutrients including Advanced Nutrients, Remo Nutrients, & General Hydroponics, just to name a few. There are also supplemental nutrients to aid in different things such as resin or terpene production.
You can choose between different types of cannabis depending on your space, budget and time available. If you want a faster return, then Autoflowers might be a good option. If you have more time, you may consider growing Photoperiods. If you don’t want to spend too much, you may want to get Regular seeds instead of Feminized seeds. It all comes down to what YOU want.
There are many options for grow lights: Metal Halide, Ceramic Metal Halide, High Pressure Sodium, or LED. There are some great budget lights out now for beginners. I personally started with HID lights my first grow then moved to LED after.
Most lights come with one but if they don’t, I highly recommend getting some. They’re great for hanging lights and other items in your grow area.
1-2 Small fans
You’ll want at least 1 fan to circulate the air in your grow area. This can help to prevent bugs and other issues such as white powdery mildew. If you use 2, try to set them up on opposite sides and if possible, one down low and one up higher. Ideally, you’d like to have one under the canopy and one above it.
Ph pen or pH testing kit (optional)
Ph is very important when growing cannabis. You need to make sure you stay within a certain range depending on your medium so that the plant can uptake the nutrients. You can buy a pH testing pen or pH testing kit with drops. I personally started with the drops because they’re easy to use and there’s no need to calibrate it every so often.
This is a device that measures the temperature and humidity in an area. It is optional but I highly recommend getting one. It helps you stay within the ideal temperature and humidity ranges.
Humidity domes (optional)
These handy devices can really help with the seedling stage. It helps to keep the humidity higher inside the dome. This helps because seedlings prefer high humidity in the very beginning. These domes can be purchased in the spring at Dollarama for $2.50CAD each. This is optional, if you don’t have the funds for your first grow, but it’s a good investment.
Plant ties or trellis net (optional)
The plant ties are the cheaper option. They can be purchased in spring at Dollarama or Dollar Tree for very cheap. You’ll want some ties of you plan on doing any plant training. You can use pipe cleaners in a pinch, if there are no plant ties available. Trellis nets are a little more expensive and difficult to use than the ties, but don’t be afraid to try it.
Moisture meter (optional)
This device is very helpful to first time growers but isn’t absolutely necessary. It helps to measure the moisture levels on the medium. This helps you to know exactly when to water your plants.
Grow tent (optional)
If you can make the initial investment, a grow tent is a great option for growing as it keeps everything contained and reduces light leak issues. You can start with a small one (2×2 or 3×3) or a larger one (4×5 or 5×5) depending on the space available.
Intake fan, Exhaust fan and Carbon Air Filter (optional)
These are only really needed if you have a grow tent. They help with air circulation and eliminating the smell of your plants. This is a good option if you’re trying to conceal your grow.
Humidifier, Dehumidifier and Space heater (optional)
Depending on your grow area, you may require a humidifier or dehumidifier to get the humidity in the ideal range. You may also wish to have a dehumidifier to use in late flower to help increase resin production. The space heater is good for winter and/or lights out. This will help to ensure your plants don’t get too cold.
Jeweler’s loupe or digital microscope
You’ll want to at least get a jeweler’s loupe to view the trichomes during late flower. This will help you to decide when to harvest and ensure you get fully matured buds. They’re relatively cheap and can be found at most local gardening stores. Digital microscopes are a little more but can view a higher magnification and can also take videos and photos.
Fiskars or pruning shears & nitrile gloves
These are scissors designed for trimming/pruning plants. They are great for trimming your plants after harvest. Nitrile gloves are not necessary but I highly recommend using them because your hands will get crazy sticky when trimming your buds without gloves.
I also have 2 cheatsheets available to download. One is a grow room cheatsheet with all the ideal ranges and info that’s useful to have in your grow room. The second one is a nutrient schedule cheatsheet.
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