The right equipment will remove much of the stress from growing and help you achieve better yields.
This grow room equipment checklist covers everything you need for a highly efficient grow room. I’ll cover what each item is for, why you should use it, and if there are any budget-friendly alternatives.
If you think I’ve missed anything ( or you prefer another bit of equipment to the one recommended ) please let me know in the comments below!
The Grow Room Equipment Checklist
Here’s a quick look at the items in our list. We’ll cover each one in more detail below.
- Seed Starter Plugs
- Fabric Pots / Containers
- Grow Tent
- LED Grow Light
- Rotating/Oscillating Fan
- Inline Fans & Ducting
- Carbon Filter
- PH Meter
- Watering Can
- Spray bottles
- Ball of String
- Duct tape
- Protective Eyewear
- Bud Trimmer Machine
- Airtight Jars / Containers
- Extension Lead
1. Seed Starter Plugs
The best way to germinate cannabis seeds. Seed starter plugs are small lumps of peat moss with the perfect air to water ratio. You simply pop your seed in the pre-cut hole, cover, add water as directed, then leave it under a lamp to keep it warm. After a couple of days, your seed will sprout and you can easily transfer it to your growing container. Seed starter plugs enjoy higher success rates than other germination methods.
Alternatives – Cheaper methods include using a wet paper towel or planting your seed directly in the soil. However, more seeds may fail to germinate this way, and seeds are expensive.
2. Fabric Pots / Containers
If you’re using soil as your grow medium, you’ll need a container. Small containers are fine for seedlings but you’ll need larger containers (2 – 5 gal ) as your plant grows. Fabric pots like these give excellent results as their porous walls allow your soil to breathe and prevent overwatering. You’ll also need a large tray to catch water runoff.
Alternatives – Standard garden pots will also do the job.
3. Grow Tent
Grow tents provide the ideal growing environment for your plants. A good grow tent will protect your plants from pests, control the smell, reduce light loss, and generally make it much easier to control your grow.
Alternatives – Some growers choose to build their own grow tents. This option may be best if you’re crafty or have an awkwardly sized grow space.
4. LED Grow Light
Lighting is your plants food source. LED grow lights will maximize growth and encourage higher yields. Their also easy to use and extremely energy efficient. For optimal results, your plants need roughly 50w per square meter. If you’re growing between 1-6 plants, I would suggest buying an LED light with at least 300w of power.
Alternatives – HID (high intensity discharge ) grow lights are powerful and effective but run hot and require extra equipment ( ballasts ) to run. Fluorescent grow lights can also be used but are not as effective as LEDs or HIDs
For more information about LED grow lights, click here
Timers are a very important bit of grow room equipment as they automatically simulate day/night cycles for your plants. Look for timers that can handle high wattages (at least higher than your lights’ total wattage) and can be programmed to control cycles for hours or even days.
6. Rotating / Oscilating Fan
Rotating fans provide constant air circulation inside your tent, preventing mold growth, and helping to strengthen your cannabis plant’s stems and branches. Choose an oscillating fan that can be mounted on the frame of your grow tent easily.
7. Inline Fans & Ducting
Inline fans provide ventilation for your grow room. There will be at least two ventilation holes in your grow tent. One hole for a fan pull fresh air in (typically the bottom port), and the other to expel stale air out (the top port). Ducting is attached to the inline fan for the air to pass through into a filter ( see below )
8. Carbon Filter/Scrubber
Carbon filters or “scrubbers” keep your grow discrete by controlling odors – purifying the air inside your tent. To set up your carbon filter, you’ll need an inline fan ( to suck the air out of the tent ) some ducting ( to suck the air through ) and a decent grow tent with ventilation ports.
A thermo-hygrometer measures both the temperature and the humidity inside the tent. They are essential as they’ll help you quickly resolve any environment issues inside the tent. I’d recommend getting one with big displays so they are still legible even from outside the tent.
10. PH Meter
A PH meter measures the PH levels of your water and soil. Maintaining a good PH level is vital when growing cannabis. If your PH levels are too high or too low, your plant will not be getting the correct nutrients required to flourish. Ideal soil pH is between 6.0 and 7.0, while hydroponics ideal PH is between 5.5 and 6.5. PH meters are easy to use, you just stick them in your soil or the water you’re about to pour on your plants and they will give you a reading.
A good pair of sharp pruners will make trimming and harvesting your plants easier and quicker.
Alternatives – You can use a pair of heavy duty scissors from your house, but make sure they have been sterilised so that you don’t pass on any bacteria to your plants.
12. Watering Can
You’ll need a standard portable watering can to keep your indoor plants hydrated. Look for watering cans made from sturdy materials with long spouts.
Alternatives – Some growers like to use a battery powered liquid transfer pump, which allows you to pump water from a much larger water jug ( meaning less trips to the tap ) but I like using my trusty watering can 🙂
13. Spray Bottles
Spray bottles are obviously required if you’re planning to mist your plants or utilise foliar feeding. However, they are not an essential bit of kit.
14. Ball of String
A ball of string is very useful to have in your grow toolbox. It’s main use is to support and train your plants. However, you can also use it to secure any hanging fixtures.
Alternatives – Some people use cable ties, but they’re single use and plastic, so…. don’t do it! 🙂
15. Duct Tape
Duct tape is essential for any grow room ( or house for that matter ) Use it for fixing injured stems, sealing grow tents, labelling plants and making your ventilation air tight.
Gloves will protect your plants from contamination and protect your hands from sticky residue when harvesting. Make sure the gloves you buy are latex free, food safe and powderless, like these
17. Protective Eyewear
Grow room glasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays produced by grow lights. A good pair of grow glasses also make it much easier to view your plants under your lights, preventing eye strain.
Alternatives – Many growers simply use a pair of decent quality sunglasses that also offer UV protection.
18. Bud Trimming Machine
A bud trimmer machine makes trimming large yields a breeze. They essentially do the same job as pruners but will do it in half the time. These machines are very useful for growing with hand mobility issues or growers looking to reduce their harvesting time.
Alternatives – Not an essential item. A good set of pruners or a strong pair of kitchen scissors are all you need to trimming your harvested buds.
19. Airtight Containers / Jars
Mason jars are the best choice when it comes to curing and storing your weed. They protect and prolong the shelf life of your dried buds and help maintain their potency. The best jars have large storage, thick glass and an airtight seal.
Alternatives – You could also use vacuum bags but they don’t offer the same airtight seal and protection that a sealed glass jar does.
20. Power Strip / Extension Lead
You may have run out of sockets after purchasing some of the items on this list. A trusty power strip will come in handy, amking sure you can plug in and run everything at once!
I hope you found this grow room equipment checklist useful. How many of these tools do you have? Please let me know in the comments below if you think!
You might be thinking “wow, I can’t afford all this stuff!”
Remember, you don’t necessarily need to use every bit of equipment on this list. If you’re on a tight budget, the best advice I can give you is to just grow one plant. This will generally reduce the cost of your grow; you’ll use less power, you’ll need a smaller grow tent, a smaller grow light etc.
If you’d like to know more growing, check out our easy to follow beginners guide that teaches you how to grow big buds indoors