This is the Grow Room Equipment Checklist that I wish I had when I started growing.
It includes all the tools you need for a highly efficient grow room.
Grow Room Equipment Checklist:
- Seed Starter Plugs
- Fabric Containers
- Grow Tent
- LED Grow Light
- Rotating/Oscillating Fan
- Inline Fan & Ducting
- Carbon Filter
- PH Meter
- Watering Can
- Spray bottles
- Ball of String
- Duct tape
- Protective Eyewear
- Bud Trimmer Machine
- Airtight Jars / Containers
- Extension Lead
Read on to find out what each item is for, why you should use it, and if there are any budget-friendly alternatives.
Seed Starter Plugs
Seed starter plugs are by far the best way to germinate cannabis seeds.
They are small lumps of peat moss with the perfect air-to-water ratio.
You simply pop your seed in the pre-cut hole, pinch it shut, add water as directed, then leave it under a standard lamp or by a window to keep it warm.
After a couple of days, your seed will sprout and it’s a simple job to transfer it to a large 5 gallon growing container, where it will stay until it flowers.
Seed starter plugs enjoy much higher success rates than other germination methods.
If you’re using soil as your grow medium ( and I recommend that beginners do ) you’ll need a container.
Small containers are fine for young seedlings, but you’ll need larger containers (2 – 5 gal ) to accommodate your plant as it grows.
Fabric pots like these provide excellent results as their porous walls allow your soil to breathe and also prevent overwatering.
Oh, you’ll also need a large tray to catch water runoff.
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.
LED Grow Light
Lighting is your plant’s food source, so choosing the right light is important.
Reliable LED grow lights will maximize growth and encourage higher yields.
They’re also easy to use and extremely energy efficient.
For optimal results, your plants need at least 32w of actual power per square meter.
That means, if you’re growing between 1-2 plants, you’ll need an LED with at least 64w of actual power.
Timers are a very important bit of grow room equipment, as they automatically simulate day/night cycles for your plants.
Your light source plugs into the timer and the timer is then plugged into the wall.
The timer then automatically turns the grow light on and off at the right times so that you don’t have to do it manually.
Look for timers that can handle high wattages (at the very least higher than your lights’ total wattage) and can be programmed to control cycles for hours or even days.
Rotating / Oscillating 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 like the one above that can be mounted on the frame of your grow tent. This keeps it out of the way.
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 to 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 and into a filter ( see below )
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.
Thermo-hygrometer measures both the temperature and the humidity inside the tent.
They are essential as they’ll help you quickly resolve any environmental issues inside the tent.
I’d recommend getting one with big displays so they are still legible even from outside the tent.
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.
They are an essential bit of weed growing equipment as they can also be used to increase yields by performing basic plant training.
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.
Spray bottles will be required if you’re planning to mist your plants or utilize foliar feeding.
They’re definitely handy to have, but I would not say that they are an essential bit of kit.
Ball of String
A ball of string is VERY useful to have in your grow toolbox.
It can be used to support your plants or to train them to increase yields.
You can also string to secure any fixtures inside your grow tent or to hang drying buds from after harvesting.
Every grower should have a ball of string in their kit 🙂
Duct tape is essential for any grow room ( or house for that matter )
You can use it for fixing injured stems, sealing grow tents, labeling plants, and making your ventilation airtight.
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 powder-less, to prevent contaminating your freshly grown buds.
Grow room glasses protect your eyes from harmful UV rays produced by most grow lights.
A good pair of grow glasses also make it much easier to inspect your plants under your lights, which helps to prevent eye strain.
Alternatives – Many growers simply use a pair of decent quality sunglasses which also offer UV protection.
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 growers with hand mobility issues or growers looking to reduce their harvesting time.
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 a large storage, thick glass, and an airtight seal.
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 extremely handy, making sure you can plug in and run everything at once!
EDIT: Some readers have emailed asking what soil I use. I didn’t include soil in this list as I don’t really class it as equipment, but I like to use this organic super soil from Amazon. It already has the perfect blend of nutrients so you don’t have to worry about nutrient mixes in the early stages of your grow.
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 if missed anything!
You might be thinking “wow, I can’t afford all this stuff!”
Remember, you don’t necessarily need to use every bit of weed growing equipment on this list.
If you’re on a tight budget, the best advice I can give you is to just grow one plant.
Growing one plant means you’ll need a smaller grow tent, a less expensive grow light and consume less power.
If you’d like to know more about growing, check out our easy to follow beginners guide that teaches you how to grow big buds indoors