Many people believe that growing marijuana is going to be a costly venture. While you can spend a lot of money growing marijuana, you don’t need to. There are ways to decrease the costs and still get a satisfactory yield. If you stick with the basics and make sure that your plants are properly cared for, they’ll provide you with a good yield and high potency. So, how can you grow pot cheaply? You’ll find advice for doing that below.
The Average Costs
Ultimately, a lot of people will spend more to ensure they’ll get a bigger yield. The average figures are mainly associated with commercial grow operations. These growers can spend as much as $75 per square foot when growing inside. Growing outside is much cheaper and they’ll spend as little as $10 per square foot. Growers using greenhouses and combination grows will spend close to $50 per square foot. If you grow inside, you’ll have to pay for lights and other items. If you grow outside, you can minimize the costs.
If you’re working on a limited budget and want to grow a plant inside, you can do so easily. Your yield might suffer but you won’t have to break the bank. Below, you’ll find out what you need.
The Basic Necessities
If you want to grow weed, you’re going to need a few items. You don’t have to go all out. You just need to choose cheaper alternatives. For instance, you’re going to need some containers. If you have a few buckets sitting at home, you can use those. So, you won’t have to spend anything on them. You’ll also need water. You can use tap water if the pH level is balanced. You can always buy chemicals to treat your tap water to make it safe for your plants.
This may be cheaper than buying bottled water. The biggest expense is going to be your lights. If you’re growing outside, you’ll be able to use the natural sunlight. You can buy cheaper grow lights for as little as $20. If you’re diligent, you will be able to carry the plants inside and outside during the summer. This ensures that you’re able to control the plant’s life cycle so you don’t have to buy any light at all.
Either way, you’re going to need water, containers, light, and nutrients. This is everything you need to grow cannabis and make those plants produce buds.
Ways To Lower Costs
You don’t always have to be rich to grow marijuana. You’ll want to think outside of the box so you can find ways to limit the costs. The cheapest option is growing weed outside. This ensures that you’re able to access plenty of light and water. You’ll get light from the sun and the plants will receive water when it rains. However, you may need to water the plants when it doesn’t rain for a few days. The only downside with this method is that your plants are going to be exposed.
This will increase the likelihood that they’re going to experience pest problems. If you live in a state with illegal marijuana, this is likely too risky for you. When growing outside, you don’t need much. You’ll only need good soil, great seeds, and several containers.
You may want to buy seeds online. This is a good way to buy high-quality seeds for strains that you cannot find in your local area. The only problem is that buying seeds online is going to be very expensive. You’ll have to pay extra for shipping too. To avoid this problem, you should try reusing your seeds. You can likely find a lot of seeds in your bag of marijuana. Pick those out and you’ll likely be able to use them without paying for anything.
Finding Cheap Containers
Before buying any containers, you’ll want to look around your home. Do you have anything that could be used for this purpose? Do you have a mop bucket that you no longer use? You might have a few buckets from your local home improvement store too. You should try using these alternatives. Since you already have them at home, they’re free. Think outside of the box and you’ll easily be able to find cheaper or even free alternatives.
Indoor Light Alternatives
If you’re adamant about growing your plants inside, you’ll need plenty of lighting. This doesn’t mean you’ll have to break the bank buying powerful grow lights though. Instead, you’ll want to consider placing your plants in the window. This won’t work for massive plants but it’ll be great for smaller plants. While the plants are small, they’ll receive plenty of sunlight in the window. Once they get a little bigger, you might have to place them on the balcony or outside on the porch. You can also try using lower quality lights.
If your budget is limited, you have little choice.
Set Up A Grow Room
Growing cannabis plants indoors comes with unlimited advantages. One of those advantages has to do with budgeting. Depending on how much you have to invest in this escapade, you can opt for high- or low-ticket necessities. Setting up a grow room does not need to break the bank. In fact, there is no need to invest a lot of money in an expensive grow tent or box. All you need is a roll of tin foil, which will set you back about $10 at a local supermarket. The tin foil can be substituted with metallic wrapping paper or HVAC foil wrap but it takes more from your budget. You will also need a roll of paper tape or an adhesive that is easy to remove and will not damage your walls.
Once you choose an area for growing your plants, you will need to line it with the tin foil. Seal the areas, such as the corners, with paper tape to keep the tin foil intact. If you are concerned about lighting interference related to the paper tape, you can always substitute with HVAC commercial-grade metallic tape. Most people on a budget try to avoid the HVAC-grade tape because it can be rather expensive no matter where it is purchased.