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How Much Does it Cost to Grow Cannabis Indoors

How much does it cost to grow cannabis

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So, how much does it cost to grow cannabis indoors? Find out below!

There are several benefits to cultivating cannabis indoors. It gives you complete control over the surroundings of your plant. This is an excellent option if you don’t have a backyard or patio access.

Indoor gardening does have one apparent drawback: a high price tag. However, if you are aware of and ready for the associated charges, it’s not nearly as big of a deal. The following is a detailed analysis of the costs of growing cannabis in an indoor tent/room.

Creating a growing space

Seeds

It’s better to keep things simple when starting an indoor grow. Feminized seeds or cuttings from a female “mother” plant must be purchased or taken from a ‘mother’ plant. Male plants are half of what you get if you buy ordinary seeds. Male plants have their purposes, but they won’t produce the sticky, cannabinoid-rich buds you’re looking for in your cannabis crop.

Depending on where you buy your seeds, you may get them for between $10 and $20. At the very least, 3-packs, 5-packs, and 10-packs should be available for purchase. You can reduce the price per seed in a 10-pack by around 20%. You can get a 5-pack for about $60, the most common choice since most states limit you to six plants.

Grow tent

Buying a grow tent is the quickest and most cost-effective method to cultivate cannabis. You don’t have to worry about the tent damaging your property since it’s made exclusively for growing cannabis. It’s also simple to put up. It costs around $120 to rent a two-by-two-foot (2′ x 2′) tent, which can hold up to three plants at a time. For $200, you can get a 3′ by 3′ tent that can hold up to four plants. Extra-large tents may go upwards of $3,000.

Hydroponics

To grow hydroponically, you’ll need an inert growth medium like coco coir or Rockwool, and you’ll have to make sure your crop receives all the nutrients it needs. The ‘type’ you choose impacts the system’s price. If you are growing cannabis indoors, watering a 12-plant garden may cost upwards of $500, but less expensive alternatives are available for $200.

Nutrients

Costs range from $20 to $50 for a super soil mix and upwards of $80 for fertilizer packages. Some believe that professional soil and nutrient mixes are preferable to natural plant soil since they contain fewer pollutants.

Electricity and lighting

If you want to grow your own indoors, you must guarantee that your plants receive the amount of light they require while growing inside. Your plants need at least 18 hours of lighting each day while in the vegetative stage. During the flowering period, the time is reduced to 12 hours. Grow lights come in a variety of pricing and power ranges.

Since of their low output, Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFLs) are ideal for tiny grow rooms because they can be purchased for as little as $50 for 200 Watts, depending on the color range. Although more costly, HID and LED lights to provide a significant amount of light. Compared to CFLs, 140-Watt light costs over $300, yet it is significantly more “energy efficient.”

Lights for groiwng cannabis indoors

A 1000-Watt system might cost as much as $600 if you include other expenses like a hood and ballast. You should be able to get a gram of output per watt. Just about 36 ounces would be the result of this calculation.

There is a lot of variation in electricity pricing around the United States, making it difficult to estimate the total cost. About $0.13 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) is the national average. For plants in the vegetative stage, a 320-watt LED grow lamp probably consumes about 6 kilowatt-hours per day. The same light consumes over four-kilowatt hours of electricity every day during blooming. Single grow light costs about $4 per week in power costs.

Carbon filters

It is not necessary to use a filter, but they purify the air and remove the scent of cannabis. A filter and duct fan set often cost more than $100. To keep your grow tent sealed and circulate the air, you’ll also need clip fans that cost about $30.

Other equipment

Pots of varying sizes are also necessary if you’re utilizing soil. You’ll need to move your plant to an enormous container as it develops. Soil is an additional item you’ll need to pick up. The screen of Green (SCROG) and Sea of Green (SOG) growers can purchase hardware like stakes, zip ties, and a screen.

pH testing kits may also be helpful. Growers that use hydroponics or soil that falls beyond the 6.0 to 6.8 range will have a hard time getting their plants to absorb nutrients. For $20, you can get a competent pH testing kit. In addition, you need to purchase a digital timer for around $25. If your plants don’t get enough light, they will not develop properly.

Ensure you have a thermometer and hygrometer, or an all-in-one gadget, to monitor the temperature and humidity levels in your grow room. They may be yours for just $10. Consider purchasing a reverse osmosis system in areas where the water isn’t suited for growing cannabis. From $150 to hundreds of dollars, you can buy everything.

Labor costs

How much time each day do you dedicate to caring for your cannabis gardens? Compare that to the amount of money you make per hour of employment. It’s still $1,400 throughout a 10-week growth, even if it’s just $20 each day. Likewise, get to know whether you can grow cannabis at home and what you will need.

Start growing indoors for less than $2,000 with the most basic setup. For the most part, you can utilize the equipment you buy several times, and you can reap multiple harvests each year. Smaller systems may only generate 200 grams; therefore, the cost per gram is closer to $10.

Big indoor cannabis grow
Bigger indoor grows will require more time, effort, and money.

Dispensaries should be able to provide you with cannabis for that price or less; however, it varies per strain. On a broader scale (within the bounds of legality), the advantages of growing cannabis become apparent. How much money would it take to produce a pound of cannabis if you spent $4,000 on your setup? You’re getting a great deal if you require medical cannabis since it’s just $4 a gram.

A pleasant surprise is that Canadian firms sell starter kits for less than $500. Grow tent, fertilizers, pH drops, a digital timer, a clip fan, adjustable hangers, lights, and CO2 bags are all included in the package.

In the $1,000+ range, you will find more advanced kits. It’s impossible to get as much knowledge about the cannabis plant as you would if you only ever bought it from a dispensary. It’s a terrific tale to tell your friends, and you’ll feel closer to the cannabis.

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Marcus Smith
Marcus Smith
Marcus is a relative newcomer to the cannabis world. Though it may seem that his youth wouldn’t allow for a wealth of knowledge, this is untrue. Marcus Smith has close relationships with many cannabis breeders and grow owners which have allowed him to sample the best cannabis across the US and beyond while also gaining valuable insight into how different strains grow and develop. More recently Marcus has mastered the basics of cannabis cultivation and, while he continuously develops as a grower, with fresh experiences at the front of his mind he can offer key insights into growing cannabis for relative novices.
Marcus Smith
Marcus Smith
Marcus is a relative newcomer to the cannabis world. Though it may seem that his youth wouldn’t allow for a wealth of knowledge, this is untrue. Marcus Smith has close relationships with many cannabis breeders and grow owners which have allowed him to sample the best cannabis across the US and beyond while also gaining valuable insight into how different strains grow and develop. More recently Marcus has mastered the basics of cannabis cultivation and, while he continuously develops as a grower, with fresh experiences at the front of his mind he can offer key insights into growing cannabis for relative novices.

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