How Much Does it Cost to Grow Your Own Weed?
‘How much does it cost?’ is one of the biggest questions you’ll encounter when it comes to growing weed. It’s also one of the hardest questions to answer.
You can grow outside, invest little time and money and get decent results. You can spend thousands of dollars on fully automated state of the art systems and get next to nothing. It all depends on how dedicated you are to the herb, and how well you get along with plants.
Growing your own cannabis can yield many benefits, though, and its easier than ever to do. There are small upfront costs in terms of time and basic equipment, but once your cycle is dialed in, your setup will easily pay for itself and should easily supply you with enough stash to last until your next harvest. For less than $500, you can get a grow set up in your very own home.
For a home grow, most growers will be growing anywhere from 2-6 plants. First, measure the dimensions for the area intended to grow in. You can find grow tents online that vary in shape and size to fit most dimensions and for a fraction of the cost of retail grow supply stores. Once you have your tent you must get your lighting set up. Tents online range from $100-$200
The tent and the light will be your two biggest upfront costs and these can range drastically in price. The good news is that there is a solution for all budgets. MH (Metal Halide), HPS (High Pressure Sodium), and LED (light-emitting diode) are the most popular and all have their pros and cons. The first two will emit more heat and require a ballast and fan but the latter is more energy efficient and pricey. Budget and space will impact what light you use, as you want to ensure there is enough room separating the top cola from the lights. Also keep in mind ballast, lighting timer, a vented hood etc. Lights can cost anywhere from $50-$500 and beyond
Quality Soil should cost under $30 and this is a great medium for beginners. Coco and hydroponic setups are also options, although a bit more expensive to get set up.
Whether doing soil, coco, or hydroponics, the cost here can easily be kept under $100
N, P, K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium and the key nutrients) and if you have a quality, mineral rich soil, then nutrients are more of a luxury than a true necessity. It is important to keep you pH levels balanced when making your solution so keep this in mind when buying nutrients. You can probably get through a cycle on less than $100.
This should be less $100 whether buying seeds or clones. Clones should cost no more than $20-$30 for high quality strains.
The more time and investment, the better your results but the don’t let the cost be a barrier to growing your own cannabis. All budgets can be accommodated!