Now that you’re growing marijuana, you may be wondering how to build a grow room? You can grow cannabis indoors or outdoors as this plant is known as one of the hardiest plants. But if you want to get the best results we recommend growing inside the cannabis grow room.
You may have heard about growers who have found success growing cannabis in their very own homes. Many people are doing the same thing. Cannabis growers are experimenting, looking for new and effective ways to grow cannabis at home. By growing your supply at home, you will be better off in ensuring the quality of your weed. Growing your plants will also make sure that you have a steady supply of weed for medicinal or recreational needs.
What is a Grow Room?
Before we show you how to build a grow room, let’s first identify what a grow room is. A grow room is any kind of indoor growing space. It could be a spare room, the attic, your basement, or a small storage/pantry area.
A grow room can be as elaborate as you want it to be. It can be equipped with the latest, high-quality growing materials and equipment. It can be simple, with only basic growing materials as well. Your growing room can be small or big, inside your home or somewhere in your property as long as it is not exposed outdoors.
Although it’s much more work than simply growing your cannabis plants outdoors, in the care of Mother Nature, many prefer an indoor grow room because of the following reasons:
- You can monitor your plants better as you can easily visit your growing room inside your home.
- You can adjust your growing equipment to provide the best environment. You can correct temperature, humidity, and air circulation accordingly.
- You can grow cannabis stealthily. If marijuana use and growing are not permitted from where you are, you can rely on your grow room to supply you with your favorite recreational or medicinal strain.
- You can protect your plants from pests because you’re growing indoors.
- You can assure of good yields because your plants are well taken care of.
Some Important Things to Remember When Building a Grow Room
Now, we come closer to teaching you how to build a grow room for marijuana. Before all projects are completed, consider planning for your grow room early on. Consider the following before constructing a grow room:
Grow Room Location
The location of your grow room matters. Consider that your grow room must be easily accessible to you but a bit complicated for others. A hidden grow room in your basement can be easily accessed by you alone. Install locks and use covers to hide your growing room entrance.
Avoid rooms that have a window overlooking a neighbor’s home and from the road. If you must use ducts and openings to remove stale air and excess heat, do so but avoid placing ducts near your neighbor’s property.
The area that you wish to use must be clean, free from moisture, and should be free from pests. There must be adequate and safe provisions for electricity as you need sockets to plug-in fans, lights, and other electrical equipment.
Grow Room Size – The Number of Plants You Want to Grow
The size of the growing area or room must be enough for your plants. The area must also allow space to install equipment and for you to move around and tend to your plants. A growing room doesn’t have to be very large but not too small either.
Lighting, Humidity and Air Circulation
It’s easy to find and use regular items to serve as growing equipment inside your growing room but these things must serve their purpose properly. For instance, instead of buying or making grow lights, you use gooseneck lamps fitted with LED bulbs. Instead of buying new plants, you settle for a small desk fan. Make sure that any electrical equipment is safe and as much as possible, inspected by a professional for safety. Remember, you will be using this equipment longer in a day therefore these must be safe and efficient.
But if you want to get serious with growing cannabis, we recommend that you invest in good growing lamps, fans, and dehumidifiers. There are plenty of cannabis growing supplies shops to cater to your needs online. Compare products to get the best value out of your money.
Aside from the growing equipment, you will use, you also need to prepare some important planting accessories like growing soil, fertilizers, plant pots, watering cans, reflective equipment, monitoring equipment (digital thermometers and hygrometers) and many more. If you plan to reuse stuff, make sure these are clean and working properly.
When reusing soil, test it to make sure that these are good for your cannabis plants. Test your water source as well. A pH reading of soil and water must be done to find out if it can be reused or not for growing your plants.
Grow Room Security
Your growing space should be secure. Enhance security by bolting doors and adding locks. If you have a larger growing area, consider using security cameras instead.
Most countries and states that allow regulated growing of cannabis require growers to secure their growing areas. This must not be seen in public and the smell or natural odor of cannabis should be controlled as well.
Steps to Building an Actual Growing Tent
A growing tent is a tent enclosure used to grow plants. The most common grow tents are store-bought structures made from durable fabric tent material with metal frames. You can purchase a tent only while some come as a complete set including lights, fans, and pots for your plants.
But why buy a grow tent when you can build a tent made of leftover and recycled materials at home. Here are some things you can use to make a growing tent.
- PVC pipes for the frame – PVC pipes are perfect as frame material as you can connect these to make larger and taller tents. Use different PVC pipe fittings, adaptors, elbows, tees, plugs, and flanges to connect the parts.
- Scraps of wood – if you don’t have PVC pipes and you want a heavier frame, you can turn scraps of 2 x 2s to a sturdy frame.
- Thick tent or canopy material – a large, flat tarp cover to make the top canopy and walls is enough as long as it’s lightproof and waterproof. If you’re reusing materials, inspect these for openings, leaks, and mold before use. Most tent or canopy fabric materials tend to grow mold after being stored or kept for a long time. Remove any possible mold or mildew by scrubbing this with soap and water and drying out completely under the sun.
- Growing equipment (lighting, reflectors, fans, and humidifiers)
- Electric sockets or strips
1. Measure the Materials
Measure your PVC materials according to the size and shape of the growing tent you want to construct. We will use PVC materials for this guide because this is much easier and convenient to use rather than wood.
With PVC, remember that you need to add a few extra mm to every PVC pipe part end because you need to join the different parts using couplings, adaptors, or elbows. The joinery should be included in the overall dimensions of the grow tent as well. Use a small metal saw or use a PVC pipe cutter. Sand the ends and make sure you have enough joinery accessories to fit all the PVC pipe parts together. Mark the parts so you won’t be confused once you start joining these together.
In designing the overall tent, you can go for a flat roof but this may only accumulate water and dirt on top. Some good designs to consider has a slanted roof (either to the front or back or a triangular or pyramid style roof. You can make the tent taller and a bit roomier so you can move in and out with ease.
For the tent top and walls, measure the tarp that you wish to use and settle with ways to hang it over your tent. Since tarps are heavy, you may want to secure these very well and strengthen your PVC or wooden frame or this might collapse from the weight of the tarp. Measure the tarp, cut the parts and set aside
2. Build the Frame
After you’re done measuring, you can proceed with building the frame. It’s going to be a wild jigsaw puzzle from here as you install everything part by part. Use PVC cement to secure the fittings and the pipes. Make sure everything is set and perfect before draping the tarp or tent canopy.
3. Build the Tent Canopy and Walls
Construct the walls by hanging the tarp for every side of the tent. You may hang the tarp from the top edge of the PVC pipe and let this hang loosely on every side first. Then, use some wire or piece of nylon thread to secure the tarp sides to the PVC pipe frame. Do the same thing for the walls until you have installed all the tarp sides and top.
4. Secure Everything
As we mentioned before, you need to waterproof and lightproof your growing room. Use extra tarp material to secure all the corners to make them waterproof and lightproof. Use duct tape to cover or patch your tarps. As you need a door opening to move into the grow tent, use one of the sides as a flap/door.
5. Make Provisions for Your Equipment
Install the equipment inside the tent. Use foil or mylar on the interior walls as reflectors. You may use PVC to create brackets to hang your fans and lights. Cut the tarp wall to allow ducts, fans, and electrical equipment in. But as you cut the tarp, secure the ducts and equipment to the tarp with duct tape. This ensures that the room is lightproof and waterproof. Make sure that the grow tent is lightproof by turning on the lights and checking for light leaks inside and out. Patch any leaks with tape.
6. Install Growing Equipment and Plant Accessories
Once everything is ready, install your plant accessories. You might need a table to place the plants closer to your lights or lamps.
Steps to Build a Growing Room Out of a Spare Room
Constructing a grow room is easier as you only need to install equipment in your designated growing area. But it still pays to check and re-check everything to ensure that all the components are safe and ready for your plants. You need the following
- Cleaning and disinfecting materials
- A can of white enamel paint
- Growing equipment (lighting, reflectors, fans, and humidifiers)
- Electric sockets or strips
1. Clean and Disinfect the Area
Clean every inch of the room and make sure that everything is dry and moisture-free before proceeding.
2. Apply Paint to Walls and Ceiling
Paint acts as a reflector so apply it on the walls, ceiling, and fixtures. If you have windows, cover these with wood or cardboard and paint over it.
3. Install Growing Equipment
Make sure that the electrical fixtures in the room are working fine and are safe to use. For ducts and fan exhausts, use a window to install these. If the room does not have a window, cut the wall using a jigsaw. The hole must just be big enough for the exhaust fan and ducts.
Install electrical extensions or strips across the room. Hang lights appropriately using a rope or chain. Make sure everything is good to go before installing plant accessories.
4. Add Plant Accessories
You might want to use tables to hold your plants closer to your lighting fixtures.
5. Secure Doors and Windows, Passage Areas
Use a new lock or doorknob on your growing room door. Make sure that the entryway to the growing room is safe as well. You may install security cameras to monitor the room closely.
Whether you want to know how to build a grow room or a grow tent, it’s important to keep your growing area safe and secure. Your marijuana plants will grow well and produce better yields when you monitor their development and care for them closely inside a grow room