High-Tech Cannabis Grow Systems Simplify Growing At Home Ultimate guide to personal cannabis indoor grow systems, automated grow boxes, home grow systems, DIY grow tents, and new grow closets powered by crypto.
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So, you're thinking about trying your hand at growing cannabis? First things, first - make sure that growing cannabis is legal in your state. Just because your state has allowed medical or adult-use cannabis doesn't necessarily mean that growing your own is legal. In fact, here's a list of states with medical marijuana laws - but they prohibit personal growing:
- Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia
However, many states allowing legal cannabis also permit patients and residents to grow a certain number of plants for personal use. For many medical patients, producing their medicine at home dramatically reduces costs and increases their control over what they consume.
Growing Your Own Cannabis is Legal in These States
States that allow you to grow marijuana indoors for both medical and recreational purposes. Check the regulations regarding how many plants you can grow at a time and what the rules are for staying compliant:
- Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington
States that allow growing marijuana for medical use only:
- Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota
Learning how to grow a quality cannabis plant isn’t always as easy as it may seem. If you're located in one of these states and are interested in trying your own hand at growing cannabis, here are some of the best indoor growing systems we've discovered.
Just as the refrigerator changed the way people shopped for food and the microwave altered the way people cook, cannabis indoor growing systems could revolutionize the way people grow their plants at home. Several companies are at the helm of the home grow revolution, and CannabisTech has all the details you need to know below about the future of home-grown cannabis technology.
The Armoire by Green Goddess Supply
The Armoire made by Green Goddess Supply has a furniture-inspired look and feel in a unit that comes in two finishes. Resembling a traditional armoire, it’s an easy-to-use system that yields up to a quarter-pound of dry bud in a 60-day auto-flower harvest cycle. Growing cycles vary by species dominance, but the most popular are the 8 to 10-week strains (some strains can go as long as 12-14 weeks). The Armoire is ergonomically designed, lightweight, waterproof, and comes with everything you need except seeds, water, and soil mix (UV safety glasses, wi-fi camera, digital hygrometer [LCD temperature & humidity module], and moisture meter are just a few accessories included with the system.
The LED large footprint light is proprietary—designed down to the last nanometer— and uses an intuitive 4-winch pulley system for easy scaling as your plant grows. It’s also energy efficient — with a carbon footprint of approximately 150 watts. The system is user-serviceable and backed by a multi-component warranty. An industry first, a childproof magnetic lock is standard, which helps to ensure your plants aren't accessed by anyone but the grower. The exhaust fan is quiet and can be easily removed for cleaning, the no-odor carbon “long life” scrubber uses high-grade Australian activated carbon. Also included: 4 LST “plant training” rods, four internal circulation fans with six vents and protection grills, two fine mesh passive air intake filters, timer, grounded surge protector with both AC and USB input receptacles, cloth 5-gallon grow pot, and large, rigid water collection saucer.
This indoor grow system includes everything you need to start growing, minus the seeds, soil, and water. The GGS team provides a vetted list of online seed and soil vendors, along with personalized Concierge Service, to ensure your first grow goes smoothly. The team’s mantra is, “if you can water a houseplant, you will have success with The Armoire.” Designed and promoted as a “nurturing system,” the philosophy and grow protocol is the result of over 40 years of indoor and outdoor grow experience, tips, and tricks—including Autoflower-specific LST (Low-Stress Training) hands-on training. Although minimal, the GGS team embraces interaction with your plant--albeit just a few minutes a day. The company believes this is the best insurance, best practices, results-driven approach that professional cultivators employ--brought down to a single plant, personal use scale.
If you are looking for a stylish and discreet grow box to easily grow high-yielding plants in your home or apartment, The Armoire is the perfect unit to blend right in. And think about it; four ounces of top-shelf flower—including taxes (especially in metropolitan markets) equals the purchase price of The Armoire. It not only pays for itself with your first harvest, but you know—without a doubt that there are "no pesticides, no molds, and no chemical additives or nutrients."
Whether you are an amateur marijuana user who wants to start their very first home grow, or an experienced cannabis connoisseur looking to streamline their home grow systems, these units offer a stealthy way to embark on your own home grow.
The ATS-42 Grow System by Green Goddess Supply
If you're not ready for a new piece of furniture in your room and want to save a little money, Green Goddess offers their world-class system in a more traditional grow tent setup with their ATS-42. A 6-foot tall by 4-foot wide by 2-foot deep grow box comes with everything you need to get growing and sets up in about 30 minutes.
UPDATE!! See the results of our first crop grown in the ATS-42 small grow tent.
This complete system ships with absolutely everything you need to start your plants - you just need to add seed, soil, and water. In all, the shipment contains two independently controllable Unicorn Series LED grow lights, two internal fans, one external exhaust fan with LCD Controller Module, a carbon scrubber (air filter), two fabric grow pots, two plastic 17" plant saucers, a light timer, power strip/surge suppressor, a padlock and UV-400 protective glasses.
Unicorn Series LED Lighting
Lighting is one of the more complex parts of a growing system. With so many choices on the market, choosing the right lighting can be overwhelming. Green Goddess takes the guesswork out of your decision process with their proprietary Unicorn series lighting. These 13 Spectrum, high PAR, low-heat LED lights have the ability to inhibit molds and deter pests. You have full, independent control over each plant, so you can "tweak" and "dial in" the lighting for each plant in the system individually.
But the ATS-42 comes with more than just hardware - it also comes with a year of support through Green Goddesses Exclusive Concierge service that is there via Zoom to help you every step of the way. Whether you've been growing all your life or never put a seed in the ground, the concierge service is an invaluable tool in your toolbox.
Following the Green Goddess "High Yield + Easy Grow Autoflower Protocol," growing two plants from sprout to harvest only takes 60-75 days with just a couple of minutes of daily maintenance - the system does the rest. Some growers are reporting up to 1/4 lb. per plant at harvest.
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SuperStar Smart Grow Box by SuperCloset
The SuperStar Smart Grow Box is a hydroponic system that combines top-feed watering and bottom-feed oxygenation. Designed like a locker, built sturdy, and with a door-locking mechanism, this system can be modulated to grow clones or traditional cannabis plants. The unit’s dimensions are 24” wide, 24” deep, and 60” high. The SuperStar Smart Grow Box features include a Kind LED K3 Series 2 XL300 light, dual activated carbon scrubbers, a digital hygrometer and thermometer, and an adjustable internal circulation fan. Wattage is quite high, and prior grow experience is recommended.
NEW! CryptoGrow Bringing Decentralization to Cannabis Cultivation
2021 was the year of the NFT. With a tagline that reads, "Machines that grow weed, NFTs that grow crypto. Welcome to the convergence of cannabis and crypto." Cannabis Tech couldn't help but add CryptoGrow to our list of must-have-grow closets in 2022. With several parallels between the nature of crypto and cannabis, it's no shock to see the two are coming together.
While most other indoor cannabis grow systems tout discretion as a feature and hide the plant behind a door or opaque tent, CryptoGrow is for the grower who feels no shame about growing cannabis. Their elegant, yet futuristic-looking, grow closet provides the perfect environment for your plants in a visually-appealing clear capsule so you can admire your luscious, vivacious beauties throughout their lifecycle - don't worry, it also comes with a mylar cover for light dep.
The system is controlled by nine custom-printed circuit boards, or PCBs, and associated firmware. This technology controls all of the environmental conditions which are maximized for the specific variety of cannabis. Regardless of the technology you use to grow it, Jesse Croteau reminds us, "Great seeds equal great weed" as the baseline for any cannabis grow.
CryptoGrow wants to do more. Croteau, Founder & Inventor, said their overall goals for forming the company were to "make something that adds value and creates a community for growers."
He continued, "We refused to be anything other than a machine that grows cannabis. We aren't a machine that grows zucchinis." Croteau's passionate answer is rooted in showing respect to the cannabis activists and pioneers who worked so hard to get the industry where it is today.
"We have designed a machine that is both attractive and empowering to the user. It allows someone to showcase one of the most beautiful plants," Croteau stated.
Black Dog LED Grow Tents
Price: Range from $2,500 - $4,500
Another option for some is to individually purchase all the equipment necessary to build a DIY grow tent or convert a space in your home to a DIY grow room. While it can be more of a process, this allows home growers to fine-tune the setup to their individual needs.
Black Dog LED grow tent packages come with everything that you need to set up your indoor cannabis system to fit your needs, whether you're growing one plant or several. The team over at Black Dog has thought of everything that you might need, including ongoing support from experienced, knowledgeable growers.
The advantages of setting up your own cannabis grow tent are mostly in the price. You can find lights, tents, pots, and nutrients all online. This is good for those who aspire to become professional cannabis growers. Individual component warranties vary from none to “some”... If you are on a tight budget, know what you are doing, and only care about price (not safety or manufacturer's liability), this is a workable, albeit high-learning curve alternative. Choosing what kind of lights you feel would best suit the size and number of plants you are looking to grow, hydro or soil, child safety, and other considerations must be part of the pros and cons of building such a system.
Not always, but often one gets what they pay for. Home grow tents can have more kinks in how they operate and be less seamless than automated systems. Another disadvantage of a DIY grow tent is you must possess knowledge of each facet of the grow. It can be hard for the casual grower to know what pots, lights, tent, nutrients, temperature, humidity, air circulation, acceptable noise levels, and watering system is best for them and their situation. In addition, pests such as spider mites can be the norm if set up in a garage or basement.
Having expertise in your corner from Black Dog LED helps avoid mishaps and mistakes. Whether you're looking to start small or upgrade to a bigger system, Black Dog LED's grow tent packages range from 2.5' x 2.5' up to 5' x 5' for a larger, more advanced grow. All their systems come with their advanced LED lighting systems and all the tools and accessories you need to get growing today.
Previously Reviewed Grow Closets that are no longer available:
Grobo by Grobo
Canadian startup Grobo aims to create a simple home-growing system that takes the guesswork out of cultivating cannabis, to help users achieve consistently high-quality results (typical yield is two ounces every three months).
The system is sleek-designed. After adding water and seeds, the growing process is automated within the unit. Each yield can bring up to 3 oz, and the unit is reported to pay for itself in 18 months.
Aside from the process being automated, Grobo’s unit is somewhat compact at 48” x 14” x 14”; customers have a choice of the Grobo and the Grobo Premium. The base model is a sleek-looking windowless grow box, while for those who really want to show off their buds, the Grobo Premium offers a fluid glass window that can display your plant at the touch of a button.
GROBOX BY CLOUDPONICS
GroBox is a fully automated grow device that’s completely synced with an app (IOS or Android), where you can watch and monitor the progress of your plant(s). The primary benefit of this product is the software system that makes every aspect of the growing process automated. The app includes humidity control, watering frequency, pH buffering processes, temperature regulation, LED grow light scheduling and auto-off. This makes it as close to a “set it and forget it” unit as possible.
The dimensions are 69.75" x 29.50" x 30.75", making this a sizable unit for growing indoors. You will need to plan your growing location accordingly.
It’s priced at the top of the market, but it does produce a substantial yield, up to one pound in 3 months. However, customers have repeatedly vented their frustrations -- they just don’t seem to work right. Hardwood floors and/or carpeting can be ruined if water sensors fail. They tend to weigh a lot, consume a lot of power and can be overly complicated. Recently, it has been reported that the company is pivoting away from selling the units outright and starting to use them in conjunction with consulting services instead because of all the issues reported.
The Growbox by Cloudponics is currently “sold out” on their website.
LEAF BY GET LEAF
The LEAF grow box is the most expensive automated home grow system on the market. LEAF utilizes an app to control and automate the growing process. The unit itself includes a carbon filter, HD camera, toolbox, LED lighting, water sensing, and exchanging cartridges, and air control/ nutrient system.
The typical growth for this unit is 3-4 months long and yields about 4 ounces. The unit is a decent size at 62” x 27” x 25”. The LEAF unit will use about $15-50 a month in electricity and uses around 5 gallons a week of water. The LEAF unit is very versatile in that you can add water manually, or you can hook it up directly to water plumbing, therefore never having to worry about changing the water. It looks like an industrial refrigerator, and word is that they were still not shipping after 3 years of pre-orders. (This may or may not have changed by the time of this printing). This unit also uses consumables -- purchased from the company -- to run efficiently. Also, like the Seedo, it has an industrial look and feels.