With cannabis being made legal in a number of states, people are now starting to look into the task of growing their own weed.
Whether you want to grow it for your personal use or want to grow commercially, there are a few things that you need to know before you start the process of growing your bud.
Today, we’ll cover one of the most important ones: The cost of growing weed.
Why Is Growing Your Own Weed Better Than Buying It From A Dispensary?
Your local dispensary might have a wide variety of buds available to you, but none of them come cheap.
In fact, dispensaries are selling their products at a fairly high rate because of how in demand they currently are.
You can’t blame them since after all, it’s a business that they run.
If you want to save a few bucks every time you need to restock, growing it would be the better option.
In addition to helping you save some money, growing your own weed ensures that you’re always receiving good quality products.
Many times, dispensaries tend to price low-grade cannabis at exorbitant rates.
Only a weed connoisseur would be able to tell the difference between inferior qualities and higher qualities of weed.
Most people tend to take the word of the budtender, because, well, we really don’t know any better.
When a person grows their own marijuana, they know the kind of bud they’re getting, the quality of the bud and even how useful it can be.
This provides you with an assurance of knowing what you are consuming, which can be a huge benefit in itself.
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The Cost Of Growing Cannabis
For those looking to get into cultivation, cannabis has the unique property of being able to grow both indoors and outdoors.
There are certain precautions, however, that the people growing them have to take to ensure its quality and to prevent them from withering and being non-consumable.
Here are the costs of growing cannabis, both inside and out.
Cost Of Growing Indoors
Growing cannabis indoors is slightly harder than growing it outside.
It can also be more expensive because of all the equipment that you need to invest in.
Growing cannabis indoors also means that you have to have a room on hand that is closed up, not allowing too much sunlight to enter into it.
If you don’t already have a place like that, building a room can cost you quite a bit, especially if you are hiring a contractor to do it.
This is why a lot of people opt for closet growing, or using grow tents.
To explain these costs better, let's take, for example, a 6ftx6ft indoor space.
The outside temperature of the place you’re growing this in is around 73° F, so you don’t need to turn on the air conditioner for your plants to grow well.
In this, we will also assume that you already have the room and don’t need to construct a new place to grow.
Here are some of the average expenses that you might have to incur:
- 1000 Watt Lighting or LED equivalent- $150-500
- Carbon Filter - $120
- Six Pots - $30
- Potting Soil - $45
- Nutrients - $70
- Seeds from a top seed bank - $100
Total Cost of Growing Weed Indoors = $515-865
As you can see, the cost of the lighting is by far the highest.
This is, unfortunately, one of the things that you cannot skip out on since it is essential for the plants to be able to grow well.
However, you can get cheaper substitutes for these products that perform the same but are just made by less popular companies.
This can help you save a little bit, while still getting to see the fruits of your labor.
These costs, however, don’t include the care you need to take to ensure that there are no insects and contaminants around your plants.
There are also the additional costs of electricity that’s required to run the operation, which can differ depending on your provider.
Plus, all of the extras that can take your grow room to the level of a master growers.
For instance, you can soup up your grow room with the best co2 controller coupled with an air filter for just another $200-300 to greatly increase your harvest quality.
And, if you plan on growing hydroponically, you can expect to add at around $100 more for a good setup.
For a complete breakdown on buying hydro systems, check out this other guide on THCoverdose.com
If you live in an area where it's naturally too hot to grow cannabis, you might have to invest in an AC for your grow tent. Plan on it setting you back $50-200 too.
Cost of Growing Outdoors
Growing weed outdoors tends to be significantly cheaper when thinking of the initial costs.
You don’t have to buy all the additional equipment if you grow it outside, which is why this is the cheaper option.
However, there are a few downsides to this.
For one, you can’t control the environment.
When cultivating indoors, you can control the overall temperature, the amount of sunlight exposure and also keep your plants better protected.
While cannabis outside, is left up to mother nature to do the care taking for you, which is why the outcomes can be slightly more unpredictable.
To explain the costs of growing your weed outside, we will again, take an area where the temperature is around 73° F.
The costs will be for three weed plants, which for this cost breakdown we assume are all identical.
Here is the average cost of the things that you need to invest in when growing outside:
Total Cost of Growing Weed Outdoors= $245
As you can see, growing cannabis outdoors is extremely economical, and can help cut down the costs of weed that you buy from dispensaries significantly.
However, this too comes with its own set of cons.
There is a reason most master growers tend to grow indoors as opposed to outdoors.
There is a higher risk of your plants dying when they are outside, so one should be prepared for the worst possible outcomes when trying to cultivate outside.
What Do Cannabis Plants Need?
Cannabis plants need an average temperature of 73-86° F to grow well.
Cannabis plants also tend to require ample amount of water, since they can end up drying up too quickly.
Always make sure that the soil that you use is extremely rich in nutrients so that your plants can grow well and yield fuller buds.
The cost of growing weed can add up quickly if you want to grow indoors.
The lights, pots, soil, fertilizers and seeds don’t come cheap.
If you’re on a budget you can either grow outdoors or create a set up for just one or two plants.
A smaller grow will cost less, but result in a smaller yield.
If you go this route, focus on techniques to help increase your yields in the limited space.
Also, don't forget all the small tools like the best bud trimming scissors may only be around $10, but all the gardening tools will add up quickly.
What was the cost of your grow setup?