Growing Weed in an Apartment: The Do’s and Don’ts
Looking to get into a bit of urban gardening?
If you live in a big city, more than likely you live in an apartment complex.
Just because you do, doesn’t mean you can’t grow some good cannabis, though.
Today, we’ll talk about the ways you can grow weed in an apartment, some tips on apartment growing and the rules you’ll have to work with.
Am I Allowed to Grow in my Apartment?
There’s an increasing chunk of states that have not only legalized cannabis medicinally but also recreationally.
But that’s not all.
A good chunk of these states have also legalized growing your own plants.
But, does that mean we can grow in apartments?
If you own the house, then, of course, there’s no one to answer too.
But, if you have a landlord or live in a big apartment complex, you may be within the laws of your state, but could be in violation of your rental agreement.
I know, I know.
Breaking a lease isn’t going to land you in jail or anything, but losing your place to live sucks.
So, before you germinate your seeds and turn on your grow lights, make sure you’re allowed to grow indoors with whoever is in charge of your lease.
Now, you don’t need to tell them you are growing marijuana or anything, but a lot of landlords don’t want indoor growing of any kind.
Water damage caused by the humidity, potential fires caused from the lights and pest infestations are just some of the reasons they don’t even want you growing tomatoes on their property.
Once you get the OK, you’re ready to start building your grow room.
Before we look at the best way to set up a grow room in an apartment let’s take a look at one of the most significant concerns of building in an apartment: The smell.
Growing Weed in an Apartment: The Smell
Now, even if you’re abiding all of your state and local laws, as well as your rental agreement, you’ll still want to take preventive measures against the smell of a grow room.
Because the number one rule of having a cannabis garden is don’t tell anyone about your cannabis garden.
Smell is the easiest way to give away your garden, and there are easy measures you can take to prevent it from happening.
What you need is an exhaust hooked up to an active carbon filter.
As the odor is pulled through the exhaust fan, the carbon works to eliminate the smell.
You need to make sure your exhaust fan is recycling the air just enough to remove the odor.
If you want to learn about how to set up the ventilation for your grow room, you can read about it here.
Closet vs. Grow Tent vs. Grow Box
If you live in an apartment, you have a few different choices when it comes to where to set up your grow room.
Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of all your options.
The first one anyone thinks of is their closest.
It’s a nice confined space and will protect your plants from the eyes of unwanted guests.
But there are quite a few disadvantages to using it for your grow room.
First, because it’s going to be much taller than you need for your plants, you’ll have a ton of dead space to account for when setting up the perfect growing environment.
Larger space means you’ll need more airflow and light, plus it's more difficult to manage the temperature and humidity.
Setting up in your closet will require a bit of work too.
You’ll need to remove your clothes (and find a new place for them), install an exhaust system and a grow light.
All before lining your closet with reflective mylar or foil.
You can grow great cannabis in your closet, but we recommend you go with one of the other options.
The next step up from a closet is going to be a grow tent.
These are inexpensive tents that you can set up in minutes.
The tent is the perfect size to grow in, and it's easy to figure out the perfect amount of light and airflow needed for your plants.
Taking your grow to a tent also helps prevent the added humidity from causing water damage to your walls (which can potentially cost you your deposit), but also protects your floors from any potential water spills.
One thing I love about grow tents is they also are great at preventing light leaks.
This means that even with the lights in your house turned off you can’t tell you have a bright grow light on 24/7.
You can pick up a good grow tent for around $100, and it will pay for itself with the increase of quality in your first yield.
You can take a look at our guide to the best grow tents here.
The best option there is for growing weed in an apartment is using a grow box—also called a grow cabinet.
These are self-contained grow rooms that are perfect for growing cannabis.
Most even come preloaded with everything you need to grow.
The lighting, air ventilation system and even the hydroponic setups are included and you just need to plant the seeds and watch them grow.
If you’re a beginner or looking to grow cannabis passively, then a grow box is a win-win.
It contains the light and smell better than your closet or a tent making it the best for growing in an apartment.
If you want a grow box, check out the best in the business, Dealzer.
Growing Weed On Your Apartment Balcony
Now, there is a fourth option when it comes to growing weed in your apartment.
You can grow it on your balcony.
But, I have to strongly recommend that you don’t for a few different reasons.
- First, you can’t control the smell.
- You have to train them like crazy to be able to grow to a decent size while not being noticed by your neighbors.
- Finally, most likely, your balcony isn’t going to provide the type of sunlight your plants need to thrive.
If you do opt to grow outdoors, then you need to look into a growing method such as Screen of Green (SCROG).
With this method, you train your plants to grow flat through chicken wire.
This helps fight against the lack of light your plants will get below their leaves, and provide an even amount of light for your buds.
Plus, it helps you keep your plants hidden under your balcony wall through the length of their life.
Tips for Growing Weed in an Apartment
If everything checks out and you're allowed to start growing in your apartment, here are a few grow tips that will help keep your grow safe and yields fats.
You need to grow with LEDs if you’re growing in an apartment.
For starters, they will help to keep your electricity bill low, but they also will keep the heat low.
And they aren’t as bright as your traditional HPS lights, making it easier to keep your garden hidden.
Plus, they are quieter than other growing lights.
Make Sure Everything is Airtight
Speaking of keeping your garden hidden, air and light leaks are the easiest way for people to tell you’re growing.
If you can keep where you’re growing airtight, your carbon filter will work to eliminate the smell, and someone could be standing a foot away from your plants and never know that you were growing.
Soundproof the Walls
One thing many new growers don’t think about is the noise their garden will make.
And, if you’ve been living in an apartment for any amount of time, then you know how quickly someone will file a noise complaint on you.
A lot of grow boxes are already soundproofed, but if you’re growing in a tent or your closet, make sure to soundproof the room that it's in.
Your lights will make noise, your fans will make noise, and if you’re growing hydroponically, then your pumps and the water will make noise too.
Remember, a quiet garden is a hidden garden, and noise complaints are never good for the size of your yield.
So, can you grow weed in an apartment?
Yes, just make sure to see if having an indoor garden violates your lease, and then take the precautions needed to prevent smell and light leaks.
Also, I have to recommend you pick yourself up a grow tent or a grow box.
They’ll help prevent you from damaging your apartment—which can prevent you from getting your deposit back.
Have you grown in an apartment before?
I would love to hear about your experience! Let’s smoke over it in the comments below!