Some of the main considerations for beginning a grow:

  • Grow Space - I think for the first time grower a pre-bought grow tent is the best way to go. However, the corner of a room, an unused bathroom, etc. are all viable solutions. You can find out more in the Environment section of this website.
  • Growing Medium - For a first time grow, I suggest using soil, as it is far more forgiving then hydroponic and soiless methods. You can find out more in the Soil section of this website.
  • Grow Lights - Plants cannot thrive without a good source of light, remember, we are trying to replicate the sun! Lights are not the place to cheap out in your first grow. You can find more information in the Lights section of this website.
  • Grow Pots - If using Soil, Coco, or Hydroponic methods, what your plant grows in is very important. My personal suggestion is using Fabric pots for Soil, especially for a first time grower. You can find more information in the Soil section of this website.
  • Grow Nutrients - All forms of growing require some form of nutrients, whether those be liquid and bottled or already suspended in the soil. My personal suggestion is to keep it simple the first time and use a kit. You can find more information in the Nutrients section of this website.
  • Air Flow - Depending on whether you care about smell or not, this may differ. In all cases however, a constant source of wind and the ability to cycle fresh air into the space and old air out is key. You can find more information in the Air Flow section of this website.
  • Environmental Controllers - Fans, Humidifiers, Dehumidifiers, these are all key to maintaining a great space for plants to thrive. You can learn more in the Environment section of this website.
  • Seeds - Lets consider seeds! This can be one of the toughest portions of growing, how do I get the seeds I want from a reputable source that won't rip me off. You can find more information in the Seeds section of this website.

Please Note: These setup's below are merely guides to starting your own research and making an informed decision best for you!

The difference between these setups is mostly the amount of grow space, the amount of light, and the price. In the Intermediate and Advanced setups, there is a lot more concern for temperature and air flow due to the higher wattage of the fixtures used.

CFL Dirt Cheap Setup - No Tent

  1. Light Socket Splitter - or
  2. CFL Spiral Bulbs 3500k -
  3. Soil -
  4. Nutrients -
  5. Fan -
  6. Soil Pot -

Novice First Time Example Setup

  1. Grow Tent -
  2. Soil -
  3. Grow Light - or 2x
  4. Soil Pot -
  5. Nutrients - +
  6. Intake Fan and Carbon Filter -
  7. Tent Fan -
  8. PH Meter -
  9. Digital/Mechanical Outlet Timer -

Intermediate First Time Example Setup

  1. Grow Tent -
  2. Soil -
  3. Grow Light - or
  4. Soil Pot -
  5. Nutrients -
  6. Intake Fan and Carbon Filter -
  7. Tent Fan -
  8. PH Meter -
  9. Digital/Mechanical Outlet Timer -

Advanced First Time Example Setup

  1. Grow Tent -
  2. Soil -
  3. Grow Light - or or
  4. Soil Pot -
  5. Nutrients -
  6. Intake Fan and Carbon Filter - (2x if using HPS light)
  7. Tent Fan - 2x
  8. PH Meter -
  9. Digital/Mechanical Outlet Timer -

I Know What I Am Doing And Want To Spend Money Setup

  1. Grow Tent -
  2. Soil -
  3. Grow Light - or or Timber Grow Lights, Redwood TS or Fluence Spydr 2i
  4. Soil Pot -
  5. Nutrients -
  6. Intake Fan and Carbon Filter - (2x if using HPS light)
  7. CO2 Enrichment Kit -
  8. CO2 Monitor & Controller -
  9. Tent Fan - 2x
  10. PH Meter -
  11. Digital/Mechanical Outlet Timer -