GARDENING EQUIPMENT

     Shopping for gardening equipment can be like shopping for a girlfriend who you barely know... It can be confusing! I've bought grow equipment in the past and later found out that I could've bought a better model for a cheaper price or that the quality of the product I bought was junk. 

 

     Below is a complete list of my recommendations. I've either used the product, know someone who has used the product with success, or the brand is well-known for its quality. This should definitely make it easier for someone who's brand new to gardening indoors. Click on a category below:

Small Grow Tent - (2'x4' and 3'x3')

Medium Grow Tent - (4'x4' and 5'x5')

Large Grow Tent - (4'x8')

LED Grow Lights

Other Equipment

Nutrients, Growing Medium, and Grow Pots

Tools for Harvest

Miscellaneous

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Small Grow Tent

2'x4'x5' or 3'x3'x6'

These sizes are perfect if you're just looking to grow 1-2 medium plants.

2'x4' Grow TentCoolGrows - Has an observation window so you can check on your plants without opening your grow tent throwing off your environment's temperature and humidity.

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3'x3' Grow Tent Valuebox - Multiple intake/exhaust ports for ventilation system placement flexibility.

HID Grow LightApollo - This is a 400w kit that includes both MH & HPS bulbs, a ballast, a digital timer, and a pair of light ratchet hangers.

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LED Grow Light - BESTVA - This LED grow light will fit nicely in a 2'x4' grow tent. Get a pair of light ratchets too since the light hanger that comes with this light wastes a lot of space.

LED Grow Light - PlatinumLED - One LED grow light will give great results in a 3'x3' grow tent. Get a pair of light ratchets too since the light hanger that comes with this light wastes a lot of space.

Inline Fan - Growneer - 200 CFM with a variable speed controller so you can control the amount of air changing in your grow tent.

Carbon Filter - iPower - 4" - The air exhausting from your grow tent won't smell if you have this small filter.

DuctiPower - 4" - Duct to connect to the inline fan, carbon filter, and grow light (if using HID lighting).

Oscillating Fan - Holmes - This 8" table fan should be placed in your grow environment for proper air circulation. Prevents hot and humid spots from forming in your grow environment.

These are the basics for a small grow tent. Read below for my recommendation of nutrients, growing medium, and other grow equipment such as air conditioner, dehumidifier, humidifier, etc.

 

Medium Grow Tent

4'x4'x6.6' or 5'x5'x6.6'

Grow 3-6 medium plants comfortably in these grow tents.

4'x4' Grow Tent Apollo - Better quality than other 4x4 grow tents. 

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5'x5' Grow Tent - iPower - Heavy duty zippers & double stitching to prevent light leaks into the grow tent.

HID Grow Light - Apollo - This is a 600w kit that includes both MH & HPS bulbs, a ballast, a digital timer, and a pair of light ratchet hangers.

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LED Grow LightVIPARSPECTRA - Consumes 549 watts and will perform great in a medium tent.

Inline Fan - Hyper Fan - 315 CFM with a variable speed controller so you can control the amount of air changing in your grow tent.

Carbon Filter - CoolGrows - 6" - The air exhausting from your grow tent won't smell if you have this filter.

Duct - iPower - 6" - Duct to connect to the inline fan, carbon filter, and grow light (if using HID lighting).

Oscillating Fan - Hurricane - This 12" wall fan should be mounted in your grow tent for proper air circulation. Prevents hot and humid spots from forming in your grow tent.

These are the basics for a medium grow tent. Read below for my recommendation of nutrients, growing medium, and other grow equipment such as air conditioner, dehumidifier, humidifier, etc.

 

Large Grow Tent

4'x8'x6.6'

You can grow 5-8 medium plants in this large grow tent.

4'x8' Grow Tent iPower - The bigger the grow tent, the higher the cost. This one is pretty good quality and is usually priced the cheapest.

HID Grow Light - Apollo - This is a 600w kit that includes both MH & HPS bulbs, a ballast, a digital timer, and a pair of light ratchet hangers. You'll need two of these - one for each side of your grow tent.

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LED Grow Light - VIPARSPECTRA - Two of these will fit nicely in your large grow tent. 

Inline Fan - Hyper Fan - 315 CFM with a variable speed controller so you can control the amount of air changing in your grow tent.

Carbon Filter - CoolGrows - 6" - The air exhausting from your grow tent won't smell if you have this filter.

Duct - iPower - 6" - Duct to connect to the inline fan, carbon filter, and grow light (if using HID lighting).

Oscillating Fan - Hurricane - This 12" fan should be mounted in your grow tent for proper air circulation. Prevents hot and humid spots from forming in your grow tent.

These are the basics for a large grow tent. Read below for my recommendation of nutrients, growing medium, and other grow equipment such as air conditioner, dehumidifier, humidifier, etc.

 

LED Grow Lights

Quick list of other LED grow lights that I recommend. These are the most powerful and/or most efficient LED grow lights on the market today!

California Lightworks - Solar System - 550, 1100

Powerful enough for veg or bloom, the Solarsystem series features fully programmable spectrum control with the optional Solarsystem Controller. Drastically cut energy usage and eliminate the need to change bulbs.

NextLight - Mini, Mega

The most efficient full spectrum LED product line on the market. The Mini uses only 150 watts and covers a 2 ft x 2 ft flower footprint. The Mega uses only 650 watts and covers a 5 ft x 5 ft flower footprint. 

OPTIC LED - 4 COB, 6 COB, 8 COB

Uses CREE COBs with a spectrum that is finely tuned to match that of the McCree Action Spectrum and is proven to be the best spectrum for plant photosynthesis. 

Platinum LED - P150, P300, P450, P600, P900, P1200, P9-XML2

Ultra-efficient drivers and top bin US made diodes. PlatinumLED grow lights claim to have the highest PAR per watt of any other LED grow light available today.

Unit Farm - UFO-80, UFO-120, UFO-320

Uses CREE and OSRAM chips which are top brand LEDs. High quality, low heat, low power consumption, high penetration, high yield, and a truly full-spectrum LED grow light.


VIPARSPECTRA - PAR450, PAR600, PAR700, PAR1200

Scientifically engineered to keep the balance of the PAR/Lumen output and coverage. Full spectrum, silent front-fans, and big aluminum cooling heat sinks for heat dissipation. 

 

Other Equipment

Depending on your environment, you may or may not need the equipment in this section.

Heater - Lasko - Tower heater that oscillates. You can also program the thermostat to a specific temperature so the heater will automatically turn on and off. 

Air ConditionerFrigidaire - This 5,000 BTU AC is quiet and will quickly cool a room up to 150 sq. ft.

HumidifierTaoTronics - LED display and you can control the amount of mist. You can also set the humidity level so the unit turns off and on automatically. 

DehumidifierFrigidaire - This one is quiet and you can set the humidity level.

Reverse Osmosis System - iSpring​ - Feed your plants CLEAN water! Install this system on a sink and filter the pollutants from your tap water. Your plants will be much happier. 

 

Nutrients, Growing Medium, and Grow Pots

These things will impact how big and healthy your plants will be. 

Nutrients - FoxFarm - This 3 pack of 16oz bottles will feed about 4 plants for their entire grow.

CalMagGeneral Hydroponics - If you're giving your plants RO water or are using LED lights, you'll need this additive of Calcium and Magnesium.

pH Up & pH Down - General Hydroponics - Monitoring the pH of your growing medium is one of the most important steps of gardening. This kit will allow you to control the pH to ensure proper feeding and healthy plants!

Soil - FoxFarm Ocean Forest - Soil that is pre-charged with nutrients. 1.5-cubic feet bag will fill three 5-gallon grow pots.

Coco CoirGreen Texan Organic Farms - A growing medium that is fiber from the husks of coconuts. Coco coir provides good drainage, aeration and water retention.

Perlite - Espoma - Mix perlite with coco coir to help with drainage and aeration.

Grow Pots - 1 Gallon3 Gallon, 5 Gallon, 7 Gallon - Fabric pots in a 5-pack. Fabric grow pots are better than plastic grow pots because they provide aeration, prevents circling roots, and air-prunes the plant's root structure.

Pot Saucers - Cheaper to buy at your local garden store. Plastic ones are just fine. Just make sure the diameter is a few inches bigger than the pot size diameter. For example, a 5-gallon pot with a diameter of 12" should be paired with a 14" saucer. 

 

Tools for Harvest

Things you'll need for harvesting, drying, and curing your plant. 

Microscope - Carson - Use this pocket microscope to see your plant's trichomes. You'll be able to see if they are clear, cloudy, or amber so you can harvest your plant at the perfect time.

Hand Pruners - Happy Hydro - Perfect for trimming your buds. They are spring-loaded so they reduce strain on your hands. Much better than using regular scissors! 

Mason Jars - Ball - 32oz wide-mouth jars fit about an ounce in them. These sealed glass jars are the best to store your stash in to keep it fresh.

Humidity Packs - Boveda - These packs keep your buds at the perfect humidity for smoking - 62% humidity. 

Hygrometer - Unbranded - Put this in your jar to monitor the humidity of your buds. I've had much success using these cheap unbranded ones

 

Miscellaneous

Other tools and equipment that may help you on your journey.

Temperature & Humidity Monitor - AcuRite, SensorPush - Place this monitor at canopy level in order to monitor the temperature and humidity in your grow environment. The SensorPush monitor connects to your smartphone and will send alerts when temperature/humidity is out of range. Very convenient! 

pH Meter - Apera - Tool to test the pH of your nutrient mix and growing medium.

TDS Tester - HM Digital - Tool to show you PPM (Parts Per Million). Know exactly how much minerals and other substances are in your nutrient mix and growing medium.

Timer - Century - Plug your grow light into this timer and it will automatically turn on/off according to your light cycle.

Grow Room Glasses - Happy Hydro - 100% UVA & UVB protection which is exactly what you need when using MH & HPS lighting.

 

Yellow Sticky Traps - Trapro - Sticky fly traps for plant insects such as aphids, fungus gnats, leaf miners and white flies.

Plant Clips - Sago Brothers - These clips are perfect for LST and also to clip plants to support stakes and cages.

Tomato Cages - Panacea - Give your plant support and open the center of your plant for more light exposure by using these cages.

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