The Indoor Grow Kit Checklist
Gardening and caring for plants has grown to be an interesting and famous hobby among many people. But due to the ever-rising population and small living spaces people have limited or close to no space for planting. This is why many such hobbyists have taken to indoor planting, using entire rooms or grow tents to cultivate different types of plants.
If you are also looking to take up indoor planting as a hobby for the first time, there might be some confusion about where to begin. Well, first and foremost you need to decide the types of plants you would like to grow. According to personal preferences, people grow tomatoes, herbs and flowering plants to marijuana (only if they have a legal licence).
Do some research, visit local greenhouses and find the plant that you prefer to grow. You will then need to decide whether you will dedicate an entire room or use a grow tent. For first-timers, we recommend to begin small and go for a grow tent. After that, you now have to gather the required equipment and set up your grow kit.
If you feel lost at this step, then here is a list of all the basic equipment that you will require for an indoor grow kit:
1. Grow Tent
A tent is extremely important. It is a way of designating a particular space for your indoor garden. These grow tents allow you to set up an area where you can use other equipment (mentioned ahead) to create a custom environment as per your plant’s requirements. Choose a tent of high-quality material that has a reflective lining on the insides. The size and height of the tent will depend on the number of plants and their maximum growth potential respectively.
The biggest and most important piece of equipment in a grow kit is the light. All plants stay alive until the time their cells are able to effectively photosynthesize. And in order for them to keep photosynthesizing, they require different inputs including sunlight. If you are growing plants in a grow tent you won’t be able to get sunlight, so artificial lights become the energy source. You have various different lighting options for your grow kit including LED lights, HID lamps and CFL lights. Out of these the new COB technology and 5-watt diodes are some of the best options. The number of bulbs and intensity of the lights depends on the number and type of plant you are growing.
The other energy source for the plant to photosynthesize and grow properly is the air that surrounds it. The most basic form of ventilation that doesn’t require active equipment is very small setups with only 1 CFL lamp. These only require an opening in the tent near a window. For setups bigger than that you require a fan, filter and a duct to remove used air from the tent and ventilate the entire area to prevent rot and pests.
While this is an optional piece of equipment, having it in your kit will only prove handy and useful. Since you will be creating a controllable environment for your plants, you will need to somehow keep check of the temperature and humidity. This is important as unbalanced temperature and humidity can cause severe damage and even death of plants. Having one on your kit will allow you to change the settings if temperatures and humidity levels go out of the required range.
5. Pots, Soil and Others
With the technical and basic equipment to set up the grow kit all checked off, you are now left to acquire the material to sow the plants. But first, you need to decide whether you will be going the usual way i.e. using soil and pots or install a hydroponic or aquaponic system. Depending on what you decide you will need the relevant equipment. For the traditional method, you will need soil, fertilizer, seeds or plants. As for the aquaponics or hydroponics, you will need nutrients, water system and other pieces of equipments for the setup.