This may be our entry level tent grow kit, but it has enough power to produce heavy yields of top shelf bud. For under $250 USD, the starter tent kit can net 300 to 500 grams per square meter (1 to 1.7 ounces per square foot), depending on the strain you choose.
Tent - Starting under $50 USD
Grow tents are specially made 'tents' with canvas on the outside and a mylar coating on the inside to reflect light back on the plants. Lights are hung from bars on the ceiling and fans can be placed at ventilation opening. Tents have a zipper door and most vents can be velcroed, zipped or cinched shut for complete 'black out' light control.
This 2'x2'x4' (.6mx.6mx1.2m) tent from TopoLite can grow 1 medium plant or up to 4 small plants if you start flowering early. At only $50, it has good air flow, strong light hangers and overall quality construction.
OR for $70
This 2'x2'x5' (.6mx.6mx1.5m) tent from VivoSun can grow 1 medium plant or up to 4 small plants if you start flowering early. At $70, this one provides more headroom for your plants.
Light - Under $90 USD
For growing in compact spaces, you need a light that doesn't burn hot. LEDs are very efficient so they make a great choice for for keeping heat and costs down.
This value priced 400W LED light uses advanced Chip-On-Board (COB) technology to efficiently power small tents of around 4 square feet (~1 square meters). Click here to learn more.
Ventilation - Under $20 USD
Without good ventilation, the air in your grow space will become very humid and hot and lead to mold, disease and stress. A good grow space is well ventilated to make it easy to exchange fresh air.
Cannabis needs fresh air flow and doesn't like to get too hot, so you'll need a fan to keep air circulating. We recommend a 4" duct fan, but other types of fans can work too as long as they keep air circulating from outside the tent.
Nutrients - Under $30 USD
Cannabis plants need macronutrients for basic building blocks in their rapid growth process. During the vegetation phase, nitrogen is very important and potassium is less important - though those roles reverse during flowering. Marijuana plants need micronutrients too, like iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Read our water and nutrient guide to get the details.
Fox Farm Trio is a legend in home cannabis grows and this pint sized set provides perfectly balanced nutrients for several plants.
pH Balance Kit - Under $10
You will want to test the pH every time you water to make sure the soil stays in the right pH range. Cannabis likes pH between 5.5 and 7 depending on the strain. See our Water and Nutrient guide to learn more about managing pH.
We use General Hydroponics pH control kit to balance pH. This solution is well buffered and pH stabilizes quickly. Click here to view full stats on Amazon.
Soil - Under $15
Cannabis does best if the soil drains excess water well, but doesn’t dry out too quickly. It should also be light and airy enough - compacted soil will stunt root growth. Check out our soil mix guide for more details.
FoxFarm is a great soil and is specifically pH balanced for cannabis. You can ammend it with coco or use it as is.
Container - Under $10
Cloth or fabric grow bags, also known as Smart Pots, are exactly what they sound like: cloth bags made for growing. They come in a variety of sizes, from 1 quart (~1 liter) up to 50+ gallons. They are made from soft fabric that is easily air and water permeable. They have excellent drainage, but the best part is that even overgrown plants won’t become rootbound due to 'air-shearing'. Air sharing is the process where roots shear off when they reach the air spaces at the edges of the bag, preventing them from becoming bound as they search for new soil. Read more about selecting the right containers in our container and transplanting guide.
These 5 gallon grow bags are perfect for this tent - and at 5 pots for $10.00 they are priced right.
Seed - Starting at $20 (including delivery)
Here are two great options for seed. The first is a photoperiod feminized seed that will produce heavier yields but requires your space have good light control for flowering. The second is a an autoflowering strain with great medicinal properties, and since it's autoflowering, light control isn't an issue. Read more about cannabis strains and seeds here.
You have a couple of options with this setup. This setup will work for growing 4 plants if you put them into flower right away in a process known as 12/12 from seed. The most ecomomical option is to grow one plant and use low stress training to topping make the most use of your space. Learn how to do this in our low stress training guide.
We grow Liberty Haze by Barney's Farm seed breeders because it's a potent, high yielding strain that responds well to topping and training. All this makes it a perfect tent strain. Click here to read our full review.
Tangie Matic is a sativa-dominant automatic plant. THC production in this strain has been measured at up to 23%. The original Tangie clone was obtained at a cannabis-related event in California and then the Fast Buds breeders set to work to make it an auto-flowering strain. Click here to learn more.
Total: Under $250 USD
This is a startup cost. Soil is an ongoing cost, but nutrients will last for several grows and the lights will last for over 50k hours.
What can I grow with this setup?
This setup has coverage of around 4 square feet (~.4 sqare meters). The Northern Lights from 00 seeds below was grown with this setup and netted almost 100 grams (3.5 OZ) of high quality bud in a little over 3 months from seed!
Northern Lights by 00 Seeds is a high yielding strain that takes only 45 days to flower and produces lots of CBD. Read our full review of it here.
How can I grow more?
Simple answer: more lights and more space. Check out our lighting guide for some ideas.