Cannabis grow systems help simplify cannabis cultivation. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned grower, these grow systems can help you grow an incredible crop at home.
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So, you’re thinking about trying your hand at growing cannabis? First things, first – make sure that growing cannabis is legal in your state. Just because your state has allowed medical or adult-use cannabis doesn’t necessarily mean that growing your own is legal. In fact, here’s a list of states with medical marijuana laws – but they prohibit personal growing:
- Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Utah, West Virginia
However, many states allowing legal cannabis also permit patients and residents to grow a certain number of plants for personal use. For many medical patients, producing their medicine at home dramatically reduces costs and increases their control over what they consume.
Growing Your Own Cannabis is Legal in These States
States that allow you to grow marijuana indoors for both medical and recreational purposes. Check the regulations regarding how many plants you can grow at a time and what the rules are for staying compliant:
- Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, Washington
States that allow growing marijuana for medical use only:
- Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Dakota
Learning how to grow a quality cannabis plant isn’t always as easy as it may seem. If you’re located in one of these states and are interested in trying your own hand at growing cannabis, here are some of the best indoor growing systems we’ve discovered.
Just as the refrigerator changed the way people shopped for food and the microwave altered the way people cook, cannabis indoor growing systems could revolutionize the way people grow their plants at home. Several companies are at the helm of the home grow revolution, and CannabisTech has all the details you need to know below about the future of home-grown cannabis technology.
Self-Contained Cannabis Grow Systems
HeyAbby Grow Box
The HeyAbby Grow Box is a cutting-edge self-contained hydroponic grow closet that brings indoor cannabis gardening to a whole new level. With a sleek and modern design, this all-in-one unit is perfect for both beginners and experienced growers.
The HeyAbby Grow Box comes preassembled, eliminating the need for a complex setup. Inside, you’ll find state-of-the-art equipment, including Samsung LM301H Full Spectrum Plant Lights, sensors, and a three-gallon water tank, ensuring your plants thrive in this no-soil growing environment.
Controlled entirely by its smartphone app, HeyAbby growers get guidance throughout the entire hydroponic growing process. While there’s a learning curve during the startup phase, the app helps to streamline the care of your indoor plants, sending alerts for tasks like changing water and nutrients.
Plants flourish under powerful LED lights and nutrient systems, resulting in impressive growth rates. The compact design is ideal for small spaces and allows for a single plant, perfect for personal use with yields estimated from 6 oz. to 8 oz. per grow cycle.
This grow box takes discretion and safety to heart. Elegantly designed, the small appliance takes up just a 2 sq. ft. footprint and has a lock to keep extra hands out of the cookie jar, so to speak. A convenient subscription service ensures you always have everything you need for your grow system.
While Abby comes at a premium price of $1,000, its ease of use and exceptional results make it a worthwhile investment for those looking to venture into growing. If you seek a small, but powerful, low-maintenance and discreet grow closet, the HeyAbby Grow Box is a great choice.
The Armoire by Green Goddess Supply
Elegance in cannabis grow systems for an upscale, discreet approach to home cultivation.
The Armoire made by Green Goddess Supply has a furniture-inspired look and feel in a unit that comes in two finishes. Resembling a traditional armoire, it’s an easy-to-use system that yields up to a quarter-pound of dry bud in a 60-day auto-flower harvest cycle. Growing cycles vary by species dominance, but the most popular are the 8 to 10-week strains (some strains can go as long as 12-14 weeks).
The Armoire is ergonomically designed, lightweight, waterproof, and comes with everything you need except seeds, water, and soil mix (UV safety glasses, wi-fi camera, digital hygrometer [LCD temperature & humidity module], and moisture meter are just a few accessories included with the system.
The LED large footprint light is proprietary—designed down to the last nanometer— and uses an intuitive 4-winch pulley system for easy scaling as your plant grows. It’s also energy efficient — with a carbon footprint of approximately 150 watts. The system is user-serviceable and backed by a multi-component warranty.
An industry first, a childproof magnetic lock is standard, which helps to ensure your plants aren’t accessed by anyone but the grower. The exhaust fan is quiet and can be easily removed for cleaning, the no-odor carbon “long life” scrubber uses high-grade Australian activated carbon.
Also included: 4 LST “plant training” rods, four internal circulation fans with six vents and protection grills, two fine mesh passive air intake filters, timer, grounded surge protector with both AC and USB input receptacles, cloth 5-gallon grow pot, and large, rigid water collection saucer.
This indoor grow system includes everything you need to start growing, minus the seeds, soil, and water. The GGS team provides a vetted list of online seed and soil vendors, along with personalized Concierge Service, to ensure your first grow goes smoothly. The team’s mantra is, “if you can water a houseplant, you will have success with The Armoire.”
Designed and promoted as a “nurturing system,” the philosophy and grow protocol is the result of over 40 years of indoor and outdoor grow experience, tips, and tricks—including Autoflower-specific LST (Low-Stress Training) hands-on training. Although minimal, the GGS team embraces interaction with your plant–albeit just a few minutes a day.
The company believes this is the best insurance, best practices, results-driven approach that professional cultivators employ–brought down to a single plant, personal use scale.
If you are looking for a stylish and discreet grow box to easily grow high-yielding plants in your home or apartment, The Armoire is the perfect unit to blend right in. And think about it; four ounces of top-shelf flower—including taxes (especially in metropolitan markets) equals the purchase price of The Armoire.
Whether you are an amateur marijuana user who wants to start their very first home grow, or an experienced cannabis connoisseur looking to streamline their home cannabis grow systems, these units offer a stealthy way to embark on your own home grow.
SuperStar Smart Grow Box by SuperCloset
The SuperStar Smart Grow Box is a hydroponic system that combines top-feed watering and bottom-feed oxygenation. Designed like a locker, built sturdy, and with a door-locking mechanism, this system can be modulated to grow clones or traditional cannabis plants. The unit’s dimensions are 24” wide, 24” deep, and 60” high.
The SuperStar Smart Grow Box features include a Kind LED K3 Series 2 XL300 light, dual activated carbon scrubbers, a digital hygrometer and thermometer, and an adjustable internal circulation fan. Wattage is quite high, and prior grow experience is recommended.
Grow Tent Systems
The ATS-42 Grow System by Green Goddess Supply
Cannabis Tech’s Editor’s Choice! We’ve been growing at home for almost a year with the Green Goddess ATS-42 – and we’ve always achieved incredible crops. With the ATS-42, as long as you understand basic growing concepts, you will have a successful grow.
If you’re not ready for a new piece of furniture in your room and want to save a little money, Green Goddess offers their world-class system in a more traditional grow tent setup with their ATS-42. A 6-foot tall by 4-foot wide by 2-foot deep grow box comes with everything you need to get growing and sets up in about 30 minutes.
UPDATE!! See the results of our first crop grown in the ATS-42 small grow tent.
This complete system ships with absolutely everything you need to start your plants – you just need to add seed, soil, and water. In all, the shipment contains two independently controllable Unicorn Series LED grow lights, two internal fans, one external exhaust fan with LCD Controller Module, a carbon scrubber (air filter), two fabric grow pots, two plastic 17″ plant saucers, a light timer, power strip/surge suppressor, a padlock and UV-400 protective glasses.
Unicorn Series LED Lighting
Lighting is one of the more complex parts of a growing system. With so many choices on the market, choosing the right lighting can be overwhelming. Green Goddess takes the guesswork out of your decision process with their proprietary Unicorn series lighting. These 13 Spectrum, high PAR, low-heat LED lights have the ability to inhibit molds and deter pests. You have full, independent control over each plant, so you can “tweak” and “dial in” the lighting for each plant in the system individually.
But the ATS-42 comes with more than just hardware – it also comes with a year of support through Green Goddesses Exclusive Concierge service that is there via Zoom to help you every step of the way. Whether you’ve been growing all your life or never put a seed in the ground, the concierge service is an invaluable tool in your toolbox.
Following the Green Goddess “High Yield + Easy Grow Autoflower Protocol,” growing two plants from sprout to harvest only takes 60-75 days with just a couple of minutes of daily maintenance – the system does the rest. Some growers are reporting up to 1/4 lb. per plant at harvest.
We’ve grown with the ATS-42 cannabis grow systems on YouTube – check it out!
Black Dog LED Cannabis Grow Lights
Another option for some is to individually purchase all the equipment necessary to build DIY cannabis grow systems or convert a space in your home to a DIY grow room. While it can be more of a process, this allows home growers to fine-tune the setup to their individual needs.
Black Dog LED grow lights for your indoor cannabis system, whether you’re growing one plant or several. Having expertise in your corner from Black Dog LED helps avoid mishaps and mistakes. Black Dog advanced LED lighting systems and accessories you need to grow today.
The advantages of setting up your own cannabis grow systems are mostly in the price. You can find lights, tents, pots, and nutrients all online. This is good for those who aspire to become professional cannabis growers. Individual component warranties vary from none to “some”… If you are on a tight budget, know what you are doing, and only care about price (not safety or manufacturer’s liability), this is a workable, albeit high-learning curve alternative. Choosing what kind of lights you feel would best suit the size and number of plants you are looking to grow, hydro or soil, child safety, and other considerations must be part of the pros and cons of building such a system.
Not always, but often one gets what they pay for. Home grow tents can have more kinks in how they operate and be less seamless than automated systems. Another disadvantage of a DIY grow tent is you must possess knowledge of each facet of the grow. It can be hard for the casual grower to know what pots, lights, tent, nutrients, temperature, humidity, air circulation, acceptable noise levels, and watering system is best for them and their situation. In addition, pests such as spider mites can be the norm if set up in a garage or basement.
Defunct cannabis grow systems we’ve included in the past:
Previously Reviewed Cannabis grow systems that are no longer available:
CryptoGrow Bringing Decentralization to Cannabis Grow Systems
2021 was the year of the NFT. With a tagline that reads, “Machines that grow weed, NFTs that grow crypto. Welcome to the convergence of cannabis and crypto.” Cannabis Tech couldn’t help but add CryptoGrow to our list of must-have-grow closets in 2022. With several parallels between the nature of crypto and cannabis, it’s no shock to see the two are coming together.
While most other indoor cannabis grow systems tout discretion as a feature and hide the plant behind a door or opaque tent, CryptoGrow is for the grower who feels no shame about growing cannabis. Their elegant yet futuristic-looking grow closet provides the perfect environment for your plants in a visually-appealing clear capsule so you can admire your luscious, vivacious beauties throughout their lifecycle – don’t worry, it also comes with a mylar cover for light dep.
The system is controlled by nine custom-printed circuit boards, or PCBs, and associated firmware. This technology controls all of the environmental conditions which are maximized for the specific variety of cannabis. Regardless of the technology you use to grow it, Jesse Croteau reminds us, “Great seeds equal great weed” as the baseline for any cannabis grow.
CryptoGrow wants to do more. Croteau, Founder & Inventor, said their overall goals for forming the company were to “make something that adds value and creates a community for growers.”
He continued, “We refused to be anything other than a machine that grows cannabis. We aren’t a machine that grows zucchinis.” Croteau’s passionate answer is rooted in showing respect to the cannabis activists and pioneers who worked so hard to get the industry where it is today.
“We have designed a machine that is both attractive and empowering to the user. It allows someone to showcase one of the most beautiful plants,” Croteau stated.
Grobo by Grobo
Canadian startup Grobo aims to create a simple home-growing system that takes the guesswork out of cultivating cannabis, to help users achieve consistently high-quality results (typical yield is two ounces every three months).
GROBOX BY CLOUDPONICS
GroBox is a fully automated grow device that’s completely synced with an app (IOS or Android), where you can watch and monitor the progress of your plant(s). The primary benefit of this product is the software system that makes every aspect of the growing process automated. The app includes humidity control, watering frequency, pH buffering processes, temperature regulation, LED grow light scheduling and auto-off. This makes it as close to a “set it and forget it” unit as possible.
The Growbox by Cloudponics is currently “sold out” on their website.
Cannabis grow systems: LEAF BY GET LEAF
The LEAF grow box is the most expensive automated home grow system on the market. LEAF utilizes an app to control and automate the growing process. The unit itself includes a carbon filter, HD camera, toolbox, LED lighting, water sensing, and exchanging cartridges, and air control/ nutrient system.