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yes i realize it’s not the safest way to grow but i just wanted to see peoples opinions. and I thank the people pointing it out maturely and respectfully but i don’t need to be insulted and to me it just seems he’s wasting his time insulting me and asking if i’m serious rather than just helping me (which this forum was invented for) or not even answer at all. cause it’s useless to me to have his insults on my thread.

actually I’m some teenager in an apartment that has his girlfriend and parents over.. who like to snoop.. i did it in a cardboard box so i could stash it in a pile of other cardboard boxes.. this is also my first grow and didnt even really expect this plant to even sprout.. so as of now im taking it a day at a time with a cardboard box and cfl. so thanks for the pointless reply wakenbake. I will be constructing a grow box for my next grow but until then I’m just getting a feel for it.

IMO i think you are some teenager trying to hide something from your parents.

It also isn’t safe to attempt something in a cardboard box. My post may have been useless, but i mean honestly, no adult here i don’t think has attempted such tom foolery.

Dood. come on. are you serious?


You will need at least 4 x moor light to flower with cfls or invest in a small HPS.

Thanks all, Pete.

Hey thanks a lot for the inspiration Banjo those were some killer plants man. and like you say this is a box that is meant to be monitored haha but ya i have some new plans now :hubba:

If you can’t afford to go out and make a proper grow area you don’t need to even try. A cardboard box? I mean are you serious?

cfl with built in ballast is good, but still, 19w wont be enough to grow you plant properly.

i wouldnt have thought a 19w fluoro would give enough heat to cause fire, unless it has a ballast unit thats not built in to the actual lamp, like a cfl. i would also say that 19w fluoro wouldnt give enough light to grow with either.

For Veg good For flowwer bad.

And an HPS is NOT a bulb you can just put in a socket and go. you need a ballast to run it.

I would suggest starting in the FAQ’s before you burn your home down. Well your parents home.

And WakenBake, "You are trying to hide it from someone man. " i believe i said i have my girlfriend and parents over often and they like to look around.. Thanks.


I am just trying to understand the thinking that went into this attempt.

i have a 19 watt floro bulb in a 2x2x4 cardboard box with a large fan in the box to keep air moving im only growing one plant, and the light hangs about 3 inches (the closest) from the cardboard wall. how many of you think this could be a bad idea? its in the back of my 2x5x9 closet with the door shut.. i took the temperature in there and its 80 degrees and the air feels pretty chilly when i open the top.. any input is great.

This is honestly a very first for me. I’ve seen people grow in pc cases, closets, and refridgerators. Everywhere, cept a cardboard box. I Just don’t see why you are trying soooo hard to hide 1 plant in a pile of boxes. You are trying to hide it from someone man. if you want to be safe, try changing the locks on the area the plants are in and get em out of the dadgum cardboard box/ fire hazard.

dude, you need to chill i bit, whether wakenbake was right or wrong on your situation, theres no need to get moody, as hemp godess pointed out, any light thats able to grow MJ, is capable of causing fire. wakenbake was merely pointing out that, no matter how much you need to keep a grow hidden, its not worth burning down your home, maybe not said in the right way, but all the same, his point is valid, be safe man.

lol, useless reply? man you care going to burn your house down if you don’t think this through man. Growing cannabis isn’t a game dood.

Covering a plant in a box among other cardboard boxes isnt smart. If it isn’t as i state why are you trying to hide it so hard as to actually go to dangerous lengths as growing in a cardboard box man?

ok so instead of putting it in my closet in two cardboard boxes, I’m thinking of just getting a lock for my closet door to keep the snoopers away haha and then im thinking i might take a dresser that my brothers givin me and gut it and make a stealth dresser box inside my locked closet. haha just incase the girl demands to see in side :angrywife::ignore: haha she is only to see a closet with clothes and a dresser with some crafty design to hide the sound,light,smell,wires. my closet is usually wide open but i just need it to be able to look natural when it needs to (ya know ) anyways thats gunna be a few days/weeks cause i still need to get my HPS and other stuff that will prob come to a grand total of about 300$ before i can really start so until then.. :ciao: HELLOOOOOOOOOO cardboard! :ciao:

The Hemp Goddess.

For our DIY grow box project, you’ll need the following items:

It’s a better idea for home-growers to invest in a high-quality grow tent rather than buy a pre-made grow box. In addition to their relative affordability, grow tents offer cultivators a whole lot more space to cultivate.

In most cases, home-growers prefer autoflowering seeds in DIY grow boxes. These strains never grow above five-feet tall, which makes them very easy to manage indoors. As a bonus, auto strains don’t have a set photoperiod, which means you won’t have to worry about strict lighting schedules.

Of course, you have to weigh all of these considerations against your home layout, comfort level, and the materials that work for your budget. Wherever you choose to place your grow box, you must ensure it’s clean, well-insulated, and has easy access to electrical outlets.

Although it’s not challenging to build a grow box, we understand there are degrees of DIY skill. If you’re someone who can’t tell a box cutter from a barometer, you might be thinking about splurging on a professional grow box.

What Supplies Do You Need For A DIY Grow Box.

Before you assemble the materials for a DIY grow box, there are a few considerations you need to keep in mind. For starters, where are you going to put your box?

Since most people who get interested in DIY grow boxes have limited space, it’s safe to assume you’re thinking about a closet set-up. There are plenty of reasons why many at-home cannabis cultivators remain “in the closet.” Not only are closets easy to access, but they are also super stealthy.

For many at-home cultivators, building a grow box is a no-brainer. Not only are grow boxes compact, but they’re also cheap and surprisingly simple to make.

Just because closets are popular, however, doesn’t mean they’re the only place you could put your DIY stealth grow box. For instance, many home-growers report success growing ganja in the basement. People who have a basement set-up enjoy superb insulation and increased space.

In the contemporary cannabis market, it’s tempting to run out and buy a professional grow tent. The quality and variety of today’s tents make them incredible investments for novice growers. On the downside, these tents can cost a pretty penny. Plus, cultivators who don’t have a lot of free space might struggle to make room for a standard-sized tent.

If you’d prefer to grow non-auto seeds, you should research strains that don’t grow too tall and perform well indoors. In most cases, you’ll have the best luck cultivating feminized indica strains in your DIY grow box.

Thankfully, a grow tent isn’t a prerequisite for cultivating great ganja. In fact, there’s an easy way home-growers could create a compact grow space on the cheap: build a DIY grow box!

Sure, a DIY grow box or DIY grow tent won’t offer the same space or protection as a professional tent, but it’s a significantly cheaper way to grow a few cannabis plants. As a bonus, DIY grow boxes take up little space and are super stealthy, both of which are priorities for most home-growers.

Before you spend your hard-earned cash, it’s worth noting these boxes cost big bucks. In fact, many grow boxes retail for over $1,000, making them pricier than most professional grow tents.

Are Pre-Made Grow Boxes A Good Option?

If it helps, you could draw a model of your grow box on graph paper or enter it into a computer program like SketchUp. This drawing will give you a better sense of how much room your plants could grow before hitting the light unit.

Since DIY grow boxes are compact, it’s not a good idea to plant strains that require a lot of space to grow. Specifically, sativa strains often perform poorly in DIY grow box set-ups.

We’re going to share a technique for building a cardboard box DIY set-up, but please remember there are many other options available to home-growers. We encourage you to research different indoor grow set ups to find a style that works for your budget.

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While you’ve got your measuring tape, you could also figure out the exact dimensions of the fans and outlet plugs you’ll use in your grow box. Although you could wait to take these measurements, it’s handy to have this info as early as possible.

A Sample Step-By-Step Guide For A Cardboard Grow Box.

After you’ve decided where you want to place your DIY grow box, you need to take proper measurements of your grow space. Grab a handy tape measurer and jot down the length, width, and height of the area you’re interested in using.

Generally, expert cultivators only recommend pre-made grow boxes if you have extremely limited space and can’t be bothered with DIY projects.

If you don’t like the cardboard box method listed above, then there are plenty of other options to consider. For instance, many cultivators have successfully created grow boxes using Styrofoam boards, cheap Ikea cabinets, and even old PC monitors. We encourage you to research different DIY grow box designs to find what works best for your skills and space.

While not strictly a necessity, the following can have a direct impact on yield, flavor and appearance:

To get started, you’ll want to buy a hygrometer and a thermometer. With these tools, you can accurately monitor and then alter humidity and temperature conditions in an attempt to strive for repeatable quality levels time and time again.

On behalf of their customers, dispensaries are looking for consistent quality and a range of products. So while the opportunity to run a lucrative and stable growing business has increased dramatically, there is more and more pressure for growers to produce a consistently high-quality product in order to turn increased demand into increased dollars.

Adjusting Humidity Levels and Temperature.

The curing process breaks down chlorophyll remaining in the plant, resulting in a less-harsh taste. Remember: harsh buds are not quality buds. These procedures can enhance the shelf-life of a crop, which is highly important with a product like cannabis that isn’t afforded the addition of preservatives.

“Wet trimming” involves trimming as soon as plants are ripe. Remove individual branches and proceed to use sharp scissors or shears to precisely trim excess plant matter. As soon as the plants are cut down, the drying process begins. What’s immediately noticeable is how sticky and wet the buds are. While this is an excellent indicator of potential quality, it’s also a breeding ground for contaminants. Buds left in this state will almost certainly be ruined so it is best to act quickly to begin a controlled drying process.

As the roots are now more developed, they’re able to perform most of the needed water uptake with evaporation through the leaves now cooling the plants.

That said, we are not experts in growing specifics or in the design of custom-growing spaces.

On top of the need for specific temperature and humidity controls throughout the growing process, it’s worth mentioning that humidity level during the drying process is equally important to the quality of the final product.

What are the most important points of growing a consistent crop to build your brand? Again, borrowing from the winemaker’s metaphor, it’s all about what you’re growing, where you’re growing it and the conditions it’s grown under. Below, we’ll look at how to create the best growing environment, with a focus on humidity and temperature controls .

Too much humidity in your curing space and you might be left with perfectly grown, but moldy cannabis. Nobody wants that; neither the individual user nor the dispensary buyer. Moldy cannabis is easily the fastest way to ruin your reputation as a reliable grower of high-quality buds.

Flowering Period.

If you opt to use the wet trimming method, you will need to spread them out across a large surface area. Aeration is important so you’ll want to avoid setting the flowers on a surface like cardboard or newspaper as the buds will dry unevenly. Wire mesh or netted drying racks are more beneficial. This allows airflow to reach all sides and lessen the chance of moist air pockets. Make sure to allow yourself enough space to spread your crop out evenly with a small amount of space between buds for the best results.

Here again is the equipment you can use to help you attain these levels:

Depending on your lighting solution, season a specific crop is grown in (assuming year-around production), the outdoor air vented in (as it will vary in temperature and its own relative humidity), controlling temperature and humidity in your growing space will be one of the tougher challenges you will face on a day-to-day basis.

Again borrowing from Royal Queen Seeds expertise, here’s a how-to on drying your valuable crop:

Whichever method you choose for trimming your product, suitable conditions for your drying room are important. You’ll want a cool, dark environment with temperatures in the range of 59-71°F and humidity at or near 50% . Yes, even after the growing process is completed, you still need to be concerned with temperature and humidity.

The Four Stages of Plant Cycle.

Over the last decade, more and more states have chosen to legalize the sale of both medicinal and recreational marijuana. Even without national legalization, the U.S. marijuana market was worth $9.2 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach $47.3 billion by 2027, a growth rate of 514% over 10 years (source: Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics).

Pure n Natural Systems specializes in the sale of commercial and industrial humidifiers, dehumidifiers, drying fans, air movers, and portable heating and cooling solutions. We have the equipment you need to make your growing operation a consistent success. And as we’ve already discussed, consistency is king.

The increased humidity levels allow seedlings to take water in through the leaves while their root systems are developing.

Investors are flocking to the marijuana industry, seeing it as one of the safest long-term bets in recent history. Many of them are directing their investments toward dispensaries rather than growers, according to Scott Greiper, president of Viridian Capital Partners.

Each stage of a plant’s life-cycle is prone to different needs. With the right equipment, these needs are easily managed when the focus is on keeping everything within the desired ranges and as constant as possible.

While it’s tough, just know that every grower working at a scale similar to you is going through this as well.