If you live in a big city, more than likely you live in an apartment complex. Just because you do, doesn’t mean you can’t grow some good cannabis, though.
There’s an increasing chunk of states that have not only legalized cannabis medicinally but also recreationally.
But that’s not all. A good chunk of these states have also legalized growing your own plants. But, does that mean we can grow in apartments?
If you own the house, then, of course, there’s no one to answer too.
But, if you have a landlord or live in a big apartment complex, you may be within the laws of your state, but could be in violation of your rental agreement. So, before you germinate your seeds and turn on your grow lights, make sure you’re allowed to grow indoors with whoever is in charge of your lease.
Which Strains Are Best For Apartment Growing?
Growing in a limited space requires that some thought is given to strain selection. Whether in a closet, grow tent, or grow box, you’ll ideally want to select more compact varieties for apartment growing.
Practically speaking, this means the typically smaller profile of indica plants may be a better match for your grow space. Another factor to consider is the ease of growing a strain. If you’re a newbie grower or are working with a less than ideal grow space, don’t select a finicky strain.
Auto-flowering strains are a good option if you don’t want to stress about photoperiod. These strains start flowering without changing the lighting cycle. They typically start flowering at about five weeks old and remain compact in size. They’ll be ready to harvest about seven weeks later.
The Weed Smell
Smell is the easiest way to give away your garden, and there are easy measures you can take to prevent it from happening.
Smell can get you evicted or even busted if you live in a state where it’s illegal to grow pot. That’s why having a plan to deal with the weed smell needs to come first when apartment growing.
The good news is, there’s a relatively easy solution. You need an exhaust duct equipped with an active carbon filter. An exhaust fan pulls the odor-laden air through the duct and filter, and the carbon helps eliminate the smell.
Plants, like humans, need to breathe. The only difference is they breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen, which is the opposite of us.
Ventilation ensures not only that the air is fresh, but also that the temperature in the grow room is cool enough. If your grow room gets too hot and stuffy, it can stress out your plants and even cause them to stop growing. Consistent airflow helps the plant stay healthy.
Humidity control is also a crucial component of apartment growing. High humidity can cause dreaded mold and mildew on your plants, which can destroy your crop. Many growers put a dehumidifier or a humidifier in the grow room for this reason. Humidity levels should be between 50 percent and 70 percent for vegetative growth, and between 50 and 60 percent for flowering.
Closet, Grow Tent, or Grow Box?
The three main options for apartment growing are closets, grow tents, or grow boxes.
Let’s take a quick look at the pros and cons of all your options.
The first one anyone thinks of is their closest.
It’s a nice confined space and will protect your plants from the eyes of unwanted guests.
But there are quite a few disadvantages to using it for your grow room.
First, because it’s going to be much taller than you need for your plants, you’ll have a ton of dead space to account for when setting up the perfect growing environment.
Larger space means you’ll need more airflow and light, plus it’s more difficult to manage the temperature and humidity.
Setting up in your closet will require a bit of work too.
You’ll need to remove your clothes (and find a new place for them), install an exhaust system and a grow light.
All before lining your closet with reflective mylar or foil.
You can grow great cannabis in your closet, but we recommend you go with one of the other options.
The next step up from a closet is going to be a grow tent.
These are inexpensive tents that you can set up in minutes.
The tent is the perfect size to grow in, and it’s easy to figure out the perfect amount of light and airflow needed for your plants.
Taking your grow to a tent also helps prevent the added humidity from causing water damage to your walls (which can potentially cost you your deposit), but also protects your floors from any potential water spills.
One thing I love about grow tents is they also are great at preventing light leaks.
This means that even with the lights in your house turned off you can’t tell you have a bright grow light on 24/7.
The best option there is for growing weed in an apartment is using a grow box—also called a grow cabinet.
These are self-contained grow rooms that are perfect for growing cannabis.
Most even come preloaded with everything you need to grow.
The lighting, air ventilation system and even the hydroponic setups are included and you just need to plant the seeds and watch them grow.
If your grow box doesn’t include a hydroponic systems, we have buying guide here on THCoverdose.
If you’re a beginner or looking to grow cannabis passively, then a grow box is a win-win.
It contains the light and smell better than your closet or a tent making it the best for growing in an apartment.
So, can you grow weed in an apartment?
Yes, just make sure to see if having an indoor garden violates your lease, and then take the precautions needed to prevent smell and light leaks.
Grow boxes may be the best option for apartment growing. These self-contained grow spaces can even come pre-equipped with what you need to grow weed. That means you can invest in an all-in-one grow box complete with lighting, ventilation, and, if desired, even a hydroponic setup.