How to Choose the Right Indoor Grow Package

Not every all-in-one indoor growing package are the same. Most grow packages either have too many unnecessary equipment or not enough important equipment to get you going right away.

I’ve been consulting customer’s for over 5 years on successful indoor gardening setups as well as being an avid gardener myself. I’ve seen all types of budgets and grow sizes and no matter what your need is, there is a universal basic setup that every grow operation requires. What is it?

Watch this quick video about our breakdown first and then I’ll go into detail about why certain pieces to your garden are important for a successful and fruitful harvest:

Breakdown

Everything You Need For a Complete Grow Room:

  • Grow Light System
  • Grow/Garden Area
  • Ventilation/Odor Control
  • Environment Control
  • Nutrients
  • Grow Bags/ Pots
  • Growing Medium (not included in grow packages)

When picking a grow package, consider what’s appropriate for your grow area and the number of plants you’re growing.

Grow Light Systems

hps and led grow lights

The 3 grow packages covered in the video comes standard with the traditional Yield Lab high intensity discharge (HID) grow light system in 3 different wattage size: 400 watts, 600 watts, and 1000 watts.

If you haven’t seen a grow light kit before, each grow light setup comes with a high pressure sodium bulb for flowering (HPS) and a metal halide bulb for the vegging cycle (MH). This system of lighting has become a staple for indoor horticulture and many seasoned growers prefer this system.

The bulbs are secured inside a reflector that helps redirect light towards your plants. Depending on the reflector, you can create a wider spread of light with less penetrating power or a narrow but stronger light source.

The bulbs are charged by a digital ballast with dimming and super lumens feature. The dimming feature helps reduce heat and electricity consumption when growing indoors. This can help lower your electricity bill and keep a maintainable indoor garden environment with less heat. Keep in mind however, that dimming your ballast means lowering the electrical frequency that emits your bulbs. The color or spectrum of the bulb changes when you doing so, which means providing a less beneficial light spectrum depending on your grow cycle.

The super lumens feature increases the frequency of your ballast allowing your bulb to radiate brighter and more intense lights for your garden. We mentioned before why it benefits you the most to use the super lumens feature (It’s #4 in the article). To summarize, if you’re replacing your bulbs regularly then using the super lumens feature helps maximize your bulbs output which gives you a larger garden and heavier yields. Do you want more fruits and flowers after every harvest? Use the super lumens feature.

The Yield Lab grow light kit also includes a pair of rope ratchet hangers to adjust your reflector height and a 24 hour timer to setup your lighting schedule.

The 600 Watt Specialist Grow Package and the 1000 Watt Professional Series Grow Package comes with supplemental LED grow lights. Supplemental lighting can be utilized for extra light coverage, seeds, or clones.

Hobbyist Series Include:

1x 400w Yield Lab HPS + MH Grow Light System

Specialist Series Include:

1x 600w Yield Lab HPS + MH Grow Light System
2x 36w Advance Spectrum MAX Dual Band LED Supplemental Grow Bulbs

Professional Series Include:

2x 1000w Yield Lab HPS + MH Grow Light System
2x 50w Advance Spectrum Dual Band LED Supplemental Grow Panels

Grow/Garden Area

grow tent diagram combo

This really depends on the amount of plants you’re able to grow in the space you’re gardening in. We covered this topic in an in depth article on how to choose the right size grow tent, but in a nutshell, the basic questions you should ask yourself is:

  • If 1 plant needs a minimum of 1 sq.ft. of space to grow, how much room do I need? Then add half of that to the equation to make room for filters and supplies.
  • Where am I going to exhaust my heat? Out of a window? Through a hole in the ceiling? This will help determine what venting option you need in your grow tent.

Hobbyist Series Recommended Grow Tent Size (in inches):

  • Yield Lab 48″ x 24″ x 60″ Grow Tent
  • Yield Lab 32″x 32″ x 63″ Grow Tent

Specialist Series Recommended Grow Tent Size (in inches):

  • Yield Lab 48″ x 48″ x 78″ Grow Tent
  • Yield Lab 60″x 60″ x 78″ Grow Tent

Professional Recommended Grow Tent Size (in inches):

  • Yield Lab 78″ x 78″ x 78″ Grow Tent
  • Yield Lab 96″ x 48″ x 78″ Grow Tent

Ventilation/Odor Control

ventilation and filter setup

Figuring out your grow tent and ventilation is a two step process. Once you figured out where you’re pulling in fresh air and exhausting stale air, you need to setup your high output fans and ducting properly. Be sure that everything is sturdy and done properly. If you half ass this, it’s possible that later on in your grow something could fall and destroy your crop, light leaks can cause growth issues and pockets of stale air is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Take your time and do it right.

Odor control with a charcoal filter will help with any lingering smells from your garden. Each kit comes with 1 charcoal filter to help eliminate unwanted odors that can keep nosy neighbors and guests from being suspicious. Unless, you know, you don’t mind that they know you’re growing some dank tomatoes or something.

Hobbyist Series Include:

1x 6″ 440CFM High Output Duct Fan
1x 6″ Charcoal Filter

Specialist Series Include:

1x 6″ 440CFM High Output Duct Fan
1x 6″ Charcoal Filter

Professional Series Include:

2x 6″ 440CFM High Output Duct Fan
1x 6″ Charcoal Filter

What does CFM mean? It stands for Cubic Feet per Minute and it’s a measurement of how long it takes to completely remove stale air so if your grow tent is 4ft x 4ft x 6ft in cubic feet (96 cubic ft.), 440CFM is enough air power to replace your stale air quickly. Keep in mind that CFM reduces when you start adding ducting.

Environment Control

We provide a simple and compact way to add cO2 into your garden. Why is cO2 important? It’s what your plants breath in to help photosynthesize and exhales oxygen as a result. Because there is not enough cO2 in the air, supplementing your environment with it will help increase plant growth and in return, increase overall yield. Each grow package includes at least one cO2 bag to help enrich your environment.

Nutrients

Nutrients is what your plants feed on. We include Humboldt Nutrients in every grow package that has all the essential macro nutrients for your plants. It’s a great start to have a basic feeding schedule for your plants to thrive on.

Hobbyist Series Include:

1x Humboldt Nutrient Oneness – Provides all essential macro nutrients (N-P-K) and a balanced assortment of micro nutrients. It’s an easy nutrient to start off with as a newbie.

Specialist and Professional Series Include:

1x Humboldt Nutrient Master A
1x Humboldt Nutrient Master B

The Specialist and the Professional Series Grow Packages include the premium blend of nutrients and is dedicated to experienced growers. Master A is used during the vegging cycle and Master B is added during the flowering cycle for your plants.

Grow Bags/Pots

Grow bags and pots are basic but essential for your garden. We chose grow bags for the Hobbyist and Specialist Series because they are light weight, reusable, and easy to transfer. The grow bags have black inner lining to give your healthy roots complete darkness and drain holes for excess water run-off.

For serious growers, the Professional Series Grow Package comes with plastic pots with drain holes for excess run-off as well.

Growing Medium (not included in grow packages)

The growing medium is the only thing you would need to purchase separately to complete your grow tent setup. If you’re growing with a hydroponic system then you don’t need the pots and can use any soil-less medium to help you out (hydroton, vermiculite, coco-coir, rockwool, etc.).

foxfarm

However, if you’re into growing with soil, we recommend getting a neutral pH soil like Fox Farm’s Ocean Forest and add some vermiculite or perlite to prevent compacting and allows aeration.

 

Hope this breakdown was helpful.

We try to provide quality indoor grow packages that take the stress out of figuring out the right components for every program no matter if you’re just starting out with or experienced with growing indoors. For more information, consider checking out our other articles:

5 Easy Steps To Set Up A Yield Lab Grow Light System

Everything You Need To Know About Propagation

Indoor Gardening Supplies – the Essentials

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2 thoughts on “How to Choose the Right Indoor Grow Package

  1. To much nutrients.I’ve been grwoing for about 13 years ever since a child been selling to clubs for about 4years. I avoid the pointless Folier feeds and over nutrient. Alot of Nuitrents people are using now contain many pointless ingredients. You don’t need to be putting copper, iron, sulfur ect ect in your plants all the time. It’s only if they really need it.Over feeding causes unhealthy buds. What you out in the plant absorbs through the buds. If you use alot of nutrients make sure you F

  2. you just dont know the benefits to folier spray,it probably is the most important thing you can do for a plant,you most likely think the plant just shakes off the nutes in a spray,,your wrong it uses it fast.beginners always giving bad advice.

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