Are you interested in growing vegetables, herbs or even flowers indoors? If you said YES, you might need to consider indoor gardening and build an indoor garden. You can enjoy the flowers that you love or harvest your crops all year long even during winter. Regardless of what plants you’ll grow in the indoor garden, you’ll need grow supplies to do so. These indoor growing supplies and equipment will ensure your indoor plants grow in its best condition!
Having an indoor garden for growing indoors (indoor gardening) is actually very useful, especially for city dwellers who don’t have enough space for outdoor gardening. And we believe that indoor growing is one of the best solutions for all of you who have such a similar condition.
Do you know why indoor garden is very useful?
Allow us explain it to you.
First, as we mentioned earlier, an indoor garden can supply your needs for a full year, regardless of the plant species you grow, whether it’s vegetables or herbs. Secondly, the indoor plants can clean the air inside your house, apparently, based on the findings of NASA study. Lastly, the indoor plants may improve the aesthetics of your rooms, especially if you’ve flowering plants in your garden.
The indoor plants don’t take up much space anyway, especially if you just want to grow a few plants. Your garden can be super small or super big — it’s totally up to you. The choice is yours.
So what’s the right and the best growing supplies for indoor gardening and building an indoor garden?
Well, in this article, you’ll find an indoor grow supplies list to start indoor gardening — from growing systems and nutrients to indoor lighting systems and environmental control. Some of the equipment on our list may not be cheap indoor grow supplies. But one thing’s for sure, they are very useful when it comes to growing plants indoors at home.
Let’s get started!
#1 Grow Supplies: Grow Space
This is the first grow supply of the many indoor grow supplies that you must have. And this is the place where your indoor garden will be, for your grow operation. Remember, your grow space will play an important role in your overall growing experience. You may need to consider several factors in choosing the right space for your indoor garden.
As we mentioned earlier, your indoor garden can be small or large depending on your needs and the availability of space inside your home. Below are popular growing spaces that are often used by gardeners, growers and hobbyist for indoor gardening:
The room that we mean here is a ‘real room’ dedicated to an indoor garden or grow room. It can be a closet, basement, garage or even an attic. In our opinion, grow room is best for growers who have large-scale grow operations and they are experienced growers, mostly.
The following article will cover all the information related to grow room setup and grow room supplies.
Grow tents are one of the best choices for your indoor grow space, especially if you live in an apartment or rental house. Indoor growing by using grow tents offers many advantages to beginners, which it’s easy to assemble, efficient and practical. They are also available in various sizes, from 2×2 to 10×10.
The following article will cover all the information related to grow tent setup and grow tent supplies.
Another best option if you don’t have enough space is a grow box. Just like grow tents, grow boxes are easy to set up and much more private. It’s perfect for those of you who want to keep the grow stealth (stealth growing)! Because from the outside, the grow box looks like a regular cabinet making it easy to blend with other furniture and it’s also easy to hide.
Here’s the point:
If you’re just starting an indoor garden for the first time, we recommend you to use a grow tent or grow box as your grow space. Because when growing indoors, most beginner growers tend to make mistakes that cost them dearly. Besides, it’s much easier for them to monitor their plants in a grow tent than in a grow room.
#2 Grow Supplies: Indoor Grow Lights
The second indoor grow supply you must have for indoor gardening is the grow lights. Indoor grow lights will replace the role of natural sunlight that your plants need to grow strong and healthy. Therefore, you must choose the right and the best grow lights that you can afford for your indoor plants. Why? Because in our opinion, one of the factors that determine the quality and quantity of your yields is the quality of light that your plants get.
There are three basic types of indoor grow lights that available on the market for various purposes of growing indoors. You should choose carefully what type of light is best for your indoor plants.
Fluorescent Grow Lights
There are two types of Fluorescent grow lights that are often used by indoor growers, long tubes (T5s) and twisty bulbs (CFLs). These lights are very popular for indoor gardening since they are cheaper than other types of lights. Besides, they are also more energy efficient, which they don’t consume too much electricity.
Here’s what you need to know about Fluorescent lights:
Since this type of light doesn’t generate too much heat, this makes them very suitable for indoor growing in tiny space, such as grow box. Fluorescent grow lights are best for growing plants that are not flowering or fruiting. Therefore, many indoor growers use them for growing vegetables and herbs indoors. For the lumen output, a Fluorescent grow light may produces up to 100 lumens per watt.
High Intensity Discharge (HID) Grow Lights
There are two main types of HID grow lights that are often used by indoor growers, Metal Halide (MH) and High Pressure Sodium (HPS). HID grow lights known to be very efficient because they have a high lumen per watt that bring the highest yields per watt of electricity.
Here’s what you need to know about MH and HPS grow lights:
Some growers use Metal Halide grow lights for the vegetative stage because they produce the same light as in the spring, the blue and violet spectrums. For the lumen output, a Metal Halide grow light may produces up to 125 lumens per watt. High Pressure Sodium (HPS) grow lights are used by growers for the flowering stage because they produce light in the yellow/red spectrum, which is good for stimulating the plants to blooming, flowering or fruiting. For the lumen output, a HPS grow light may produces up to 140 lumens per watt.
But here’s the problem:
With the bright and strong lights that all HID lights have, they also emit a lot of heat. The heat becomes the major drawback of HID grow lights. By using HID lights, you’ll need extra setup to vent out the heat. This problem can only be solved by using special air-cooled reflector hoods, exhaust fans and appropriate ducting. You can find more information about it at the ‘Ventilation’ section.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) Grow Lights
As you might know, LED grow lights are widely used by indoor growers as a replacement for HID lights. These lights can run cooler in your indoor garden and don’t produce too much heat as HID lights due to their built-in fans. LED lights are designed in such a way as to be durable, long lasting and energy efficient, which you can save your money on energy costs in the long term.
Here’s the best part of LED lights:
You can get bigger yields with better quality simply by using LED grow lights. This is because the LED lights have a variety of types and designs that can produce a more complete spectrum of light. They can be used in all stages of your plant growth, either vegetative or flowering stage. For the lumen output, a LED grow light may produces up to 200 lumens per watt, which is much more higher than other types of lights.
#3 Grow Supplies: Indoor Growing Environment
At this section, there are plenty of indoor grow supplies that you must have to create the right growing environment. In order to make a perfect growing environment for your indoor plants, you should know several key factors or elements of the indoor environment. More importantly, each of these factors will require different indoor grow supplies.
Ventilation and Air Circulation
Indoor plants just like outdoor plants, they need a gentle breeze, fresh air and carbon dioxide (CO2). Therefore, you’ll need a ventilation system in your indoor garden for air circulation. With a good ventilation system, your plants will get the above needs to grow and thrive. Besides, it also prevents mold, mildew and common pests, and helps you control the temperature and humidity in your garden.
The following article will cover all the information related to ventilation setup and ventilation supplies.
First of all, you must know the ideal temperature of the plants you grow. This will make it easier for you to set and maintain the temperature in your indoor garden. As we all know, each plant species has a different ideal temperature to grow and thrive. However, most plant species can grow well between 68°F (20°C) and 84°F (29°C) — a comfortable range for most plants.
The following article will cover all the information about temperature, including grow supplies for measuring temperature.
Humidity is one of the growing environmental factors that you should monitor regularly, just like the temperature. You’ll have many problems in your garden and with your plants, if the humidity is too high for a long time. Here are the problems you might get: mold, mildew, fungus, poor growth and the worst, the death of your plants.
Here’s the point:
It will be great if you provide your plants with a dry environment, since many plants are susceptible to fungal diseases. For indoor plants that are in the vegetative stage, they may need a humid environment, about 40-70%. But, if the plants are in the flowering stage, make sure the humidity is in the range of 40-50%.
The following article will cover all the information about humidity, including grow supplies for measuring humidity.
#4 Grow Supplies: Indoor Grow Systems or Growing Media
Growing system or growing media is one of the important indoor grow supplies for either outdoor or indoor gardening. However, when it comes to indoor gardening, there are a variety of grow systems that can be used. As you might know, there are three types of indoor growing systems that are popular and work well for indoor gardening: soil, soilless and hydroponic systems.
The question: Between soil, soilless and hydroponics, which grow system is the best and right for you?
We can’t give you an answer which one is better considering each growing media has its own advantages. However, we can give you a little explanation of the three growing systems that can help you decide which growing media is best for you.
The following article will cover all the information related to indoor grow systems, including grow supplies for each growing system.
#5 Grow Supplies: Plant Propagation
This is the indoor grow supplies that allows you to multiply plants from various sources, such as seeds, cuttings/clones or other plant parts. By using plant propagation tools, you can create and grow certain plants easily. In our opinion, this is an easy and inexpensive way to get new plants from existing plants in your indoor garden.
There are various methods of plant propagation, from growing seeds to taking cuttings (clones). Sometimes a particular plant propagation method will require specific tools to get the maximum results.
The following article will cover all the information related to plant propagation, including grow supplies to support various methods of plant propagation.
#6 Grow Supplies: Plant Nutrients
This is one of the indoor grow supplies you must have to maximize your indoor plant growth. All plants, especially indoor plants will need additional nutrients to support their growth. The indoor plants will quickly absorb the nutrients in the growing medium and the rest of the nutrients will come out during watering. Therefore, the indoor plants will need regular supply of nutrients and fertilizer.
As you know, the type of nutrients you use depends on the plant species you grow. But other than that, the grow system you use will also determine the type of nutrients. For an example, if you grow marijuana in a hydroponic system, you’ll need marijuana nutrients made specifically for hydroponics. This type of nutrients will not work well for soil or soilless, although it’s still the same plant species.
Where to Get Indoor Grow Supplies
It’s not difficult to get the above indoor grow supplies for your indoor garden. You can find and buy all these indoor grow supplies at the local hardware or garden supply store. However, you can also buy or purchase these grow supplies on Amazon via the links we’ve provided on each article or product reviews. We’ve carefully selected and reviewed only the best indoor gardening supplies in order to make your indoor growing experience easier.
We hope this article can help you find the best grow supplies for your indoor garden. Please don’t hesitate to let us know by leaving a comment below if you have any questions or suggestions on this topic. We’ll be very happy to answer your questions and hear your feedback. And lastly, don’t forget to share this article if you enjoyed it and let your friends know. Happy Growing & Go Green!