Top 8 Growing Gadgets That Will Help Improve Your Cannabis Garden

Preventing problems is a must for all growers, it can be the difference between an okay and a great harvest.
21 October 2020
6 min read
Top 8 Growing Gadgets That Will Help Improve Your Cannabis Garden

Contents:
  • 1. Plant twist ties
  • 2. Industrial syringe
  • 3. Plant yo-yos
  • 4. Zip ties
  • 5. Liquid transfer pump
  • 6. Rope ratchets
  • 7. Digital magnifier
  • 8. Tape
  • 9. In conclusion

Every grower has encountered problems in their garden, even though having problems is a bad thing, it’s from these mistakes that you’ll learn what you need to cover in the next growing cycles. There are a couple of gadgets like plant twist ties, industrial syringe, plant Yo-Yos, zip ties, liquid transfer pump, rope ratchets, digital magnifier, and simple duct tape that will help you prevent problems and continue growing without worrying at all.

So go ahead and check them out!

1. Plant twist ties

Twist ties are super common in the US, before being used in the cannabis world, they were used to close trash bags and basically anything that wasn’t cannabis-related. 

When talking about cannabis, twist ties are the cheapest and most effective materials to tie down the branches, which is a form of LST.

 

Top 8 growing gadgets: twist ties

Plant twist ties are a cheap and effective way to LST!
 

These ties can be easily hooked around the edge of the pots, making it easier to tie down the branches, thus achieving the desired height and structure you wish your cannabis plants to have.

2. Industrial syringe

Industrial blunt-tip syringes (blunt-tip meaning it doesn’t have a needle) are a very useful tool for growers who are looking for a cheap and effective way to measure liquids precisely.

This tool is a great alternative to spoons or other improvised methods of measuring liquids, syringes give you more control when measuring things like pH up, down, or micronutrients which really should be measured precisely to avoid overusing them.

 

Top 8 growing gadgets: industrial syringe

Industrial syringes are the best way to be precise when mixing your nutrient solution.
 

Being accurate is the best way to avoid overcorrecting, which happens when you lower or increase the pH too much, which leads to having to adjust it again and again.

Syringes also make it faster to adjust your nutrient solution because if you are constantly mixing the same nutrients over and over again, you will already know how much you have to use for each nutrient mix.

3. Plant Yo-Yos

Plant yo-yos are a thing that you’ll only know you need it when you do, this gadget provides support to your plants just like you would do with bamboo stakes or a trellis net. 

This tool is super useful when plant training because, as you may know, plant training helps increase the number of flowering sites, resulting in bigger yields which can sometimes be too much for the branches to withstand.

 

Top 8 growing gadgets: plant yo-yos

Plant yo-yos can be used in multiple ways such as drying the buds and supporting the buds.
 

Plant yo-yos consist of a plastic structure which you can hang on the top of your growing tent, this structure has a couple of wires or strings with a plastic hook at the end, making it possible to support the fat colas and prevent them from snapping.

It also is a great way to hang the branches when drying, plant yo-yos make it possible to space out the branches and even have them at different heights, it’s a really useful tool that maybe you didn’t know it existed but you definitely need it.

4. Zip ties

Zip ties are the best way to keep your growing tent organized, as you may know, every piece of equipment that you install inside your tent has a cord, the light fixtures, fans, exhaust fans have really long cords which are needed but your tent can end up looking like a mess.

 

Top 8 growing gadgets: zip ties

Zip ties are amazingly strong and can be used to hand lights, filters, and exhaust fans.
 

This type of fastener is amazingly strong and you can even hang your lights and exhaust fans easily, also, depending on the height of your growing tent, your plants can grow too much, and unlike rope hatchets, zip ties can bring your grow lights or other types of equipment as close as possible to the top of the tent.

5. Liquid transfer pump

A liquid transfer pump is a tool usually used to empty aquariums or simply transferring liquids from one container to the other and it can be extremely useful if you’re growing in a hydroponic setup.

As you may know, when growing hydroponically you need at least 2 reservoirs, one for water and the other for the nutrient solution, this can be a laborious task depending on the number of plants and size of your containers.

 

Top 8 growing gadgets: liquid transfer pump

Manual transfer pumps will save you time and effort.
 

Transfer pumps make it easy for people who grow in this type of setup to empty, fill and transfer liquid from one container to another, imagine being able to do all of this without even filling one bucket of water!

Not only this, you can just place the pump in the container holding the nutrient solution and water your plants with this tool, it’s an extremely convenient tool that will save you a lot of effort and time.

6. Rope ratchets

Depending on the type of light fixture you’re using, it can be very frustrating when you have to move the lights up or down, or even change the lights when changing from the vegetative stage to the flowering stage, this is when the rope ratchets come in handy.

 

Top 8 growing gadgets: rope hatchets

Rope hatchets can be used to hang anything you need, heavy or not.
 

Rope ratchets are pulleys that make it super easy to move and adjust the light distance from your plants, instead of having to untie, move the light around, and then tie again, you can effectively adjust your lights with very little effort, and the best of all, you can also use them to lift heavy equipment like a carbon filter, for example.

7. Digital magnifier

As you may know, the state of the trichomes is the standard way to know when to harvest your cannabis plants, now this is relatively simple but due to the trichomes being really small, it can be hard without the right tools.

Depending on the color of the trichomes (clear, cloudy, or amber), you will need a jeweler’s loupe or a way to check the state of the trichomes when your plants are getting ready for harvest.

 

Top 8 growing gadgets: digital magnifier

The state of the trichomes is the standard practice when harvesting cannabis so you need a way to see them clearly.
  

A digital magnifier is a USB microscope that you can hook up to your smartphone with an OTG adapter, this is an effective alternative to a jeweler’s which will have you squinting through a tiny loupe.

This allows you to not only see the trichomes clearly through a big screen (or at least as your phone’s screen is) but also take pictures so you can analyze and compare later.

8. Tape

Cannabis is a very tough plant and it can recover from stress and minor damage, however, a broken branch can be too much for your plant to recover or it may need a bit of help to do it properly and this is when the tape comes in.

It doesn’t matter if it’s duct, electrical, painters, masking, or scotch tape, as long as it holds the branch in its place and can provide support until the branch heals, you’ll be fine.

 

Top 8 growing gadgets: tape

Tape is the most versatile tool, you can temporarily fix anything you need to.
 

Tape can also be used to fix broken things in your growing tent, for example, photoperiodic cannabis plants are sensitive to light leaks so if you accidentally made a small hole in your growing tent, you can cover it with tape.

Also, tape can be a good way to temporarily fix cracked pots, broken fans, and other equipment, just have in mind that it’s a temporary fix and you should take care of it later on.

9. In conclusion

These gadgets are definitely not obligatory but will surely make your life easier, even though it may not seem like it, some of this equipment (if not all) will not only save you time but also prevent minor problems that you may encounter along your growing cycle.

If you have other useful gadgets or DIY ideas, help your fellow growers, leave a comment in the comment section below!

21 October 2020
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