Your First Grow Setup - How to Get Started Growing Autoflowering Cannabis

Growing cannabis doesn't have to be complicated. Find out how to get started cultivating quickly, easily, and cheaply.
Author Ryan
17 August 2018
4 min read
Your First Grow Setup - How to Get Started Growing Autoflowering Cannabis

  • 1. Outdoor
  • 1. a. Sun
  • 1. b. Water
  • 2. Indoor
  • 2. a. Space
  • 2. b. Light
  • 2. c. Water
  • 2. d. Timer
  • 2. e. Carbon filter
  • 2. f. Growing medium
  • 2. g. Nutes

So you're ready to start growing your own supply, but you're not sure where to start. Searching on the internet seems to lead to an endless variety of choices regarding how, when, and where to grow your weed. You come away from your research more confused than when you started, but growing marijuana doesn't have to be that difficult or complicated. Stick to the basics, don't overthink it, and you can quickly grow massive autoflowering beasts with a minimum investment of both time and money. We'll start with the easiest way to grow ganja, outdoors, and then detail what you need to begin cultivating indoors.


Fast Buds' Tangie Matic Outdoors

A cannabis seed is a machine that turns sunlight, dirt, and water into weed, and all three of those things are free or close to free if you plan on cultivating indoors. 


Your plants should ideally receive at least two or three hours of direct sunlight before 4 PM, but more certainly won't hurt them. There's no such thing as too much light when growing outdoors. Plant in a place where the morning and midday sun will shine directly on them. Of course, depending on your location you may need to balance direct sunlight with discretion. Fast Buds seeds grow well on apartment balconies and terraces, but not everyone lives in a place where you can display their hard work in plain view. Please stay safe and respectful of local laws and customs. If you have to sacrifice an hour or two of sunlight to protect your plant, or yourself, do it! Don't forget to check out the Top 5 Best Outdoor Autoflower Strains.


The water needs of your cannabis plants will change based on your location. If you live in a tropical environment, you may have problems with too much water, and you're growing season may be as short as three months. If you live in a drier climate, you'll have a longer growing season but will need to water your plants regularly.


Fast Buds Tangie Matic Indoors

Growing indoors takes more forethought and effort as you need to provide everything for your plants in place of mother nature. That means you'll need a dedicated spot in your home, a light source, water, an electrical timer, carbon filter, and fan. Don't miss our Top 5 Best Indoor Autoflower Strains.


Most indoor growers have light-proof tents in which to grow their plants. This allows them to control light, humidity, temperature, and more without changing them in the rest of their home. Small grow tents, perfect for one or two autoflower plants, can be found online for under 60 Euros.

If a tent in your home is too conspicuous, you can always follow the great American college dorm room tradition and grow in a discreet closet. Alternatively, you can build your own stealth grow chamber and disguise it as you see fit. Is your home already filled with computer parts? Then a PC-tower grow box might blend right in. Audiophile? Then a large speaker housing is a perfect option. Work or know someone who works in a kitchen? You can build an easy to hide "spacebucket" from 5 gallon or 20-liter buckets commonly used in commercial kitchens.


A T5 Fluorescent Light

You'll need your own replacement for the sun if you're growing outdoors. There a few basic options to choose from. Here's a brief rundown, but don't forget to check out our full article on cannabis lighting options.


Fluorescent lights come in a variety of forms, but all use modest amounts of electricity, are easy to buy at any hardware store, and they're inconspicuous as well.


HID Bulbs use a lot of electricity, produce a lot of heat, and will significantly increase your yields. However, they take up a lot of space and are hard to fit in stealth grow spaces.


LEDs have come a long way. A single 100-watt cobb LED light will power a one or two plant tent, making it the cheapest, stealthiest option for private growers.


You'll need to water your plants. How much depends on your growing medium. See below.


Autoflower cannabis seeds will grow and flower regardless of light schedule. Many experienced growers recommend 20 hours of light followed by four hours of darkness, but 18/6 and 24/0 plans are also common. If you're not running 24-hour lighting, you'll need an electrical timer to keep your schedule consistent. While the plants will survive anything you choose, you'll want to keep the schedule regular. Inconsistent light timing can stress your plant and lead to lowered yields, or, even worse, hermaphroditic traits.

Carbon Filter

Good cannabis stinks. Growers may love its strong, pungent, and lingering odor, but the neighbors probably don't. Be a good neighbor and protect yourself from nosy passers-by with a carbon filter and fan. This virtually eliminates all odor outside the tent, meaning you can grow with peace of mind.

Growing Medium

Fast Buds Seedlings in Coco

For your first grow, stick with nutrient-rich soil or a combination of coco coir and soil. There are other high-maintenance options including hydroponics, but we're keeping it quick and straightforward. Fast Buds seeds produce massive yields when grown in properly selected soil. Check out the soil section in our article, "How to Grow Cannabis Indoors" for more info.


For your first grow, skip the nutes and invest your time in selecting the best soil possible. Spend your first grow getting to know the cannabis plant's lifecycle and keep it simple. If you've chosen the right growing medium, your plants shouldn't need any additional nutrition to offer a respectable yield.

As every setup provides different base-nutrients, it's impossible for us to make fertilizer recommendations that would apply to all our customers. If you absolutely must use nutrients for your first grow, be sure to ask the manufacturer how to use with autoflowers.

That's all you need to get started growing! Be sure to follow Fast Buds on Facebook to stay up to date with all the latest grow tips, deals, and giveaways from Fast Buds!

Author Ryan
17 August 2018