High Tech Automation and Growing Weed

If you live in the world of cannabis, you’ve likely heard all the rage about automation in weed growing. Automated grow boxes have become incredibly popular in the growing community. (If you’re new to the world of growing, or happen to live under a rock, click here to learn more about automated grow boxes). In this article we’ll chat about the pros and cons of an automated grow box vs. a grow tent and a “diy” system. But first let's talk about the pros and cons of setting up a grow in the first place.

Growing vs. Purchasing your cannabis

Let’s stop and think through the pros and cons of both growing and purchasing your weed. There are quite a few things to consider, so let’s run through them and see what best suits your lifestyle. We’ll start by taking a looking at the pros of purchasing.

The Pros of Purchasing...


Purchasing is easy. Most of the people reading this blog post likely purchase their cannabis and haven’t ever really considered growing their own. When purchasing, the only effort that goes into obtaining your cannabis is ordering from your medical provider, making a purchase online, or visiting a sketchy guy in the basement of your apartment (maybe that one’s not that easy). 


You don’t have to make any up front investment of time or money to obtain a growing system. You can order a wide variety of different strains and have a fun diversity of different strains to consume. Finally you don’t have to wait for your plant to grow before you consume it. So why change it up? 


The Pros of Growing your Own...

When growing your own cannabis you know exactly what goes into the weed that you consume. Even legal cannabis produced by LPs do some funky things (such as irradiation) with your cannabis. When growing at home, you also have more control over how your weed is grown. You can tweak your nutrients and lights to shape the plants height, size, or even it’s THC and CBD levels.

Previously when we were talking about the pros of buying, we mentioned that you have the ability to purchase a wider variety of strains. But what if the strain that you like is sold out? If you’ve found a strain you like, and you’re growing, you can just clone it, continue to grow the clones, and always have a stock of your favourite strain. This way, you also don’t have to deal with waiting for the postal service to deliver it to your door.

When growing your own plant, you also learn more about the cannabis that you consume. There is also a sense of accomplishment. Last, and certainly not least, is the cost savings. Growing does require a large initial investment, but over time it will pay off due to the money you’re not spending buying weed from someone else.

Pros of Growing instead of Purchasing

  • The cost pays off in the long run

  • You know what goes into your weed

  • You have control over how it's grown

  • Don't have to wait for online deliveries

  • Sense of accomplishment when you harvest

  • Gain more knowledge about the weed you consume

  • Don't have to wait for sold out strains

Pros of Purchasing instead of Growing

  • Bigger initial cost

  • Don't have to wait for your plant to grow before you can consume your pot

  • More variety of strains to choose from and buy in smaller quantities

So there’s definitely an argument to growing your own. Now let’s take a look at the all-in-one automated grow box and compare it to growing with a tent or a “do-it-yourself” system.

Growing Pot with Automation

Automated Grow Box vs. Grow Tent Set Up

When using a grow tent rather than an automated grower, it is definitely possible to grow more plants, which can result in larger yields. You also have control over which lights, filters, fans, etc. you use to grow your plants (and it might cost less money). On the other hand, this also means that you’ll have to research and set up your own lights, timers, and climate control. All of these elements will use more energy than an all-in-one automated grow box. Using so much energy can also present the dangers of fire and electrical outages which you now have to consider.


An automated system takes care of all the dull, tedious, and boring tasks involved in growing. The automated grow box is also a lot more house friendly than a grow tent. It takes up less space and is much more visually appealing than a big, ugly, black grow tent. An automated grow box also provides more privacy, allowing you to grow discreetly. Most “all-in-one” grow systems are also fitted with carbon filters which help reduce the smell of your grow. Most of these automated growers will also have a locking mechanism which makes it easier to secure your plants when pets and children are around. 


An automated growing system uses less energy and is also much easier to set up. There is no need to buy fans, lights, filters, etc. individually because an automated grower will already come with all of these elements built in. You don’t have to worry about where to buy the different parts of an automated system (as you would with a grow tent).   

Less technical knowledge is required for setting up and running an automated grow box, and you also don’t need to be an experienced horticulturalist to grow pot with an automated grow box. To make things even easier, smart grow boxes also come with an app which will tell you whether water and/or nutrients need topping up. You can also select custom recipes that tell the app which plant you are growing, allowing it to dose nutrients and adjust lighting precisely for when the plant needs it. 


Pros of using an Automated Grow Box 

instead of a Grow Tent

  • Takes up less space, visually appealing and allows you to grow discreetly

  • Minimal set up time, less of a hassle to run and upkeep, requires minimal knowledge and is run through an app

  • No worries about electrical issues, uses less energy than a grow tent and comes with a door lock

Pros of using a Grow Tent instead of an Automated Grow Box

  • Can potentially grow more plants at a time

  • Setting up a tent can cost less money upfront

  • Can grow larger plants  

DIY Options

Automated Grow Box vs. DIY Set-Up

Just like with a grow tent, a DIY setup is very unlikely to look nice inside of your home unless you have some serious craftsmanship skills. A DIY system is generally set up in a shed, garage, or basement (and, additionally, it may be difficult to keep children and pets out of your plants). A DIY automated system also requires more energy and unsecured energy which increases the danger of having to deal with fires and power outages.


On the other hand, just as with a grow tent, you can set your DIY system up to allow you to grow more plants and thereby increase your yield. That being said, you’ll have to do some research to discover what exactly you need.

Pros of using an Automated Grow Box 

instead of a DIY Setup

  • Takes up less space, visually appealing and allows you to grow discreetly

  • Minimal set up time, less of a hassle to run and upkeep, requires minimal knowledge and is run through an app

  • No worries about electrical issues, uses less energy than a grow tent and comes with a door lock

Pros of using a DIY Setup instead of an Automated Grow Box

  • Can potentially grow more plants at a time

  • Lower initial setup cost

The Verdict

There are few ways to purchase pot, but a lot of methods you can use to grow it at home. Using a grow tent or a complex DIY setup works for some because they are cheaper, while also providing you with a good yield (if all goes well with the growing process). But they require a lot of knowledge to set up, and do not integrate nicely into your home.


The third and simplest method, purchasing an automated grow box, is the best choice for quite a few home growers because they don’t require a lot of knowledge to set up, use, and maintain, they look good, they reduce smell, and (best of all) they also do all of the growing for you.


Everyone has their own preferences, financial restrictions, and living space restrictions. So, it’s important to pick a growing setup that works best with your particular lifestyle. If you want to grow pot within the comfort of your own home, and you want to deal with as little hassle as possible, buying a smart and automated grow box (like the Grobo One) is the way to go.