So, you're thinking of growing plants indoors, but you've never done it before? Perhaps you've never even grown anything outdoors, or maybe your plants die on your even though you give them plenty of love... and you've never really figured out why.
If that pretty much describes you, don't worry. We've got newbie growers covered with what we think is the best grow box for beginners. Grobo supplies everything that you will need– in a box. The system is so easy, but we'll unpack it for you anyway.
Advantages of the Grobo Grow Box
The Grow Box is a self-contained pre-made unit for indoor use. It comes pre-loaded with all the nutrients, lights and fans your plants will need. The Grobo is a hydroponic system, specifically deep water culture. Hydroponic systems are awesome as plants often grow faster and healthier in these systems. However, if you don't know what you're doing they can go very wrong.. very fast. Think of them as high risk, high reward. However, with Grobo all the guesswork of a hydroponic system is removed, as Grobo does the work for you. Basically, you get all the reward with none of the risks!
The grow box, which comes with a lock to prevent unwanted opening, looks a bit like a fancy kitchen cabinet or locker. It has a sleek design to blend into any room.
You can catch a look here at the two different grow box models available, the Grobo Solid and the Grobo Premium. The Premium version differs in only one respect from the Solid one. The Premium has a fluid glass door so that you can look at your plant without opening the door. With a simple touch of a button, the glass becomes clear so you can look at your plant without opening the door.
The really cool thing about these grow boxes is that everything is controlled via an app. And, even if you are away from home, your app can tell you how your plant is doing. Your app tracks everything and sends you reminders and educational notifications.
Make Growing Easy
Grobo has a whole team on board whose mission is to make growing easy for you. The grow box is an intuitive system specifically developed to boost growth and make sure your plants flourish.
To show you just how easy it is, we're going to walk you through the individual elements that make up the Grow Box.
What comes first? The flower, the fruit, or the seed? That's the plant equivalent of the chicken and egg question. For our purposes, we're going to begin with the seed.
Your Grobo grow box does not come with seeds, and Grobo does not supply seeds. We do, however, give you a comprehensive seed selection guide if you're interested in growing cannabis. We also have a list of seed retailers we recommend, you can check that out here!
We should point out that you can plant almost anything in your grow box. Your choices are not limited to strains of cannabis. For instance, you could grow culinary herbs, such as coriander, or even spicy peppers!
Grobo has nutrient recipes for over 1500 plants, including four varieties of lettuce.
Strawberries and bell peppers have also been grown satisfactorily. Our Allgrowers Community is full of tips and great information about the usefulness and versatility of the Grow Box. It's worth browsing through images and videos posted by members to get a good idea of what you can look forward to. These members are also happy to share tips and tricks, trust us, you will learn a ton from this forum.
Once you've set up your Grow Box, all you have to do is place your seed in the special coco pod provided and close the door.
As you will have learned in school, it's essential for the process of photosynthesis in plants, and hence growth. Many indoor plant-growing experiments don't work because the plants are not given enough light to thrive.
Indoor plants need specific lighting that is bright enough. That's why we added the best LED grow light to the Grobo grow boxes. These lights also change spectrum and intensity depending on the stage of growth your plant is in, so it gets the perfect amount and type of light its entire life.
The greater the intensity, the higher the number of lumens, the unit of measurement for light. The higher the lumens, the greater the growth inside the grow box. LED (light-emitting diode) lighting is ideal for indoor cultivation since it produces much less heat than traditional lighting such as metal hallides.
Through the app, the team at Grobo has customized the lighting settings that are best for each specific strain of cannabis to optimize the yield and quality of the plant. Altering the lighting settings can influence the characteristics of your plant. If you want spicier tomatoes, sweeter basil, or specific levels of THC and CBD in cannabis, then lighting adjustment is the way to go.
Deep Water Culture is at the heart of your Grobo Grow Box, and makes for the healthiest growing plants. Deep water culture is a type of hydroponic growing method. It involved having the root be suspended over fresh oxygenated water. Plants thrive in these conditions, as they get everything they need easily.
It is also very simple to change the water in the Grobo, we have a special video to show you just how easy that is. Our app will also provide instructions on how to change the water. We recommend using only distilled or reverse osmosis water in a Grobo. This is because tap water often includes compounds that plants don't enjoy, such as fluoride.
When you receive your Grobo Grow Box, our app walks you through each step of the set-up process.
Inserting the carbon filter that comes with every Grow Box is easy. Thanks to thumbscrews used to secure the carbon filter holder in place, no additional tools are necessary. The function of the carbon filter is to minimize the dank smells that can occur when growing a plant inside a confined space like the grow box. While it does not fully eliminate the odour, it significantly reduces the scent, making it perfect for someone who is trying to grow discreetly.
The filter improves air quality and provides an optimum environment for plant growth. It also assists with air circulation, which is important in any hydroponic system. The fans included in the Grobo also assist with air circulation.
After connecting the Grobo to your power source, you need to get the Grobo Grow Box to listen to Wi-Fi and to check that it's set up properly and online. You have a choice of operating systems:
This process only takes a minute.
You can also watch our full set up video! In this video we show everything you need to do to get your Grobo up and running.
Once online, it's time to remove the reservoir cover and install the pH and EC (electrical conductivity) sensors into the slots provided for that holds them in place in the tank.
The pH sensor measures the acidity of reservoir water. The Grobo system automatically checks that the water in the reservoir stays within the recommended pH value range for the plant that you're growing. It also makes the necessary adjustments without you having to do anything! This will ensure your plant gets all the nutrients it needs... trust us pH is way more important than you would expect! Read more about pH and nutrient availability here.
EC sensors check the level of salts in the water. Remember that the water in the reservoir is the medium through which nutrients are delivered to the plant's roots. So, your EC reading measures the number of available nutrients.
We mentioned distilled water earlier because it has no electrical conductivity since it doesn't contain any minerals. As soon as nutrients (minerals) are added to the water, electricity is conducted via the dissolved salts. The higher the concentration of salts, the higher the EC.
The ideal EC readings will vary from plant to plant and from one stage in the growth cycle to another. As a rough guide, the EC reading during the vegetative stage should usually be much lower than during flowering.
Optimal EC levels vary between plants. For example, tomatoes are capable of handling an EC of up to 2.8, and spinach can flourish with an EC of 3.5, whereas the recommended EC for basil is 1.4 or less. The EC sensor sends info to the hyper-efficient Grobo Grow Box app to keep EC levels on track and will tell you what to do if you need to intervene (via the five nutrient bottles labeled 1 through 5).
The nutrient bottles are easy to install, as this set-up video shows, after which you fill the tank with water.
The Grobo system supplies all the nutrients your plant needs for optimal growing conditions. Automatic dosing makes it the most dependable system currently available. And that makes Grow Box ideal for beginner growers.
It also saves you a lot of time you would otherwise have to spend monitoring and testing pH levels and EC readings and the temperature, etc. Your plant won't ever starve or be overfed. Our reliable recipes take care of that and make the upkeep of your plant a pleasure.
Our grow recipe lists tell you exactly how much time it will take from plant to harvest for each plant or strain, and has all other variables pre-set. One click and you're growing.
The bottom line is that for beginners, the Grobo automated Grow Box really does make growing almost as easy as watching the loads of educational videos on our YouTube channel.
Do you have any other questions about the Grobo grow boxes? Leave them in the comments below!