In Massachusetts, you can only grow cannabis in a locked room or enclosed space. Unless you have a lockable greenhouse or walled/fenced garden, that pretty much rules out growing outdoors in soil, which is OK, as indoor growing is faster and yields better results. If growing indoors, you’ll need to consider the space needed, temperature, exhaust and security when you select where to set-up your garden. Growing inside a grow tent is the best option, as you can control all of these. Indoors, if your chosen room doesn’t lock, you can secure the tent with a zipper lock, keeping your plants safe, secure, and out of site. Good tents for Massachusetts growers are about 4’ wide, 4’ deep and 6’ tall. In such a space, you can grow 5-7 plants, which will yield around the legal maximum of 10 ounces allowable in the Commonwealth.
To get started you’ll need space in a room that’s 4’ X 4’ X 6’, with ready access to the front of the tent for watering and garden tending, and enough space on the sides for ventilation. Closets, unless vented, will be problematic, as your tent won’t get enough fresh air, and there’s a chance the tent might overheat and damage the plants. If growing in winter, an unheated basement or garage will be too cold, and if growing in summer, an attic might be too hot, but otherwise most other rooms in your house will work just fine. As you’ll be watering every 2-3 days, proximity to water will make things easier.
If you’re proud of your garden and want to show it off to visitors, put the tent in a public room; if you’re trying to keep quiet about it, put it somewhere visitors won’t see.
Think you might like to grow your own? At Home Grow Community, as experts in home cannabis cultivation, we’d love to help you get started. To learn more about what you’ll need to set up your own grow tent, check out our website, where you’ll learn about our grow service and can read some of our useful blogs, like Grow Tent Check List.
Unless you’re starting with just a few plants, you’ll need to accommodate a grow tent that’s four feet wide, four feet deep, six feet high. 4X4X6 is a pretty standard home grow tent, which has space for about 9 plants to start, thinned after a few weeks to 5-7 plants. As most strains will grow to 2-4’ high before starting to flower, you’ll need a 6’ high tent to allow enough room for lights, plants and a table or water reservoir.
The optimal temperature to grow cannabis is 68-86 degrees. Any room that has heat and air conditioning can be modified as needed to meet the needs of your plants. Unheated rooms, garages or sheds will be a problem in Massachusetts’ cold winters. Any space without insulation can become oven-like in the summer, and will be a problem for your plants as well.
As cannabis plants require constant air circulation, you’ll need an exhaust fan for your grow tent, and space near the intake and exhaust ports to assure a good flow or air. Make sure your tent has sufficient room on either side to accommodate these.
Your grow tent will require electricity, so you’ll need an outlet nearby. You’ll be running some powerful lights plus two small fans, which will use a fair amount juice, so make sure the circuit they’ll be on can handle this.
You’ll be watering every 2-3 days, as much as 1500ml per plant, so a nearby water source will be helpful—you don’t want to be hauling buckets of water up and down stairs if you can avoid it.
Your grow tent fans will run 24/7. They’re not noisy—most let off a mild whirring sound, but if this might bother you, place your tent in a hall or room you don’t use often.
While the charcoal filter in your exhaust fan will keep odor from being passed out of your tent for most of the grow period, in the final weeks of flowering, the resin will increase substantially, and some odor will be present in the room where the tent is housed. Most cannabis growers find this a positive, but if you’re trying to keep your cannabis garden inconspicuous, you may want to choose a room that’s away from visitors or young children.
According to Massachusetts law, you must grow your cannabis in a locked room or have a lock on your grow tent. If you’re concerned about young children finding it, you may want to set up your grow tent in a little used room and keep the door locked.
Places to Avoid
- Any unheated room or structure in the winter
- Any un-insulated structure, like a tool, garden or pool shed in the summer
- Closets without exhaust systems
- Built-in cabinets without space for exhaust ports
- A loft without water
What Our Customers Have Chosen
At Home Grow Community, we’ve set up grow tents for customers in pretty much every room in a typical house or apartment, with good results. Here’s what some of our customers have to say about their grow tent locations:
“We put it in our bedroom—the quiet hum of the fan was like a white noise machine that helped us get to sleep at night.”
“I put it in my condo kitchen, between my liquor cabinet and my wine refrigerator, and proudly show it to all my guests.”
“We set it up down in the basement where there’d be no questions from some of our more conservative friends.”
“It sits behind me in my home office where I can easily check on it and water it during breaks from work.”