At times growing cannabis can be smelly and noisy, and if you are not careful with how you grow it can attract unwanted attention. Even if you are in a legal location it may not be something you want to shout about. Read our tips for any stealth weed grow to help keep your plants under the radar.
Don’t Tell anyone!
The first and most important rule for any stealth weed grow is simple, don’t tell anyone about your grow. The less people that know about it, the less risk you have of either being burgled for your precious plants or having a visit from the police. Remember, these plants along with the equipment can be worth thousands so avoid telling anyone unless absolutely necessary.
Hide your stealth weed grow
If it is possible grow indoors to keep your plants out of view of any nosy neighbours, your plants are much less likely to be stolen or spotted by someone unwanted if they are inside the house. Also do not make your indoor grow too obvious, for example having a large tent by the window while a piece of shiny silver ducting is hanging out of it is tell tell sign that you are growing.
Hide the smell of your stealth weed grow
Nothing gives a grow away more than the strong odour of a plant in bloom, it may not be noticeable to you if you have been living with the smell for a while but it is very obvious to a non smoker. Using a good carbon filter and having an airtight grow room will help a lot with this. However it is also worthwhile having a few odour neutralisers in use around the house such as Febreeze or ONA gel, however DO NOT use these inside your grow room as they can badly affect the smell and taste of your plants. If you are living in an apartment block then it may also be worthwhile growing strains that are lower in odour such as Northern Lights or Northern Lights Auto.
Shhh! Be Quiet
Having fans, air pumps and water pumps can be noisy, if you have the luxury of living in a detached house without any neighbours then you wont need to worry about this as much. However if like many of us you live in a flat or house with neighbours close by then you should make sure any equipment that you buy is of a decent quality and check any online reviews first to see if anybody mentions the noise levels. If you want to take further measures to reduce the noise levels you can also purchase some sound reducing foam tiles (see image on right) to line any walls adjacent to neighbours for as little as £30-50.
Reduce your electricity consumption
Unless you are growing outside then your electricity bill will undoubtedly increase with the use of the all of the electrical intense equipment needed, and a sudden spike in your electricity usage may flag up with your electricity supplier. However there are lots of things you can do before and during the grow to minimise the increase of your electricity consumption.
One simple and basic thing you can do that is often overlooked is to choose a strain that finishes faster like an autoflower, because the less time your grow is in operation the less time your lights, fans, heaters, pumps, filters etc. are running and therefore the less electricity you use. You can also look into using more energy efficient bulbs for your grow, although you may yield slightly less you can still grow great weed using lights such as CFL bulbs. You can also reduce your non-grow related electricity consumption by doing things such as switching all of your normal household light bulbs to energy saving bulbs, making sure you turn off all appliances when not in use and generally trying to be more energy efficient.
Make your stealth weed grow invisible
Lots of growers schedule their lights to come on at night as this is the coolest time of the day and therefore it avoids the temperature rising in your grow room too much. While this is great for the plants, it may look suspicious to neighbours if every night if from 10pm right through the night till 10am your bright grow room lights are shining. To avoid this make sure you are either using a blackout tent or that you pull the curtains well and cover any light leaks.
If you want to do a large grow then you will need to construct your own grow room, have a read of our comprehensive guide to building your own DIY cannabis grow room.