With climate changes and unreliable harvest, many people are now turning over to indoor gardening. This helps ensure fast and high-quality yield. When it comes to growing plants indoor, most people prefer using either grow tents or grow boxes. Special tents which provide adequate light, heat, air and other conditions favorable for the plant to fully mature fast are called a grow tents. With a grow tent one can ensure the perfect growing environment for the plant ensure that it reaches its full potential.
Advantages of using Grow tent over Grow box
Grow tents are different from grow boxes in a number of ways. As their name suggests, grow tents are made from fabric stretched over a framework of poles. Although this material makes them weaker structurally than grow boxes, grow tents are extremely portable and easy to move compared to grow boxes. Hence, in a nutshell, some of the advantages of using grow tents are,
- Covered with a durable reflective fabric
- Cheaper compared to grow boxes
- Allow for complete control of growing environment and easy access to lamps and other components without disruption to your plants.
- Energy efficiency – grow tents has many options when it comes to energy saving. These include the use of efficient LED lights, ventilation fans, and timers which can save you money after all.
- Circulating fresh air to plants – with grow tents set up properly, you can provide clean carbon dioxide rich air to your plants which is essential for their survival.
- Pest control- using grow tents highly reduces infestation of pest that could harm the plant. In case you are growing cannabis, using organic methods of pest control is required by some states to obtain green certifications which is possible to do when gardening indoors.
Things to avoid when using Grow tents.
Although relatively portable and cheap compared to grow boxes, using grow tents can results in a set of challenges if not properly done. Below are some of the important things to avoid,
- Avoid over loading the grow tent with ventilation equipment
- Avoid cheap or unreliable grow tents since they could collapse and squash your plant.
- Always support properly the lighting equipment you are using.
- Ensure that the equipment total wattage does not overload your circuit breaker rating, if this is the case, change the breaker or separate the equipment to reduce the load on the specific breaker. It is important to always ensure that the breaker can handle the total connected load since it could cause it to trip and switch off the power supply.
How to choose the right Grow Tent
There are important factors to consider when going getting a grow tent. These factors include,
- Fabric – one of the best qualities of a grow tent is the ability to restrict/block light. It is important to ensure the fabric used by your grow tent is 100% light proof.
- Weight carrying capability – the amount of weight that a grow tent can carry safely is usually indicated on the product packaging. It is important to ensure that your lighting and other equipment do not exceed
- Size – size is another important thing you should consider when purchasing a grow tent. You should check how many plants can be grown at the same time. Most grow tents support anywhere from 4- 9 plants at once.
- Ventilation flaps – it is also a good idea to ensure that the grow tent has at least two ventilation flaps.
A lighting system for your Grow Tent.
Since light sources produce both heat and light. It is important to strike a good balance between the two. When buying lights it is important to check the appropriate wattage for your tents to ensure that the lighting is not too much or too small for the size of your grow tent. One way to do this is to consult with your manufacturer. There are many of lighting systems that you can choose from for your tent. This include,
- High-intensity discharge
- Light emitting diode (LED)
Compared to the rest, light emitting diode (LED) is the best when it comes to low power consumption. Most Grow tents have a water proof floor and wall which is good because you don’t have to worry about any spills to the floor. Also, this feature makes the grow tents very easy to clean.
Not only that but Grow tents are also designed to support great air flow since most of the tents are usually sealed hence you can control the air intake and out take in the tent ensuring that the plants receive constant fresh Carbon dioxide they need to grow strong and healthy. Most grow tents are also smell proof so you won’t have to worry about any odors leaking out side to your home as long as the carbon filter is present, doors kept closed and the exhaust fan is running.
Set up supplies
Listed below are some of the items you will need when setting up a basic Grow tent.
- a grow tent kit
- a power strip with surge protection
- a carbon filter of appropriate size for your grow room
- hanging equipment
- duct tape (recommended)
- in quality soil (experienced growers may want to consider a grow system to automate plant care/watering)
- potted plants
- basic tools for assembly
- 2 pieces of ducting of several feet in length
- a temperature gauge
- a lamp or lamps with accompanying hanging cables
- a lighting timer
- an extractor fan
Here is the full tent Setup Guide
- After unpacking, setup the tent frame and cover
- Ensure the area that the tent is to be installed is enough. Do all necessary measurements and compare with the dimensions given on the tent packaging.
- Place all necessary tools close and unpack all components of the tent.
- Use the DVD and/or the user manual to assemble the tent properly
- It is important that you test the fans to be installed on the grow tent to ensure that they are working perfectly.
- After that, install the ventilation set up which involves both the inlet and outlet/extraction fans with a carbon
- Make sure you suspend the thermometer at your plants level and ensure that they are at the optimal temperature which is between 68-82.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After completion, you can now place your plants inside, adding water and fertilization as needed depending on whether you are going with soil gardening or hydroponics.
- Finalize check up to ensure all components are working as they should, from lighting systems to fans.
- Close the whole thing tight and check if the tent is truly light proof. You can also use this time to check for any holes.
And you are done! Remember to perform regular checkups to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Ventilation System Set up for your grow tent
For proper growing environment for the plant, it is important to keep the air circulation system mold free. For this to happen, it is important to ensure that the air supply is refreshed about twenty times per hour. This will also help avoid excess heat and humidity.
Attached to the exhaust fan is the carbon filter, this filter serves an important function of filtering air as it passes through it. This part is essential to ensure that your grow tent remains odor proof.
Setting up Exhaust Fans
You can put exhaust fans on either side of the tent. Whether you put it on the inside or outside, the exhaust fan will still perform its Job well.
- With the intake side pointing downward through a ventilation hole, have someone hold the fan.
- You can then secure the carbon filter then hang it to one of the tent’s crossbars
- Thread the ducting through the ventilation hole and connect to the fan.
- Connect the other length of ducting to the extraction side of the fan.
- After completing the process, test to ensure that the exhaust fan is working perfectly.
If you are a beginner in indoor gardening, grow tent might be the best option for you and should help you gain experience. It is also a good idea to watch online DIY videos that will help you understand grow tent set-up steps better. Be sure to also consider checking your manufacturer’s websites for more information about the product you bought.