About Grow Tents
A grow tent is a fabric box lined with light and heat reflective material and equipped with light and ventilation.
This ingenious device makes it possible to grow all kinds of plants indoors year round. With outdoor gardening, you are at the mercy of the weather. When you use a grow tent you have absolute control over your growing environment because you can enhance it through the use of:
- Air conditioners
- Humidifiers to control relative humidity
- Lights – LED, High Pressure Sodium, T5, CFL, Metal Halide
- Exhaust Fans and Circulation Fans
With indoor grow tents, your success with all types of plants in every season is only limited by your growing practices and abilities. No matter what the weather outdoors, with the right tent setup, a little practice and experience, you can grow fruits, veggies, flowers and herbs indoors any time of year. Click here for more information
What Are The Benefits Of Using A Grow Tent?
1. Boosts photosynthesis: The reflective mylar interior “walls” of a grow tent ensures your plants get plenty of high-quality light from every angle without light leaks. This eliminates problems with yellowing lower leaves and/or weak and failing stems and branches that do not face a light source. Every surface of every plant will receive generous exposure to light. The tents are “light proof” or “light tight”so you control the lighting exposure your plants receive.
2. Controlled environment: With a grow tent; you have complete control over the temperature and humidity levels so you can focus on establishing the perfect growing conditions for any plant you desire.
3. Save money: It is far less costly to control climate and ventilation in a small grow tent than in an entire room.
4. Odor control: When applying liquid plant fertilizers or chemicals to your plants, you will not need to worry about odors affecting your indoor air quality. They will remain confined to the grow tent.
5. Control noise: The best quality tents will actually muffle sound.
If you subscribe to the theory that music, white noise or other sounds are conducive to successful plant growth, you can provide this ambiance for your plants and prevent having these sounds enter your living environment if you purchase a high quality grow tent with sound buffering capabilities.
Things To Think About When Choosing Grow Tents
Indoor plant enclosures are so popular today that the market is just booming with choices. This can make shopping very confusing. Here are a few things you should determine before you embark on your shopping trip.
1. What Size Growing Enclosure Do You Need?
Think about your space, the type and number of plants you want to grow and the amount of room you will need inside to maneuver. If you just want a few shelves of small plants, you may do fine with a setup allowing you to reach inside to care for them without actually entering.
If you are growing a small veggie garden, you will naturally need to be able to work among your plants. You’ll need an enclosure you can enter and move around in comfortably or at least access freely from all sides.
2. How Tall Will Your Plants Grow?
It’s very important you choose a grow tent tall enough to accommodate the maximum height your plants will attain, plus a foot or so. You want plenty of headroom for your plants, and you want the light to reflect off all surfaces well. For the most variety and flexibility, look for a unit with adjustable poles or an extension tent kit or grow box so you can set the height perfectly for any plant you decide to grow.
3. Where Do You Plan To Set Up Your “Grow Room”?
If you plan on keeping the growing area indoors or in a sheltered area, such as a garage, you won’t need to be quite as exacting regarding materials and durability.
If your tent is required to fend off the elements, you should naturally seek a unit made of the toughest possible materials. Check the construction to be sure stitches are tight to keep out drafts, pests and inclement weather.
Be sure to measure your intended location carefully and select a tent that will fit perfectly. You can get small, tabletop tents for cloning and starting seeds that may fit perfectly in the corner of a room. If you plan on dedicating a closet space to your project, you may be able to find a closet sized grow tent that fits just perfectly.
A tent that’s large enough to free-stand will need to have ample ground space and overhead space. Be sure that the doors of the unit you choose will work with the space you have. You must be able to set your tent up in such a way that you have easy access.
Most growers recommend placing the grow tent in an area with a waterproof floor.
4. How Will The Tent Ventilate?
To maintain good ventilation and control temperature and humidity, you need to be able to circulate air well. This will require an electrical port or connection of some type. If you are setting up your tent indoors, be sure you have a window or other opening available to set up your exhaust fan vents.
Be sure the fresh air intake vents and the hot air exhaust vents are located in such a way as to correspond with the openings you have in place in your buildin
5. What Accessories & Features Do You Need?
If you plan to add extra lights or hang some of your plants, you want to be certain your tent comes equipped with strong support bars in the top. These are also handy for hanging ventilation fans and securing air ducting.