Gardening is a hobby on the rise. Many people have realized that growing their own plants is relaxing, meditative and offers a sense of satisfaction. Yet gardening can only be enjoyed during the spring and summer months, leaving many avid gardeners looking for something else to do to fill their time. But what if you didn’t have to wait for spring and summer to enjoy gardening?
Lite It Up Hydroponics’ complete guide to grow tents will explain what grow tents are, how they work, why you should use a grow tent, what you should consider when buying one and what you’ll need to outfit your tent with. At the end of this article, you’ll be ready to start your new hobbyist garden.
What Are Grow Tents?
How Do Grow Tents Work?
A Tent With A Reflective Inner Layer
Every grow tent setup should have a built-in ventilation system. A tent will either feature built-in vents or ports for ducting, air conditioners, humidifiers, air conditioners and carbon filters to be installed.
Vents and ports are required in your tent setup because air circulation is integral to plant growth. Without fresh air, plants will have less energy to grow. Similarly, the air in a grow tent can become hot due to a grow light. If this hot air is trapped for a long period of time, plants may wither and die. It’s best to have some air circulation to keep plants warm but not sweltering.
Why Use Grow Tents?
Gardening is a great pastime that allows people to reconnect with nature and slow down. It also provides us with a sense of satisfaction when the crops we have planted grow full and healthy. However, gardening can be a very complicated hobby. There is a science to gardening, and when you do so outdoors, you risk having uncontrollable environmental factors ruin your hard work and efforts.
Using a grow tent allows you to decrease some of the risks of gardening. A grow tent is specifically designed to recreate nature while promising the gardener complete control over the environment. This controlled environment allows you to create the perfect growing environment for your crops, increasing your likelihood of having a successful crop of plants.
Things To Keep In Mind When Building Your Grow Tent Setup
Electrical Cord Ports
When creating your grow tent setup, you often need to plug in various systems like ventilation, lights, carbon dioxide monitors and more. The number of electronics that you need to plug in can often cause cords to accumulate quickly. The more electrical cords you have through ports, the more light or heat may leak through the grow tent ports.
It is a good idea to buy a tent that has adjustable tent ports. This will allow you to seal the port, blocking any air or light leakage that may occur. As a result, your tent will be more efficient.
Similar to the frame of your tent, purchasing a tent with durable fabric is important. All tents are light-proof, but those with thicker inner and outer fabric are more insulated and soundproof. This is extremely beneficial for those looking to save energy and have a discrete gardening setup.
When purchasing a tent, take the time to evaluate its denier count. Denier is a measure of the linear mass density of fibres. Low denier fabric tends to be less durable, meaning that you are more likely to have torn stitching or holes in your grow tent. Most grow tents have a denier count anywhere from 210D to 1680D.
Everything You Need For Your Tent Setup
If you are planning to grow plants that release some sort of smell, you will need to consider odor control. While grow tents are well equipped to protect against light leaks, they are built to allow air to move freely inside and outside of the tent. This can cause odors to escape the tent and into your home.
A carbon filter is a useful tool that captures odors. As air moves along the vents to exit your indoor garden, it is pushed through the carbon filter. The odor molecules attach to a bed of charcoal inside the filter instead of moving freely through like air.
Generally speaking, light is the most critical factor in growing crops. Plants need the energy of the sun to convert nutrients into growth. Without enough light, plants will wither and die. That’s why grow lights are an important part of your grow tent setup.
There are many types of grow lights available for your grow tent. You can choose between: