How Does An Indoor Grow Tent Work?: A Complete Guide To Grow Tents

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?

Grow tents, also called grow rooms, are portable tents that are usually made of canvas, some sort of reflective material and supporting poles. They act much like a greenhouse as they offer an enclosed environment for growing plants, but they are only used for indoor gardening.

How Do Grow Tents Work?

Young potted cannabis plants in indoor grow tent
To truly understand what a grow tent is, you need to understand how the different parts of the tent play an important factor in growing healthy plants. We will explain the various parts of a grow tent and how they contribute to hydroponic gardening.

Tent Frames

A grow tent frame is one of the most important parts of an entire grow tent package. The frame is metal poles, typically made up of heavy-duty steel construction, that are assembled to support the fabric shell of the tent. It may also have to support any hanging equipment like LED grow lights. It’s important to ensure you are buying a stable frame when selecting a grow tent kit. We recommend looking for thicker poles for your grow tent.

A Tent With A Reflective Inner Layer

A grow tent is nothing without the tent itself! A grow tent is much like a tent that you would see camping, except its fabric is typically much thicker. It’s attached to the supporting poles of the frame to be expanded. This creates the indoor grow room that is used to hold growing plants. Grow tents use thick polyester or nylon fabric stitched to a reflective inner layer to maintain heat and reflect light inward. This ensures that all light and heat (which are important factors in boosting plants’ energy and growth) is used.

Ventilation System

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

Healthy cannabis seedling in reflective grow tent
The stability and quality of your grow tent setup have a direct impact on your crop. An efficient and functional growing environment will create healthy and high-yield crops. Before building your grow tent, you should consider these factors.

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.

Frame Strength

The construction of your tent needs to be reliable and stable to support the poles and shape. Without a strong frame, your tent may collapse and so will your grow box. It is best to choose a strong and stable frame when you choose to use ceiling-mounted fixtures like grow lights or vents.

Fabric Strength

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.

Waterproof Floor

Hydroponics is the science of cultivating in water rather than soil. This means that you will be using a great deal of water in your grow tent. While your tent likely has a thin coating of waterproofing on the inside, it is a good idea to set your tent up in an area with waterproof floors in case a large spill happens.

Everything You Need For Your Tent Setup

Potted seedling in hydroponic grow tent

Alongside your grow tent, there are a few things that you need to start growing indoors. Other equipment like humidifiers, heaters, lights and more can help you create the perfect growing environment for your plants.

Carbon Filters

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.

Grow Lights

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:

More recently, LED grow lights have become a popular choice among the indoor gardening community thanks to their energy-efficient nature. We recommend doing some research into each type of grow light before deciding which type to purchase.

Heaters or Air Conditioning

Heating and cooling systems may be required to keep your grow room at an optimal temperature. That being said, large tents will likely need a fan or some sort of ventilation to keep the entire room at an even temperature.

Start Your Indoor Garden Today

Take your hobby to the next level and enjoy gardening all year round with a grow tent. These amazing pieces of equipment will allow you to grow healthy and lush crops. Browse our collection of complete grow tent packages and start indoor gardening today!

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