Grow Tent Benefits – Tips On Using Grow Tents For Plants
In cooler northern climates, warm summer weather may not last long enough to grow some warm season crops such as watermelons, tomatoes and even peppers. Gardeners can extend the season with elaborate greenhouses, but the effort and expense may be too much if you’re not planning to grow a large garden. If you’ve got a more modest garden in mind and a smaller amount of expenses you can afford, using grow tents for plants is a logical alternative.
What is a grow tent? The shape and design may vary, but it is basically a portable frame covered in thick plastic sheeting, designed to capture and keep in heat to encourage plants to grow longer.
Grow Tent Benefits
Whether they’re temporary or semi-permanent, grow tent benefits are the same. Capturing heat and holding it in an enclosed area creates a mini climate, which allows plants to grow longer than your outside environment would naturally allow.
In the spring, setting up a grow tent in your chosen planting area allows the ground to heat up and dry out faster, allowing your plants to be transplanted earlier in the season. This can give you an additional two to three weeks at the beginning of the growing season. It also offers a sheltered environment for hardening off early seedlings before placing them in the garden.
At the end of the growing season, grow tents can hold in enough heat to allow the last of your harvest to ripen before the frost arrives. The last of your tomatoes and peppers, and even your potato plants, will be able to live longer and produce more food in the longer artificial season.
Tips on Using Grow Tents for Plants
Grow tents use plastic for walls and roofs instead of glass, like a greenhouse. Corrugated plastic, like that used to patio roofs, is a great choice for a permanent grow tent. For more temporary structures that last for either one or a couple of seasons, 8 mil plastic fits the bill. Avoid thinner plastics as the wind will tear it apart by the end of the season.
When you research information about grow tents, you will find that the design varies from gardener to gardener, and is only constrained by the imagination of the builder. Because of these differences in design, there will be various things to consider, or additional concerns that need to be addressed. For example, you may wonder about the temperature difference within the grown tent as opposed to that outdoors. This, of course, is dependent not only on the type of grow tent being used but the conditions outside like sun vs. cloudy weather. For this reason, you may find it helpful to include a thermometer inside the tent to monitor these conditions.
You may also wonder about when to open or close the door of your grow tent and the effect this has on the plants inside. Again, this varies on weather (and the plants grown) but generally, if it’s nice outside for the plants you have, opening the tent some to allow for a little airflow will not hurt anything. Close the door when temps fall below (or are expected to) the acceptable conditions for the plants being grown. It is best to close the door a few hours prior to the setting of the sun so that the tent has a chance to build up enough heat to keep it warm overnight. Once closed, heat and moisture will be trapped inside. While the sun is out, this heat continues to build but also remains when darkness falls.
DIY grow tent design is a matter of need, not attractiveness. If you only have one or two tomato plants to save at the end of the summer, a simple sheet of plastic wrapped around the tomato cage can be enough. For larger garden plots, construct a frame from wood, bamboo or PVC pipes and fasten the plastic to the edges to enclose the interior space. There are many plants and different designs, all with various benefits.
At a basic level, grow tents (like the one pictured above) are great for seed starting and cutting propagation. Grow tents can be good for starting crops early or extending the season. Whatever design you choose should fit the plants grown and its overall purpose.
How Often Should I Run Exhaust Fan In a Grow Tent?
Have you just bought a grow tent? Well, you have made a very economical and beneficial decision! Either it is for your passion or the growth of your business.
Grow tents are almost the perfect antidote for the problems caused by indoor plantation. Like other technologies, it can be used for the fabrication of outstanding indoor plant growth. However, if not used properly, it has the potential to cause havoc in your indoor plantation.
Besides answering the fundamental question of the topic, this article explains why an ideal running time of exhaust is essential for any grow tent.
For some people, growing weed indoors is harder than growing outdoors. This is mainly because plants are used to growing outside. They adapt to the climate. When growing in indoor grow tents, you have to create and maintain the environment. This makes it quite a bit harder.
High-Quality Indoor Grow Tents
To be successful in creating an indoor environment, you should always use a high quality grow tent. One that is well designed and suited to grow indoors. Below are some of the environmental things you will need to take into consideration when planning to grow indoors.
- Light schedule
- Light intensity
- Proper air circulation
- New air is being introduced
Once you have had a bit of experience with Planted Roots, you will get used to controlling the environment. Using a grow tent that has been specifically designed for indoor gardens is important. It makes it easier to get the conditions right in the tent.
Benefits of using a grow tent
- Energy efficient with reflective sides
- They are easy to setup
- Separate growing phases
- They are portable
- More privacy than growing outdoors
- Great for all kinds of lights
- You can introduce CO2 into the environment
What size grow tent will you need?
Depending on the kind of grow lights you have or want to use, height may be a factor. It’s not uncommon to hang certain lights close to 2 feet above your plants. The reason this is done is because of the light intensity. Plants get damaged if the light is too intense for them. So depending on the light, you might need more height. Factor that in when selecting a new indoor grow tent in South Africa.
Another type of light that can be used are fluorescent lights. If you decide to use these lights, height is not too much of an issue. They can be much closer to your plants. Nowhere near as intense as HID or LED. Therefore, height is not too much of a problem.
If you are a new cannabis grower then the best advice would be to watch your grow tent height. A 1.8m high grow tent might seem too big to start with but there are many factors to consider.
- Plant height
- Grow media height
- The hanging distance of your grow light
- The distance of light from plants
What Is A Grow Tent: Information About Grow Tents - garden
When setting out to build your first garage garden or basement garden, there are a multitude of things to consider when getting it set up. Below I’ve put together a full list of things to consider when getting started:
Depending on where you’ll be setting things up, you’ll want to keep in mind a few things:
- Temperature: Depending on where you live, will determine what (if any) equipment you’ll need to purchase to help balance out the outside temperature. While living in Austin, TX, I had to combat the blistering heat of the summer with a small portable AC. Now that I live in Colorado, I still have the portable AC connected but it rarely kicks on. During the winter, the tent and garage keep it warm enough to keep all the plants happy and growing. All year I have an oscillating fan which helps prevent mold, pests and assists with pollination.
- Water Access: If you don’t have water access in your garage or basement, it’s likely you’ll go the route I went which was filling up 5 gallon jugs and carrying them in there. So do yourself a favor and make the distance as short as possible.
- Drainage: With any hydroponics or aeroponics system, from time to time you’re going to have to drain and clean out your reservoir. Make sure you keep that in mind when getting everything set up.
- Water Safe: Although, you may go your entire growing career without a leak or major spill, it’s always important to be prepared for that worst case scenario. Depending on where you set up your grow tent, make sure there are no electrical cords or anything that could be easily damaged or cause a hazard, in or around the grow tent in the case of a spill or leak.
- Prying Eyes: Even with growing fruits, vegetables, herbs and microgreens you always have to consider the nosy neighbors who may assume you’re growing something other than fruits and veggies. Now depending on what state or country you’re in may determine how big of an issue this really is. By using a grow tent this eliminates this worry almost completely, by keeping everything out of plain site.
Grow Tent: There are a multitude of different grow tents, with the most common variables being size, access ports (entry, ducting, viewing, etc.) and obviously price. The grow tent I have is 96”x48”x78” or about 32 SqFt. They don’t sell the exact one I have any longer on Amazon, but here is the closest thing (actually a little better than mine) to what I have:
Grow System: Depending on the size of the grow tent you end up going with will ultimately depend on the grow system you choose. Something else to consider is what you intend on growing. Most systems will have recommendations on the crops that work best with their systems, so keep that in mind. At one time, I’ve had a ZipGrow Farm Wall along with a Tower Garden. Another time, I had a large metal rack where I grew microgreens coupled again with the FarmWall. The ZipGrow system and TowerGarden are both fantastic systems that I would recommend, but come with a decent upfront investment. If you’re wanting to start small here are a few systems that are great for new growers and won’t break the bank:
Here’s an alternative system great for new hydroponic growers:
- Growlights: With the growing popularity of LEDs I hardly find any point in discussing things like High Pressure Sodium (HPS), the standard of many indoor growers for decades. Due to the high energy usage and heat output from HPS growlights, LEDs have quickly replaced them as the new standard. Most modern LED growlights will emit a hot pink to purple hue, built of a specific array of red and blue frequency LEDs. Depending on the growing system you go with will depend on the size and number of lights you’ll need. Here’s one of the top rated 1000w LED growlights available on Amazon:
- King Plus 1000w LED Grow Light
How To Choose The Right Grow Tent Size
Trying to figure out the right grow tent size can be difficult, especially if you’re new.
But worry not, here’s what you need to know to make the right choice:
- First take into account the size of your accessories.
I’m talking about your whole grow tent setup. The grow lights, fans, ducting and whatever else you may have. (You’ll do yourself a favor if you keep this to a minimum).
- Now add up the containers for the plants.
Consider using hydroponics instead of soil, as it takes up less space overall.
- And a few extra inches to keep your grow light at a safe distance from your plants.
The remaining space is what’s left for your cannabis plants to grow and develop buds.
This information might not seem like much, but it actually gives you a pretty good idea of what the expected yield might be, for each grow tent.
The rest is up to the height. And your preferred cannabis growing technique.
What To Do After You Set Up Your Grow Tent
- Choose the right hydroponic system
- Start your seeds
- Give nutrients and water regularly
- Watch, learn and grow with your plants!
You should now feel confident at making your own choices when it comes to setting up for own grow tent. We’ve gone over the basic setup of a grow tent system and all the necessary equipment to run your own dialed in indoor grow and enjoy the simplicity of an almost automated system.
Remember, it’s always 90% grower 10% equipment! As easy as grow tents make indoor gardening to be, you’re still the central piece in this whole setup, never neglect your garden or your plants will let you know, plants never lie!
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed my tutorial. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment telling me what you think about this guide, or if you still have any doubts or even if you think I’ve missed an important point. Even if you’re just thankful, just let me know…I love hearing from you!