If you’re tired of dealing with the weather outdoors, and you miss gardening during the winter months, using an indoor grow tent can solve those problems and more. Whereas people used to build walls and make rooms for their plants, you can now purchase kits that make building a tent an easier proposition, and one that almost anyone can do.
Grow tents are canvas, box-shaped enclosures with metal frames. They look somewhat like the type of tent you would use for camping. They come in a smaller package than full size tents, but they will quickly reach full size when you assemble them. If you have a free afternoon, that’s usually all the time you’ll need to set up your tent and all the gear for growing.You can find grow tents for any size of indoor garden you’d like to grow. Some may just hold a small group of seedlings, while others are larger than some houses. The basic tent is usually about six feet in height, and the floor space will vary. Good tents come equipped with zippers that won’t allow light to escape, with ports for ventilation and power cables. After you set up your tent, then you’re ready to install the fans and lights, and the hydroponics or soil, depending on how you want to garden.
For younger plants, cooler lights may be beneficial. They are lightweight and don’t take up a lot of space. Smaller lights can easily be hung from the tent’s support bars, but heavier models may need more support, and are best hung from an extra frame or from the ceiling. If you plan to grow a lot of plants, metal halide lights may work well for you. Flowering plants need more light intensity. HPS lights will keep your flowering plants heavy with blooms, and rugged.
Each grow tent needs a fan, even if you have grow lights that advertise themselves as cool-running. The plants need air to be circulated in the tent, and the cooling fans will help to keep the tent in the proper temperature range. A gentle breeze in your tent, which you can see by the motion of leaves, will deter mold and increase plant growth. If your fan looks like it might become caught against the tent canvas, you can use a net cup that will keep the fan unobstructed.
Depending on the size and complexity of your grow tent, you may want a professional electrician to install special circuits just for the tent. This makes it easier to locate outlets where you need them, and makes the whole set-up more safe. You may opt to use blowers outside your tent, to pull air through the filter and out of your tent. A lower set blower pushes fresh air back into your tent.
If you will be using heavy reflectors and filters, they can be more difficult to mount. The framework of your grow tent is not usually made to hold heavy equipment. In these cases, you may want to make the frame stronger, with an exterior frame or other accessories designed to hold the extra weight. Once you get everything installed, you are ready to begin enjoying your indoor garden, year round.