If you have always wanted to garden, but you live in an area that has definite winter seasons, you may have satisfied yourself in the past with growing only in temperate seasons. But if you use grow tents, you can grow your plants inside year round, and you won’t have to worry about cold weather anymore.
Avid growers have used grow lights for indoor plants before. It probably took a great deal of time to set up a grow room, and more than a little money. You don’t have to build these rooms anymore, though, ever since grow tents came onto the scene.
Grow tents are a lot like tents used for camping, since they are canvas or a similar material, held in place by a supportive metal framework. You can easily set a grow tent up in one afternoon, including all the lights and other growing gear you use. Even though many growers may not be able to afford a greenhouse, most can afford a grow tent.
You may have heard of grow tents by different names. They are also sometimes called grow rooms or grow boxes. They come in many sizes, so there is certainly one that will fill your needs. Some are so small that only a few young seedlings live inside, and others are much larger.
A common size that people use is a six foot tall grow tent. The various types usually come with zippers that won’t let the needed light out, and ports for ventilation and power cables. After you have assembled your tent, you will need to install your fans, lights and garden soil or hydroponics.
There are various types of lights needed for grow tents, depending on what you are growing. Most light-weight lights can be hung from the tent’s support bar. LED lights are becoming commonly used in grow tents, but some people prefer the older types of bulbs for plants.
Your grow tent will need a fan, even if your lights don’t produce a lot of heat. The plants will still need the air circulated, and if you give them a gentle breeze, this will help to deter mold and increase plant growth. Fans with carbon filters will help to lessen organic odors in your house.
Your grow tent will need power, of course, to run the lights and fans. You may want to put all your grow tent equipment on one dedicated breaker. Don’t try to do any electrical work unless you’re a professional. It’s not worth the money saved to risk a fire later on.
If your lights and filters are too heavy for a standard grow tent support beam, you can install your own from the ceiling above your grow tent. Just be sure that it will hold all the weight you plan to hang there. You can also purchase skeleton-shaped frames that fit over your tent, for hanging lights and filters. These will make using grow tents even easier.