If you have made the decision to grow plants inside a closed location, you will most probably require a grow tent. A grow tent resembles a box made of a thick fabricated material with an interior lined with heat and light reflective material. This fabricated box or grow tent is also equipped with external sources of light and ventilation. Featuring all of these types of equipments, grow tents are ingenious products that enable people to grow all sorts of plants indoors throughout the year.
While with outdoor gardening you are dependent on the Mother Nature and her manipulation of the weather, grow tents allows you control. You can use a grow tent to enhance or customize the growing environment through heaters, grow lights, humidifiers, air conditioners and different types of fans. This paraphernalia enables you to grow different kinds of plants in their required environment no matter what the weather conditions are like outside.
Benefits of Using Grow Tents
The specialized reflective lining on the interior of the grow tent help the plants receive plenty of light from all different angles. This ensures that the plant has sufficient exposure to high-quality light that helps the cells photosynthesis efficiently. Also, the exposure to light eliminates and reduces the problem of yellowing leave and weak stems. You will also have control over the lighting exposure so you can set optimal lighting that your plants require.
Compared to ventilating and lighting an entire room, it is far cheaper to use a grow tent. They are smaller in size and require smaller equipment to create a controlled environment.
All the equipment used to ventilate and light the grow tent can be manipulated and controlled by you. You will be able to change the setting over the temperature, humidity, light and air levels to create an optimal growing environment.
Things to Consider when Buying a Grow Tent
With a growing interest in people planting indoors, the market has flourished with hundreds of choices. This can make shopping for one very confusing, especially for first-time buyers. For them, the following list of considerations might prove helpful:
The Size of the Tent
First and foremost you need to consider the size of the grow tent you require. Think about the space you will be installing the tent in, the kind and number of plants you will be sowing in it and how much room you require to manoeuvre inside the tent. If you want to plant a few herbs or smaller plants, you do okay with a tent that allows you to care for the plants without actually entering it. But if you plan on growing larger plants or a garden that requires you working close with the plants, a bigger tent with sufficient room to move around will be better.
The Height of the Plants you Will Grow
The second consideration to make is considering what maximum height the plants can grow to. It is very important to buy a grow tent that allows enough height to allow your plant to grow to their maximum height, plus a foot or two more. The right height of the tent will make it easier for the light to reflect off of all surfaces. So, look for grow tents with adjustable poles or an extension kit.
The Set-Up Area
If you plan on installing the grow tent in a shaded are alike the garage or shed, your requirement of materials, equipment and durability will be changed. The requirements will get more stringent if you need the tent to fend off weather. Also, consider the size of the area that you will house the tent in.
In order to install electrical ventilation systems inside your tent, you will require one that allows a good air flow. Also, you will need to check for windows, electrical ports and connections to easily install the exhaust fans.
If you plan on adding lights, extra ventilation or some other accessories inside your tent, you need to make sure that it comes equipped with support bars that allow you to do that.