If you’re a passionate gardener, then setting up a grow tent can bring your vegetables, plants, and flower collection to another level.
Having a grow tent allows you to cultivate things that would be suitable for the season, the climate, or your environment.
It also allows you to have full control over the conditions so that you can grow almost anything you want.
But how to set up a grow tent? Keep on reading to find out.
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How to set up a grow tent?
When we speak about setting up grow tents, we need to distinguish between the basics and the additional features.
Let’s focus on the basics first: a grow tent needs at least a framework and a canvas.
The framework is the skeleton of your tent, the structure that would keep everything standing.
You can purchase kits and follow the instructions or buy sticks or poles and set up the structure that you like.
You can give your grow tent the shape that you like; what’s important is that you build a structure that is made of four walls and a rooftop.
Then, you can place a canvas over the structure, and the grow tent is already made. The choice of the material for the canvas is rather important.
It is usually a transparent material so that you can exploit the light and warmth of the sun.
But, as you know, grow tents can also be placed indoors; in this case, having a transparent won’t be important.
You also want to consider opening holes in the canvas. The ideal is to create windows, that is, holes that can be closed when needed. This will allow you to regulate the ventilation inside the world tent.
Setting up a Grow Tent
Now we can speak about additional features.
For example, if your tent can’t be exposed to the sun, you’ll need light sources: LED lights would be ideal in this case.
LED lights, however, do not become hot, not even when they are on for the entire day, so if you need to keep the temperature high inside the grow tent, you may want to set up a small heater (depending on sun exposure and your plants’ needs).
Furthermore, you may want to have a fan that you can turn on when the environment inside the grow tent needs ventilation.
Bringing the ventilation up can be useful, for example, to regulate the humidity and temperature inside the grow tent.
Last but not least, you may want to create a watering system. Even if you don’t create an automatic watering system, as you set up your tent, you always need to keep in mind that you’ll need to be able to reach every corner of the tent with a watering can (at least).
This is usually easy with big or tents (when you can walk inside them), but if you need a very small grow tent, then you may want to consider building an openable roof, one that you can pull open, water your plants, and then bring down.
Why Use a Grow Tent?
A grow tent makes it possible for you to grow crops, fruits, and flowers all year along.
This is because you can control the temperature, humidity, light, etc., which helps the plants to grow faster.
So you can grow even seasonal fruits and vegetables any time of the year. Apart from this, they are also energy efficient.
The inside of the grow tents have a reflecting coating on them, which helps in circulating the light from the LEDs, and this helps in saving energy.
Grow Up Tent Set up Material
Before setting up a grow tent you should know and get the following list of materials:
- Grow tent
- Grow light
- Power strips
- Hanging equipment
- Duct clips
- Carbon filters
- Can Fans
- Basic Assembly Tools
- Tape and Fasteners
- Temperature and Humidity Gauge
Setting up Grow Up Tent
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set up a grow tent:
1. Choosing & Setting up Grow Tent
The very obvious first step is to choose a grow tent. Make sure the grow tent you choose has enough verticle and horizontal space for the types of plants you are planning to cultivate.
Apart from this, you need to select an ideal place and set up the grow tent because moving it every now and then might not be that convenient for you.
2. Grow Lights, Holders, Straps & Reflectors
Grow lights are the most important thing in a grow tent as they help in giving your plants the nutrients they need.
Less light will render an underperforming garden, whereas too much light will require you to give enough ventilation for the excess heat to escape.
And so, you need need to find that sweet spot and be very careful while choosing to grow lights.
So, for example: For HID grow lights, 45-70 watts per square foot is a good rule of thumb.
The best thing is to get holders and straps of suitable length to hold the lights at a suitable distance from the plants.
3. Air Flow and Ventilation
In order to grow just right, you need to provide proper ventilation and make room for air to flow inside the tent.
For example: if you use HID grow lights, then you will need to make more room for ventilation. This step is more like a hit-and-trial method.
You will need to find a sweet spot between the lighting and suitable ventilation to create a suitable environment for your plants.
4. Odor Control
So plants produce pungent odor to remove, which you can buy cardo odor filters.
However, this step is optional, and if you are not bothered by how your garden smells, then you can skip this step.
5. Safety Scan & Dialing
Dailing in is basically analyzing if the temperature, humidity, airflow, etc., is suitable for the types of plants that you are growing or not.
During this time, you run your equipment, such as the environment meter, make sure that the entire setup is suitable or not and make the necessary changes if needed.
What are the Different Types of Grow Tents?
Begginers usually ask to know about different types of grow tents, however, in reality there ar enot different types but different deatures that you can look for in a grow tent. These features are:
- Good ventilation ducts
- Large doors
- Removable Waterproof floor trays
- Quick-viewing windows
Grow Tent Buying Guide
Grow tents are an excellent investment for those who want to grow seasonal crops all around the year.
In this guide on how to set up a grow tent, we shared steps and also other essential things that you should know about grow tents. We hope you found this useful.
What About CO2 for Grow Tents?
Setting up CO2 in a grow tent is challenging. For this, you will need to set up an entirely different tent with complete ventilation, a dehumidifier, an air conditioner, a controller, etc. And if you do this wrong, then your grow tent will be done for.
What temperature is too hot for grow tents?
A temperature of 90-100℉ is considered ideal for grow tents.
How often should I exhaust my grow tent?
Exhausting your grow tent depends upon the size of your grow tent. But you can use the exhaust fan all time.
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