If you want to grow fresh produce year-round with a hydroponics system, it’s time to consider an indoor grow tent. You can house a full-size garden in your garage, basement, or even in an empty closet—without interfering with the rest of your home.
All gardeners should have a grow tent to protect and cultivate their plants.
Why should you use a grow tent? And how do you choose the right grow tent for you?
What is a grow tent?
Grow tents, also called grow rooms, are collapsible tents that allow you to grow your plants indoors. With a grow tent, you can create a garden eco-system that’s separated from the rest of your indoor space. They’re perfect for spaces that aren’t usually ideal for growing, like a garage or closet.
That’s right—you can have a hydroponics system in a spare closet!
Grow tents come in a wide variety based on the size, feature, and price that work best for you. Most tents have a fabric exterior that sits on a rigid frame. They have a silver reflective coating on the inside to keep the room nice and toasty for your plants. They’ll then often have different ports or openings for electrical access and ventilation.
What are the benefits of grow tents?
Grow tents let you have fresh produce year-round by creating an appropriate environment for your indoor hydroponic garden.
You have improved control over the growing environment. Grow tents let you control the light, water, temperature, and humidity, so that your plants can grow faster and stronger. Weather and external factors are not a concern because you control the environment. You can attach necessary equipment in the grow tent to better control the atmosphere as well, like humidifiers, heaters, lights, fan, and air conditioners.
Grow tents also usually provide flood-proof floors and an airtight seal, which help protect from external temperature changes. This also helps keep out pests in a much more controlled way than an open or outdoor environment might.
This seal can also protect from odors and noise. Some plants give off odors and allergens, which you don’t want in your home. The grow tent will contain these odors so they don’t seep out to your home and family.
Tents can also contain noise. For example, you can put on music to possibly help your plants grow, but the music won’t spread to other areas of the home. The reverse is also true; plants won’t be disturbed by the noises in your home.
Grow tents are also highly energy efficient. They have an interior reflective coating that actually circulates the light from your sun lamp. This means that the rays of the light are amplified, which can give your plants the energy they need without expending significant energy from the lamp. Plus, the light is better dispersed throughout the grow tent as opposed to a more centralized beam of light. This wider concentration of light allows for improved photosynthesis of plants.
This efficiency can help you save money as well. This controlled environment ensures there is no excess expenditure that causes fringe expenses. You also have a lower risk of losing your crops due to weather, pests, or flooding.
Plus, you don’t have to build a separate structure like a greenhouse. And you don’t have to trek through nasty weather to get to your garden. Your grow tent can be close, so you can always have the accessibility to tend to your pants.
How do you choose the right grow tent?
Start by considering the size of the grow tent you’ll need:
How big is the space in which you hope to grow your garden?
How big are the plants you’re growing? How tall will they grow? What will their size be at full maturation?
How much equipment will you need to fit inside? How extensive is your hydroponic system? What size are your pots and planters? How big are your ventilators, grow lights, nutrient reservoirs, humidifiers, and more?
How much room will you need to account for the grower’s movement within the tent? Will you need to be inside the tent to tend to the garden?
Are you using a vertical growth system?
If your hydroponics system is vertical, you may want to consider a tent with height extenders or a separate extension kit. These allow you to increase the height of your tent, so it can grow as your plants do.
Moreover, these taller tents can actually help the health of your plants. Heat rises, so taller tents lift the air so hot air isn’t sitting “on” your plants. This keeps the plants warm without overheating.
The fabric or material of your grow tent can also affect the plants inside. The best quality grow tents are made of some sort of heavy-duty canvas, like nylon or polyester. These are strong and durable, helping to better maintain control of the environment inside.
You can determine the thickness of the material with the tent’s “D” rating. Grow tents range from 200D to 1680D. The higher the “D,” the thicker the yarn. One of the thickest and strongest tents is the Gorilla Grow Tent with 1680D Diamond Reflective Walls.
The inner layer material is also crucial to plant health. Most systems have a shiny reflective inner layer, often made of polyethylene terephthalate. It can range from 50 to 90% reflective capability. The more reflective, the less you’ll waste energy on lighting your plants, which will lead to better light coverage and greater cost savings.
The tent frame reinforces the structure and provides stability. You want a strong frame to support your plants and equipment inside. The thicker the pole, the more weight it will sustain.
The strongest frame is heavy-duty steel, though this can be expensive and cumbersome. Gorilla tents have some of the strongest metal poles to offer maximum safety and security without being too bulky in your space.
Different tents have unique features, like different types of ports or vents. For example, some tents may have several openings, while others have a few openings with double flaps or drawstring closures. These vents allow you to connect the internal systems and tools to external electricity, ventilation, and automation machines.
The types of ports you want will depend on the type of equipment you will keep in your grow tent.
Top Recommendation: Gorilla Grow Tent
The Gorilla Grow Tent is the sturdiest, strongest, and most controllable tent on the market. Choose the type of Gorilla tent based on the size of your space.
* Make a blueprint.
Based on the above four factors of size, material, frame, and ports, it’s time to make a blueprint of your grow tent system. This ensures that everything will fit and you’ll have the appropriate features for your garden. Be sure to take accurate measurements of the room and all equipment.
You should designate specific locations for the nutrients, plants, system, and tools. Consider using plastic storage containers to organize smaller tools in a compact way.
Think of the types of equipment you’ll be using. In your blueprint, include the number and types of ports you’ll need to accommodate your equipment.
Then, be sure to establish some sort of budget. Calculate the necessary costs.
Are you ready to build a blueprint for your indoor garden?
Contact HydroPros right now to start building a blueprint together! We’ll ensure you choose the perfect grow tent, equipment, resources, hydroponic system, and nutrients for your gardening needs!