Five Things to Look Out For When Buying a Grow Tent
In this article, I will discuss why an indoor grow tent might be for you.
You might already be asking yourself "Is a grow tent really necessary?”. Well, that all depends on your needs. Most who use grow tents like the ability it has to help them grow their plants, veggies, or fruits in areas where it is not always practical. For example, you might live in a bigger city where lighting, soil requirements, or even temperatures might be a factor and hinder your ability to do so.
But before you consider your grow tent lets ask some key questions that will help determine if this option is good for you.
Can I afford the costs involved?
You undoubtedly realize that there are other costs involved with having a grow tent. These costs include electricity, growing medium, and nutrients. To expand on this, the electricity involved. With grow tents, you will need light. Grow Lights come in all types of styles, sizes, wattages, and configurations. While some are more efficient than others in operating costs (think LED Grow Lights!), you still have to factor in what it will cost you to effectively take care of your crop of choice.
There is also your medium of choice. To cut down on operational costs, most gardeners opt for using soil instead of hydroponics because again there are operational costs involved in running and maintaining a hydroponic garden.
Then there is your nutrient line up. This topic is completely up to you and I will not discredit or promote any fertilizer in this article. I only mention it to figure into the cost of your grow tent.
Is a tent necessary?
Again, a growing tent IS a good option for you if you can answer yes to any of these questions.
- Is the outside temperature inadequate for your crop of choice?
- Are your light needs not being met?
- Is the soil outside not suitable for your crop or maybe even be nonexistent?
Are Grow Tents Worth the Money?
As I discussed earlier there are operational costs but that point aside let's look at another aspect. Let's say your monthly produce budget is £80 and you can produce £150 worth of end product in six months than you would spend at the store in that time, it would only make sense that you are saving money and over time your tent could even end up paying for itself.
What are the Benefits of Growing in a Tent?
A good grow tent can be thought of basically as a Grow Room in a Box. You have no doubt already seen some benefits of having a grow tent if you have read to this point. Let's view some of the specific benefits a tent can provide you.
- You can garden year-round!
- Can be used in tight spaces.
- Keeps pest away from your crop.
- Increases level of discretion
Now that I've explained some of the things to think about when looking to buy a grow tent, let's consider some less obvious aspects of grow tents.
No matter what brand, size, or style you choose, consider the following before you buy.
- Not all tents are created equal. True, we can all go on a site like eBay, for example, trying to save a few quid. But what are you really saving? Some cheaper tents, not all but some, are made from cheap, flimsy materials. These cheaper materials, most notably the frame, can make it quite difficult, if not impossible to hang your lights, fans, or air filters. So make sure to be absolutely certain that it CAN support these features safely.
- Measure, measure, and measure again. Always make sure you have a designated space to set your tent up and have the dimensions noted. There are a plethora of tents that have different dimensions, shapes and sizes and there will surely be one with a size that's perfect for you.
- There is also airflow. Airflow is very important to all plants! Most of us know that plants produce oxygen, but did you know they absorb Carbon dioxide? When making an informed decision about a tent, consider what kind of vents the tents have. One thing to consider is how many vent sites there are in the tent. in most cases, smaller tents have fewer sites the larger ones. But never the less good ventilation is always necessary for healthy plants.
- As stated above, not all tents are created equal. This is especially true of the material used to cover your frame. The inner liner is reflective and helps to make sure there is no light being wasted. The problem here is that not all material used is strong and can tear easily. If you're in a store and able to physically view the tent, you always want to make sure the material feels heavy and tightly woven. This indicates a strong and durable material has been used. If your looking online I know it might be hard to judge. But not all is lost. You want to look for terms like PEVA, Mylar, double-stitched, and 3-ply vinyl in descriptions. Not all will have all of those things incorporated but they are good words to look for when looking online.
- Is the tent easy to assemble? For those of us who have come close to losing it while assembling Ikea furniture, the idea of spending hour after frustrating hour trying to figure out what barely legible, Chinese written 'instructions' are actually talking about before even getting started on the assembling is enough to push a person over the edge. It makes sense to make sure that the tent you decide on comes with a decent manual and thought has been put in to the job of the end user.
- Is the Grow Tent properly Light Proof? One of the key benefits of a grow tent is that it keeps the light contained rather than lighting up the street. The last thing you need is light leaks! Check your tent is properly light proof, including around the zips and seams and that there are no pin prick holes leaking tell-tale light out of the tent.
You might also be wondering "Are tents easy to use?" Absolutely they are! But some tents have specific premium upgrades that might be appealing to some gardeners.
For example, there are some tents that have two chambers for vegetative growth and for flowering growth. That can be very useful for rotating crops and always have a fresh supply of your crops.
Some are built for discretion if having a tent in your home seems out of place or if you don't want any unwanted attention. even easier.
In conclusion, if you do decide a grow tent is a good choice for you, make sure you take into consideration the points in the article. As with all projects, planning is key. Making decisions based on personal needs is always the best bet when it comes to cost Vs harvest. So plan accordingly.