Indoor plant enclosures are so popular today that the market is just booming with choices. This can make shopping very confusing. Here are a few things you should determine before you embark on your shopping trip.
1. What Size Tents For The Growing Enclosure Do You Need?
Think about your space, the type and number of plants you want to grow and the amount of room you will need inside to maneuver. If you just want a few shelves of small plants, you may do fine with a “shorty” setup allowing you to reach inside to care for them without actually entering.
If you are growing a small veggie garden, you will naturally need to be able to work among your plants. You’ll need an enclosure you can enter and move around in comfortably or at least access freely from all sides.
2. How Tall Will Your Plants Grow?
It’s very important you choose a grow tent kit tall enough to accommodate the maximum height your plants will attain, plus a foot or so. You want plenty of headroom for your plants, and you want the lighting system to reflect off all surfaces well. For the most variety and flexibility, look for a unit with adjustable poles or an extension tent kit or grow box so you can set the height perfectly for any plant you decide to grow.
3. Where Do You Plan To Set Up Your “Grow Room”?
If you plan on keeping the growing area indoors or in a sheltered area, such as a garage, you won’t need to be quite as exacting regarding materials and durability for the perfect grow tent.
If your tent is required to fend off the elements, you should naturally seek a unit made of the toughest possible materials. Check the construction to be sure stitches are tight to keep out drafts, pests and inclement weather.
Be sure to measure your intended location carefully and select a tent that will fit perfectly. You can get small, tabletop tents for cloning and starting seeds that may fit perfectly in the corner of a room. If you plan on dedicating a closet space to your project, you may be able to find a closet sized grow tent that fits just perfectly.
A tent that’s large enough to free-stand will need to have ample ground space and overhead space. Be sure that the doors of the unit you choose will work with the space you have. You must be able to set your tent up in such a way that you have easy access.
Most growers recommend placing the grow tent in an area with a waterproof floor.
4. How Will The Tent Ventilate?
To maintain good ventilation and control temperature and humidity, you need to be able to circulate air well. This will require an electrical port or connection of some type. If you are setting up your tent indoors, be sure you have a window or other opening available to set up your exhaust fan vents.
Be sure the fresh air intake vents and the hot air exhaust vents are located in such a way as to correspond with the openings you have in place in your building.
5. What Accessories & Features Do You Need?
If you plan to add extra lights or hang some of your plants, you want to be certain your tent comes equipped with strong support bars in the top. These are also handy for hanging ventilation fans and securing air ducting.
What’s The Best Grow Tent?
Generally speaking, very inexpensive tents will not be well-made enough to support any hanging weight. If you plan on outdoor use, a cheap tent will not work. For these reasons, it’s best just to avoid the lower end of the price range in this product.
Mid-range products are usually quite good. While there are some very costly tent rooms offer lots of bells and whistles, they are typically not really that much better than the mid range to justify the added cost.