Hydroponic Grow Tent Basics

Hydroponic Grow Tent Basics

Hydroponic grow tents are a great idea for people with limited outdoor space and those who want to have productive gardens indoors. With a grow tent you are able to create an ideal growing environment for your plants that is not dependent on the vagaries of season or weather.

What are grow tents made of?

Grow tents at the most basic level are simple structures made from metal frames covered with a polyester canvas shell and a push-lock system (or something similar) for joining. Perhaps the most important feature to consider with these simpler grow tents is the ability to contain light. Light leakage can be a problem and if not controlled it will adversely affect the growth of your plants. If your grow tent does leak light it’s usually easy fixed by sealing with tape along the seams.

Install a grow light

You will need a grow light in the tent and this can be easily attached to the top metal frame. Lights come with directions on the optimal distance from light to plants. The distance may vary according to the type of light, but it will vary between 6 and 24 inches from the plants. You will need to adjust the amount of light you provide to your plants to the size of the growing area and the type of plants you want to grow. Lights come in the form of either fluorescent tubes or HID grow lights, which are both available on the website.

How to control the air flow

Temperature and air flow can be controlled by an exhaust fan. Depending on the design and structure of your tent there should be a vent to take the air flow from the fan. You will need to hang the fan according to the position of this vent, but if you are not sure attach it to the roof supports on the inside of the tent. Once again, you will need to judge the ventilation requirements of your grow tent against the size of your growing space, the lighting and the variety of plants to be grown. Good ventilation will provide adequate CO2 for your plants and control the air temperature, which is heated by the lights. Use a thermometer to check the temperature inside the grow tent. If the temperature gets too high it’s usually just a simple matter to adjust the lighting to the right heat for your plants.

Growing Tip

Air temperature will need to be adjusted according to the type of plants you want to grow. Peas, for example, prefer lower temperatures while tomatoes do well in warmer temperatures.

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