Grow tents have been essential for home growers for years. But with legalization and the convenience of online shopping today, the market may seem flooded with options. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the myriad options, so here’s a guide to help navigate buying the right grow tent for your garden.
Why Use a Grow Tent?
A grow tent allows the home-grower to have a contained space that protects the plants. Plus, you don’t have to do any construction or remodelling to your property to accommodate a grow.
Tents also streamline the growing process because they’re quick to set up and provide support to hang lights, fans, and other equipment, and also allow for ventilation.
Buying a Grow Tent
Below are some things to look for when buying a tent, and a few tents that we recommend in different price ranges, so you can find the grow tent that best fits your needs.
Grow tents range in size and height and one of the most important things to consider is how big of a space you want to grow in.
Height is the primary concern, and it is often overlooked when trying to grow in a small space. It’s best to maximize the height of your tent so that the grow lights are far enough above the plants. This will also give more room for air filters, wall fans, and ducting.
All of these additional inputs add up quickly, making space tight inside the small tent. You also won’t be able to grow wall-to-wall and need to account for horizontal growth—if growing in a 4’ x 4’ tent, you’ll really only have a 3’ x 3’ space for the plants.
Cost translates into durability of materials and lower-end products tend to be made with flimsier materials, often leading to problems. Tears in the exterior, broken joints, low-quality zippers, and poor seals all show up quickly in a tent that isn’t built properly.
You’ll be using your tent daily and it’ll be continually jostled around every time you visit your garden, so make sure it’s sturdy.
While growing inside a protected, enclosed space is a simple concept, there are a number of features that can help the growing process. Some appealing features include:
- Quick-viewing windows to check on the progress of your plants
- Cinch-able upper and lower intake/exhaust ducting vents to easily connect fans
- Large door openings or full-side exposure to easily access your plants
- Removable waterproof floor trays to collect water runoff from your plants