Reasons You Need a Grow Tent for Your Indoor Garden
If you’re looking for a way to add some extra oomph to your hydroponics crops, invest in a grow tent. Grow tents furnish greater control over temperatures, light, humidity, water, sounds, odors, and more. While they require a bit more room and investment, a good grow tent can make the difference in how your crops thrive, especially during the winter months. If you still need convincing that a grow tent is a prime investment, check out these reasons you need a grow tent for your indoor garden.
Private, Portable, and Adjustable
If you already have a hydroponics system set up, that’s great! But perhaps your setup is a little too ungainly and out in the open, taking up space and drawing attention from potential pests of all sizes. A grow tent lets you move your crop anywhere else in your home, even places where there’s no sunlight, such as a closet or basement. With many models resemble canvas closets, small to medium grow tents are unobtrusive. They can be set up, taken down, and rebuilt quite easily. Grow tents are also available in different sizes. Measure the place you’d like to move your garden and pick the appropriate size, from closet-sized to an 8 x 16-foot room.
A Controlled Environment
Having only a few points of entry and exit, grow tents are excellent at keeping plants free from destructive insects, disease, and more. Most tents have a zippered door, a view window, and ports to permit air to enter and exit the tent through a fan. When you leave plants unattended, you can be certain they’re not exposed to anything you don’t want them exposed to. And that means you control the tent’s internal environment. For example...
You Control the Lighting
Leaving your plants at the mercy of the sun can be frustrating. You need to find a spot where they get as much sun as they need over the course of hours, which might require you to move the pots around. You’re also subject to the sun’s changes in heat and whims of the weather. Several dim days can be catastrophic to your grow, and an extra hot one can burn your plants, leading to stunted growth, withered leaves, or worse. Grow tents have space to install LED grow lights which you can set up with timers to ensure even, warm (but not too warm!), and consistent lighting during the day. As mentioned above, even if you move your grow tent to the darkest spots in your house, it can be summertime all year-round inside.
Control the Temperature and Humidity
Humidity can have a bad effect on plants. When it’s too high it can encourage the growth of molds, mildews, and fungus, which attract insects intent on eating up your crop. Humidity makes it hard for plants to “breathe” and derive nutrition. Eventually, high humidity can incur rot and kill your plants. With a grow tent, you can bring the humidity up or down as you and the plants prefer. Fans can keep air circulating while a dehumidifier can keep the barometer readings down in the tent. That can save on your cooling and heating bills.
Ensure Clean Air Flow
As mentioned, plants need to breathe as well as people, which is why grow tents are equipped to suspend fans that keep the air flowing. Clean and flowing air keeps the temperature and humidity down, of course. This environmental control keeps away any bugs attracted to hot and muggy conditions (if any manage to find their way in). Fans also help circulate CO2 and oxygen, which plants need to survive.
What’s more, even a gentle breeze can keep insects from holding on to plants so they can establish a beachhead on the leaves and branches, so to speak. Speaking of wind, when grown in grow tents, plants don’t suffer the strain and chaos of being whipped around by high winds, permitting them to grow taller and stronger.
As self-contained units, grow tents are remarkably energy efficient. “Sunlight” is bounced around by the reflective inside surface, ensuring even exposure and no shaded spots. As already mentioned, you control the environment inside the tent. That means you can select lighting that gives more light at a lower cost and while using less electricity. Timers can ensure you’re using only as much power as you need to and at the proper times. Also, here’s a handy fact. Electricity charges are lower in the late and early hours because they’re not peak usage times. Make the time between midnight and mid-morning daytime for your crops and save money.
If you’re fine working outdoors at early hours or in the hot mid-day sun, getting your hands dirty in the soil, interacting with bugs, worms, and other critters, go for it. Grow tents and hydroponics kits, on the other hand, allow you to garden indoors, at your ease, and at any time of day. More than that, they give your green thumb a workout all year long. You don’t have to rely on the weather and seasons for your gardening fix!
Fresh Produce All Year Long
This is probably one of the biggest reasons you need a grow tent for your indoor garden. The biggest benefit and draw of grow tents and hydroponics kits is that you get to bring a wealth of healthy and enjoyable vegetables, fruits, herbs, and other freshly harvested plants to your dinner table and elsewhere. Ever had a perfectly red and ripe tomato straight from the vine in the middle of February? Now you can. In terms of freshness and organic quality, grow-tent-raised plants are the nearest thing to perfection you’ll ever taste or experience. And the variety is amazing as well. Not only tomatoes but also beans, strawberries, spinach, greens, carrots, peppers, onions, and many other plants grow great in grow tents.
If you’re considering graduating to grow tent farming, please contact us with any questions or requests. We’re happy to hear what you’re looking for and will work to find the grow tent and other equipment best suited to your space and purposes. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!