What is a grow tent kit used for?A grow tent kit is a portable and reusable grow room, and is perfect for those who want to start growing indoors but fear compromising privacy or making a mess in their house. Growing in a closet or a separate room in your home can be expensive and messy, and isn't always feasible. This is just one of the many reasons home growers are switching to tent packages. Grow tent growing is discrete and creates a better environment for growing plants than a spare bedroom or linen closet ever could. It is tough to beat the efficiency of a grow tent kit. They come in sizes ranging from 2’ x 2’, which can fit in your closet, to 10’ x 20’, which is big enough to fill a garage! There truly is a package for everyone.
Choosing a grow tent kit
There are so many grow tent kits on the market that shopping can get overwhelming. We recommend you first determine how you want to design your grow room. Your ideal grow tent will be different if you want to grow in a small closet than if you could devote your whole garage to growing. Check out some of the most common grow room examples in this article. Once you have a better idea of how you are going to grow with your tent, you can check out our grow tent buying guide which will explain what you need to look for when buying a tent.
What is included in a grow tent kit?Grow tent kits are the best way to get started growing indoors because you are essentially buying an entirely outfitted grow room. Trying to buy each individual component necessary for a grow room will lead to headaches, and generally, be more expensive than our preconfigured tent packages. On top of the tent (obviously), you get to choose a grow light and you also get a ventilation system. Those three components are what mostly comprise your tent package, and from there, its really up to you what else you add! Optional add-ons that we highly recommend you grab are a grow method and any accessories you may need to start growing huge plants in the comfort of your home!
Grow lightsOne of the most important components of any successful indoor garden are the grow lights. You will be able to narrow the tent based on what lighting system you want to employ, such as:We include the fixture and bulb, ballast, reflector. Regardless of which lighting system you choose, you'll also want to grab some lighting accessories such as a light timer, and hangers. If you are wondering what light is best for you, check out our guide to grow lights for grow tents in our learning center!
Ventilation SystemOne of the major benefits of grow tent growing is the ability to create your own mini-environment without affecting the rest of your home! So, make sure you add a ventilation system to your grow tent package. Otherwise, you will struggle with humidity and temperatures, not to mention odors!
Are grow tent kits smell proof?Grow tent kits with an exhaust fan and carbon filter will definitely help you eliminate any odors. These components work together to expel odors from the growing environment. The carbon filter eliminates the smells of your garden and prevents them from extending into the room or the rest of your house. We want to constantly recycle the air in the grow tent and introduce fresh air every 1-5 minutes. This will keep CO2, oxygen, temperature, and humidity levels under control. When you add a ventilation system to your grow tent, it includes the ducting to exhaust stagnant air, exhaust fan, carbon filter, speed controller, and clip on fans to create a cool breeze! To learn more about creating an environment conducive to growing healthy, heavy plants, check out this full guide to grow tent ventilation!
The next step in selecting a grow tent kit is deciding if you wish to grow in soil or hydroponically. There are pros and cons to each.
HydroponicsUsing a hydroponic system in your grow tent kit will grow less plants in the same space than a soil grow tent. The quality and yield of the harvest will generally be superior, which is why many indoor growers prefer hydroponic systems. If you opt for a hydroponic grow tent kit, all that is left is selecting hydroponic nutrients and the hydroponic grow media, which can be:
SoilThere is a longer learning curve with hydroponic systems, so if you are new to growing, we recommend you start with a soil grow tent kit and upgrade later on if you wish. The grow tent kits with a soil grow method will grow more plants, and are much simpler. You can add pots and saucers, and from there you will need to select a nutrient package and a growing medium such as:For more information on growing plants in soil, visit our learning center!
Grow Tent AccessoriesThere are a number of common tools every grower needs throughout the plants life cycle, such as:
Upgrading your grow tent kitAll grow tent kits come with the basics necessities for getting your indoor garden started. Economy grow tents are great for beginners, but growers with a few harvests under their belt may want to upgrade their system.
Multi-Chamber Grow TentsOne way to take your operation to the next level is with a multi-chamber grow tent. Also known as a perpetual harvest grow tent, these contain different chambers for plants in different stages of growth. This allows for a harvest every 8 weeks! With one chamber for flowering and one chamber for vegging and propagation, you will never find yourself short on plants. You can learn more about perpetual harvests in our blog.
CO2 Enrichment KitIntroducing additional CO2 into your grow room can have a number of benefits, such as:
- Increased plant growth and vigor
- Decreased effect of environmental stresses
- Increases water and nutrient efficiency
- Greater temperature tolerance by plants
pH KitThe pH of your water or nutrient solution plays a vital role in plant health and growth. You want to feed your plants a solution with the range of 5.5-6.5, which is slightly acidic. If you are unsure of the pH levels you have been feeding your plants, this is a problem. A pH adjusting kit includes pH up and down, which are bases and acids respectively. Depending on the status of your pH level, you add one of these into the nutrient solution, and then re-measure with a pH meter. By ensuring pH is in the optimal range, you are giving your plants the ability to absorb all nutrients and minerals available, leading to healthier, heavier plants. If you want to learn more about calibrating the pH level, check out our full guide.
Supplemental LightingGrow tent kits come with optimal lighting to grow the number of plants recommended, but to supercharge plant growth, you may want to add supplemental or side lighting. This allows plants to receive light from different angles, and in areas other than the canopy that would normally not be penetrated. You can also create a fuller spectrum by combining different types of lights! For example, if you have an MH and HPS grow tent, adding in some supplemental fluorescent or LED lighting can have profound results on plant growth and yields! The most popular form of lighting is using LED Bars on the sides of your grow tent kit.
Soil to HydroponicAs mentioned earlier, we recommend all beginners start with a soil grow tent kit, because soil is more forgiving when it comes to human error and there is a shorter learning curve. Once you have the basics of growing in soil down, you should consider moving to a hydroponic system. Hydro presents the opportunity to dial in nutrient dosing, focus on fewer plants, and can generate higher-quality flower than soil in a shorter period of time.
Other upgradesThere are tons of other ways to continue upgrading your grow tent, but they will depend on the size of your tent and how serious of a grower you are. The environment in larger tents can be improved, by adding humidifiers or dehumidifiers, and air conditioners or heaters. Which one you need will depend on the current status of your environment, but these are upgrades only feasible for larger tents.
Another simple upgrade all tents should consider is a means of purifying the water you use. Reverse osmosis filters help separate harmful particulates, and if you are growing hydroponically, are a must have.
The top grow tent kits of 2019
There are so many cheap grow tent kits on the market, that we put together a list of the best grow tent kits currently on the market. Whether you're looking for the best LED grow tent kits, or you want a perpetual harvest grow tent kit, you need to check out this post before you start shopping! Otherwise, you may be overwhelmed by the sheer number of grow tent packages on the market.