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So you’ve decided to start growing indoors, and it is time to build your grow room. A grow room kit is the best way to get started because it provides you with everything you need. This should be a fun process, and we are going to make it simple for you. We will walk you through how to build your grow room, but first, let's cover some basic information all indoor growers need to know. For a more in depth look, check out our complete guide on indoor growing.
What is a grow room?
A grow room is an indoor space dedicated solely to growing plants. It should be completely sealed, and have its own environment conducive to plant growth. Before getting started, you should carefully consider your grow room location and design. There are a seemingly endless number of places you can grow plants: a closet, garage, spare bedroom, or shed. What's most important is the environment. Plants need certain temperature, humidity, and airflow levels to thrive. Our grow room kit makes this easy, giving you everything you need and nothing you don't. Build it to your specifications, exactly how you want it! You can learn more about grow room environment here.
How to build your grow room
We’ve made building your grow room incredibly easy. No more searching through products to find the right one, questioning whether or not you’ve made the right choice. The last thing you want is to spend all this money and find that your light is too small or too big for your tent, or that your fan isn't powerful enough for your space. Our grow room builder presents you with options based on the tent you choose, and only shows you the best supplies for that size tent.
Now, you can follow a few easy steps and build your own grow tent kit to fit your needs. Just follow these steps!
Step 1. Choose your grow tent size
You may be wondering, if I grow indoors, do I even need a tent? We always recommend using a tent. There are a few reasons for this. First of all, grow tent growing contains both the mess and smell of your plants. Tents are super discreet. No worrying about odors, no worrying about soil or nutrient spills on your carpet or hardwood.
Second of all, you can easily control the environment in your grow room if you use a tent. Using a ventilation system and timers, you can fine tune the atmosphere to the perfect conditions for growing plants. With a tent, you don't need to make expensive, ugly alterations to your home. And, your plants will grow much better. So, how do you choose a grow tent to fit your needs?
This will depend on how much space you have to grow, and how many plants you want at one time.
Our post on grow room design will help you with this step, but as you can see above, we have showed you approximately how many plants you can fit in each.
After you have selected your length and width, you will choose your height.
There are a few options for height, with the most common being 7 feet. If you think you’ll need more head space because you plan on growing really tall plants, you can select the 7’+ option, and you’ll be presented with Gorilla Grow Tent, as they offer an extension option.
On the flip side, if 7’ is too much, we also have a 5’ option - the Gorilla Grow Tent Shorty. This is a great tent for growing in closets, or for growers who want to grow smaller plants.
Note - your original tent selection will determine what options you are presented for tent height and tent brand. If you select a certain length/width, and then don’t see the height option or tent brand you want, it is because it is not available for that size tent. You can try making a different original selection!
Step 2. Choose your grow light
Your grow light is the most important part of your grow. In nature, the sun grows your plants. Grow lights are responsible for simulating the sun, both in terms of spectrum and intensity.
After you have chosen a grow tent, you will need to choose your lighting technology.
You'll see four options: LED, CMH, HPS, or Fluorescent.
Which one of these is best for you depends on your goals as a grower. A lot of it comes down to budget as well.
LED and CMH are the best lighting types you can buy, but they are a higher investment. They will save you money on electricity costs because of how efficient they work, and they are also lower heat.
On the other hand, HPS are incredibly powerful and more budget friendly. But, they aren't nearly as efficient, and they produce a lot of heat. They also have a pretty limited spectrum, unlike LED and CMH.
When it comes to fluorescent lights, these usually aren't used for full cycle growing. They are great for starting plants because they aren't very intense, and they are super efficient. But, they won't produce big, dense flowers.
Once you choose a lighting technology, you'll be presented with a number of lights we think you will get the best results with.
This takes a lot of the guesswork out of choosing an LED grow tent kit, as we have chosen the best lights for that specific tent size. So, you know you are getting exactly what you need!
We have broken down these lights into good, better, or best, depending on your goals as a grower and your budget.
Whether you want the best LED grow light possible, or simply a dependable LED light, we have plenty of options for you.
For more information on grow lights, visit our blog!s
High intensity, full spectrum, and efficient
Very high lumen and PAR output, long life
Inexpensive, powerful light but lots of heat
Best for seeds and clones, not full cycle
Step 3. Add a ventilation system to control grow room environment
After your grow light, the next most important component of your grow room is your ventilation system. At its simplest, this can consist of a carbon filter, ducting, and an inline fan. These will help you manage heat and humidity in the grow tent, while simultanesouly controlling odors. If you want to take things a step further, you can add an intake system. This will help bring in fresh air and more importantly, CO2, when you expel old air.
You also need at least one clip-on fan to help circulate air and “make your plants dance”. Depending on the size of your tent, you may want a couple of these. Keeping the air circulating in your tent will strengthen stems, keep temps and odors lower, and help discourage pest and disease development. If you want to learn more, check out our post on grow room atmosphere and ventilation.
Step 4. Choose your growing method - soil vs hydroponics
Then, you will get to choose your growing method. Choose between traditional soil and pots or a hydroponic system. If this is your first grow or you have a smaller tent, it probably makes more sense to stick with soil and pots for now. Growing hydroponically is more time consuming, and has a sharper learning curve than traditional soil/pots. We recommend beginners start in pots and upgrade to a hydroponic system later on after gaining some experience.
Hydroponics is appealing for a number of reasons, with the main one being decreased time to harvest, less water used, cleaner growing conditions, and more. This style of growing can be really fun, but it is challenging. There is a steep learning curve and lots of moving pieces, so if you aren’t willing to dedicate plenty of time and energy to your grow, stick with the lower maintenance option - soil.
Step 5. Add any accessories and upgrades you may need
Once you have your tent, light, ventilation system, and growing method, you are essentially done!
While this is really all you need to grow (besides nutrients), you will inevitably need some accessories along the way.
These include scissors for pruning, trellis for training, propagation supplies for starting seeds/clones, and CO2 for boosting growth and yields.
You will need many of these at some point, so why not grab them while you’re here?! If you don't see the accessories you are looking for, don't worry. We have everything you could ever need for your grow tent, so just reach out to us or browse our site for it.
Step 6. Add your harvest supplies
The final step in building your LED grow tent is adding your harvest supplies. You can grab drying racks, trimming equipment, and even extraction equipment!
Many growers procrastinate on grabbing harvest equipment, because it's so far down the road. But, it makes so much more sense to just grab everything you need right now, and then you don’t have to worry about anything down the line!
Most of what we have presented in this LED grow tent kit builder is for hand trimming, but there is a good chance you may want a trimming machine, especially for the larger grow tent sizes.
Building your grow room
Building out your grow requires different steps depending on whether you have a tent or not. With a tent, it is as putting your grow tent kit together. You will need to select your room size, tent brand, lighting, ventilation, and any accessories that will improve your grow. If you are going to take this route, check out our grow tent setup guide. Here are the basic steps for setting up your grow room with a tent:
- Assemble your grow tent
- Setup your ventilation system
- Hang your grow light
- Set up any extra equipment
- Add your growing method
- Add your plants
Without a tent, building a grow room will require a lot more work. The toughest part is sealing the room off, and creating a method for controlling the environment and bringing fresh air in and out. You will have to duct hot, stale air out of the room and bring fresh air in. You also need to make sure the walls of your grow room are reflective, maximizing the use of your grow lights. This is another reason grow tents are so coveted, as their mylar interior redirects wasted light to places it normally wouldn't. Here are the basic steps for building a grow room without a tent:
- Lightproof your room
- Make your room airtight
- Setup your ventilation system
- Fine tune your environment with dehumidifier, A/C, fans, etc.
- Set up your lighting system
- Add your growing method
- Add your plants
Maintaining your grow room
Once you get your grow room up and running, the real fun can start. You can propagate your plants and start vegging, but the work is just getting started. You will need to regularly clean and maintain this growing space, to prevent disease, fungus, or mold development. This will also help keep pests from setting up shop and wreaking havoc on your plants. If you have any pets, this room will have to be off-limits to them. This is not only because there will be nutrients and other things you don't want them getting into, but they also are notorious hosts for pests and can carry little bugs in on their body, springing an infestation.
- Tech Specs
Brand Hydrobuilder SKU GROW-ROOM-CREATOR Weight (lb.) 0 Lead Time Due to social distancing requirements, products ship in 1-2 weeks Prop 65 No Grow Tent Size Variable Per Configuration Suggested Plant Count Varies By Configuration Set-Up Dimensions Variable Per Configuration Est. Electricity Cost /mo Variable Per Configuration UL Listed No
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