What Is An Indoor Grow Tent?
An indoor grow tent is far and away the best way to start growing plants inside. Sure, you can grow out in the open in your garage, a spare bedroom, a shed, or even a closet.
But you’re going to find yourself struggling to optimize the environment, and you’ll spend a lot of work outfitting your room.
Indoor grow tents not only help you create the ideal conditions for your plants, they contain the mess of your grow and create the sealed climate that you need.
You won’t have to worry about the mess from your garden spilling out into your house if that’s where you’re growing.
Similarly, you won’t have to worry about pets (or worse, PESTS) messing with your garden either - it’ll be completely sealed from the rest of your home.
Why Use Indoor Grow Tents?
Bringing the garden indoors can be incredibly messy. Growing in a plant grow tent contains the mess of your garden, and creates the ideal environment for your plants. Once you start growing in a tent, you will never look back - we guarantee it.
The mylar interior increases the reflective surface area in your plant tent while maximizing the performance of your grow lights. This design insures that no precious light is wasted and your plants are receiving the best light possible.
The grow tents' enclosed design keeps unwanted pests such as aphids, flies, and spider mites at bay. Any outdoor grower will tell you how easy it is for pests to infect your plants and how difficult it is to get rid of them. As long as the plants and equipment entering your tent are clean and pest free you shouldn’t encounter any kind of infestation.
You can save yourself a lot of time and money by investing in a complete grow tent kit
Popular Grow Tent Kits Include:
- Reflective plant tent
- Powerful grow light kit
- Grow light timer
- Complete hydroponic system
- Plant nutrients
- Ventilation equipment
- Circulation fan
- Light hanging system
Additional Benefits Of Indoor Growing Tents
There are a lot of environmental factors that go into growing strong and vigorous plants. You have to control your temperature, humidity, light schedule and light intensity, circulate air, constantly reintroduce fresh air.
As you become a more experienced grower, you’ll become a lot more comfortable not only controlling these factors, but manipulating them to grow bigger and better plants. Those new to indoor growing struggle with just trying to keep their environmental factors stable. This process is made simpler with an environment controller, which automates your entire atmosphere.
Without a doubt, the main benefit of indoor grow tent growing is they are designed to make creating and controlling these environmental conditions easy.
But the benefits don’t stop there:
- Energy efficient – They have reflective mylar walls that will improve your lighting efficiency.
- Easy setup – With these, you won’t have to alter your home by making holes to hang lights, modifying a closet, etc. You will also save time and effort because a DIY setup, while cheap, requires a lot of work to be effective.
- Separate growing phases – Plants require a different duration of lights on/off depending on their growth stage. This means you can’t mix a plant that’s in flowering with a plant that’s in the vegetative stage. Multi-chamber grow tents make it incredibly easy to have multiple plants all in different growth stages, all in one room.
- Portable – They are lightweight but extremely durable, and easy to break down and move.
- Privacy – They keep plants out of sight and can easily fit in a closet or corner of a room.
- Great for all lights – All grow lights will have different requirements. HID grow lights will need a ballast and reflective hood. LEDs have to be hung much farther away from the plants than fluorescents. Plant tents are designed to work will all popular grow lighting systems.
- CO2 – Supplementing CO2 is a great way to increase yields. For maintaining high levels of CO2, you’ll need an airtight room so it can’t escape. Grows tents are made to seal plants away and work great with supplementing CO2.
- Time – Creating a grow tent from scratch will not only require build time, but you will also need to research where you should place ventilation holes, ports for running wires in and out, how to prevent light leaks, etc.
What are the different types of plant grow tents?
Here at Hydrobuilder, we carry plant grow tents for every situation. Regardless of your grow, we have a tent for you!
Our selection of growing tents includes:
How big of a plant grow tent do I need?
The biggest factor that will go into the height you’ll need your tent to be will depend heavily on which grow lights you are using. It’s common to hang LEDs and HIDs up to two feet over your plants because of their intensity. Fluorescent lights can be much closer, however – within a few inches. You will also need to calculate your grow medium height and the height of the plant.
If you’re planning on using one tent for the plant’s entire life cycle then you’ll want a tent that at least 60”. If you plan to use 1000 watts of lights or more it’s recommended to move up to a tent that is at least 7’ tall.
A 6’ tent may seem really tall until you calculate your plants’ height, grow media height, how far down the light is required to hang, and distance of light from plants – powerful LEDs may require up to 2’.
The one problem with square grow tents is they are more difficult to fit into closets. That’s why we offer a wide range with different lengths and widths. A 2' x 3' and 2' x 4' grow tent will fit most closets well.
Other factors to consider before you buy a plant grow tent
Fabric – You will want a durable fabric that is 100% reflective. You can find fire-retardant tents, which hopefully you’ll never need, but it’s a nice feature to have. If you’re worried about light leaks – light getting into your tent – look for a tent that is certified light tight and has strong zippers as they are common culprits of light leaks.
Stability – Again, your lighting system will play a large part in this, and you’ll want to purchase a tent that can hold the weight of both your lighting and ventilation system. Often growers will test the strength of their tents by testing their own weight first – just be careful not to tip the tent over.
Multi-chamber tents – These tents have separate rooms that allow you to perpetually grow year round with just one tent. You can have a flowering plant with a 12/12 light schedule in one chamber and a plant in the vegetative stage with an 18/6 lighting schedule in another chamber.
Even smaller multi-chamber plants are great because they can act as an all-in-one vegetative and propagation tent. Or you can have a mother plant in the main chamber and take cuttings from her and clone in the side chambers.
For additional help, we give you an overview on thread count, the size and number of both the ducting and electrical ports, as well it will show you the recommended wattage for grow lights and CFM required for proper ventilation.
You may find it beneficial to check out our “Grow Tent Kits” category to see how we put together different all-in-one lighting and grow tent packages. This will show you how we match different grow lights and their wattage to different grow tents sizes. It will also give insight on what size ventilation and odor control systems we like based on tent size.
What Else Do You Need To Buy With Your Grow Tent?
If you only have the plant tent itself, you’re going to have a hard time growing anything in it! You’ll need to grab a few more pieces of equipment to complete your new portable grow room: grow lights & a ventilation system.
What Are The Best Lights For Plant Growing Tents?
Any type of lighting technology will work in your growing tent - from LED, CMH, HID, or even fluorescent. This will come down to personal preference, but also what type of plants you’re growing in your tent.
LED’s are by the far the most efficient and powerful, but they are also going to require a bigger investment up front. CMH lighting is also really powerful and efficient, but comes with a pretty substantial price tag itself. With that said, these are the two top technologies right now.
Do indoor grow tents need ventilation?
You will need a ventilation system in your plant tent. A properly set up ventilation system will control CO2, temperature, humidity, and oxygen which are all vital environmental factors that greatly affect plant growth and development.
Are grow tents odor proof?
Grow tents also do an exceptional job of containing the smell of your indoor garden. This will maintain privacy and discretion, and prevent the smell of your plants from wafting into other areas of your home.
A common ventilation system for growing tents will have: a carbon filter for odor control, ducting, and inline fans for intake and exhaust components.
As noted above, the majority of our plant tents will tell you the recommended CFM rating for the tents size. If it doesn’t give you the recommended CFM rating, you can find the number with some quick calculations. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute, and this essentially tells you how much air can be removed from your grow tent in a minute, which is the preferred rate.
First, multiply W x L x H of your grow tent which will give you the volume or cubic feet of the tent. You will use this number as your reference number and you will not want a fan with a lower CFM rating.
We recommend doubling the cubic feet of your tent to get your extraction fan’s CFM rating – especially when using carbon filter as they may lower your exhaust fan’s moving capability by 30%.
So, a grow tent that is 60 cubic feet will need an extraction fan that has a CFM rating of 120.
If you want to learn more about setting up a ventilation system in a grow tent, check out our full guide on grow tent ventilation.
How to setup indoor plant tents
Once you have purchased your grow tent, you will need to learn how to set it up. Our Grow Tent Setup Guide will walk you through getting your tent up, installing your ventilation system, hanging your grow light, and preparing you for growing plants indoors.
However, when it comes to the tent itself, here are some quick steps you can follow.
Unpacking and assembling the indoor grow tent itself
Plant tents are fairly easy to set up and will come with instructions. You can easily find videos online if you need additional help. For larger tents, it’s recommended to have someone there to help you.
Basic outline and tips for easy installation:
- Lay your tent flat out on the ground
- Locate the bottom of the tent
- Separate your long and short poles
- Assemble the bottom poles first, making a square, and place it within the bottom of the tent
- Now that you have your base, connect poles that stand upright to your bottom structure
- Attach your top poles to form your complete pole structure / skeleton of the tent
- Last, carefully roll the tent up and over the pole structure and zip it up
- When lifting your tent over the poles, hold down on the poles because they are lightweight and will lift up with the tent
Quick Tips For Growing Plants In A Tent Indoors
Once you have your plant tent setup, you’re ready to get started growing! What comes next? Well, grab your seeds and clones, and turn everything on.
If you’ve grown outdoors, you’ll want to replicate those conditions indoors - specifically as it pertains to lighting, temperature, and humidity.
This might sound overwhelming, but it can actually be pretty simple. Our indoor growing guide is a great resource for new growers looking to bring a plant from seed to harvest, but it’s also a great refresher for experienced growers.
With all that said, here are some quick tips on keeping the conditions in your growing tent dialed into the ideal ranges for plant growth.
What temperature should your grow tent be when growing plants?
To cultivate the strongest, heaviest plants, you need to set up a very controlled environment. Temperature is one of the most important aspects of growing indoors, and especially in a grow tent.
Try and keep temperatures between 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit during propagation and vegging, and lower this slowly as you approach flowering. This will simulate the natural changing of the seasons.
To spare you a headache, know that for the most part, more watts equals more heat regardless of what light is producing the watt.
Remember this rule: Watts in = Watts out. A 600 watt LED at the wall, will generate around the same amount of heat as a 600 watt HID.
Watts does not mean the amount of light produced. For the most part, LEDs and CMH are considered to produce less heat because you need fewer watts to match the amount of light an HID produces — they’re more efficient. Learn more about ways to control grow tent temperature.
Dealing With Indoor Plant Tent Humidity
Temperature is just one side of the coin - you also need to be aware of the humidity in your plant tent as well! Otherwise, you run the risk of the tent getting overrun by moisture-related problems like bud rot, powdery mildew, etc.
Your plant tent will be inherently moist - all the water that you put into your plants is going to come back out via transpiration, so you need a way of removing this moisture from the grow room atmosphere.
Optimize Your Indoor Growing Tent With Accessories
When setting up your grow tent, you will need some basic grow tent supplies, such as a power strip with surge protection. But, there are also some accessories you could consider grabbing to help make your indoor growing tent even better!
These include options like:
- Height Extension Kits
- High CFM Kits
- Trellis Netting
- Frame Support
- Equipment & Gear Racks
Here at Hydrobuilder, we carry all the grow tent supplies and accessories you may need!
What is the best cheap grow tent you can buy?
At Hydrobuilder, we carry some of the most popular brands of plant tents. However, if you’re looking for the best cheap grow tent, there is only one brand that comes to mind: Covert.
We only consider this to be a cheap grow tent because of the price - there is nothing cheap about the quality. The Covert brand is all about value, perfect for hobby growers who don’t need the frills of a Gorilla Grow Tent.
Why Hydrobuilder Is The Best Place To Buy Grow Tents Cheap!
We have the widest assortment of plant grow tents for sale, so there is something for every type of grower.
Whether you just want something to get your plants started in early before moving them outside to become monsters, or you plan on cultivating top-shelf plants year round indoors - the ideal plant tent for you is right here!
We carry the two top brands - Covert and GGT - so you can choose if you want to stretch your budget further with Covert, or go with the Cadillac of growing tents in GGT.
But, what makes us the best place to buy grow tents is that we also have everything else you’ll need over the course of your grow.
You can complete your tent package by adding some ventilation and lighting, and then grab your nutrients and harvest gear. That way when harvest rolls around, you won’t be scrambling to buy anything - you’ll be ahead of the ball.
Hydrobuilder is known for their industry leading service, which is why growers around the world continue to work with us time and time again. Not convinced? With over 2,000 5-star reviews on Google, you don’t need to take our word for it - our customers will tell you themselves!
Need Help Choosing Which Plant Grow Tent To Buy?
Want to learn more about growing in a tent? We have an entire section devoted to helping those growing in tents in our learning center!
Not sure which plant tent is right for you? Our expert growing staff will answer all your questions at 888-815-9763!