The Indoor Grow Tent
An indoor grow tent is vital for growing weed or any other vegetation. The grow tent is what holds the plant, lights, and ventilation.
Indoor grow tents are the superior choice versus outdoor growing, offering a huge number of advantages. The greatest benefit comes from being able to control every aspect of your plant’s growth from seedling to mature buds. With a fully set up indoor grow tent you are in control of the climate and lighting. This directly translates to increased yield and decreased harvest times.
Additionally, indoor grow tents are completely self contained. You can keep pesky pests out while keeping the smell in.
The ideal indoor grow tent for beginners is the Oshion 2’x2’x4′.
If you want to see why I recommend this over all others, see my review of it here.
Indoor Weed Growing Made Simple
Growing weed indoors used to be a huge hassle.
First timers used to dedicate a lot of time and effort to making sure the logistical side of things were done correctly. Finding places to house the actual plant, managing the light sources, dealing with the strong smell of mature cannabis made things extremely complex.
However in today’s world, you’re in luck! Indoor grow tents today address all these issues and more. Even a indoor budget grow box is more than enough for your first grow indoors.
It is important to understand the parts that make up a grow tent so you know what to look for and make the best decisions when purchasing.
The Indoor Weed Grow Tent: An Overview
A grow tent is an enclosed space that often has the capacity to house anywhere from 2 – 8 plants depending on the size.
The tent is often thought about in three separate parts; the frame, the canvas and the rest (exhaust ports, ventilation and the tray)
The frame is the skeleton of the tent. Everything else will either sit on top or hang off of this structure.
Solid build quality is crucial here. Ideally, the frame of a weed grow tent is ideally constructed using aluminum pipes and interlocking joints. However, it is possible to find older (or cheaper) models that use PVC or other equivalent plastic based material for the frame.
Frames will vary in size from one indoor grow tent to another. Obviously the larger the grow box the bigger the frame and more complex the set up. They scale from simple single tents to multi chamber grow tents, which are typically used by advanced growers for creating a “continual harvest”.
The grow box will include extra metal rods or pipes. These are meant to hang or click into the frame from the top. These extra pipes create the structure to hold up the lights for your tent. The layout and structure of these pipes vary from box to box
It is crucial to figure out the correct set up as your worst nightmare as a grower is for the support beams holding up your lights to break. You can imagine what you’ll wake up to.
The canvas are the walls of the grow tent. It is heavy cloth draped snuggly over the frame creating the look of the grow tent. The canvas will also house the ventilation and exhaust openings.
An indoor grow tent’s canvas is often created with two types of material; the outside material will be a thicker heavier duty, light blocking canvas. The inside material will be coated with a thin layer of reflective Mylar.
Mylar is actually a specific brand name brand for BoPET (Biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate). As Wikipedia states, this material is
“…a polyester film made from stretched polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and is used for its high tensile strength, chemical and dimensional stability, transparency, reflectivity, gas and aroma barrier properties, and electrical insulation.”
Based on those properties, you can immediately see why this material is ideal for lining the inside of the canvas:
- Chemically and structurally stable, which means it’s long lasting.
- Transparency which translates to being lightweight, making things easier to adjust or move.
- Reflective, which does wonders to ensures all the light created by your lamps will be absorbed.
- A barrier to gas and aroma, which keeps the smell in and your worries low.
You really couldn’t come up with a better material for an indoor grow tent!
When you look at the specifications for grow tents, you’ll often come across descriptors for the canvas such as 300D or 600D. The “D” stands for Denier, which is a unit of measurement used to quantify the thickness of yarn.
Denier is “a unit of measure for the linear mass density of fibers” and is based on the natural thickness for a single strand of silk. For your purposes, the more deniers the thicker the canvas. Consequently, the thicker the canvas, the better the light blocking and durability the grow tent will have.
A tent canvas will also feature a varying number of ventilation openings, “socks” and the bottom tray.
Ventilation openings help draw in air and are located at the bottom. This opening will typically be controlled by a zipper system and will sometimes feature a bug mesh.
More advanced ventilation openings will also feature ways to install fans to draw in air. The number and variety of these differ from tent to tent, but the general concept is the same: the tent should have opening to let fresh air in while keeping bugs out.
To get power and have the right access points for exhaust pipes to let the used air out, you’ll need “socks”.
A sock is just a term to describe the openings that can be tightened and sealed shut with a pull string. This helps to keep the heat and odor of the plants inside the box. More advanced tents will have double or even triple socks for openings.
Socks are especially useful for power cables and exhaust vents as their sizes vary widely and therefore having the ability to fight a large range of sizes, yet still able to seal tight, will save you a lot of headaches down the road.
The bottom tray of a grow tent is used to house the plants for the duration of their stay. These are always water proof and removable. This makes them great to clean and prevents messy situations that are caused by overwatering.
An Indoor Grow Tent for All
There you have it! An overview of what all indoor grow tents come with. Now, some fancier tents can certainly have more than these components. However, all indoor grow tents share the parts written about above.
For the ideal beginner indoor grow tent, check out my review of the Oshion 2’x2’x4′ here. I break down the tent based on the parts written about above to show you why it rocks.
Thanks for reading!