Grow tents are small portable rooms that can be used anywhere and anytime to start growing fruits and vegetables. They work in the same manner as the grow boxes. It creates an ideal indoor environment for growing plants in a closed chamber.
Components of Grow Tents
- Strong canvas material having a reflective system that traps the light inside the tent.
- Powerful CFM fan along with a carbon filter offering a temperature control, odor control and an air circulation.
- Adequate number of spaces offering enough room to the plants for growing them inside without crushing them.
- Tested hydroponics system that is easy to clean and easy to feed the plants using automated timers.
- Automated high output lights offering plenty of power the plants.
- Easy to install and use digital ballasts that are reliable and prevents light from going out.
Basics about how to grow tents work
Below we illustrate the components and the usage of each when using a grow tent.
Heavy Duty Canvas Fabric
To put it simply, a heavy duty canvas fabric made of either polyester or nylon gets bonded on a reflective inner layer that is made from biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate. This outer fabric is durable and strong while the fabric inside is meant to increase the efficiency of light by offering excellent reflectivity.
The thickness of the fabric that makes the tent is expressed in terms of linear mass density or denier. The number is presented in measurements like 600D referring to the thickness of the yarn or the thread. The higher the denier, the strongerm as well as denser, is the fabric. Usually, this thickness ranges in between 200D to 1680D.
Although a big span, most of the growers often recommend using a fabric that has a thickness anywhere between 600D to 900D. However, if you are going for large tents, it is always important to select the strongest option available.
The inner liner is supposed to reflect light. The materials used here are often rated based on their ability to reflect more light.
Here also, the range is quite big which starts from 50 and goes up to 90% reflective capacity. It is probably the most important of them all as the more efficient the reflective system is the less is the amount of energy that goes wasted.
The other benefit of using the inner liner is promoting a better light overage for the underlying foliage as the light gets reflected from both the sides and the top of the tent. Hence, purchasing a grow tent that is made from high-quality fabric is regarded as a good investment.
As the entire fabric rests on the supporting poles, once installed the roof seams sustains the weight of the tent. With time this might stress seams and lead to wear and tear.
When you have a strong fabric, you can definitely reduce the risks of punctures as well as abrasions. These might be a problem when one is using gardening tools in an enclosed environment of the tent.
Grow Tent Frame
The entire structure of the grow tent is made using a framework that supports the poles installed below the fabric shell. These offer stability besides reinforcing the shape of the exteriors.
The frame basically creates a right and sturdy skeleton that holds the fabric. It even carries the weight of other equipment that includes the mounted fixtures. You may choose from the number of frames that are made using a range of materials.
This includes the heavy-duty steel construction that is stronger, more rigid but expensive. These are often difficult to setup or dismantle when compared to the synthetic or lightweight materials that are capable of offering similar support.
To put it simply, thicker poles having applicable fittings would sustain far more weight in comparison to the thinner poles.
They would also produce a far more rigid yet a stable frame. These products come with maximum weight ratings for each of the tent frames that are on offer.
On the other hand, lighter frames would limit their capacity of hanging equipment that they might be able to support.
The smaller tents may be made by using lightweight materials as they also have a limited size of equipment that has to be installed.
However, for the larger tents, it is important to have the sturdier options to offer sufficient area for sustaining different types of plants along with sophisticated equipment, ducts, fans, lights and filters.
Zippers and Seams
Growers often face two common issues when using a grow tent. These include the zippers and seams. Multi-part zippers are used to create a door for the grow tent. It acts as the door from which all the operations are performed.
Most grow tents would use a large-gauge, heavy duty plastic zipper but as these are constantly used, they are prone to wear and tear over the period of usage. Broken zippers and torn stitching might eventually be a scenario that you might face over a period of time.
However, some precautions like brushing the sippers and wiping them regularly would help in removing the grit and the dirt.
You may also apply a thin coating of paraffin, lubricant or talc to the teeth for solving the problems associated with the zippers. Also, Seam tears near the zipper might be due to harsh pulling of the zippers.
However, a low-denier fabric might be the reason as well. In order to avoid such a situation, it is recommended that you use double stitched seams for additional strength.
Grow Tent Ports& Vents
The most important goal of using grow tent is to create an enclosed environment that can be controlled. For doing so, you need to manage the access of the outer environment to the inside environment. It is often challenging owing to the fact that hydroponic, ventilation, filtration and automation equipment needs access to the environment outside. This is particularly needed for air circulation, electrical services and other purposes.
A well-designed grow tent comes with space for a range of equipment. The vents, access ports and other openings are strategically sized and is placed in a manner that suits almost every equipment that is made for being used inside a grow tent.
You would also need these openings to be carefully crafted so that it maintains the integrity of the environment inside after the equipment are installed. Large tents come with more vents and ports while the smaller ones have limited options.
Based on what are the basic requirements for your plantation, you should select the best grow tent.
If you do not need a large tent with several electrical cord ports or ducts, then it is better to opt for a smaller version. These specs are the basics that have to be finalized before moving ahead with a new system or thinking of upgrading your existing system.