Do I Need a Grow Tent?

Mar 14, 14 Do I Need a Grow Tent?

Growing indoors offers you incomparable control of the growing environment: you can manage the temperature, amount of light, and even the color of light. That being said, grow tents offer you even more control. But why would you need a grow tent, and what advantages do they offer?

Grow Tents?

“What are these grow tents you speak of?” Well, grow tents are exactly what they sound like: tents that are specially designed for growing indoors. Grow tents are perfect for rooms where the temperature can fluctuate, or in spaces not really designed for indoor growing, like a garage or a closet.

Gorilla-Grow-Tents-GGT33Grow tents give you the ideal environment for growing: flood-proof floors and heavy-duty doors with zippers covered by thick Velcro panels designed to create an air-tight seal, keeping the odors and pests in and the air out. While many grow tents feature walls with a silver coating that reflects the light produced by your grow light fixtures, therefore preventing hot spots, some grow tents utilize adjustable ports for intake and exhaust ducting, keeping the air inside your grow tent fresh and circulated.

Hydrohut  IG3028Many grow tents, like the ones offered from Gorilla Grow Tents, feature a height extension kit, which is great for two reasons: one, it gives your plants more room to grow, and two, since heat rises, the heat generated from your grow lights will rise to the top of the tent instead of hovering right above your plants, which isn’t the best thing for them.

Grow tents come in all sorts of sizes, giving you the ability to choose the one that’s right for you. Whether you’re growing just a handful of petunias or a complete vegetable garden, the bottom line is that there’s a grow tent that meets your needs.

The Advantages of Grow Tents

As mentioned above, apart from total control, grow tents offer more advantages than just growing plants in a spare closet.

  • A major upside to using grow tents is pest control. While some of those pesky critters may find their way inside your science experiment, it won’t be anything compared to growing outdoors or in an open environment.
  • We here at 1000Bulbs.com are all for energy efficiency and lowering your electricity costs. That being said, grow tents are very efficient. Many grow tents feature a reflective inside coating that reflects light. The great thing about this coating is that light is reflected off the walls instead of being dispersed,  so your plants are exposed to a greater concentration of light than they would be, say, in your closet next to a pair of sweaty shoes.
  • There are some flowers that feel the need to release strong odors and allergens, offending the senses of those throughout the house who may be sensitive to such things. The best way around that is with a grow tent. Grow tents are completely sealed, which translates into odor control for you.

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Jordan Loa

Jordan is a copywriter at 1000Bulbs.com. Check back often for new entries in his "Light Post" series of happenings in the world of lighting.

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