In colder climates, the use of grow tents is very popular among budding gardeners. For many people living in the northern hemisphere, the summers aren’t hot enough, and the winters are far too cold. Grow tents allow you to control the temperature and environment that your plants are growing in. Being able to do this is incredibly useful, but choosing the right one for your needs can be difficult. This article aims to give you some key pointers on how to choose the right to grow tent for your needs.
What Are You Growing?
The first thing you have to think about is what it is that you are growing. Different plants require different environments, so it’s important to take stock of what you have in the garden. This is where you’ll have to do some proper research into the ideal conditions for your suffering crops. For specific requirements, you might want to refer to this grow tent guide for more information. Unfortunately, you won’t get very good results if you hedge your bets and stick all of your plants under one type of grow tent, and hope for the best. It shouldn’t take too long to find out what your plants need, and more than likely, you will be able to put some of your plants together. If you put the time in now, you’ll get great rewards for the next harvest!
Inside Temperature, Outside Temperature
Now that you’ve figured out what temperature and type of environment your plants, you now have to do a bit of maths. Most basic grow tents work by trapping and storing heat inside themselves, essentially increasing the ambient temperature and keeping it level. Depending on the material, the grow tent will increase the temperature by a lot or only a little. This is where the maths comes in. If you are keeping your grow tent in a relatively warm place, say 15-20℃, then some grow tents might keep the internal temperature around 21℃, and some might be able to get it up to 30℃. If you are going to be using grow tents outside to protect plants against the worst of the winter, this is a little harder to work out as the temperature will probably fluctuate. Given that you are just trying to protect them from dying work out what the minimum temperature they can survive at is and make sure that your grow tent will keep them above this, no matter what the outside temperature is. This concept can be a little tricky to get your head around, but you must understand what temperature the grow tent will keep your plants, given the ambient temperature.
Size Does Matter
When it comes to growing tents, size does matter. If you are using your grow tent to expedite the growth of any plant, then you must assess how much this plant may grow under these conditions. It would not be much use if you buy a small grow tent and then your plant quickly becomes too big for it. Equally, buying a huge tent for some small crops would be inefficient, and the plants wouldn’t get the full benefit. Like most things, there is a goldilocks option; youmight just have to figure a few things out. Have a look at the average growth rates of your plants under the conditions they would be in. You could also find out if your plants tend to shoot upwards or tend to go outwards. Working out what size you need is one of the most important parts of finding the right grow tent for your needs.
Someone Hit The Lights
Some more high-end grow tents come with light panels inside. These are optimized for growing plants that need constant heat and thrive under ultraviolet light. Grow tents of this variety will be pricy and also use a lot of energy. Consider carefully if you really need the light panels as you might be able to get away without them.
Grow, Grow, Grow!
Grow tents are incredibly useful, both for speeding up growth and protecting against cold weather. Buying the right one for your needs cans be a little confusing as there are so many options for so many different plants. Taking into consideration; what it is you want to grow, the ideal inside temperature, the outside ambient temperature, the size, and whether or not you need lights should help in finding the right grow tent for your needs. I hope this article has helped make sense of what you need to take into account when buying a grow tent.