When you want to have an indoor garden, it’s important to mimic the conditions that the plant would have outside.
Other than watering, light exposure, humidity and warmth, a grow tent can be very important because it will help you create those perfect conditions.
I’m sure the majority of you wonders how to set up a grow tent.
Believe it or not, a grow tent can be set up in a few simple steps, including lights, ventilation and other things that are necessary for your plants’ growth.
The most important thing is to purchase a tent that will work best for your plants.
We’ve made a list of the best grow tents, so be sure to check it out.
In this post, I’ll try my best to explain grow tent setup as quickly as possible.
How To Choose The Right Tent
You already know that every plant is different and that the conditions should be adjusted according to the plants you’d like to grow. It’s the same with a grow tent.
Its size depends on the number of plants you have in your indoor garden, as well as their size.
If you choose a grow tent that’s too small, the plants won’t have enough space to consume energy and grow to their maximum.
If, however, the tent you choose is too large, your bills will be high, and you’ll lose money for nothing. Be sure to check this useful guide on how to choose the right grow tent!
How To Set Up A Grow Tent
After purchasing the right grow tent, you need to install it. Your tent should have the instructions written on the box, booklet or website, but we all know that those instructions can be very confusing, and they don’t help a lot.
After installing a few of grow tents by myself, I could highlight a few simple steps to make the experience easier for you.
It’s obvious that every brand tries to make original, different tents, but the base of every tent should be the same when it comes to the installation. After reading this blog, I’m sure you’ll know how to set up grow tent of any brand, shape and size.
Your best friends during any setup and handiwork will be tools.
It’s almost impossible to do something like this without them. The tools that you’ll need are most likely scissors, box cutters, screwdrivers, duct tape and similar supplies the majority of us already own.
Make sure you read the instructions first just in case your tent requires a special tool, so you know you have everything you need before starting.
2. Tent assembly
Once you’ve found everything you need to set up a grow tent, it’s time to connect the pieces of the frame.
This step is very important because the construction needs to be sturdy and stable. The instruction booklet probably has an illustrated explanation so follow these in order to assemble the frame well.
You can also find a lot of videos online on how to set up a grow tent, where they thoroughly explain how to connect the frame well, so you don’t have to worry it could fall apart and ruin your plants.
Install the construction in the place you want your indoor garden to be – make sure it fits perfectly and that the floor is covered with a waterproof fabric since there’ll be a lot of water.
Now it’s time to add the fabric of the tent that can be made of different materials, depending on the brand you’ve chosen. It should fit the frame, everything should be perfectly secured, and the zippers need to work well.
This is the base of every grow tent, and it shouldn’t take you more than ten minutes to finish it, according to the size of the tent and the number of pieces the frame has.
Once you’re done with this, you should add the other important elements that improve the growth of the plants in your indoor garden, such as lighting, ventilation system, timers etc.
3. Grow lights
As mentioned in one of my previous posts, grow lights are of great help when it comes to an indoor garden because they replace the sunlight and help your plants produce energy and grow better. That’s why they’re a must in every grow tent.
Firstly, you should secure the holders on the frame of the tent, adjust the height according to the plants and try to direct the light to the plants.
Make sure everything is safe and sturdy – you don’t want the lights to fall and ruin your plants. Then check if the cables are organized and safe.
Now you can insert the cord to the nearest outlet.
Adjust the light intensity so isn’t too strong if your plants prefer darker places, or too weak if the plants you’re growing prefer higher light exposure. You can choose the type of grow lights you like the most, whether you prefer LED or HID lights.
Since there’s going to be a lot of evaporation and humidity, a fan and a carbon filter need to be set up inside your grow tent. Both of them should be as close to the top of the tent as possible. Hang the filter with the provided gear.
Then add the fan in the way that the intake is turned towards the filter, and the exhaust is in the direction of the ventilation opening. Between the filter and the fan you should insert the ducting, as well as between the fan and the ventilation opening.
The ventilation will control the level of carbon dioxide as well as the humidity, and it will allow your plants to breathe. It will also be easier for you to monitor the plants in a tent in which you won’t suffocate because of the evaporation.
5. Monitoring equipment and timers
It’s important to control the temperature and the humidity level inside the tent regularly for better results. Make sure you install all of the equipment on the same level as your plants so they can measure the exact conditions and be easy to read.
You should be able to keep an eye on the heat mats under the plants and make sure they don’t overheat because that can “cook” the seeds and the roots of your plants, causing their death.
A timer can come in handy when it comes to the grow lights that have to be switched on and off at the precise time every day since your plants will need some dark time to consume all of the energy they had previously created.
6. The final steps
The most important step is to check that everything is installed well and that the cords aren’t on the ground since they could get wet and be dangerous for you. If everything is okay, you can turn it on and see if something needs to be changed.
Now it’s time to place your plants inside the tent and organize them however you want, keeping in mind that the tent shouldn’t be overfilled with plants, because they need enough space to grow.
In the beginning, you should monitor everything (temperature, humidity, evaporation) more often just in case you have to adjust it to the plants and create the perfect conditions for their growth.
When you want to change the crop, make sure to clean everything very well. You should scrub the floor of the tent, as well as all of the planters and things that you’re going to use for the next crop because the residue could damage the next seeds and plants. You can easily use the bleach for cleaning because every surface should be 100% residue-free.
1. Do I really need the carbon filter?
The installation of the carbon filter isn’t obligatory, your plants will grow well even without it. However, the carbon filter can be of help if you don’t want any bad smells to come out of the tent and spread across your home.
If your indoor garden is in another place and you don’t mind the smell it could create, you don’t need to invest in the carbon filter. You can use that money to improve other, more important components of the grow tent.
2. Can my grow tent have more than one ventilation opening?
Absolutely! It all depends on the amount of humidity and CO2 your plants produce. If you own a bigger tent and you have a lot of plants inside, it’s actually better to have more than one opening for the ventilation.
However, if the tent is small, it’s better to have only one ventilation flap in order to maintain the optimal temperature for the plants to grow and germinate better.
If you have a favorite grow tent, feel free to share its features with us! Which shape of the grow tent is your favorite? Did you find this post helpful and do you understand how to set up a grow tent in your home?