As we all know, the weather in the UK is unpredictable and the winters are anything but mild! The lack of sunshine and erratic weather means growing plants outside all year round isn’t a viable option in cooler northern climates like Britain’s.

This is when grow tents are an invaluable tool, enabling growers to extend growing seasons without the need or space to install elaborate greenhouses.

If you are unsure about how to use a grow tent properly then read on as National Hydroponics explores how to set up and use a grow tent.

grow tentThe size of grow tent

There are some minor variations between tent sizes but all of them are portable and include a durable reflective fabric cover. You will, however, need to choose the right size of tent based on how many plants you plan to grow and their height.

Appropriate lighting

Different plants require different lighting and if inadequate lighting is chosen the plants will not thrive and blossom. There are essentially four basic types of lamps – plasma, high-intensity discharge, fluorescent and light emitting diode (LED). When determining which light is right, you should consider the wattage for the grow tent and other variables such as ease of maintenance and the colour spectrum.

Ventilation

An extraction fan with a carbon filter needs to be set up with a grow tent as this will help avoid you running into issues, such as mould being created by excess heat and humidity. The carbon filter will filter the air as it passes through, which is vital for neutralising odours.

It is also important the grow tent has at least two ventilation flaps. The tent fabric should be 100% light proof when the tent is closed and durable. A thermometer should be placed inside the tent to ensure it is the right temperature. The optimal range inside a grow tent is 68 – 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are looking to purchase a high-quality grow tent, National Hydroponics stocks such products, including the Bloom Room and the Roof Qube. We also have grow tent accessories in stock, designed to make indoors growing even more successful.

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