Grow Tent Kits

Grow Tent Kits

A grow tent allows you to control all the factors necessary for healthy plants, such as lighting, humidity, and soil composition. The advantage of a grow tent kit via a grow shop in the UK is that you can enjoy a garden in any season with none of the disadvantages of being outdoors.  With an outdoor garden you are at the mercy of the weather, plant pests, and neighbours. Grow tent kits are ideal for starting plants early in the season, growing mushrooms and kitchen herbs, or if you need to create a narrow environmental niche for more exotic plants.

There is a big variety in the size of tents and the complexity of the equipment. A complete grow tent kit can range in price from about $700.00 up to $5,400.00. Here are the basics to set you up with a full grow tent kit. The tent needs to be equipped with an outlet for ventilation and a bar for suspending a light and a carbon filter.  You can get tent fabrics that are reflective and that will increase the light intensity of the interior.  Next you will need an air-cooled reflector to direct the light and a ballast to support the lamp. Ballasts are dimmable to control the lighting and available in 120V and 240V options. Digital ballasts are quieter.

Lamps come in a range of lumens and spectrums and the choice depends on the type of plant you are growing.  You will need a 1000 watt bulb for tents that are 5’ by 5’ and larger. Fluorescent, CMH and LED bulbs will all do the job, and others are available for specialized needs.  For example, a high pressure sodium bulb is in the red spectrum and is good for the flowering stage of plant growth. You will need some sort of timer that will turn the lamp off and on in order to control the duration of light exposure per day.  Ventilation is necessary for all plants and this can be accomplished with a fan attached to an air duct. Finally, you will need a carbon air filter to remove any mold that could harm the plants.  Happy gardening!

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