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Grow Tents & Tarps
Grow Tents & Tarps for Indoor & Outdoor Gardening
Grow tents help gardeners create optimal growing environments indoors. They are usually made out of flexible materials and include fans, lights, and sometimes carbon filters. The reflective material on the inside helps prevent hot spots. If you want to garden year-round and have an unused indoor space, consider growing edibles under a grow tent. From leafy greens and fig trees to cauliflower or tomatoes, there are plenty of options for what you can plant in your grow tent.
What's more, your plants' seedlings benefit dramatically from the enclosed environment because it allows you, the grower, complete control over climate and lighting.
What is a Basic Grow Tent?
A basic grow tent is comprised of a lightweight, six-sided fabric exterior installed over a rigid frame and includes a main opening and various apertures suitable for electrical access, ventilation and other functions. There are hundreds of grow tent varieties on the market offering a range of sizes and features for different applications and budgets. Gorilla Grow Tents are seen as the most popular, but there are dozens of other brands who offer additional variety too.
Grow Tent Zippers and Seams
Two common complaints about grow tents are broken zippers and tears around zippers and seams. The door to a typical grow tent is sealed with a long, often multi-part zipper that maneuvers around curves and may be under tension from stretched fabric.
Most grow tents employ large-gauge, heavy-duty plastic zippers, but constant use still makes the zipper area a prime candidate for mishaps. Torn stitching and broken zipper teeth can happen in even high-quality tents, but may be avoided with proper care.
Keep zippers clean by brushing or wiping them regularly to remove dirt and grit that can become lodged in and around the teeth. If a tight zipper sticks, applying a thin coating of paraffin, talc or spray lubricant to the teeth may solve the problem without damaging the zipper.
Grow Tent Ports and Vents
One of the goals of growing plants in an enclosed environment is regulatory control, so successfully managing access to the outside world is important.
This can be challenging since hydroponic, automation, ventilation and filtration equipment often need access to the environment outside the tent for electrical service, air circulation and other purposes.
A grow tent is usually designed to accommodate a variety of equipment from any number of manufacturers. Its onboard access ports, vents and other openings need to be strategically sized and located to suit as much equipment and as many set-up options as possible.
Those openings also need to be carefully crafted to help maintain the integrity of the environment inside the tent once the equipment is installed.
Grow Tent Frames
The structure of a grow tent is made of a framework of supporting poles installed under the fabric shell. They provide stability and somewhat reinforce the shape of the exterior.
The frame does more than create a rigid, sturdy skeleton to hold up the fabric though. It also carries the weight of the mounted fixtures and other equipment inside the tent.
Tent frames can be made of a number of materials. Heavy-duty steel construction is strong and rigid but is also more expensive, heavier and may be more cumbersome to set up and break down than lighter-weight metal and synthetic materials that can still support heavy loads.
Grow Tent Fabric
Even though choosing the right size tent may be your first concern when considering a grow tent purchase, size isn’t the only important factor. The fabric used to construct the tent is often a basic determiner of overall quality.
Here’s how it works: A heavy-duty canvas outer fabric, often nylon or polyester, is bonded to a reflective inner layer, often made of biaxially-oriented polyethylene terephthalate. The outer fabric is strong and durable, while the inner fabric increases light efficiency by providing excellent reflectivity.
The thickness of a tent’s outer fabric shell is expressed using linear mass density, or denier, as a measurement.
That’s the D referenced next to the number, like 600D, in a tent’s fabric description. Denier refers to thread or yarn thickness, with one denier representing the base standard, the approximate thickness of a single strand of silk.
The higher the number, the stronger and denser the fabric will be. Grow tents are produced with exterior fabrics that can range anywhere from 200D to 1680D.
Can you put a grow tent outside?
If you don't have the ability to grow indoors, but perhaps you can grow in a wooded area on your property or just somewhere in your backyard. Below are some quick tips if you're going to grow plants, cannabis or veggies:
- Use a durable, high quality tent, or if you use a cheaper tent with lower quality canvas, then be sure to reinforce it with duct tape or similar
- Ensure your tent is secured down with stakes or some sort of foundation to the ground or something stable. The last thing you want is a rogue strong wind pushing over your tent.
- Keep your tent free of holes and shut as much as possible, as being outdoors, you're likely to get some unfriendly bugs
- Be proactive about bugs and try releasing ladybugs and grasshoppers in the tent right after setup
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