After the natural growing season in the area where you live indoors, indoor planting tents can help you extend the life of your garden. Use planting tents to start planting faster, keep plants growing vigorously after the first frost, or enjoy fresh herbs in mid-winter.
Apollo horticulture 36 x36 x72 mylar hydroponic grow tent Indoor planting tents are flexible structures that you can set up at home to control the growth conditions. The tent is lined with Mylar to maximize light reflection and minimize hot spots. Because you put the tent indoors, it will naturally protect the plants from harmful insects such as aphids and hornworms. You don't have to risk using chemical pesticides, because chemical pesticides can be harmful to ingestion.
The tents have different sizes and different functions to make your plants easier to grow and garden. What features do you need? Keep reading to learn more. When you are ready to buy, check out our recommendations for the best indoor tent planting on the market.
If the plants you grow are sensitive to heat, please consider using LED grow lights. They release very little heat and are very energy efficient when starting up!
When buying a planting tent, size is the most important factor: the size of your space and the size of the plants you want to grow.
If you put an indoor tent in a small room, you can maximize the space by buying something narrow and tall. The tent is placed in the family room or other living space and must be suitable and will not cause inconvenience to people. If your tent is in the basement, space may not be an issue.
Unless you intend to use the tent only as a greenhouse for incubating seedlings, it is also important to consider the final size of the plants.
Small: The smallest tent is about 2 feet long and 4 feet wide. A four-foot-tall tent can easily accommodate ripe salad vegetables and herbs, but tomatoes and cages can easily exceed this height.
Large tents: Many of the largest planting tents on the market are over 6 feet high and 8 feet wide. Remember that under optimized growing conditions, your plants may grow larger and faster than outdoors, so plan accordingly.
Fabric: The main job of a planting tent is to reflect light onto the plants, so the backing should be of high quality to help maintain the light. Growing tents are usually made of canvas, Oxford cloth, or other thick dark fabrics. This contrast makes it easy to see if the light is escaping. However, ideally, you want to buy something that captures as much light as possible.
Indoor planting tents are usually sold with exterior fabrics of 200-1680 denier, which is a method of measuring fiber thickness. Generally speaking, the higher the number, the thicker the fabric and the more durable. Experts usually recommend that the growth tent should be made of at least 600 denier fabric. If you want to move or fold the tent frequently, find a higher-rated tent so that the fabric can withstand wear and tear without thinning or tearing. Avoid using tents made of PVC woven fabrics, as it is well known that this material will release gases harmful to plants at high temperatures.
Seams: In addition to zippers, seams are most likely to cause tent failure and light loss. The seams may tear due to accidental pressure, wear or tear, or poor manufacturing. In order to improve safety, it is best to find an indoor planting tent with double seams.
Indoor tents are just fabrics without high-quality frames. The tent frame must support the tent walls and lighting elements, fans, and filters. The frame may be made of many different metals, but the best is thick stainless steel, powder-coated steel, or other rust-resistant heavy-duty steel. Avoid using tents with PVC frames, because this material occasionally releases gas and can damage plants if exposed to high temperatures.
Other non-negotiable lists must include the electrical ports plugged into the device. Make sure you have enough slots for lights, hydroponic devices, fans, and other accessories. You also need vents for fans and other equipment to stabilize the internal environment of the tent.
Loose electrical ports or vents may cause light loss. Look for electrical ports with double flaps to avoid gaps between wires and plugs. The high-quality vent is closed in place by a drawstring so that the fabric is kept around the vent.
The characteristics of indoor growing tents.
Tray: Experts agree that the detachable floor tray is one of the most important functions for indoor tent planting. This tray can catch any water, dirt, leaves, or other debris falling into the tent, without the need to open the tent for a long time for awkward cleaning.