Step 1. Choose your grow tent size
You may be wondering, if I grow indoors, do I even need a tent? We always recommend using a tent. There are a few reasons using a grow tent is advantageous. Using a grow tent will contain both the mess and smell of your plants. Tents also offer discretion. Additionally, using a grow tent, you can easily control the environment in your grow room. Using a ventilation system and timers, you can fine-tune the environmental conditions to perfect your growing conditions. The most common height is 7 feet tall. If you think you’ll need more headspace because you plan on growing taller plants, you’ll be presented with Gorilla Grow Tent, as they offer an extension option. On the flip side, if 7’ is too much, we also have a 5’ option – the Gorilla Grow Tent Shorty. This is a great tent for growing in closets, or for growers who want to grow smaller plants.
Additionally, we have multiple grades of tents ranging from 600-2000D Fabric. We recommend Gorilla Grow Tents for flexibility, AC Infinity Cloudlab Tents for durability, and OneDeal and Mars Hydro Grow Tents for economically friendly options.
Step 2. Choose your grow light
Your grow light is the most important part of your grow. Ensuring adequate wattage and coverage is necessary to provide for a full harvest. After you have chosen a grow tent, you will need to choose your lighting option. Depending on the tent size you will be presented with four options: LED, CMH, HPS, or fluorescent lighting. LED lighting will be the best option for tent cultivation. They will save you money on electricity costs because of how efficient they work, and they are also lower heat which makes maintaining grow room conditions significantly easier.
Alternatively, HPS is an incredibly powerful and budget-friendly. They are not nearly as efficient, and they produce a significant amount of heat. They also have a limited spectrum, unlike LED and CMH.
When it comes to fluorescent lights, they are not used for full-cycle growing. Fluorescent lighting or “CFL” are great for starting plants and vegetative periods because they are not very intense. While they are efficient, they won’t produce big, dense flowers.
Whether you want the best LED grow light possible, or simply a dependable LED light, we have plenty of options for you.
Step 3. Add a ventilation system to control grow room environment
After your grow light, the next most important component of your grow room is your ventilation system. At its simplest, this can consist of a carbon filter, ducting, and an inline fan. These will help you manage heat and humidity in the grow tent, while simultaneously controlling odors. If you want to take things a step further, you can add an intake system. This will help bring in fresh air and more importantly, CO2, when you expel old air.
You also need at least one clip-on fan to help circulate air. Depending on the size of your tent, you may want a couple of these. Keeping the air circulating in your tent will strengthen stems, keep temps and odors lower, and help discourage pest and disease development.
Step 4. Choose your growing method – soil vs hydroponics
Then, you will get to choose your growing method. Choose between traditional soil and pots or a hydroponic system. If this is your first grow or you have a smaller tent, it probably makes more sense to stick with soil and pots for now. Growing hydroponically is more time-consuming, and has a sharper learning curve than traditional soil/pots. We recommend beginners start in pots and upgrade to a hydroponic system later on after gaining some experience.
Hydroponics is appealing for a number of reasons, with the main one being decreased time to harvest, less water used, cleaner growing conditions, and more. This style of growing can be really fun, but it is challenging. There is a steep learning curve and lots of moving pieces, so if you aren’t willing to dedicate plenty of time and energy to your grow, stick with the lower maintenance option – soil.
Step 5. Add any accessories and upgrades you may need
Once you have your tent, light, ventilation system, and growing method, you are essentially done! While this is really all you need to grow (besides nutrients), you will inevitably need some accessories along the way. These include scissors for pruning, trellis for training, propagation supplies for starting seeds/clones, and CO2 for boosting growth and yields.