With more states in the US allowing recreational cannabis, you may have decided to start growing your own plants legally. It’s a great choice because not only will you save thousands on retail prices, but you’ll also get to enjoy the process of growing your own plants, which is incredibly fulfilling.
To do so, you are looking for a step-by-step guide for setting up a grow tent kit. You know that if you don’t set it up correctly, your plants will quickly die. Luckily, grow tent kits can be very beneficial if you install them right. From higher productivity to energy efficiency and pest control, these kits are game-changers.
Some of the best grow tent kits for beginners can be found here at this website. Once you have purchased your grow tent kit, it’s time for the setup!
Here are the critical steps to setting up a grow tent
Step 1: Clean your grow room
Before setting up anything, you should first sanitize and tidy up the room you’ll be growing your plants in. If you skip this, you leave your plants vulnerable to pests and mold, which can destroy your crop, especially if you’re new and don’t know how to rid the tent once they appear.
Take all the time you need to clean and disinfect the windows, walls, roof, and floor. Allow the space to dry before you proceed to set up the grow tent kit.
2. Bring in the grow tent kit
The main task here is assembling the grow tent skeleton. A typical grow tent is built with solid and aluminum bars. It’s a good thing that the bars are embossed with numbers; you will know where each one goes. Now that you have assembled the grow tent support structures, unzip its fabric part and find the base. Dress it over the sturdy aluminum structures you have set up.
Slip it down slowly without pulling excessively hard. You may need patience here. When you are done, every zip on the tent should close with ease.
3. Set up the extractor and intake fans
After setting up the grow tent, the next mission is to set up your fans for proper air circulation. In the first place, you need to introduce the correct cables to your extractor and intake fans, as they usually come with no cables connected.
After you do that, go on to append the extractor to the frame so that you can fix it inside the grow tent without a struggle. Once you have put it on the frame, attach the frame to the roof bars in your grow tent using the ropes or clamps that came with it. As for the intake, you’ll need to attach it to a large aluminum duct so it can efficiently bring fresh, clean air into the tent.
4. Set up the carbon filter
It’s not necessary to set this up before your plants start to bloom, but we recommend you do just so you don’t have to deal with it later when your plants are full grown.
Carbon filters are effortless to set up. You can hack this by attaching 3-4 feet of ducting to the filter’s opening using duct tape and clamps.
Attach it to the bars at the highest point of the grow tent, much like the extractor fan, and join the opposite end of it to the extractor, using duct tape and clamps.
5. Add ducting hose
You’ll likewise have to set up a duct hose from your extractor fan to a window so extracted air can flow to the outside and away from the tent.
It’s important that you’re careful during this step, because you don’t want any cracks or tears in the ducting, which can create more electricity usage, making it more expensive throughout the grow.
6. Add grow lights
Adding grow lights top to the grow tent doesn’t have to be complicated. An 8’x8’ grow tent will typically need four grow lights. Use metal wires, hooks, and ratchets to hang the lights securely from a rod up in the grow tent.
You should connect the grow lights in a way that allows you to easily move them up or down as the growing cycle continues. Depending on the strain you have chosen, your lights will need to be positioned in a way that isn’t too close. Some strains only grow 3-4 feet while some others can grow as tall as 6 feet.
Keep this in mind when setting up your grow tent kit. We recommend growing indica strains, which tend to be shorter and bushier than sativa strains. This will allow you to ensure your plants don’t become too tall for your tent.
7. Fans and timers
Introduce a fan to the grow tent. Consider using a clip-on fan to ease the installation process, and simply attach it to the tent bars at the right height for your plants.
If not, you can use clips or ropes to string it up or get a standing fan if you have space in your tent. You will also need to add a timer for the lights to optimize photosynthetic efficiency while minimizing energy usage.
8. Test with a hygrometer
Now that you’ve connected everything, test it to ensure that it’s all working. When testing the room’s humidity and temperature, simply place a hygrometer in it and turn it on. You can learn more about what a hygrometer is by checking out this website.
The best relative settings for vegetative growth are 70-85 F, ~40-60% relative humidity, and 65-80 F, ~40-50% relative humidity for flowering plants.
Setting up a grow tent kit is not complicated. It only takes a little patience and painstaking attention to detail. Once it’s set up you can move on to the most fulfilling part of the process, planting and growing your new plants!
Always remember to keep your tent sterile and perform weekly or biweekly maintenance to give yourself the best chance of a successful crop. After your first successful crop, you’ll understand just how important maintaining a clean tent will be.
Now that you know exactly how to set up your tent and components, make sure you begin learning about nutrients, growing mediums and other aspects of the growing cycle.