Choosing The Right Grow Tent For Your Hydroponics Setup
One of the reasons why grow tents are so popular with hydroponic farmers is that they’re easy to use. Setting up the tent and adding on the required hydroponic equipment is foolproof. It’s also a cost-effective means of setting up a hydroponic system, making it suitable for first-time growers.
A range of grow tent models is available on the market, and when deciding on buying one, there are a few factors to consider. Before you pick one, you need to know what features it should have, and which ones would best suit your needs.
Features Of A Grow Tent
A basic grow tent features the following:
- A rigid frame comprising of supporting poles and heavy-duty materials
- A sealable door
- Numerous apertures to aid ventilation and for electrical access
- High-quality, heavy-duty canvas material on the outside
- Reflective material covering the inner layer
- Mildew resistance
- Off-gas toxic-free materials
- 100% light proof, as light getting in during dark period can ruin crops
Why Fabric Matters
The quality of the fabric of a grow tent vitally important because higher quality can better withstand the pressures of wear and tear on the seams and around the zipper areas.
If you want a tank that will last you a long time, look for one that that has a quality outer fabric shell for superior durability. The inner layer of fabric in your tent should have excellent reflective capabilities that range from an entry level 50% to well over 90%. Effective light reflection increases light efficiency and coverage, and saves your energy costs in the long term.
Once you’ve finalised your fabric choices, you can choose between heavy-duty steel or light-weight metal tent frames. Thicker poles are a better choice over thinner ones as they offer more rigidity and stability.
The most important thing to consider is the size of your grow tent. Factor in the number of plants you intend on growing as well the lighting systems, fans and filters that will be needed and you’ll be ready to make your purchase.
The right grow tent contributes to a successful and happier hydroponic gardening experience. For more advice on how to choose a tent from a leading supplier in hydroponic systems and equipment, get in touch with us today or find your nearest Hyalite store.