Get the right size tent
Getting the right size tent is very important, you want to get a tent that will fit into your space, is the tent too tall for your space? You can get tents in many sizes these days, 4X4 (in feet) is one of the most comment one for a beginning grower. They also come in other sizes like, 3X3, 5X5, 4X8 etc. You can even get ones that are set up to have a flowering room, mother room, and cloning chamber.
No Plastic Corners
One of the important things to look out for when buying a tent is that it doesn’t come with plastic corners. I got a couple of those in 2013-2014 and they are great if you like the plastic cracking, and your light, carbon filter crashing down on your plants in the middle of the night. Avoid 100%.
Issues with Cheap Tents
Most of the cheaper ones you can get on places like Amazon, are almost limitless in problems. They come with pin holes, rips from the first day. Then you start finding out that the zippers are cheap, they start sticking, locking, and ripping. When this starts to happen some of the zippers pulls will break off altogether. When this happens to me, I will use twist ties to make new pulls for them. However this is not ideal. Some of the bottoms claim to be water proof till you have some runoff. You may what to put down a good layer of plastic wrap to keep water from damaging your floor, depending on where you place your tent. Get some good ventilation as they get humid and cause mold in the tent.
Temperature is something you will also have to consider when setting up your tent. The tent will only be as hot or as cold as the room that it is contained in. If your outside room is too cold, your tent will be as well. The same thing goes for heat. You must keep the room at the correct temperature or your plants inside your tent will suffer.
Should I get a Tent with Windows?
Many tents will come with tape to fix up and repair pinholes in the tent, it’s important to fix these up before you start to flower your plants. Light even pinholes can cause a multitude of issues, such as hermaphrodites, that will grow male flowers on your female plants. This has the potential to ruin your hold crop, with seeds in your buds. Some tents come with “windows” to see your crop without having to open the door to the tent. I tend to avoid these, I find that no matter how good the Velcro is, there always seems to be light leaks. If you do end up with one I highly recommend that you cover it over from the inside with dark plastic or tinfoil (only use on the window as it can create hot spots in the tent).
List of most important things to consider before buying a Cannabis grow Tent
Here is my list for 2021 of the most important things to look out for when buying a tent to grow cannabis:
- Strong metal corners in your tent
- Thick, strong fabric for your tent walls, to prevent light leaks
- Good reflective material inside your tent
- Strong metal zippers, that will not break off with years of use
- Try to avoid windows in your tent if possible
- Will hold in the smell well with a carbon filter
- Setup – is it easy to setup, does it comes with instructions
- Controlling the temperature in the tent
All this being said I highly recommend getting a good tent, if you have to pay more it’s worth not having all the headaches, which come with the cheap ones. I can say that it is no fun trying to repack and send back a bad one on your dime.
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