About Grow Tents
Grow tents are a one of the fundamental pieces of equipment for a successful indoor hydroponics grow because they form the housing and basis to create an ideal grow environment.
A Beginners Guide to Grow Tents
In the UK, most hydroponics growers will be growing inside, typically, in a grow tent. They offer the following advantages:
- Grow tents provide a convenient framework for the rest of the grow equipment, with hanging rails for the light(s) as well as extraction fans & filters
- They help to prevent odours escaping
- They create a contained microclimate, allowing the extraction system and heaters to work more effectively
- They reflect valuable light back into the garden rather than letting it get wasted
- Available in a wide choice of sizes to suit you. We stock a small grow tent for propagation, right the way up to mammoth sizes
- Also available with a pitched roof for using in a loft or attic
- High convenience and practicality - the whole grow is contained in exactly the right size space
- Provide vents and access holes for the ducting and electricity feeds
Ensure that during the dark period your plants are in complete darkness - no light leaks
- A white interior is even more reflective than silver
- Many of the Budbox Pro grow tents are available in either 2m height or 2.2m height
Grow tents are a fast and easy way to get up and running, allowing you to transform a spare bedroom, loft or living space into a thriving grow room.
Indoor grow tents also give you a lot of utility in your grow space, giving you poles to hang lights off, reflective sides for increased light reflectivity (leading to higher yields), and contain your plants all within a concealed environement, meaning you can grow plants in your own house and keep your neighbours at bay from seeing your prized winning tomatoes...
Reasons for choosing a quality brand of grow tent
With the grow tent being so important, it makes a lot of sense to invest in a quality one. Some cheap ones have poor quality zips and stitching. The frames and corner pieces are sometimes not very sturdy, and the bars sometimes cannot support much weight before bowing. As any grower who has had to replace a grow tent will tell you, having to dismantle a whole garden and then rebuild it is time-consuming and a really big inconvenience. Sometimes it can end up ruining an entire grow cycle too because of the disruption.
It really is well worth investing in a quality, branded grow tent to begin with that will last for a good while. Budbox are the UKs premium brand and with one of their Pro grow tents you get gorilla strength and you can be confident that it will be durable and long-lasting!
Common Grow Tent Sizes
1.2m x 1.2m - When you're looking to get growing, most growers go with this space. They allow you to fit 4-8 plants in and provide you with adequate room for an array of lights.
1.2m x 2.4m - If you're looking to increase the amount of plants you're growing, this gives you plenty of room whilst making it easily manageable! We'd suggest using two 600w lights in this grow space for maxium results.
0.75m x 0.75m - Most growers want to speed up their cycle by propagating their next batch of cuttings, this tent size is perfect for the job.
What makes a good grow tent?
Choosing a grow tent is one of the most vital aspects of setting up; a poor tent can lead to you having to either replace the tent after a grow or two OR you risk it breaking.
Budbox tents are very easy to assemble. They boast strong click-lock poles and tough corner pieces. This is very important because all the weight of the extraction system and grow light is supported through the frame to the corner pieces.
Poles - Choose a tent which has strong, steel poles, especially if you're growing with LEDs.
Canvas & Stitching - A cheap canvas will rip, causing light leaks and a loss of reflectivity in your grow room. Our BudBox tents only use the highest quality canvas. The canvas on BudBox Pro Grow Tents is thick and feature strong zips and stitching and are 100% light proof when zipped up. A thick canvas means that less sound gets through it. Being quieter is a very important aspect to some growers.
Zips - Strong zips are key to a fantastic grow tent, often, cheaper tents skimp out on these, leaving you with an often broken zipper. BudBox tents only use military grade zips for maximum reliability.
The reflective interior means that none of the precious light is wasted. The Pro range comes with a choice of either silver (mylar) or the slightly more reflective white interior. Budbox's white interior versions actually run a little cooler than the mylar version.
Getting access to your plants is very important. This means having adequate access panels. Make sure when choosing a grow tent it has an adequate quantity of ducting socks and electrical feed ports
Their Pro range also have an interesting innovative feature in that they include a green tinted viewing window for checking on your plants while they are in the dark period without disturbing it. A velcro attached cover keeps light out when it is not in use during the dark period to check up on your plants. "Uplift" sections on the bottom rails are shaped to allow feed/drainage pipes for a hydroponics system to neatly exit the tent to a reservoir located outside of it. The fabric is thick, durable and does not let light through the zips or stitching, advertising your indoor garden like a lighthouse when the grow light is on.
Another good point is that most of the Pro range are available in 2 heights - 2 metres tall or 2.2 metres tall. This gives extra headroom if you grow tall plants. If you intend to go for the taller option make sure that your ceiling is high enough to still allow you to erect it. Please note - the small propagation tent and the loft grow tents do not come in 2 heights.
How do I spec my setup?
You've got two options -
1) Let us do it for you! We offer a huge range of full Grow Tent kits which are created by our experts to get you up and running. From Essential 600W kits to Intermediate Kits, we've got them all.
See our full range of Grow Tent Kits here.
2) You can pick your lighting system and extraction yourself!
0.75m x 0.75m - Go for a 250w-300w light.
1m x 1m - A 400W light is perfect for the job.
1.2m x 1.2m - This is the standard size and most common, go for a 600W light.
1.5m x 1.5m - If you're growing in a big space, pick up a 1000w to fuel your crop.
Which is the best grow tent for you?
BudBox Lite - BudBox Lites are perfect for those who're looking to get up and running on a budget. BudBox Lites give you a fantastic build quality but for a great price, giving you excellent value for money. In our opinion, they're the best budget grow tent in the UK and can't be beaten.
BudBox Lites are also great for those who're looking for veg tents and drying tents.
BudBox Pro - BudBox Pro's are the best grow tent in the industry; they're built to last and give you high reflectively for increased yields. If you're serious about growing and want the best results, go for a BudBox Pro.
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Not sure which is the right grow tent for you? Check out our blog on Setting Up Your First Grow Tent Kit: A Beginner’s Guide.