What novice grower doesn’t love the idea of a grow tent kit? Home growing can be an intimidating hobby for first-timers. Temperature control, light intensity and footprint, ventilation . . . there are so many calculations to make. So many factors to weigh and balance.
A grow tent kit takes the guesswork out of assembling your grow equipment. Complete kits include items that are compatible and optimized for successful indoor growing.
With a grow tent kit, you’re able to learn the complex techniques behind cultivation gradually. Your odds of success on the first grow increase, and your risk of wasting money on the wrong products decreases.
Despite these benefits, purchasing and assembling a kit isn’t a total breeze. As with any new project, there is a learning curve.
Not to worry. We’ve got you all set with our ultimate grow tent kit guide. We’re about to explain what to expect from a kit, how to select the right one, and how to put it all together.
What Should Be Included in a Grow Tent Kit?
A grow tent is different from a grow tent kit. When you buy a grow tent, you only get the tent itself. A grow tent kit, on the other hand, includes the tent and all the components you need to grow in that specific tent.
The actual contents of a kit may vary, but most include grow equipment such as:
- Air Filters
- Plant containers
You can also purchase a grow tent kit that includes grow lights. As lighting is a particularly intimidating area for many new growers, a kit that comes with a light can really feel like a load off your mind.
However, a grow light can make or break your chances at a successful first crop. So don’t just accept whatever light comes with the kit. Take the time to research different types of grow lights as well as individual manufacturers. Don’t buy an HID or LED grow tent kit that includes a sub-par grow light.
Also bear in mind that some retailers create a customized grow tent kit for you. All you have to do is let them know your priorities and preferred brands, and they’ll put together a kit that works.
Choosing the Right Grow Tent Kit
So, what should you look for in a grow tent kit?
The answer depends on a number of considerations. Before you shop for a grow tent package, ask yourself these important questions.
How much space do I need for a grow tent?
Tent size varies widely. You can find an enclosure as small as 2’ x 2’ and as large as 10’ x 20’. Don’t forget to factor in height as well.
And remember that your ideal tent height is determined by more than just the available multilevel space in the room and your own height. Find out the ideal hanging height of your chosen grow lights as well as the height of your plants in your preferred containers.
How will I grow my plants?
Do you plant to cultivate in soil? Cocoa? Will you need a hydroponic system? Aeroponic? The method you select influences the grow equipment you require in a grow tent kit.
What Type of Grow Lights Should I Use?
The most common grow light options for tent growing include:
- HID (HPS and MH)
Take some time to research each option before you start looking for a grow tent kit. Your lighting selection influences your grow space in several different ways.
You need to get a tent that is the proper height for your lights. You may need additional components to power your lights if you choose HID or CMH bulbs. Your ventilation and cooling needs are different depending on whether you go with LEDs or HID/CMH lights. (LED grow lights emit far less heat.)
As you consider your options, you can learn about using LED lights for home grows on our blog.
What is My Budget?
Grow tent kits can cost upwards of $4,000, so it’s a good idea to set your price limits upfront.
Remember to take operational costs into account. This is yet another area where your lighting choice deserves some extra thought.
High quality LED grow lights come with a higher price tag at the time of purchase. However, their operational costs are much lower. LEDs last up to twenty times longer than HID bulbs and consume half the energy. They also cut down on your cooling costs, as they don’t radiate nearly as much heat as CMH and HID lights.
Who Can Help Me Choose the Right Grow Tent Kit?
As a grow light manufacturer, we feel very strongly about providing customer guidance, especially when it comes to something as complicated as home grows.
We’ve seen so many new growers buy the wrong lights based on bad advice. Or they were in a hurry to find something cheap and easy, then wound up with a grow light that broke after one grow cycle.
The same thing can happen if you pick any random indoor grow tent from a retailer you don’t know. Instead, work with a company who listens to your goals and needs. Ask for their insight, and let the professionals guide you toward some worthwhile options.
How to Assemble a Grow Tent
You carefully selected your grow tent kit. The package has arrived and you’re ready to get started.
As always, the best procedure for assembling your grow tent kit depends on the specific kit you purchased. Your kit should come with instructions for safe assembly.
That said, the process of setting up a new grow tent typically looks something like this:
- Gather your tools. Review all instructions before you do anything else so you know what to expect and can have all supplies at the ready.
- Set up your grow tent. Double-check your measurements to make sure your grow tent fits in the space. If you want to protect your floor from possible spills, put down a mat. Construct the frame first, then secure the cloth covering over the frame.
- Install your grow light fixtures. Follow the light manufacturer’s instructions for attaching the mounting hardware to the frame. Pay close attention to the appropriate hanging heights and consider installing a pulley so you can adjust lamp height as needed. Bundle the wiring and direct cords through the power cord hole.
- Install ventilation. Your best bet is to hang the carbon filter and fan at the top of the frame. Position these components with the exhaust fan intake pointing towards the filter. Exhaust should be directed out through the tent’s ventilation opening. Then, install ducting. You want a duct connecting the filter and the fan. You should also have a duct running from the exhaust through the ventilation opening.
- Set up temperature gauge and timers. Mount all grow equipment designed for monitoring temperature, humidity, and other environmental factors at plant level. Set your timers for photoperiod. If you use variable spectrum LEDs, now is also the time to set up your system controller and program the light spectrum.
- Test the entire system. Plug in and turn on all your equipment. Make sure everything operates as it should. Double check your cords and electrical connections for any safety hazards. Keep all cords up off the floor in case of water spills.
- Bring in your plants and start growing indoors!
Even with a grow tent kit, getting started in home cultivation requires a lot of time and research. We promise you, the satisfaction of that first grow is worth it.
If there’s anything we can do to clarify your lighting options, please reach out. And if you’re interested in growing with LED lights, we recommend checking out our well-reviewed SolarXtreme series.