5 Tips for Growing Vegetables in Grow Tents
Last week we shared a beginners guide to choosing an indoor grow tent. Today we will look at important tips for improving vegetable growth in indoor grow tents.
If your a urban farmer or a indoor growing enthusiast like us, you want year round growing options. Growing vegetables or plants indoors has its own fair share of challenges but we can thank innovation and technology for giving us a plethora of options.
Enter the world of indoor grow tents, which are now in abundance in the market. Several brands exist and each one has merits of its own. If you are just beginning, then you probably have read up a bunch of articles and blogs and determined that there are several factors you need to bear in mind.
While we find it easiest to go with all-in-one grow tent kits, because it’s comprehensive and gives you everything in one shot. You dont need to worrry about putting the various pieces together and that saves you a lot of time and effort. It’s literally a plug and play indoor grow tent.
Having said that, here are 5 important things to keep in mind when growing vegetables or plants in an indoor grow tent.
Choosing Space for your grow tent
This is an important first step. You need to identify an area or space that is flat and has enough room to place your grow tent. You will also need a power source close by and make sure that the tent does not come in the way of daily household movements. It should be left alone as far as possible and allow you easy access to check on the plants on a regular basis as well as for when you need to monitor water levels and other readings. Also give yourself ample room to be able to harvest and move plants when needed.
Choosing lighting options for your grow tent
If you are going with an all-in-one grow tent kit then this something you don’t need to worry about because your grow tent will already come with lighting in-built. However, if you are DIY and piecing your grow tent and its components together, then picking the right light makes all the difference. After all you are replicating mother nature’s sunlight.
Majority of vegetables and other plants ideally need about 14-16 hours of sunlight or artificial light (in the case of indoor growing). Read up on the type of plant you are growing and some key indicators of it not getting enough light are that it will have small leaves, thin stems, and the color of the plant will be lighter than usual.
Some plants require 14 to 18 hours of light to produce just the right amount of florigen to flower and reproduce. Florigen is a hormone that controls budding and flowering. Some plants require about 10-13 hours of light and if they are exposed to too much light this will prevent blooming by destroying the florigen.
Grow tent size
Depending on how many plants you wish to cater to, the type of plants and the space they need. Here’s a good general rule of thumb to keep in mind for size:
- 2 ft. x 2 ft. grow tent – 1-2 mature or 4 small plants
- 5 ft. x 2.5 ft. grow tent – 2 mature or 6 small plants
- 4 ft. x 2 ft. grow tent – 3 mature or 8 small plants
- 4 ft. x 4 ft. grow tent – 4 mature or 16 small plants
- 5 ft. x 5 ft. grow tent – 6 mature or 20 small plants
Correct Nutrients for indoor growing
When growing indoors whether it is soil based or soiless such as hydroponics, aeroponics or even aquaponics you need to give your plants essential nutrients and/or fertilizers. There are plenty of organic fertilizers and nutrients in the market now and you can easily pick these up from a store or online. They all come with instructions and are easy to follow. Composting is also a great way to go if you are using soil to grow your plants.
Certainly a very important factor in indoor growing. To keep it simple, you need an air intake valve or tube and an exhaust fan or window to send the hot out. Maintaining the right humidity levels in the house or in the grow tent is essential. Winter tends to be drier than summer, and if you run the heat in your house you will have a problem maintaining this. Do your homework for you plants to check what percentage humidity they optimally require. Some signs that your plant is not getting enough of a humid environment can be seen by the tips of your leaves turning brown, plants looking withered and if they start shedding their leaves. Most grow tent kits already come with humidifiers and between that and the fan they control your ventilation very well.
It is best to go with a all-in-one grow tent kit which generally come with lights, fan, humidity and temperature control, timers, carbon filters to remove odor especially during flower periods and adequate ventilation arrangements. Quite simply the best one that we feel out there is HighDroGro and their Stash Box and Dream Box.