Best Grow Tents for Apartments and Lofts
As passionate indoor growers, we have tried and tested numerous plant growing system, mediums, grow lights and grow tents. When it comes to grow tents for apartments, there are several sizes and brands to choose from. Some manufacturers also offer ready grow tent kits which come equipped with LED grow lights, ventilation systems, temperature and humidity monitoring and are very easy to install and setup.
Grow tents are ideal for apartments and small spaces. If you are new to indoor growing or even had prior experience of indoor gardening or indoor growing, you will benefit from grow tents as they offer a safe space and environment for your plants.
Before we present some of the options for best grow tents for apartments, let’s take a look at a basic grow tent setup checklist:
Identify your grow area
First and foremost, identify the space and area of your apartment or loft which you want to dedicate to growing your plants. This is irrespective of whether you are looking to grow medicinal plants, vegetables, herbs or other exotic greens. You need to ensure that this space is for your plants only and that they should not be moved around from it.
Based on the space you decide to dedicate, your choices of grow tents can be narrowed down and become much easier to pick.
Ventilation is mission critical for all plants. They need to breathe just as we do and don't like to feel suffocated or extra cramped within a space. It’s important to ensure that your grow tent or growing space is well ventilated. Plants absorb carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and release oxygen as a result. Plants generate a lot of humidity around them and hence it’s important to keep humidity levels in check through proper ventilation ducts and exhaust fans. Generally, most plants are happy within a 50-70% humidity range, but again, the specifics vary depending on the different stages of growth and the type of plant i.e. vegetative phase needs higher humidity while the flowering stage needs lower humidity levels.
LED Grow lights
Recent years have seen major strides in high quality LED grow lights at more affordable prices. While CFLs, Metal Halides (MH) and High-pressure Sodium (HPS) lights are all different types of grow lights to consider, we recommend LED Grow lights for multiple reasons.
LED Grow lights have come a long way in terms of technology and are far more efficient than other grow lights, which means they will keep your electricity costs low as well. LED Grow lights don't emit the kind of heat that HPS or MH lights give, which prevents leaves from burning. This also gives an added advantage of keeping the lights closer to the plants for higher productivity and absorption.
In the indoor farming world, these LED grow lights are also referred to as PAR Lights (Photosynthetic Active Radiation). To learn more about PAR and other factors to determine the effectiveness of LED grow lights refer to our article on LED Grow Light Basics.
Choosing the right LED grow light for your grow tent will depend on the size of your grow tent and the resulting coverage area that will be needed from the grow light.
So what type of grow tent is right for your apartment?
A good general rule of thumb to determine the size of your grow tent is:
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
There are of course larger tents such as 9ft X 9ft and 10ft X 10ft grow tents as well, but we are keeping this article focussed on smaller grow tents for small spaces.
Now that you have an idea of the size of grow tent you might need, it’s important to ensure that your grow tent is of the highest quality. The durability of the canvas material, the mylar reflective coating on the inside (which helps reflect the light to ensure that it reaches all areas of the plant) and overall build quality and design to accommodate ventilation and power etc. All these go into making a solid and durable grow tent.
Having spent a lot of time and effort on research and testing grow tents, we have identified these indoor grow tent brands as some of the best offerings in the market today.
Gorilla Grow Tents are professionally designed grow tents that are ideal for experts and perfect for beginners. The expert configuration positions ducting ports where they should be. Large easy view windows offer easy grow snapshots without compromising your environment. The doorways offer 360-degree convenient access. The larger layouts provide frustration free maneuvering. Thick material and large double cinching ducting ports make maintaining an ideal growing space a snap.
Constructed with 1680D thread density fabric (compared to 200D-600D) is up to 9x denser than any other grow tent, making it Ideal for experts and perfect for beginners.
Gorilla Grow Tent features all steel poles with steel interlocking pins for a frame that is up to 2-5x stronger than any competitor’s tent frame. Diamond Reflection Technology, redistributes up to 30% more lumens, creating less waste & giving your plants more of what they need to thrive.
An added advantage is that each Gorilla Grow Tent comes with a height extension kit that lets you increase your growing height by 1’ over the standard height. If that‘s not enough they offer 2’ extension kits, allowing your tent to reach an astounding height of nearly 10 FEET!
Mars Hydro Grow Tents feature double-thick Mylar with a 99% efficient reflective surface, the tents collect and reflect any light emitted outside of the canopy footprint and delivers it directly back to the plant.
These grow tents are designed to reflect the spectrum provided by their LED grow lights which basically means that the surface is very reflective and helps plants receive light extremely easily.
Mars Hydro tents are a quick, simple and practical solution to creating a controlled horticultural environment.
These grow tents are also very durable with steel construction including poles, fixture braces, corners and come with vented flaps with screens to help maintain a lightproof environment
A removable waterproof floor liner contains spills/water within the tent and the overall build and material are completely non-toxic, bug and disease resistant.
HighDroGro Grow Tent Kits
HighDroGro is a more recent entrant to the grow tent kit market, but are fast becoming a popular choice with indoor growers. These grow tent kits come equipped with grow lights (T5 fluorescent tubes) and fully equipped with carbon filters, fans for circulation and ventilation, humidity and temperature monitors and ample window spaces for easy viewing.
These grow tent kits are built with high-quality light density 600D canvas which makes them light yet extremely durable. As a beginner or first time buyer, these are well worth considering to get you up and running in one go. The company is slated to release additional sizes with upgraded LED grow lights to further the buying options.
Black Dog LED is more popularly known for their extremely high quality LED grow lights. However, they have also come out with their grow tent kits to complement their lights and these are definitely worth considering.
At a slightly higher price point that most of the other brands in the market, they are built with high quality and built to last. Black Dog LED has taken all the guesswork out of selecting the best equipment for an LED grow tent setup!
Each Complete LED Grow Kit is created using the best the industry has to offer. Besides the highly efficient LED grow lights that come with these Sun Hut Fortress Tents, the grow tents are designed to ensure maximum yields with minimal effort!
They come fully equipped with LED grow lights, inline fans, fans for circulation, humidity and temperature monitors, pots, nutrient syringes and even trimming shears for your harvesting time amongst other things.
Well, there you have it. We hope this article has given a basic understanding of grow tent options for your apartment. Please reach out to us for more detailed information to help you make the right decision for your indoor growing needs.