What makes a grow tent a good plant grower?
- Reflective interior – reflectivity can be as low as 50% or as high as over 90%. You should choose a growing tent with a reflectivity as close to 100% as possible, Mylar reflective film has become the standard choice for lining the interior surface of the grow tent canvas. They reflect nearly 100% of the light that hits them so that light can penetrate even towards the deeper layers close to the bottom of the tent.
- Mildew-resistant – the warm, humid and nutrient filled interiors provide favorable conditions for mold growth. That’s why it’s important for these to be mildew-resistant
- Fire and puncture-resistant – HID lamps typically put out a LOT of heat. You typically have cooling fans that counteract the heat. But, what if the cooling fans fail? What if a red-hot grow light comes into contact with the grow tent ‘cloth’? This is why the grow tents need to be fire-proof! Unless they’re made of concrete, they can’t be completely puncture proof, but you want them to be strong enough so that it’s not punctured/torn by relatively innocuous incidents
- Height adjustable – depending on the type of plant you’re growing, they may reach 1 foot, 2 feet or 7 feet in height. Unless you’re planning on buying separate grow tents for each phase of growth, height adjustable grow tents can come in very handy. The downside is that they don’t come cheap
- Completely block light from entering or leaving the tent – you don’t want to be spending a big electric bill to light your grow house only for some light to leak out!
- The reflective surface should not tear or separate from the outer black layer of nylon – with certain brands, this is a common complaint, “the reflective layer just came out with a big tear”
- Floor pan/s – to catch those accidental spills!
- Controlled ventilation – you want to block the light, but you want air to come and go. You want fresh oxygen, and you want CO2 to go out. You want to be able to control the humidity and temperature. Unless there is a good ‘venting system/ducts’ built-in, you can’t get these parameters right! But almost all modern grow have ‘mud flap’ covered ‘fish net windows’, air/duct vents etc. to allow for good ventilation/cooling.
- Strong but easy-to-assemble frame – this is what holds the grow tent in the right shape. The weight of the nylon cloth, the lights, the hanging apparatus etc. etc. is born by this frame
- Access from all sides – unfortunately, not all modern grow tents have this. Most, only have openings at the front. Especially, deep ones need to have openings on all sides so that you can work on plants at the back without having to disturb the plants at the front
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