Advantages of Using a Hydroponic Grow Tent
The plants are in a more confined area and as a result it is easier to control environmental conditions – such as the temperature, humidity, CO2 levels. This makes it easier to create the optimum conditions required for a specific plant.
If you purchase a grow tent with a reflective silver coating the light and heat is reflected off the interior sides and is mirrored back onto the plant leaves. The confined area and reflective surface saves energy and money.
Grow tents are easy to set up — such as lighting, ventilation, etc. Lights may be hung from the steel-enforced ceiling, and most grow tents also come equipped with ventilation holes so setting up ventilation is an easy process.
With a grow tent there are less problems with pests because there is a barrier between the plants and the outside environment.
Making money with a Hydroponic Grow Tent
Because its possible to control and fine tune the environment within a grow tent you can obtain larger crop sizes and healthier plants than most other environments. A hydroponic grow tent enables you to grow exotic and expensive herbs, fruit or vegetables out of season or under conditions that would normally require a different climate. These plants can be sold yourself or you could always sell them onto restaurants, hotels, farm shops, food halls or private buyers at premium prices.
What to Consider when Buying a Grow Tent
When buying a grow tent the 3 most important factors will be the cost, dimensions and materials. The materials and size of the grow tent are the biggest factors in determining price.
Other Important factors include light and heat leakage, strength of the frame, user friendliness and accessories.
Size and Cost
Indoor grow tents are available in a variety of sizes. Grow tent sizes include the smaller 3×3 and 2×4 foot tents, medium sized 4×4, 4×6, or 4×8 foot, as well as the larger 5×5 and 10×10 foot grow tents.
The cost of a grow tent can vary significantly but you can buy a grow tent suitable for a hobbyist for between $100 to $200. For this price you can expect a decent sized grow tent (at least 4ft x 4ft width x 6ft height) with reflective inner lining.
You want a grow tent that is easy to set up with clear easy to follow instructions. Most grow tents are easy to set up. Here is a video on how to set up a typical grow tent.
Grow Tent Accessories
If buying a grow tent you should also purchase a grow light. A high intensity discharge lamp should be used for this purchase as these are powefull enough to mimic natural sunlight while efficient enough to be cost effecive. Other accessories could include the following:
- an Air Duct Inline Hydroponic Booster Fan
- A Flexible Ducting pipe for the air
- A Hydroponic Carbon Air Filter
- An indoor humidity monitor
- A grow light hanger
You can buy grow tent kits that include all necessary accessories as a single package.
What is the Best Grow Tent on the Market?
When buying a grow tent you should ensure the following standards are met:
- Inner surface should be made of reflective material to retain light and heat (Mylar reflective inner surface etc)
- Be sturdy and strong enough to be moved around and hold a decent sized grow light and/or fan on the bars above the plants.
- Provide good insulation against heat loss.
- Made of non-toxic, non-flammable materials.
- Easy to set up (user friendliness)
The GYO series by LED Wholesalers meet all of these requirements. The Mylar GYO series has a sturdy metal frame structure, is made from 100% reflective silver-colored inner Mylar lining and a tool-free assembly.
Their best selling and highest rated grow tents include the:
- GYO1008 76-Inch x 48-Inch x 48-Inch Mylar Reflective Hydroponic Grow Tent
- GYO1009 60-Inch x 48-Inch x 24-Inch Mylar Reflective Hydroponic Grow Tent
- GYO1001 62-Inch x 36-Inch x 20-Inch Mylar Reflective Hydroponic Grow Tent
- GYO1005A 78-Inch x 36-Inch x 36-Inch Mylar Reflective Hydroponic Grow Tent
Depending on the size, the cost of their grow tents range from about $70 to $120.
Reviews are very positive. Their grow tents are considered good value for money. Very little light leakage compared to other brands (even the more expensive ones). All grow tents leak some light so don’t expect zero light loss.
Here are some reviews of the GYO Mylar grow tents from different buyers:
Great deal for the price!!!
Nice frame, good connectors and I LOVE the vent sleeves as opposed to the holes/fittings.
It is easy to setup…Very sturdy frame.
I researched grow tens for a couple of days before finally deciding on this one…put together without instructions…the vent sleeves are great, I like how they are light-proof…one can actually pick up the whole unit and move to a desired location without falling apart… exactly what I wanted.
This tent is awesome! I research everything for months before I buy…I ended up buying this tent.
The inside is extremely reflective and I was able to easily hang a 600 watt HPS light from the top support bars
For the price it works awesome
If you are looking for a budget HOBBY tent, this is it!
While the vast majority of reviews are positives some negative comments include the following:
My only gripe is the ducting holes are 4 inches and should be larger for this size tent.
Top is a bit weak but I added a thin piece of wood across the top and it holds everything great.
Had to do some mods to make it light tight but it only cost me 11 bucks more
After 3 months of normal use the stitching on the front zipper is pulling out.