There are tons of benefits when it comes to indoor gardening. But sometimes, it doesn’t produce the results that you expect.
Fortunately, there is an amazing solution that will help you grow your plants successfully—without any underlying issues whatsoever.
And this solution involves growing tents.
In this article, I will be showing you the proper steps in setting up your grow tent and its lighting for your first grow, specifically cannabis plants.
Choosing the right Grow Tent
Choosing the right size for your grow tent is highly dependable on how many cannabis plants you are planning on growing. In this case, bigger is not always better.
If you chose a large grow tent whilst planning on growing only a few auto-flowering cannabis seeds, you would be wasting a lot of money on electricity. You will be excessively using fans, lighting, pumps, and other parameters needed.
The same thing can be said when choosing a smaller grow tent size if you are going to plant a lot of cannabis seeds. They will not grow as effective and efficient as you might expect. What will happen is that they will compete for the available nutrients, which will hinder their growth cycle quite significantly.
So, when choosing a grow tent, always consider the number of plants you are going to grow. It will save you a lot of time and money.
Optimal conditions you should take note of
Just because you chose the correct grow tent size does not mean your cannabis plants are all ready to grow. Another thing that you should also consider is the conditions your plants are in.
This is an essential aspect of cannabis planting in order to maximize your yield once they are fully grown.
Let’s go through them one by one, shall we?
This answers the question, “How much light do you need?”
Well, determining the amount of lighting that you need can be quite tricky, especially if you are a beginner in growing cannabis.
Having too much lighting might kill your plants because of the excessive heat. On the other hand, having less lighting will result in below average yield and will take a long time to grow.
To get over this problem, a lot of experienced growers formulated the correct measurement that you should take note of when setting up a grow ten for your cannabis plants.
Luckily, you won’t be needing to learn all the needed measurements since you’ll be using grow tents. LED lights are more preferred than regular lights because they don’t produce excessive heat.
Although fluorescent bulbs can also be used, they still can still produce heat that is difficult to manage. Unlike in LED lights whose heat is quite manageable at best.
In addition to that, LED lights with different colors affect cannabis growth quite in various ways. According to Grow Light Central, red LED lights promote the production of buds and flowers and decrease maturation time, while blue light promotes more leaves, better bud quality and tighter, sturdier growth.
The best wattage for LED lights is 300 to 600 watts. It should be a full-spectrum LED panel with bulbs that are around 45 watts. Each bulb should have a color temperature of 5500K to 6500K.
Another thing you should also consider is the distribution of light on each plant. Be sure to provide enough space between each light to avoid overheating a single plant. This may be a common mistake but should be avoided at all cost.
With this setup, you will not be encountering issues related to heat anymore; given that the auto-flowering cannabis seeds’ light cycle is are easily affected by heat.
Maintaining heat from your light setup is difficult, especially if you don’t have proper ventilation to circulate the heat to the other plants.
A lot of plants prefer a temperature of 70° – 80°F tops. Some may even go as far as 85°, which should be enough for your plants to prosper. You should also consider the temperature of your grow tent when turning off the lights. 10° – 15°F should be enough, and it should not go lower than the stated degree.
Maintaining these given temperatures should be of utmost importance since consistency is the key to achieving an above average yield.
These are the things you should consider in starting you first grow using a grow tent. Keeping in mind the required temperature and lighting will keep your cannabis plants lush, healthy, and having an above average yield, which is quite impressive if it is your first time.
As long as you distribute the lights evenly while keeping the temperature as consistent as possible, you will encounter no problem at all.
Although keep in mind that this setting is only for using grow tents, if you are planning on using something bigger than grow tents, you will probably need something more advanced than these settings. There are a lot of measurements required for that kind of setup, so be mindful of that.
Other than that, you are now ready to plant your auto-flowering cannabis seeds with ease.