What is a Grow Tent and How Does it Work

Simply put, a grow tent is a tent in which plants grow. One can grow any plant they wish from vegetables to cannabis. With a grow tent farming is made more versatile and cost effective. What is more? The plants will grow regardless of the weather conditions out there. The temperatures and moisture levels are controlled within the tent. This means you can grow crops all year round. All you have to do is place the tent in a spare room, set it up and start growing. It comes equipped with all the equipment that is required to ensure proper growth.

Basically, a grow tent is made up of a rigid frame covered with a fabric. The frame is usually made from a sturdy material that does not break easily. This is what is placed first and then covered using the fabric. This fabric is usually made up of sturdy canvas that has a reflective inner surface that ensures the light is not lost to the outside. The fabric has several openings including the main opening and other apertures used for electrical access and ventilation among other uses. The main opening usually comes with a zipper which should be kept closed at all times to avoid interference from the outside environment. Inside the tent are lights that provide warmth, fans for ventilation and filters for odor control. How do all these components of a grow tent work to ensure proper growth of the plants?

Plants require warmth, moisture and carbon dioxide for optimum growth. These are provided in the grow tent. You may opt for the conventional planting methods of hydroponics where water is used as the medium of growth. If soil is used, an irrigation system needs to be put in place. Drip irrigation is the most suitable method. This system will provide the needed moisture and the soil provides the nutrients needed. As for the lighting, grow tents come with LED or other kinds of lighting that are installed in the tent. These provide the needed warmth so that plants can grow optimally. This warmth is needed for the growth of the plants as well as bringing forth yield.

Since a grow tent is an enclosed place, it is likely that the air can get stuffy and a bad odor emanate from the place. To solve this, the tents are equipped with filters that absorb the odor and any fumes released by the plants or soil. To keep the air within the tent well-ventilated is the fan.

What a grow tent does is create a micro environment that is the haven of any plant wants to be in. all the right conditions are provided within the little space. You can get a tent of any size you wish depending on the number of plants you would like to grow within the space.

Why is using a grow tent better than any other method? It is private and since the plants are in an enclosed space they are protected from attacks by diseases and pests. You can start gardening at any time without being limited by the climate.

This website lists several grow tents available for sale. You can choose your desired grow tent and start gardening as soon as possible. Don’t forget that each grow tent has anywhere between 10% to 60% off on prices. Grab this opportunity while offers last.

Tips to Start A Hydroponics System

With the advancement of technology, hydroponics systems have gained popularity among many indoor growers. Hydroponics is the method of growing crops in a nutrient rich solution. Unlike traditional systems, hydroponic systems do not use soil as a growing medium. Instead, this system uses inert materials such as clay pellets, perlite, vermiculite, coco-coir, etc.

However, as a beginner, it can be a daunting task to start your hydroponic garden. Here are general tips to get started with hydroponics systems.

#1. Know the different types of hydroponic systems

As a beginner, you should understand various hydroponics systems that are available. There four common systems that include Top drip system, Ebb and flow system, wick system, and Deep water culture.

i. Top Drip system 

This is the most popular hydroponic system. In this system, the nutrient solution in a reservoir is pumped to the base of the potted plants. The excess nutrient solution is then returned to the reservoir. This process is repeated 2-4 times each day.

ii. Ebb and Flow 

This is an advanced system that is easy to build. The potted plants are placed in a drain table. Water and nutrient solution are then pumped to the drain table. The nutrient solution gets into the plants through the holes at the bottom of the pots. The reservoir is the drained after soaking the plants for few minutes. This process is done about 2-4 times a day.

iii. Wick system 

This is the simplest form of hydroponics. In this system, you don’t need any pump. The nutrients are fed to the plants through a cotton wick.

iv. Deep water culture system 

In this system, plants are cultivated in small net pots that are suspended in a Styrofoam plank which lies on a shallow pan of nutrient solution.

#2. Choose the right growing medium for hydroponics

Unlike soil-based gardening, the hydroponics system does not use soil as a growing medium. Instead, the hydroponics systems use an inert medium such as Perlite, vermiculite, Coco-coir, clay pellets, etc.

#3. Buy the nutrients for hydroponic systems

The nutrients used is hydroponic systems are different than those in soil-based systems. The soil nutrients do not contain all the micro-nutrients needed by the plants. In this case, you will need nutrients that are designed specifically for the hydroponic systems. However, you should note that there many brands of nutrients available on the market. Dry fertilizers are much cheaper than liquid fertilizers.

#4. Install the lighting system

Remember that most hydroponic systems are situated indoors and will require artificial lighting to allow optimum growth for the plants. The artificial lights can be brought about by using High-Pressure Sodium and Metal Halide lamps. These lights can simulate an environment that is effective for your plants.

#5. Use the pH adjusters

You will need to have an optimum pH in your hydroponics system. The pH should be within a specified range. Usually, the hydroponic system comes with a pH testing kit so you can easily monitor your pH. To maintain a stable pH, you will use pH adjusters such as pH DOWN and pH UP.

#6. Install the Pump timers

This is a gadget that is used to run the water pump and specified intervals. This is very crucial because it ensures that right amounts of water and nutrients are supplied to your plants.

 

Welcome!

Welcome, to Calapis, the home for hydroponics. Calapis is the name we have given to growing plants under limited area and nutrients but which provides maximum yields.

This term hasn’t been coined yet. However, we are sure that it will get picked up sooner.

Over here at Calapis, you will learn all about growing different varieties of plants in a hydroponic system.

You will know which grow tent to choose. Whether you should go for large or smaller grow tents. The type of grow medium you need to choose. What type of lightning you need for optimal growth. The nutrients required for your plant to grow. And how to get best of your bucks.

Let’s start your hydroponics journey!