You can connect a controller to fans, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, heaters, or air conditioners, and set thresholds whereby each device will power on and off based on your ideal environmental settings. Some units run autonomously, making changes based on set parameters, while others allow you to control each element via an app on a phone, tablet, or computer.
You’ll need a dedicated space for your marijuana plants—you won’t be able to move them around. Ideally, the space is next to a window so you can vent air from the grow space outside. Growing weed plants smell! Especially when flowering kicks in, you’ll want to redirect air so your house doesn’t reek of weed.
Tools to measure temperature and humidity
Plants need 18 hours of light a day when in the vegetative stage and 12 hours a day when flowering. The reduction in light from 18 to 12 hours a day is what triggers the flowering cycle—when weed plants start to grow buds.
You’ll also want to take this time to check over your weed plants for pests, mold, or nutrient deficiencies.
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However, most grow tents are are sold as just the tent. You need to add lights, fans, pots, etc. This is helpful if you want to customize your grow area, but can also take a lot of research. You can buy full grow tent kits online that provide everything you need to get started. They may end up costing more than finding each piece individually, but it saves a ton of time on research.
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What are the benefits of a grow tent?
The next decision is how you will ventilate the tent and keep the smells contained. The ventilation system will depend on the size of your grow tent and the ventilation already in your home. It is best if you can set up your tent near a window, so you can have exhaust pipes run out the window. If not, you can always have the air get pushed back inside your home. This is why a carbon filter is very important, as we presume you don’t want your backyard or home to have a strong cannabis odour.
How to set up a grow tent
Grow tents are helpful at reducing the smell of your marijuana. To reduce smells effectively, set up a ventilation system and use filters. The ventilation and filters will only let through a small amount of smell into the room. The problem with the smell is that every time you open your tent to check on your plants or do maintenance, you will end up letting out odours. So grow tents are helpful for reducing smells, but even the best grow tent will not eliminate them completely. Grow tents will take some planning to figure out a suitable grow room to ensure your living space stays fresh.