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marijuana grow tent complete setup

When determining tent height, growers need to account for the type of light as well as space for an exhaust fan and carbon filter.

In practice, this means operating multiple, self-contained chambers for vegetative and flowering plants because they require different amounts of light—18 hours of light per day for the vegetative cycle and 12 hours of light per day for flowering.

Frame & weight capacity

Many modern tents include 2” ports to provide a passthrough for electrical cords. Tents can become overrun with cords—the more electrical ports available, the easier it will be to keep things tidy.

TheBudGrower.com’s Dual Power Grow Kit ($995.95) is another great short tent to buy and comes complete with LED lights, fans and filters, a living-soil kit, timers, sensors, and hardware, and a 1680D-canvas tent that measures 5’ in height with a 2’ x 4’ footprint.

Budget veg tent

Many homegrowers use 4’ x 4’ tents for the flower cycle. That said, I personally prefer the 5’ x 5’x 6’8” CLOUDLAB 866 by AC Infinity ($189.99). The extra space promotes plant health and lets me hang side lighting just below the top of the canopy for a boost in yield.

Marijuana grow tent complete setup

The best way to hang your grow light is using rope ratchets if you can; they are cheap and easy to set up. Rope ratchets make it incredibly simple to adjust your lights at any time without the chance of dropping the light on your plants. Sometimes it’s helpful to be able to quickly put lights up or down, whether you want better access to the back of the tent without the light beaming on your head, or even just to take better pictures of your plants. Make sure whatever you use to secure the lights (rope ratchets!) can handle at least twice te amount of your light just to be safe!

A good rule of thumb is to keep all electronics above the waist, while anything to do with water is kept below the waist. Don’t leave cords hanging around in the tent. It’s not only safer, but it looks a lot nicer when you wrap cords up neatly and secure them in place

Some grow tents don’t look particularly suspicious. On the left is a homemade stealth grow cabinet and on the right is a 2’x4’x5′ grow tent that looks vaguely like a clothes wardrobe. They’re just about equally nondescript!

Extra height lets you use more powerful lights and grow taller plants (with bigger, longer buds!)

Example of LED Grow Light Hanging In Tent with Rope Ratchets
(Carbon Filter in Back Scrubs Smells)

If you have a smell emergency, you can use an exhaust fan directly attached to a carbon filter sitting on the floor. This isn’t as effective as a “real” exhaust system, but it will clear an entire room of smells in just minutes. Some growers who can’t fit a carbon filter in their grow space have even used this technique to control smells for a whole grow!

When all is said and done, a stealth cabinet with fans on the inside (even one done very professionally so it’s completely light proof) is only marginally more stealthy than a black grow tent with a zipper down the middle. When it comes to stealth, don’t expect any grow tent or cabinet to be stealthy enough for someone to be hanging out in your room without noticing the fact that it’s emitting light/noise/heat. Instead, you’re looking for something that can fool someone who is quickly passing by it for a moment or two.