With research showing the amazing benefits of CBD oil, more people are getting into hemp cultivation. Many people are producing CBD for private use and business reasons.
But, most of us live in cities and own no land, and so, if we’re looking to grow hemp, it has to be in an indoor setting. Yet, not everyone can afford to buy grow room equipment.
Grow tents are one of the essentials for an indoor hemp cultivation center. But, if you don’t have the funds to buy a grow tent, or don’t want to, you can put up a grow tent using basic materials.
The Materials You’ll Need
To put together a homemade grow tent, you’ll need the following supplies and tools:
- Panda Film
- Cheap Grow Lights
- Duct Tape
- Hand Saw
Setting Up the Grow Tent
With the above materials, you’re now ready to construct your grow tent. Because you’re inexperienced, you might not create a strong grow tent the first time. And so, if the resources allow, you should make a second or third trial until you create something resourceful.
Step 1: Build the Frame. You can make the grow tent as big or as small as you need it to be. PVC pipes help with establishing basic structure. You need 16 pipes for horizontal dimensions and 4 pipes for vertical positions. With a handsaw, cut the pipes to size, and connect them until you form the foundation for your grow tent. Also, make sure that the center of the roof features a cross fitting to enhance support of other equipment like grow light fixtures and fans.
Step 2: Install the covering. Panda film is made of virgin resins, and it’s usually tough and robust, which makes it an ideal covering for your vulnerable hemp plants. The panda film is installed twice; the white side is installed inside the grow tent, while the black side is installed on the outside. The white side is to aid reflection of light and the black side is to aid absorption of light. Make sure to install the panda film designedly from one section to another section instead of touching multiple places at once. Once you’re done installing the panda film, check to see whether it’s tightly secured to the PVC and that there are no gaps and holes. If the installation game is weak, it lowers the effectiveness and durability of the tent.
Step 3: Put On the Lights and Fan. Hang the grow lights on the roof of the grow tent, as this is the perfect position for maximizing light distribution within a grow tent. Put a small opening in the roof, through which you slip the power cord out, and make sure to seal the opening with duct tape to avoid light leakages. You cannot improvise grow lights, but they typically come in a diverse range, and if your budget is low, you can go with fluorescent bulbs (although they have low performance). Install fans in the grow tent to optimize air circulation.
Step 4: Buckets and soil. Place the soil-filled buckets throughout the grow tent, and start your hemp growing. To achieve the highest yields, and preserve plant health, make sure that you supply all the essential elements, including water, nutrients, and pH levels.
DIY Grow Tent Qualities
When you decide to improvise a grow tent, it helps you save money. Homemade grow tents are typically not packing the same level of effectiveness as store-bought grow tents, but then again, they should be sufficient in performing these basic functions.
Light regulation has an impact on hemp plant yield. Hemp plants require sufficient light and dark periods to achieve optimum yield. And so, when creating your grow tent, you need to make sure that the covering doesn’t allow light to escape from the grow tent, or for light to penetrate during dark periods. Panda film is sufficiently sturdy, thus easily containing the light and boosting efficiency. Some of the fault lines that you may need to watch for are the openings in the tent caused by power cords or just wear and tear. You want to put some duct tape over such openings to prevent light from escaping.
Water is an essential element in hemp growing. It aids photosynthesis, boosts plant yield, and enhances the potency of hemp phyto-compounds. At certain growth stages, hemp plants need higher amounts of water. And so, the grow tent needs to be waterproof to prevent the overflows from causing water damage. With proper tent installation and flooring enhancement, it becomes easy to avoid water damage incidents. Also, you need to make sure that every watering event is manned, as opposed to just sneaking a water hose into the grow tent and letting the water run.
3. Air Circulation
Hemp plants require a constant supply of fresh air to develop into healthy, mature, and well-yielding plants. In the indoor growing center, a lot is happening that could raise temperature and humidity levels. For instance, the grow lights are giving off heat energy, and that heat needs to be pushed out, or else it hurts hemp plant integrity. Thus, installing the fan in the grow tent is an essential thing. The fan helps with eliminating hot air and giving room to fresh air. A constant supply of fresh air helps hemp plants achieve optimum yield.
4. Space Aptness
You don’t want to be in a position where you’re growing a certain amount of hemp plants but the grow tent ends up being too small or too large. If the grow tent is too small, it means that your plants are going to get crowded, which can affect plant health and minimize yield. And so, always take some time to understand which size of the DIY grow tent would be ideal.
The Takeaway: DIY Grow Tent
If you want new grow tent kits, you’re looking to spend anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. But, if you don’t have the money, you can improvise various grow room accessories. For instance, you can make a DIY grow tent by using readily available materials like PVC, panda film, and fluorescent bulbs.
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