Newbie - Understanding Tents and Grow Lights

First year growing. Have one auto flower outside along the coast in SC. Still very small.

Been reading on tents kits and grow lights. Not sure I understand the need?

Are they used in colder climates?

Do you need a tent if you put the plant in a shed with a light?

I have a lot more reading to do on this forum, but if there is anything else I can read that explains it, someone please let me know

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The tents are for growers like me that dont have a room to grow. It helps me use dead space into growing. If your shed gets colder than 60° in the winter time i wouldnt tey growing there.

The main thing really comes down to light, without the proper light for the space available to grow it might not yield right or even flower

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You also need fan and exuast for proper air flow

One small plant you might be able to grow in a closet if you have an unused one, preferably a room that never gets used or it’s hard to keep the 12 hours of darkness for flowering.

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So with a tent, you can grow in cool fall or mild winter weather (or year round)?

My first planar is outside.

I’ll continue to learn and may graduate to a tent and grow light kit.

If you have at least a 20 - 30 amp circuit to your shed, that is plenty enough power to drive a small space heater, humidifier, light and multiple fa s. Just add up all of the amp ratings from the equipment you need to grow and make sure that’s no more than 80-90% of your total circuit amperage. That should be sufficient to keep you warm during the cold, but doubt that you will be able keep it going all winter if you are in the north. In Ohio, it regularly gets down to the single digits, and even below zero. Unless you are able to insulate, just give up or move inside for a couple of months.

Correct. Also some states are still illegal so the tent makes it easier. With a carbon filter in the exuast you take the smell away and stuff like that.

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As mentioned, tents are used in lieu of grow rooms. In an ideal situation a tent is located in a room that has enough cooling, heating, and humidity control to provide an environment conducive to growing. It is often referred to as a lung room. That is, the air going into the tent is preconditioned in the lung room.
I think most of us put a tent in a room and try to manage the room’s environment as best we can.

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I live in a very small 800 sf house. No room for a grow tent. But I was thinking about putting a tent in my shed. Mostly due to the amount of trees and to keep it hidden from neighbors.

But, do I need a tent in a shed? Can i just have the grow light with the doors shut?

I got room for the tents in there but the surrounding conditions in a shed won’t be like that in a house.



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I would still recommend having a tent inside the shed. The good tent manufacturers have highly reflective mylar insides and also will provide a barrier for bugs. There are numerous reasons for using a tent, even if you live in a legal state. The point is that you can more closely control climate and other conditions, which will add up to higher yields and less problems.

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Using the shed all depends on temperature and humidity. A good temperature range is 70 - 85. Humidity can be high during veg stage and lower during flower.

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Be real careful outside in SC @HotAndHumid. They will bust the crap out of you for one plant in several of those coastal counties. My son lives there in one of them. I live in NC and it’s about as bad but the sherif is busy with violent crime right now and ignores us.

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I personally went with a tent because it is a much smaller area i could control the environment. It’s much easier to dial in a 4x4 area than it would have been to dial in my entire basement. Not too mention the reflectivity etc

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YUP exactly. I want to build a better shed (too late to move household).

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