Whether you just started out with indoor growing or you’re thinking of doing indoor growing differently, the first thing that you really have to consider is where you’ll be placing your plants.
Let’s take a look at what will suit you better: a grow tent or a grow box?
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How to Decide Between a Grow Tent vs Grow Box for Indoor Growing?
The first time I decided that I’d like to do indoor growing, the first decision I had to make is how I’ll be housing my plants. There are several options out there, but I was more interested in a grow tent vs grow box.
If you don’t have any indoor growing experience, you may think why I should even bother to make a smart decision since both will help me grow plants anyway.
You’re actually correct. Both could make you grow plants indoors, but there are quite a few differences that I could list down on here.
If you’re planning to get a small grow tent vs grow box, let me tell you why you should consider or even not consider each of these.
Why Choose grow tents over grow boxes for hydroponic Harvests?
A grow tent’s exterior is usually made of a thick waterproof and canvas-like material. It has a reflective interior material to make lighting much easier for you. Think of a silver-like cloth that most insulated coolers have.
Grow tents are available in different sizes and even styles. This means it’ll be easier for you to find one that fits your available space for indoor growing.
The materials used to make a grow tent make this light and weatherproof. Even if it’s very sunny or cold outside, the plants inside your tent won’t get too affected.
You can use a grow tent all year long, not just during winter when you can’t grow anything outside.
Aside from indoor growing, if you are planning on setting up a grow system using hydroponics or aquaponics, then a grow tent is also a must.
Since a grow tent has a reflective interior, this makes it easy for you to control your space’s lighting.
This also means that you won’t have to worry about spending much on your sunlight or lighting because you won’t need many lighting devices in your tent. It basically maximizes the lighting equipment you’ve.
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What I love about using a grow tent is how much you can have it customized. Even though it comes in specific sizes, there are materials out there that you can purchase to have it extended.
So if you didn’t really plan of extending but learned to love gardening so much that you can’t help but add more crops, then a grow tent will work best for you!
Disadvantages of Using a Grow Tent
While grow tents offer a lot of advantages when it comes to indoor growing, there still are characteristics why this could be frowned upon.
I know I mentioned how easy it is to customize the size of a grow tent, but trust me, it’ll take a while before you even can grow something in it.
Assembling a grow tent is one thing but figuring out how many LED grow lights, what type of soils to use, and what the relative humidity inside the grow tent should be, just to name a few, is a lot of work!
Aside from the hassle it’ll take you to assemble a grow tent, it never really looks appealing, and it’s hard to grow crops with a grow tent discretely.
So if you plan on putting a grow tent where your guests will most likely pass by, you might want to rethink that.
The Advantages of Grow Boxes Over Grow Tent
A grow box is fairly similar to a grow cabinet. This also comes in sizes but take note that whatever size you purchased is what you’ll be stuck with since this is no longer expandable. Mostly, grow boxes come preassembled.
Usually, a grow box already has a grow tray, wirings for a fan or multiple fans, lighting, and reflectors. Some grow boxes have walls that are similar to the insides of an insulated bag which is silver-like.
The box itself is sometimes made with plastic, steel, or aluminum. In any way, all its components make it easier for a grower like you to control the environment. Admittedly, this is also going to last long because of how durable it is.
Since a grow box comes preassembled, as soon as this is delivered to your doorstep, you can immediately start planting.
Conveniently speaking, you can pretty much place this almost anywhere in your house since you won’t really have to worry about it aesthetically.
It’s fairly easy to grow a garden in your living room discretely with one of these boxes. Some grow box manufacturers offer to grow boxes that will look like a cabinet on the outside and is only as big as a fridge.
Depending on how big it is, some grow boxes also even comes with extra storage where you can put some of your gardening tools.
Disadvantages of Using a Grow Box?
If you plan on starting an indoor garden with a lot of plants, then a grow box shouldn’t even be an option.
The number of crops or plants that you can grow in one of these is pretty limited. You’ll have to wait for everything to be harvested before you start growing a new set of crops.
Now since a grow box is turn-key ready for any plant you’d like to grow, expect it to be on the expensive side. After all, this comes with everything that you need without you having to exert a lot of effort.
If in any case that the equipment the grow box came with sudden malfunctions, it could be a challenge to have it replaced since it should always fit what the grow box needs. I’d say this isn’t really likely to happen much but this something to consider in the long run.
Grow Tent vs Grow Box Comparison – Which is Best?
Whether you choose a grow tent vs grow box to start your indoor growing venture, both options offer features that can help you grow your indoor plants or crops with ease.
I’d say both are dependable to sustain your plants or crops’ lives throughout the year.
Personally, if you want to hit the ground running, I’d choose a grow box since it won’t require much effort to assemble and set up.
Though, of course, this is coming from someone who’s already experienced gardening and has an outdoor garden to take care of.
However, if you are a serious indoor grower and you want to learn and experience what it’s like to grow indoors, I highly suggest that you get a grow tent. You will learn everything from the ground up. Indoor growing is hard work, and it’s best to learn the basics when you can.
Well, now that you know the things to look out for whether you’re getting a grow tent or grow box, just always keep in mind that your skill is still something to consider. Whatever works best for you is what will work best with your indoor garden!
Lindsey Hyland grew up in Arizona where she studied at the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center. She furthered her gardening education by working on various organic farms in both rural and urban settings. She started UrbanOrganicYield.com to discuss gardening tips and tactics. Whether it’s succulents and houseplants or vegetables and herbs, growing and caring for just about anything in a backyard garden or hydroponics garden always makes her happy.