One of the many decisions that you will have to make as a cannabis cultivator is how exactly you want to use the available space at your disposal. If you have a bedroom or basement that can be transformed into a cultivation facility, should you purchase and put up a bunch of separate tents or just use the space as it is? I would like to say that it’s a straightforward answer and everyone should be using tents but like most things in life each option has it’s benefits.
To start off, lets go over why I have used grow tents in all of my medical marijuana grows. In my situation space has always been a constraint when it comes to producing the amount of plants that I would like to. If you only have one room that you can dedicate to your garden there is no reason why you shouldn’t be using tents unless you’re really short on cash for equipment. By adding tents you can have multiple stages of growth going on all contained and controlled separately. This is a huge advantage because if you have grown cannabis in the past you know it takes a minimum of 3 months for the entire process from plant to harvest. If you didn’t buy any tents and didn’t go through all the work of separating your room into a bunch of individual sections, your entire garden will be in the same growth stage. To trigger flowering requires that there is only 12 hours of light per day, so if you want to have different growth stages you have to block the light from entering the flowering area. In this business it’s all about the turnaround and if you can have another tent right behind your flowering one, there will be many more harvests in the same amount of time.
Tents are great for more then just separating the light cycles from the different areas of growth. They also make containing the scent of your buds much more manageable than an open room full of skunky scents. Adding a carbon filter to the air that is trapped inside will make it near impossible for uncleaned air to exit the tent. In addition, all tents that I have installed also have hanging poles on the top making it easy to hang fans, lights, and carbon filters without any extra equipment.
If tents are so great then why do so many people still opt to go with the open grow room? The most likely scenario where you would see rooms with no tents is in warehouses full of 5,000-10,000 plants. If you are going to be producing on a large scale then using tents is going to be a waste of resources and just more unnecessary costs that you don’t need. People that have multiple rooms can do the same separation I spoke of before, but on a much larger scale and without tents. Rooms can be climate controlled just as easy as a tent so that is not an issue either. When it comes to smell, the warehouse cultivation centers in recreational states don’t have to worry as much as most home growers with neighbors. Hanging all your equipment and keeping plants of different heights at the appropriate distance from lighting will just take some extra creative designing on your part but still makes much more sense than installing a bunch of separate tents.
For those that grow on a small to medium sized scale at home, I would highly suggest using tents to get the most money out of the same amount of time. There is no doubt in my mind that it’s possible to grow high quality buds without containing your grow inside tents, but at the end of the day you might just have less bud and a stinky house.