You have likely decided by now that you are going to grow your own indoor plants. The research stage is underway and while you may know some or all the equipment to purchase, you want to make sure your grow space and tent matches how many plants you would like to grow. If this is where you are at, this is the article for you. In the following paragraphs I will go through what size grow tent you will need depending on how you plan to grow and how many plants you would like to grow at a given time.
The first and most obvious thing you need to consider is how much space you have in your house to grow and how much of that space you are willing to give up for a 4 to 8 month time frame between harvests. If you are limited with space, then it is not a question of what size tent to get, but rather how much you can grow within that tent. If space is not a problem for you, then you are one of the lucky ones. Choose your tent size based on how much yield you would like and how many plants you would like to grow at a given time.
The biggest variable in determining how many plants you should grow in your tent is how you plan to train them. There are a bunch of training techniques out there, all of which affect your potential yield per plant, but also how much canopy space it will need to thrive.
The most basic training techniques are referred to as ‘low stress training.’ These are training techniques that do not damage the plant in the training process, but rather manipulate growing patterns to optimize output. If this is the only style technique you plan to use with your plants, you can typically grow about 4 plants in every square meter.
A second way of training your plants is pruning, topping or pinching. This style of training involves damaging the plant during the training process in order to considerably alter the growing pattern to create a much larger harvest than it would otherwise yield. With this style of training, more yields require more space. Expect to grow about 1-2 plants per square meter using this technique.
A third training technique is called ‘screen of green,’ and is a variation on low stress training using trellis netting as a tool to guide the plants growing patterns. Using this style, expect to grow about 1-2 plants per square meter.
The last technique manipulates plant growth through light cycles and plant stage timelines rather than actual physical manipulation. The ‘sea of green’ technique is used to trick your plants into thinking that fall has come early, manipulating light cycles to an 18-6 cycle early in plant development and therefore forcing them into the flowering stage ahead of schedule. As the plants have not had much time to grow, this technique requires much less space per plant (but less space also means less yields per plant). Expect using this technique to fit between 8 and 16 plants in a square meter. How much you decide to grow should be dependent on how much time you allow your plants to grow during the vegetative stage before switching them over for an early flowering.
So now that you know how much plants you can fit in each size of grow tent, you’re ready to buy! FourBudz premium grow tents have all the features you’re looking for at the best everyday prices. Take a look at the catalog for more information, or if you’re unsure what features are most important when buying a grow tent, read my article “9 things to look for when buying a grow tent.”
'Prof' is a professionally trained Canadian teacher with a love of horticulture and advocate of the democratization of cannabis cultivation, especially for medicinal purposes.