Get it Growing: 12 Tips for Assembling a Grow Tent

A grow tent can be a handy way to create an enclosed space to be used for starting and growing plants, but getting the right tent is key.
Grow Tent
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Benefits to using a grow tent include being able to have a noninvasive independent light schedule, keeping the plants separate from other activities in a room, and forming a discreet place for a controlled environment. 

Here are a dozen tips for assembling a grow tent:

1) Select a suitable location

The ideal location for a grow tent is one that is on a moisture-tolerant surface, easy to access, within range of a sufficient electrical source, and not subject to radical temperature fluctuations or in the way of daily activities. 

2) Avoid using over carpeting

If a spill leads to moisture on the carpet beneath the tent, then not only can the carpet be ruined, but mold may start to grow, or insects may take up residence. 

3) Make sure that there is enough available power

While the tent itself doesn’t require any electricity to operate, lights, fans, heat mats, and any water/air pumps used will need power. Check the amperage requirements of any devices against (no more than 80 percent of) the capacity of the electrical circuit used to avoid overloading. 

Grow Tent
Courtes of VIVOSUN

4) Place in a temperate area

While a minor difference can help cool the tent, if the space the tent is kept in is much colder than the interior of the tent, moisture can condense at the top until droplets form, and it can precipitate, or “rain,” inside the tent. 

5) Select a tent size that suits your needs

There are many different sizes and configurations available, from small tents like the VIVOSUN  24” x 24” x 36″ for starting seeds to larger tents like the Gray VIVOSUN 8’ x 4’ grow tent. There are even tents with separate compartments for using multiple lighting schedules for perpetual harvest gardens, such as the VIVOSUN 2-in-1 grow tents and tents with a peaked roof for extra headroom like the VIVOSUN roof grow tents. Available space and intended use should be taken into consideration. 

6) Use a tent made from quality materials

Zippers at the most frequently used opening are particularly important, as a well-functioning, heavy duty zipper is much less frustrating to use than one that sticks or is easily damaged. The frame should be robust enough to support lighting and ventilation. The fabric used for the shell and proper stitching are important to the longevity of the tent.

VIVOSUN uses high-quality, 600D Oxford fabric for years of use. There should be openings to allow for ventilation to be used. Available additional features include observation windows, detachable drip trays, and dedicated bars for hanging equipment from.

Grow Tent
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7) Take time when assembling

Although grow tents usually aren’t that difficult to assemble (many can be put up at a leisurely pace in well under an hour), rushing through the process can lead to easily avoidable mistakes, which can make the process more frustrating than it otherwise would be. 

8) Use care when opening the box

The materials used for the tent shells are designed to be durable, but they are not designed to withstand being cut with a careless razor while opening the cardboard box. 

9) Locate and collect any included parts lists or directions

Compare the parts list to the contents of the box to ensure not only that all the pieces are there, but to identify parts that are similar to each other, and determine which is which. For example, the parts list for the VIVOSUN 4×2 FT Upgraded Grow Tent lists “frame supports” B and D which look very similar.

Check for markings or labels on the tent pieces to determine which pieces are Bs and which are Ds (VIVOSUN thoughtfully prints this information on their supports). Making sure to use the right part in the right place can avoid having to disassemble and reassemble parts of the tent later.  

Grow Tent
Courtesy of VIVOSUN

10) Read through the instructions before beginning to assemble

Understanding the gist of how the pieces are going to fit together in later steps can aid in making sure early steps are done correctly. 

11) Enlist help for larger tents

While smaller tents can be easily assembled by a single person, a second set of hands can be helpful when assembling large tents. 

12) Follow the instructions

Assuming that a quality tent is being used, there should be clear instructions on assembly. VIVOSUN tents include a handy assembly guide. Tents are engineered to be put together in a particular order, and following that order is often easier than “winging it” and assembling parts at random. 

Once the tent has been assembled, add the rest of the equipment to be used. Lighting should be correctly sized for the space, and ventilation should remove waste heat from the inside of the tent. In general, the higher the wattage of the light, the more waste heat that will be generated.

Tents can be used with containers filled with potting mixes or with hydroponic systems. Trellis netting can be used to train and contain plant growth. Thermometers and hygrometers such as those sold by VIVOSUN help monitor the enclosed environment. VIVOSUN’s TDS (electrical conductivity) and pH meters can be used to monitor nutrient solutions. 

Grow tents can simplify and contain indoor gardens, especially situations where the whole room can’t be dedicated to the growing plant’s light schedule. They allow for early starts, or used through harvest. Selecting the right tent and setting it up correctly can help you make the most of this popular growing style.  

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  1. I find this funny,Vivosun is probably one of the worst tents ive ever seen.pin holes and poor zippers.light leak central.

    1. If there are ever any issues , all you have to do is reach out to us and we will fix the best we can. Unlike other companies we stand behind our products 100%.

      1. While that is true that you offer a full refund (I got one) how about just selling a product that’s not gonna be defective?? Offering a refund does not make it so someone has a proper tent. it just makes the awful purchase they made sting less. Dennis Harp is 100% right. Vivosun is easily the worst company in grow equipment. My whole damn zipper leaks. I have a massive glow coming from the ENTIRE zipper, all the way around. This isn’t a simple issue of a mis-stitch. These guys don’t give a damn. If they did they would have done the R&D to fix this by now. Instead they sell you a shitty tent at a loss, knowing you’ll ask for a refund, but you’ll come back for their grabage fans, lights, etc. They follow the video game induatry’s model. Sell the big ticket items at a loss so you come back for the little stiff a lot. Well I’m here to tell you don’t. They’re bullshit!!

        Their lights are TRASH too. Their 100w LED wasn’t even enough to run 2 side by side in their own 2×4 tent. I bought 2 100w spider farmer lights and they LITERALLY DOUBLED THE YIELD of that vivosun pair.

        SKIP ALL VIVOSUN….EVERYTHING THEY SELL IS TRASH!!!

          1. We have recognized the problem and putting more energy into products R&D and quality control. We are about to launch new products, which we believe will bring a new experience to our users.

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