Hanging on to what you grew in the summer sun is a wonderful dream. Bud's, blooms and photosynthesis in December shouldn't be a daydream. Don't let the fall time change get you down. Stop fretting over decumbent stems. Despite the darkness and cold weather; you can grow all winter! Let's Hang On to what we grew in the summer.
Giving the orchid you got in July a home for the winter sound's nice. Is it practical? Can that giant milkweed really get giant-er? Don't let your temperamental houseplant take that prime spot in front of your only south facing window. Can you give your plants a tropical vacation that lasts all four seasons? You betcha!
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How a grow tent will improve your odds of success
Unlike a windowsill, grow tents use a reflective material inside to maximize and intensify the light. Walls reflect and diffuse the light, exposing plants to a greater concentration of light compared to growing indoors.
Your grow tent is extremely helpful when it comes to controlling the Air and Light around your plants. Protecting your plants from cold weather is the main goal. The air inside the grow tent will be maintained above a minimum temperature and below a maximum temperature that is set by you. Humidity of the air inside the grow tent is usually around 75%. Outside air humidity in Nevada is frequently below 15%. The higher humidity is an added bonus that makes the plants very happy inside the grow tent. The reflective material inside the grow tent maximizes the efficiency of the lighting. The grow tent is not a greenhouse. It can be placed where it gets no sunlight. A closet or garage are perfectly good locations for a grow tent. You will need access to an electrical outlet to power the lighting.
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Select the largest grow tent you have space for
There is a grow tent for every space. The largest grow tent I could fit in my garage has a 48"x48" footprint and is 80" tall. If your space is smaller, get a smaller tent. Have more space? Consider getting a larger grow tent.
Place light fixtures over your plants
The number of options for lights is nearly unlimited. Select Fluorescent or LED. The important thing here is the light fixture should fit the grow tent. Add more lights if necessary. Keep the plants well illuminated.
Warm the grow tent with space heaters
A grow tent is not the same as a greenhouse. A greenhouse gets heat from the sun. A grow tent needs a heater. Select a heat source that will raise the temperature inside the grow tent safely and efficiently.
Automate the temperature and lighting
Technology makes the grow tent go. Automate the temperature and lighting. The digital timer and temperature controller ensures plants receive even lighting while preventing drastic changes to their environment.
Mitigate potential problems with circulation
Don't grow in a static environment. Air circulation is absolutely necessary inside a grow tent. It's a proven fact that plants grow stronger and healthier stems when exposed to moving air.
Power the grow tent with safe electricity
Supply electricity to the grow tent without creating a fire hazard. A 15 Amp extension cord could be excessive. I'd rather be safe that sorry. Don't overload outlets. Never plug a surge protector into another surge protector.
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