When we talk about indoor cultivation, we mean a particular technique thanks to which it is possible to cultivate, in a continuous cycle and in any season or period of the year, any kind of botanical species placed inside a closed environment, such as a greenhouse, a simple room or a grow box, through the employment of specific products able to favour an optimal development and growth, in a relatively short time.
Among the most popular solutions when it comes to indoor cultivation, there is definitely the grow box, a structure with variable sizes and quite similar to a box that can perfectly simulate the seasonal cycle with the help of specific lights aimed at reproducing the solar radiation and its temperatures. A huge advantage now widely used in the cultivation of cannabis because the grow box offers the possibility of “self-producing” as desired, in the most complete privacy of your home and, at the level of productivity, exactly as it would happen in an outdoor environment.
Un-Box and Take Inventory
Step one is assembling the tent with the easily included instructions, which are also included in the description below. So now you have your growth tent set up, and there’s some hanging bars from the ceiling. And I want to show these off. Two have a big hook and one has a small hook. So what that means is the small hook one goes in first and then these two and go after it. First put this bar in going the long ways, and then put these two bars in going perpendicular. So I’m going to go ahead and do that now. And the way I recommend doing this is putting one side in, and then pushing it sideways and slipping it over that pole. So putting it in, pushing it back and slipping it over. So now the way this is worked, you have this lattice on the roof and this bar is your heavy hanging bar and then you have two that can suspend a little bit less weight, but they’re pretty good.
Choose Your Ventilation Setup
And we’re going to start off by putting our carbon filter and our fan and ventilation set up to make sure there’s no smell coming out of this tent. So as you get your carbon filter, it’s going to look like this. Then it comes with a sock. So this sock you want to end up putting over the carbon filter. Here we have the sock off. Now what the sock does is keep particulates from getting into the carbon and clogging it up. So you’ll probably want to change this out about every 12 months, the sock. And of course they’re inexpensive, usually just a few bucks. The next thing you’ll want to get out is these almost like straps that come with the tent. There are four of them, okay? Now what we’re going to use these for is to hang the carbon filter and the fan.
I’ve already pre-put these together and what I’m going to do is slip them on one of these hanging bars. Now let’s throw the carbon filter inside this. Perfect. And now we have our inline fan. Now you’ll notice with this inline fan, whichever way it’s tapered is the way the air flows, okay? So what we want to do is have air be sucked into the walls of the carbon filter, then go into the fan, and then be connected to ducting that goes out. And that way all the air exhausting from the tent will go first to the carbon filter, eliminating it of any smell. There’s a really convenient little section right here on the fan. I don’t know if you can see it, but you can slip a little strap like this underneath it. So this is the fan that we include with all of our tent kits, and not all fans have this.
This is the reason why we included it. So we strap it like that, and we hang it. So what I’m going to do is take this bar and measure it, and I’ve already pre-measured these, so I know that they’re just about meeting each other. Now let me go get our tapes, so we can connect these together. So here’s where our scissors come into play. With this size tent, I’m going to connect the fan directly to the carbon filter, but depending on where you want to place these in what your tent size is, you could also easily put some ducting in between. Since this one’s relatively small and I can hang them at the same height, no problem just taping them together. Okay, now let’s push that tape down. Make sure we have an air tight seal. Okay, that feels good. Now let’s grab our ducting.
Now if you’ve seen our instruction guide, you’ll notice that we said to get some wire cutters. The wire cutters are really helpful, because when you have ducting, if you can cut perpendicular to these, I would say, wires that give the ventilation its structure, you can end up expanding the width to make it really easily fit over flanges. So that’s what we did here. We cut it a little bit just like that. Okay, and now we’re going to fit it over the flange right here and tape it up. Now that said, we do include hose clamps in, and in case you like those better, then you just need a Flathead screwdriver. But personally I’ve set up a lot of tents. If you want to be really safe, you can even tape it and then hose clamp it.
Okay, so now here’s your entire ventilation set up. Here’s the power cord. And you’ll notice right in the back there’s a small porthole, which I recommend putting this power cord through. Okay, so next up what we’re going to do is move this pole to exactly where we want the light to be, and realize that these poles here are more aligned with where we want our equipment to be rather than being, I would say, pretty evenly bisecting or trisecting the roof. So this one’s in line with this porthole and this one’s more in line with, I would say the center of the tent, so we can make sure that light is directly over the center of where our canopy is going to be. So for this example, we’re going to be using the neutron reflector, which is a ceramic metal halite reflector, which is one of the many options that we have in our tent kit configuration. So we also always include adjustable pulleys with all of our tent kits. And these make sure you can raise and lower your light really easily.
Once you have any power cords, ventilation through any porthole, I really recommend cinching it up. And that way you keep any of your environment from inside the tent from getting out of it, including smell. And any environment outside of the tent, whether it be hotter or colder temperatures, different relative humidity from getting into the tent. And really there are many different lighting options like I said earlier, but this is the majority of your tent set up. Other than that, whether you go in soil, Coco or a different type of ebb and flow or flood and drain hydroponic system, they just put it below and you’re ready to start growing. So we included a clip fan with all of our tent kits, and that’s to get some air movement over the canopy. And this is really important because if you don’t want powdery mildew or pests or insects to really set up shop on your plants, you need to get air moving over them.
Think of your feet if you ever get calluses. A plant’s stalk also acts in much the same way. And what I mean by that is if a plant is never used to getting air moving on it, then its stalk will become very flimsy. So pushing air over your plan, making it wave back and forth actually makes it more robust and hardy. So you always want to be pushing air over your plants if you can. I recommend hanging this up from maybe one of the ceiling bars pointing down towards your plants.