Are you a fan of succulents, but never knew how to grow them indoors? Well, that might be a hard task, but with some handful of tips and instructions, you’ll be able to do so.
Succulents a broad term for plants that store water in their leaves and stems, for longer periods.
They are at their best in harsh and dry environments and are famous for producing thick juices or sap, which can be used in beauty products and homemade healing methods.
Succulents Grow tents are a perfect way to help keep your succulents flourish all year long, yet especially in the winter.
The lack of sunlight indoors is damaging for succulents but adopting a succulent grow tent and grow lights is a great method to cover their needs.
Though Succulents can be demanding and are not always the best indoor plants, they are so cute to have around.
This article will help you learn how to grow lovely and healthy succulents indoors with a setup guide for beginners.
Why a Grow Tent is important for succulents?
Tents are made to simplify indoor soil and hydroponic gardening, which allows the crops to grow all year round despite the seasons changing. For the simple reason that you can control the environment of growing the succulents.
Succulents Grow Tent Setup: The Materials
In order to set up your succulents grow tent for the first time, you will certainly need a few items to help with that.
Below is a list of the needed materials and other tools:
- Grow Tent
- Grow Light
- Hood / Reflector
- Hanging Equipment
- Power Strips
- Carbon Filters
- Duct clips
- Can Fans
- Temperature and Humidity Gauge
- Basic Assembly Tools
- Tape and Fasteners
Succulents Grow Tents Setup Instructions
Picking a grow tent depends on space availability you have. Therefore you need to make sure you choose a tent with enough vertical height to accommodate the type of plants you want to grow and the extra equipment too.
Grow Lights, Reflectors, Holders & Straps:
Grow light is an important source of energy for your plants to process the nutrients you’re giving them.
Since it’s an important piece of equipment you’ll buy, you will have to make sure you choose a grow light that is suitable for your succulents grow tent.
Always bear in mind that if you give them too much light, you’ll definitely end up needing extra ventilation to keep the heat out which may cause burning the plants if they get too close, on the other hand too little light and you’ll have an under-performing garden.
The truth is that there is a sweet spot for grow lights and we should try to be as close as we can to it at any time A good rule of thumb is that you’ll need roughly 45-70 watts per square feet of tent space.
This means that the ideal wattage of HID grow light for a 3 by 3-foot tent would be anywhere from 400 to 600 Watts.
Regardless of the type of light you end up choosing, you will need to grow light rope ratchets to hold it up safely. When running a very small tent (2’ x 2.5’ or smaller) you should pay special attention to your lighting choices.
Try to not choose a ridiculously large light setup as the heat generated will easily fill the tent and make your gardening much harder. I recommend high-quality broad-spectrum LED grow lights for tents of this size.
Air Flow and Ventilation
Do you ever think if the tent will be very hot? Or if it needs to be aired? Plants definitely need enough air exchange in order to grow healthy.
Yet, sometimes if your room is too hot, suitable ventilation will help your plants breathe, and will also keep your succulents grow tent’s temperature and humidity balanced.
In order to avoid issues like excess heat, molding, and high humidity, it is recommended that the air in the tent is refreshed at least twenty times an hour.
Depending on the type of crop you are growing, you will need air filters that come outside of your succulents grow tent in order to keep the pungent smell of crops in check. For this you’ll need:
- Carbon filter
- Inline fan
Meters and Other Tools
Along with the above mentioned materials, there are miscellaneous tools that you’ll need to have to ensure a good tent set-up:
- Temperature and Humidity Meter
- Net Trellis
- Plant Supports
Assemble Succulents Grow Tent
There are for sure many different brands of succulents grow tents and all have their slight differences. But we decided to keep it simple and easy, as most tents are built very similarly and the building process is basically the same for all of them.
The basic process of assembling a grow tent consists of two basic parts:
. To assemble the frame
. To put on the cloth
10. And Voila! Other than that you may need to attach specific add ons that may not take more than five minutes to do. If your tent is very big you may have trouble assembling it by yourself. Remember to ask for help!
Grow Light Setup
Setting your grow light is as simple as setting up your holders, attaching the hood, and organizing your wiring to neatly go outside to your timer and plugs.If you’re using a closed-hood HID fixture, you need to attach the ducting to the fixture and exhaust to the outside.
Note: If you’re using LED grow lights, it gets even easier!
Make sure to attach your fixture with holders.
The use of a carbon filter is optional. Carbon filters are designed to keep the air clean and free of odors that may come out of your room.
If you don’t need to keep your environment free of smells you don’t really need to install one.
Here’s a video of the basic exhaust fan + duct + carbon filter setup:
Again, make sure there’s enough cool air outside the succulents grow tent in order to cool it, without additional air conditioning.
Note: Fans are more efficient when we use them to pull air, instead of pushing.
Dialing In & Safety Scan
Once your succulents grow tent is ready, the next thing is dialing in. It means you need to figure out the balance between the environmental factors as humidity, heat, and airflow and between the equipment for you to keep the grow tent runs in a constant environment.
This is also the time to test your equipment and run it for a while, make sure you put your environmental meters in your succulents grow tent even without any plants just so you can get a feel of how it’s running and keep an eye on those numbers.
Make sure everything is securely fastened and not prone to fall, give you tent a slight shake to check if everything is safely placed. You don’t want your whole setup dying from a slight bump, do you?
What About CO2?
Setting up CO2 in a grow tent is definitely a hard task. You’ll need to set up a completely sealed room, a CO2 burner, a controller, an air conditioner, and a dehumidifier.
And if any of your CO2 equipment malfunctions are grow is as good as done due to how many environmental factors have to be kept in check to run CO2 properly.
What To Do After You Set Up Your Succulents Grow Tent
16. Choose the right hydroponic system
17. Start your seeds
18. Give nutrients and water regularly
19. Watch, learn and grow with your plants!
20. You should now feel confident at making your own choices when it comes to setting up for own succulents grow tent.
Remember, it’s always 90% grower 10% equipment! As easy as succulents grow tents make indoor gardening to be, you’re still the central piece in this whole setup, never neglect your garden or your plants will let you know, plants never lie!
Pictures source: https://www.pinterest.com & https://balconygardenweb.com