- Check shipment for all materials and start with the grow tent box.
- Select location for your grow tent
- Install the tent according to instructions that come with it
- Find the light hangers and light box.
- Install light hangers over center box.
- Install light on hangers.
- Identify carbon filter, inline fan and ducting and select a location for install
- Run ducting through chosen vent, allowing at least 1 foot to be outside of the tent.
- Install fan on filter and attach ducting.
- Identify tow (2) clip fans.
- Install one fan in the back corner and upper half of the tent (below the light), pointer toward the floor.
- Install the second fan in the front corner, lower half of the tent and pointed upward to the cent of the tent ceiling.
- Run all the power cords out of the tent through a single lower vent opening on the side.
- Identify GFCI power strip and digital timer.
- Plug power strip into wall outlet.
- Plug the light into the timer.
- Plug the fans into the power strip.
A cube is a self contained grow lab designed to be used safely indoors to grow plants of any type. It allows the grower to completely control the environment, including light, air quality, temperature, and humidity.
The size of cube you choose depends on two things how much space you have available and how many plants you want to grow. A simple formula for figuring out the size of cube you need is 2 sq ft per plant. So for example a 4x4x7 cube is perfect for 4 plants. You can grow 6 in the same environment without crowding them too much.
Light is actually one of the most important things you can do for your plants. A proper light source, putting out the right type of light in the proper spectrum can do more for your garden than all of the top of the line equipment combined.
There are 3 major types of light that you can use for indoor growing. HID (High Intensity Discharge), CMH/LEC (Ceramic Metal Halide/Light Emitting Ceramic), or LED (Light Emitting Diodes). HIDs cost the most to run and produce the most heat. CMH/LEC reduces the cost significantly. LED is the clear choice for energy savings and heat reduction.
That really depends on your budget, your grow space, and your available time to maintain equipment. Typically, LEDs are the best choice for home growers as the energy savings, heat reduction, and ability to easily change spectrum take a lot of the guesswork out of the process for new growers.
No. RO Water is expensive and also creates waste water that depending on your state can be hard to deal with. Distilled water, while wonderful for the plants, means you have to have a distillery or you have an added expense of buying water.
Both have advantages and disadvantages soil is typically easier for the first time grower as there are many different mixtures and formulas readily available at your local garden store. Hydroponics on the other hand delivers a constant flow of water and nutrients in the desired amounts to the roots of your plant without any soil. However, it requires much more in the way of set up and maintenance and the nutrients tend to be a bit more expensive, adding cost to the grow.
The biggest choices when selecting your nutrients are going to be organic or non-organic, liquid or powder. Liquid organic nutrients are better for the environment better for your plants and better for you. However, they tend to be a bit more expensive and have more preparation involved in their use. One part powdered nutrients on the other hand tend to be much cheaper, mix easily with water, but require a thorough flushing at the end of the grow.