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Ultimate guide to making your own grow room

Depending on the plants you want to grow, and how much outdoor space you have, creating your own grow room could be the best option. 

But where do you even start? 

To help you create the best grow space for your new plant passion, we’ve created this quick, step-by-step guide on how to make your own grow room. More information about each step can be found on our site blog.

Step 1: Find a suitable space

It’s always best to start with a few plants, rather than diving in with a full farm. That said, there are still several conditions that you need to take into account when scouting out your grow space:

Access to a power source

You’ll need somewhere to plug in lighting and ventilation. 

Access to fresh air 

In order to provide good quality air flow for your plants, you’ll need to channel old air out of the grow space using ducting. Ducting can then be used to draw the air out of the room altogether through the open window. 

Somewhere out of the way

Although grow room equipment isn’t particularly noisy, there are can some noise. Finding a space that’s out of the way of communal areas in the house can prevent roommates becoming irritated... 

Moisture resistant flooring 

You’ll need to feed your plants with water and nutrients – which could easily cost you a pretty penny if you have to replace carpet each time. It’s recommended that you use a grow space that has moisture resistant flooring like laminate or vinyl. Alternatively, you can use a grow tent which has a built-in base to catch any excess water. 

Step 2: Block out natural light

When creating the perfect environment for your plants to thrive in, it’s much easier to regulate light using LED grow lights, rather than allowing natural light into the space. So, if you’re growing in a room with windows, you should use blackout, reflective sheeting to block out the sunlight. Again, in a grow tent, you won’t have this issue. 

Step 3: Choose your set up 

There are several ways to create a grow space, all of which will depend on how much room you actually have to work with. For those limited on space, a tall wardrobe or cupboard can make a great little space for a few plants. If you’re lucky enough to have an entire room to dedicate to your grow space, you can either use the whole room or install grow tents in the space. 

It’s important to decide what type of set up you’re going to use now, so that you can get the right amount of kit for your plants to thrive. 

  • In a large empty room, you’ll need at least 1 grow light, ballast and reflector per 1.2m squared so ensure your plants get as much light as is needed. However, it may be easier to use grow tents in order to control the climate easier.
  • Using a grow tent in the room is often the cheapest and best set up for keeping noise, smells and heat within the grow space.
  • For an enclosed space like a wardrobe, it’s important to make sure there’s some height (around 5ft) for the lighting and that there is a constant flow of new air.

Step 4: Add grow lights

There are three pieces of kit that make up the lighting within your grow room: Ballasts, lamps and reflectors. Together, they will ensure your plants are getting the right amount of light coverage. 

For larger spaces, most growers use a main grow light, as well as additional lighting, to ensure no shadows are left. Reflective lining will also help to reduce shadowing on the plant’s stems and leaves. 

You can find out more about which type of grow lights to use in your space on our blog. Using a grow tent will provide you with a strong structure on which to hang all your equipment. You can use cable ties, rope or ducting clamps to keep everything in place. 

Step 5: Arrange your ventilation system

For the best plant growth, you’ll need to make sure there is a constant stream of fresh air into the grow space, while also ensuring old, stuffy air is removed. This process is called the three-minute air exchange (as the grow space should have entirely new air every three minutes). 

Your ventilation system will consist of a fan and carbon filter, and can be set up in a variety of ways in the grow space (we’ve even got a YouTube Video to show you the ropes). 

With your ventilation, lighting and grow tent in place, you should have the perfect set up to get growing. If you need any help calculating what strength of fan or lighting you need for your specific set up, don’t hesitate to contact us.

7 Reasons to use a grow tent

No matter where you are in your horticulturalist journey, there are always issues and improvements to be made. Some of the biggest issues facing hobby growers is climate control, odors and infestations. 

Thankfully, there’s one easy solution to all of these problems: A grow tent. And Herbal House offer the best grow tents on the market. 

If you’re not already convinced about this grow space upgrade, here are our top 7 reasons as to why you – and your plants – will benefit. 

It’s a designated area to grow 

For those that struggle to get enough outdoor space, making room indoors is the only alternative. But this can create its own bag of problems. A grow tent on the other hand means you’ve got the perfect, designated space to grow. Tents come in all different sizes to fit the space you’ve got available. They’re also portable and easy to move around when needed. 

Climate control is much easier

Whether you’re growing commercially, or just as a hobby, maintaining the perfect climate for your plants is integral for them to thrive. As you probably know, different plant species need different climates, and the grow tent is the perfect place to monitor everything. Within the grow space, you can increase or decrease temperature, change lighting and control the climate minute by minute. 

You’ll reduce the chance of pest infestations

Growing outside can open up your plants to plenty of infestation from aphids, mites and fungi. While you’ll still need to keep a close eye on your plants even in a grow tent, it’s much easier to prevent infestations in a controlled environment. 

Odors won’t ruin your day to day 

Depending on what types of plants you’re growing, there’s a good chance a standard grow space would open you up to odors travelling around the house. And nobody wants that. A high quality grow tent will have a structure strong enough to hold a ventilation system and filter – which will keep odors at bay. 

It’ll also help keep the airflow in your grow tent fresh and cool. 

It’s energy efficient

By using a smaller space like a grow tent, you can benefit from lower power costs. Tents typically have a reflective lining in order to make the light from your grow lights go further. You can control everything to a T within the space meaning your resources can be used as efficiently as possible. 

Your plants will receive more lighting

As mentioned above, grow tents typically have a reflective, or polar lining which will reflect light around the space to leave no shadows. Tents will help you maximize your use of lighting. What’s more, the Eclipse grow tents that we sell are the strongest on the market – the structure can hold up to 80kg of equipment, so you’ll never struggle to create the perfect environment. 

They’re simple and easy to use

Grow tents are portable, lightweight and incredibly easy to set up. You’ll have all the space you need to create the perfect ventilation and lighting set up (though we have guides to help you if needed!)

Surely we’ve convinced you now? If so, shop for the best grow tents in New Zealand on our site!