A sturdy piece of kit, the CLOUDLAB series boasts a best-in-class 2000D canvas shell, 150-pound weight capacity, and an all-steel frame complete with 22mm poles.
Lights add heat—HIDs more so than LEDs—but generally speaking, if the tent’s room is around 65°F, fans should be adequate to maintain a good temperature and you won’t need ACs or heaters.
Bud sites on a plant also need room to breathe. A little extra space encourages airflow between colas and helps prevent common diseases like powdery mildew and botrytis, and pests like spider mites.
Many homegrowers use 4’ x 4’ tents for the flower cycle. That said, I personally prefer the 5’ x 5’x 6’8” CLOUDLAB 866 by AC Infinity ($189.99). The extra space promotes plant health and lets me hang side lighting just below the top of the canopy for a boost in yield.
Multi-chamber tents are designed to make a perpetual harvest attainable for people with a limited grow space. Perpetual harvesting allows a grower to have a fresh crop ready to harvest more frequently.
Safe power use
While AC Infinity’s CLOUDLAB 743D is the clear frontrunner where materials, price, and overall value are concerned, Secret Jardin’s Lodge 160 ($410) is also great, but more than twice the cost. The Lodge 160’s slightly larger canopy space could make a difference when hosting so many plants in one structure. It’s 5.25’ x 4’ x 6.5’ and features M210D canvas, steel poles with polypropylene corners, and a weight limit of roughly 66 pounds.
Before LED lights disrupted the homegrow market, hobbyist cultivators flowered plants primarily in tents no shorter than six feet—tall tents built to accommodate hot HID lights.
Plants in the vegetative stage maintain a low odor as they haven’t begun to produce terpenes, the plant’s aromatic compounds. As weed plants transition into the flowering phase, trichomes will start to develop and produce terpenes, causing them to smell more.
Fans are a must in a grow space to move air around, so buy some of those before an AC unit. If you find that fans aren’t bringing down the temperature enough, then you may want to invest in an AC.
Think of all the equipment in your grow space as organs in the body—if one fails, the others will have to work a lot harder for a bit, and then will fail in a matter of time.
Before watering, check the pH of your water and add pH Up or Down if needed.
Check temperature and humidity levels
The growth stages of marijuana can be broken down into four primary stages from seed to harvest:
Weed plants need different amounts of light during their vegetative and flowering stages. You don’t have to worry about this in an outdoor setting—the sun and the season dictate this—but when growing indoors, you will be controlling it.
If your space is too humid, you may need to invest in a dehumidifier—also known as “dehueys.” However, keep in mind that while dehueys will reduce humidity, they typically increase temperature—you may need more fans or an AC when adding a dehumidifier.
Dehumidifiers and ACs
For a root system to develop and thrive, they will need the following:
You can connect a controller to fans, dehumidifiers, humidifiers, heaters, or air conditioners, and set thresholds whereby each device will power on and off based on your ideal environmental settings. Some units run autonomously, making changes based on set parameters, while others allow you to control each element via an app on a phone, tablet, or computer.