The boxes : grow at home, indoors

Gardening at home, or start an indoor growingarea, requires a minimum of space and the pre-installation. And the most common of course is to install a box. Discover together what it is and how to get there.

What is a " box " ?

In indoor culture, a box is a tent or a house of culture. Inside, reproducing the climatic conditions of the outside, for example, its own culture of tomatoes, aromatic herbs or orchids. You can place it at home, in a room, in the basement or in your garage, where the temperature remains constant.

>>> see examples of rooms horticultural : Crystal Room Secret Jardin 60, Grow-Tent Silver 40, Superbox Mylar 80, Ecotent 150

How is it constituted ?

A culture chamber is made of canvas (reinforced or not), maintained through the use of bars of metal joined by plastic connectors or metal. Equipped with the most often one or more doors reclosable with zipper, it is usually black, airtight and waterproof. The purpose of this is to recreate in your home the external conditions close to nature. As well designed, it allows to create and control a certain climate without the discomfort of the outside (you are the master of seasons) :

His house, made of mylar or a simple white tarpaulin, allows you to reflect the light of your light bulbs horticultural (amplified by reflectors). This coating also promotes a conservation of the heat great for the plants.
In addition, depending on the brand or the model of the tent of a hydroculteur is seen equipped with small windows, holes, or socks (kind of " pockets of holes ") : it is a question of passages for cables and connections, as well as for the extraction/intraction of the air and to facilitate the passage of ventilation ducts.

Of course, investing a little more, you can find models that are more resistant that offer other options other than :

  • - dimension more substantial,
  • - storage pockets,
  • - strips of suspension to fix a lamp,
  • - side door,
  • - ventilation grids,
  • - floors,
  • - splits to have 2 tents in 1, or even more, etc...
  • - rigid structure, thoughts as real cabinets

>>> discover the Secret Garden (large size), Dark Propagator 120 2.5, Superbox 150,tent "cabinet" G-Tools

There is another alternative of having a "room" hard to grow his indoor garden. It comes to investing directly in any of your pieces and/or to place the walls solid. Solution found to the problem of sound insulation and annoyance to your neighbours or your own comfort. In fact, a canvas is less effective against the noise that produces, for example, a ventilation system (noise offans) or lighting (noise from the ballast). Also, in the phase of flowering, the plants may feel more or less safe. Remember to equip yourself for the odour treatment (with a carbon filter, for example).

How to know where to place and build his box ?

It all depends on the type of indoor garden you want to create and the space you have in your home. Because it is necessary to take into consideration that a tent has a certain volume, even the smallest. Your grow space must therefore be reflected upstream.
The required minimum height for a room is about 1.40 m. it should be noted that, because of the pots, the plants are raised at least 30 cm from the ground. And that the lighting must be suspended at a distant approximately 30 cm from the roof of your tent. Add to that the distance plant-lighting.

A tent can have many sizes to choose from depending on your needs. The height will be more comfortable being 2m, it gives you enough margin to not limit you. Because it is necessary to think of the development of your plants. And yes, as a garden of seedlings or mother plant in period of growth takes up less space than in the flowering phase.

This is why, for a permanent crop, it is recommended to possess a space for growth , and another dedicated to the flowering. To do this, a few solutions :

  • - one of them is to separate the grow area into two, if the space of the box allows. Translation pots of planning for growth to the flowering requires more time, practice, and investment. This installation can be done progressively, but it is good to prepare at the beginning of your culture.
  • - Another request even more space, and experience : a room for growth, and a room for flowering. For good results, it is necessary to manage two different climates simultaneously.
  • - Or even, as mentioned above, the Grow-Tent Dual Silver 2-in-1 with a space of growth under a more grand planned for the flowering. It is also possible to have more compartments in a tent : we have the example with the type of Lodge of Secret Garden.

What can there be in a box ?

Example of attempts to culture dedicated to growth
(where it is possible to put sprouts, cuttings, and/or mother plants) :

- temperature : between 20°C and 25°C in the day – around 18°C at night
- humidity : between 50% and 70%
- lighting : cold light/blue sub - reflector (glass, ventilated, or cooltube), with, for example, a lamp double fluorescent-compact 110W, MH, neon lights, Ecolight, or Leds
- climate : extractors, fans, carbon filter...

Example of attempts to culture dedicated to bloom :

- temperature : between 25°C and 27°C during the day – around 18°C at night
- relative humidity : between 40% and 60%
lighting : warm light/red sub-reflector (glass, ventilated, or cooltube), with for example a lamp , HPS 400W, or Leds
- climate : extractors, fans, carbon filter...

Now that you have the basics, it only remains for you that to get you started ! For more information, we recommend the guides for beginners introduction to hydroponics (Pass inside) or the very full The hydroponics for all that will make you the master of the hydroponics !

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