The Perfect Grow Ep. 2: How to Set Up a Growing Tent for Weed

Soft Secrets
19 Jan 2023

In this episode of The Perfect Grow series, professional grower Drew Anger sets up a small growing tent for weed that can accommodate up to four cannabis plants for indoor growing. The budget for the equipment he uses is $1,200. Is it easy to set up a growing tent for weed? Well, it’s fairly easy if you follow Drew’s instructions. Even if you are setting up a growing tent for the first time!

Drew Anger holding bars while setting up a growing tent for weed.

Grow Tent Equipment:

  • Modular tent with multiple pieces of covering
  • Holding bars to hang utility
  • A power bar to bring electricity into the growing tent
  • Ventilation system (exhaust fan, carbon filter, ducting)
  • Light hangers and LED lights
  • Small oscillating fan
  • Temperature and humidity monitor

Setting up the Growing Tent for Weed

In the video, our friend Drew is using a modular design with three pieces of covering, from the brand HOMEBox. If you use a similar model, all you have to do is just click together all the pieces till you have the frame of the whole tent together. When the frame is done, open up the covering and stretch the pieces along the frame.

Always start by installing the covering on the bottom of the frame, then drip over the bigger pieces over the top of the frame. In the end just connect the upper and down parts of the tent. If you have to do this with one piece of covering it’s much more difficult to stretch and it’s nearly impossible to do so without the help of another person.  

How much time does it take to set up the frame and covering of the tent? It will take you about 15 minutes to set the tent, even if you are doing this for the first time. The instructions are pretty straightforward. Just click together all the pieces to form a frame of the whole tent together and then do the covering bottom up.

Proceed with adding four bars at the top of the tent that will serve to hang utility needed for growing, such as lights and ventilation.

To bring power inside the growing tent for weed, simply zip a power bar on one of the rear frames. Place it high enough and on a spot that’s easily accessible at any time.


Drew Anger installing hanging bars in a growing tent for weed.

Implementing the Ventilation Equipment

After setting up the frame and covering of the growing tent for weed plants, it’s time to implement ventilation. Ventilation is crucial to bring fresh air and carbon dioxide for the plants to absorb and grow. And the carbon filter is there to help eliminate probably 95% of the smell that the plants are going to release.

The first piece to install as part of the ventilation equipment is the exhaust fan. You can mount it on a scrap piece of plywood and hang it between two of the bars that you placed on the tent ceiling. After that, hang the carbon filter using light hangers and connect it to the exhaust fan.

Complete the ventilation system with ducting that you can take through a hole on the upper side of the weed growing tent. You can set the ducting to go out of the window or in another room. It doesn’t matter that much because most of the smell will be taken care of by the carbon filter anyway. 

Setting Up the Lights

The following step is to install the light holders. You can use the remaining bars on the top of the tent to do so. In the video, Drew is using a Spider Farmer SE 5000. It’s a 480W LED light that doesn’t break the bank, has a dimmable function for all stages of growth that keeps it nice and cool for a small grow of four cannabis plants. 

Hang the lights with the rafters from the tent using two ratcheting light hangers. Then set the light timer to be on for 18 hours and off for 6 hours. Normally, the light settings will need to change as you go through the different growing stages. For example, when the plants reach flowering time, the lights will need to be dimmed down to 12 hours of light and 12 hours off. For the starting setup, the 18:6 light setting is necessary to trigger the plants’ natural response to start flowering in an indoor environment.

Finishing Touches for Your Growing Tent for Weed

Complete your weed growing tent by putting a small flip-on oscillating fan to increase the airflow. It’s also helpful to add a temperature and humidity monitor. That’s all that you need for a small growing tent for weed. When all is set and done, you can move in the pots with your young cannabis plants!

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