Growing cannabis in a greenhouse has never been this easy… or affordable!
Getting started growing cannabis might seem like an intimidating task; even just the thought of buying all the gear it takes and supplies might seem overwhelming but regardless of the scale at which you wish to be a cultivator, there are ways to cut back on costs and save big bucks.
One such way is building your own greenhouse, sometimes referred to as a grow tent. Often used as a layer of insulation so that marijuana crops stay in the right environment light and temperature-wise for better growth and development, greenhouses have become an extremely popular choice, not only serving as a helping aid for cultivators of all levels and backgrounds but also essentially acting as a saving grace for some.
In this article, we will take you step-by-step through the process of setting up your very own greenhouse or grow tent for weed in just ONE day. Not only is the setup time insanely fast, the price for all the materials is also mind-blowingly cheap, costing less than $5.00 USD. If you’re ready to go on a bit of a how-to journey with us, then keep reading on and learn how you too can build this nifty greenhouse which will only set you back a few bucks.
Step 1: Obtaining Your Supplies
In order to get your greenhouse/grow tent set up as soon as possible, you’ll need to collect the right materials. If you live in a country where dollar stores are a thing, there’s a good chance that all of the items we mention can be found at one of those handy shops.
The first item you’ll need to keep an eye out for is a reflective Mylar-style sheet. This insane invention was developed by NASA, and what makes it so special is how lightweight and highly reflective it is. If you are familiar with space blankets or emergency blankets, these are also called Mylar blankets and you’ll want to grab one for every tent you intend to build. This material can be easily found in the camping section of any store, usually costing around $1.00 USD. The second item you’ll need to discover is a large hula hoop. Your light will be attached to this plastic ring, so try and find one that will be large enough in diameter for your grow light to fit inside.
Grab one hula hoop for every tent you intend to set up. These two materials are the only ones that need to be purchased, everything else can be easily found in your home. If for any reason you don’t have some of the common household items we are about to mention, be sure and remember to also write them down on your shopping list.
Allocate string, thin rope, or flexible cables. Any of these can be used to hang the hula hoop later on around your grow light. Scissors or cable cutters might also be necessary for trimming the strings to size. The next thing you’ll need to find is tape; duct tape works best for this purpose.
Step 2: Measuring the Strength of Your Light (Optional Step)
The whole purpose of this greenhouse is to increase the strength of the light being emitted, thus improving the growing conditions for your plants. The best way to see if this quick and inexpensive grow tent design is really doing its job is to measure your light readings before and after the tent has been erected. Using a PAR meter you can test the wavelengths, with a bigger result meaning more light strength, and a lower result meaning less light strength.
A good rule of thumb is to use the machine to measure the light’s wavelengths from 3 distances; a 12-inch interval, an 18-inch interval, and a 24-inch interval. You will find that the larger the interval is, the lower the light reading becomes. Once you have set up your greenhouse, you’ll want to repeat this measuring process later on and watch how much the results differ.
Step 3: Constructing Your Grow Tent/Greenhouse Using Your Materials
If you’re growing cannabis, you have probably already found a nice spot to hang your light. If you have more than one light, you should note that this construction needs to be repeated for every light present if you’d like to achieve the best effects.
Begin by taking your hula hoop and raising up to the light so that the hoop makes a ring around it. Attach the hula hoop using string, thin rope, or cables. There is no specific method for hanging the hoop, but there should be enough areas of contact support in order to make sure the hoop will stay put. It can be nice to create two anchor points next to one another that connect from the cord that hangs your light to the ceiling.
In addition to these two points of contact that are the main stabilizers, add some other points. Just play around with it and get creative, coming up with a solid method for the unique shape of your grow light. The next part is simple – using your Mylar space blanket material, wrap the reflective sheet around the hula hoop, and tape the edges of the material to the edge of the hula hoop. Be sure to work your way around the entirety of the hoop with the tape, tightly securing the Mylar. This is similar to how a shower curtain works. The hoop would act as the shower curtain rod and the Mylar sheet would act as a shower curtain, except tape does the trick for holding it up and rings are not necessary.
Duct tape will be sturdy and strong enough to keep the Mylar blanket in place even if it is tugged at. If you’ve done everything right, the Mylar material can be fully closed, offering a ring of covered space for the plant to sit underneath the light but also within the enclosure of the hula hoop and Mylar “curtain”.
Step 4: Testing Your Light Strength Again With the Mylar (Optional)
If you measured your light’s wavelengths earlier to see the before-and-after difference, then you will probably want to follow up and measure it all once again. Using the same PAR meter, take a measurement in three intervals; at 12 inches, 18 inches, and 24 inches. Compare your readings from what existed before the Mylar material was hung up to what developed after the material was hung up.
You’ll probably notice that the strength of the light improved at all three intervals, which just shows that no matter your plant’s distance within the Mylar enclosure, it will be receiving adequate light to stay healthy and flourish vividly. As a rule of thumb, cannabis plants normally need a direct light contact that ranges somewhere between 400 nanometers to 700 nanometers in order to generate the best possible results and stay as healthy as can be.
Step 5: Repeat the Process for as Many Plants as Needed
Unless you are growing cannabis just for fun in your bedroom closet, you probably are cultivating a lot more than just one plant, which means you probably also have a lot more than just one light. You’ll want to repeat this process for all of your plants.
On average, this Mylar inexpensive greenhouse/grow tent improves light efficiency by more than 120%, all for the cost of under $5.00 USD per tent. At this unbeatable price and with such an easy assembly, this solution is insanely cost efficient and will potentially save you many thousands of dollars because you won’t need to keep upping the wattage of your actual lamps or coming up with alternative grow tent solutions.
Final Thoughts on How to Set Up a Greenhouse for Weed in Just One Day
If you have been feeling stuck on how to improve the efficiency of your cannabis growing lamps without having to buy higher wattage bulbs, or if you are concerned because your plants don’t seem to be as healthy and happy as they could be, then you should definitely try out this quick, easy, and inexpensive DIY solution for making your very own greenhouse/grow tent at home.
All of the materials can be easily found at either the dollar store or another local shop, and it will cost you less than $5.00 USD per tent. We hope you not only found this article to be entertaining but also educational and informative. Let us know in the comments below if you tried out this quick and simple grow tent solution and how it worked for you!