Locating an Indoor Garden

Once your indoor garden is set up, it will be difficult to relocate – especially if you’re in the middle of a grow cycle. With that in mind, the following are things to consider when determining the best location for your indoor garden:

Visibility/curiosity factor – Some people like to show their indoor garden off to friends, family and other visitors. Others prefer for their indoor garden to be out-of-sight. It’s tough to maintain a dark environment (lighting and darkness is extremely important to the success of your crop) if the grow tent is visible to many people.

Insulation – The better your indoor garden (or the room it is located in) is insulated, the easier it will be to grow in it. Many indoor gardens suffer from excessive heat issues – especially during the summer months. High temperatures can slow plant metabolism and stress your plants. Similarly, if temperatures drop too low (even just at night), this will stunt growth and bloom.

If you’re not sure how well your home is insulated, consider whether your home gets too hot during the summer and whether it is difficult to keep warm during the winter. Either extreme must be avoided. Most indoor gardeners choose their cellar or basement.

Ceiling height – Depending on your system and crop, required ceiling height must be considered. The dimensions of all of our grow tents are listed here on our website. Be sure you find the best grow tent to fit your space.

Ventilation – Many novice growers underestimate their ventilation requirements. Remember that hot, CO2-depleted air needs to be exhausted somewhere and then be replaced by cool, clean, fresh air. Although many growers simply “polish” the air by exhausting the air from their grow tent into the same room the tent is located in, this is not considered adequate ventilation.

Electricity – SAFETY FIRST! Water and electronics don’t mix well. Be sure that your indoor garden is powered through a GFCI outlet – similar to those found in most kitchens and bathrooms. If there’s no GFCI outlet near your proposed garden location, a regular outlet can be easily swapped to a GFCI by a qualified, licensed electrician.

Floor material – Your indoor garden should be as easy as possible to keep clean. Ideal flooring surfaces are concrete and laminate. There should be no carpet in your growing area. If you can’t remove carpet for whatever reason, lay down protective plastic sheeting.

Water – Think about where your reservoir will be located and how you’re going to fill it. Nutrient solution should be changed every 5-12 days so you need to be certain you have an easy way to fill the reservoir. The last thing you want is to be schlepping pails of water across your house soaking everything on the way. Plan ahead and make your life as easy as possible. For most of us, our indoor garden is not our full time job. Keep the routine chores as quick to complete as possible. Remember, your hobby should be a pleasure – not a chore!

Drainage – Similar to filling your reservoir, think about how and where you will drain the spent nutrient solution. Many indoor growers us a wet/dry shop vac or submersible pump and hose to drain their reservoirs. Some growers recycle their spent solution by using it on other indoor plants or in an outdoor garden.

Want to set up the best indoor growing environment? Take the 1 hour  Grow Op Setup class or check out the other topics in the GYOstuff Learning Center.

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