Grow tent kits are now readily available at prices that make them a realistic way of growing plants indoors. There is a wide choice of sizes available at various prices and the users can choose between using soil or hydroponics in which to grow. It is suggested by retailers that hydroponics perform better than soil growing kits.
The idea of growing plants in anything other than soil is not a new one. Sir Francis Bacon wrote about it in Sylva Sylvarum which was first published in 1627.
In 1699 John Woodward discovered plants grown in spearmint were more likely to flourish than those grown in distilled water.
In 1937 Frederick Gerricke of the University of California named the process we know today hydroponics.
The basic idea of hydroponics is that nutrients are supplied to the plant roots so that the plant does not have to work so hard to obtain them and grows more quickly and profusely.
The beauty of a grow tent is that it is self contained so does not take up all of a room or invade more than its physical size. Grow tents can be purchased that are as small as two feet by two feet in dimension so they can fit into any small space that has access to an electricity supply.
A typical hydroponics grow tent kit will consist of the actual enclosure or tent, a lamp, a reflector, a timing device to control the lamp, filters, fan, pebbles and various nutrients. There can also be various tubes, pipes and ducting. Light, water, nutrients and air are the basics required to run a hydroponic grow tent and that is why the equipment listed is necessary.
Grow tents can be sited within the home, in a conservatory or in a garage. The degree of flexibility is considerable and the only limiting factor is the space available to house the tent.