Grow Tent Irrigation – this is how you do it right

The right grow tent irrigation is an important part of your plant cultivation.

In principle, there are different types of irrigation, but you also have to pay attention to the water itself.

Grow tent watering – the different ways

We distinguish between three ways in which you can irrigate the plants in your grow tent

More or less automatic irrigation systems, manual irrigation, and hydroponics.

The latter can perhaps still be seen as an irrigation system, but it differs in that it does not use soil.

Partly or fully automated irrigation systems

Systems are used to automate irrigation or to achieve at least a partial automation.

It starts with simple systems that release filled water over a certain period of time and goes through systems that draw their water from water tanks to fully automated systems that simultaneously measure the water quality and adjust it if necessary.

AutoPot system *

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AutoPot 1Pot system * – our recommendation

The AutoPot system is ideal for beginners as well as advanced users.

It combines the ease of use of the clay drip systems with the individual expandability of the electric pump drip systems.

Pros Cons
  • Modularly expandable
  • Suitable for any size
  • No electricity required
  • Natural watering cycle for the plants
  • Easy maintenance
  • Acquisition costs slightly higher

The AutoPot system is ideal for beginners as well as advanced users. It combines the ease of use of the clay drip systems with the individual expandability of the electric pump drip systems.

And that’s how it works:

  1. The water bowl under the pots is first filled using special valves.
  2. Then the plant draws as much water as needed.
  3. Only when the water bowl is empty again does the system refill water – without an electric pump

This creates a natural irrigation – dry cycle, which also optimizes the growth and yield of the plants.

Electric pump drip systems *

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GIB Industries grow tent irrigation *

The small pump brings the water through “spaghetti tubes” directly to the the plants.

A nutrion solution can be added into the water tanks to be evenly distributed.

This systems can be either half automatic (manual switch on/off) or automated through a timer.

So-called pump drip systems are a little more complex, but also well suited for large plants, and the irrigation is also easy to use.

The laws of nature are not used, as with the clay systems, but an electric pump pumps the water from a tank via hoses to small drip systems that release the liquid to the earth.

Pros Cons
  • Modularly expandable
  • Suitable for any size
  • The amount of water can be adjusted individually
  • Ideal for experienced growers
  • Very expensive

Clay drip systems *

Probably the simplest method of irrigating your grow tent are clay pots. They belong to the group of drip systems * and they work very simply.

Depending on the system, water is either filled directly into the clay vessel or you have a storage container (such as a large PET or wine bottle) and the water enters the clay vessel via a hose.

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The water can drip through the porous structure of the clay pot. The vessel is now put into the earth and slowly releases the liquid to it. The resulting vacuum inside the clay vessel draws new water from the reservoir.

Pros Cons
  • No electricity required
  • Pouring over practically impossible
  • Plant draws as much water as needed
  • Inexpensive
  • Not suitable for large plants
  • Regular checking of the water tank necessary

Watering substrate manually (aka ‘the watering can’)

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Watering Can

Well – it’s a watering can. Ideally you use one with a scale to measure the litres.

The easiest way to Grow tent water it by hand. You should check every day whether you have to water, but in our experience you only need to water every 2-3 days. We used a standard watering can for this.

The advantage of watering by hand is that you will have the fewest problems with over- or underwatering. But you also have a little more work to do. If you don’t have more than one or two grow tents, however, watering only takes a few minutes and is therefore absolutely manageable in our eyes.

Pros Cons
  • cheapest option
  • no accidental over / underwatering
  • almost daily workload
  • “Watering assistant” required when you are on vacation

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