So, which one should you choose between a space buck and a grow tent? Well, if you’re having such a dilemma, then it means you’re somewhat a newbie in this business of indoor gardening.
You are probably looking to start growing cannabis, tomatoes or whichever plant that’s on your mind. However, you’ve heard of the space bucket and also came across grow tents but can’t decide which one’s the best choice for you.
Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of both the space bucket and the indoor grow tents. But before we dive in, you have to know that different people have different needs, and so what might be great for you, might be a turn down for someone else. Keep that in mind when comparing both indoor growing methods.
Space Bucket Vs Grow Tent – Which One Has Better Yields?
I’ve decided to start with the most relevant and important question most newbies ask. It depends on what you’re growing. Do you want large amounts of yields? Or are you looking to plant small plants and micromanage them?
If your situation is the latter and you’d like to plant just a few plants – perhaps a medicinal marijuana for occasional use, then the space bucket is exactly what you need. There is no need of buying a grow tent when all you need is a small yield.
However, if you are looking to grow more marijuana, then a grow tent is the best option. Also, if you are growing something like a tomato, which usually grows long and widespread, then you can’t use the space bucket because of the limited space.
Now, in terms of quality of yields, the verdict is 50/50 and it depends on how you manage either your space bucket or the grow tent. Once again, the quality of yield is normally influenced by different factors, such as the type of soil you’re using, the lighting system you’ve applied, and the airflow system you’ve installed.
Some folks might argue that grow tents give better quality yields, because of the carbon filters and inline fan systems. But, as expected, these aspects don’t necessarily come with the grow tents, but are rather installed by the farmer. Therefore, poor installation systems of these components can affect the yield’s quality.
On the other hand, the micromanagement of a small plant in a space bucket seems much easier to monitor and cheap to make any changes to it. This can improve the plant’s quality of yield.
Which One’s Cheaper?
I think this is self-explanatory. When I say that space buckets are cheaper than the grow tents, that’s like preaching to the choir. With space buckets, you don’t need to spend lots of cash on lighting panels, carbon filters, or huge fans.
Instead, all you need to DIY a space bucket is, well, buckets! And yes, you don’t need the expensive ones, because even the cheap ones can do. All you need to do is get the dark (black) ones, which help keep light within the space bucket.
On the other hand, grow tents are costly. That doesn’t include the cost of carbon filters and lighting panels, which have to be the larger ones that cost more.
The downside to space buckets not needing carbon filters, is that you’ll have to deal with the smell.
Therefore, if you’re planning to grow marijuana, which is the most suitable plant for space buckets, then you’ll have to find a way to get rid of the smell. Unless you’re cool with the smell sipping through the ventilations of your house.
How Do They Compare in Terms of Maintenance?
It is expected that the space buckets win on this one. This is because they are really small in size and thus it only takes minutes to clean it whole. Conversely, the grow tents are large and so their cleaning process last longer.
However, when it comes to keeping the electrical cords in place, the space bucket somewhat loses the war.
Although the space bucket doesn’t need carbon filters, ducting, and inline fans, you still have to install two smaller fans to its sides. One for intake at the bottom of the space bucket and one at the top for exhaust. Both fans have wiring cords that run them.
Also, you’ll need a small lighting panel that’s placed at the top of the bucket. Once again, this needs electric cords to run it. Since the space bucket is so small, the cords will be jumbled up. Therefore, you’ll need some kind of a system to make sure they don’t get out of hand.
With grow tents, they are designed with pockets to hide the electric cords. Therefore, when it comes to getting rid of annoying electric cords, the grow tents win.
Also, grow tents are easier to maintain its cleanliness, mainly because you can do an overhaul cleaning of the entire tent.
Although it will take longer compared to space buckets, the likeliness of having a cleaner, fresher growing space is with grow tents. This is because everything is spaced out and the tent doesn’t stifle the plants.
Let’s Talk About Mobility and Flexibility
No doubt, the space bucket wins when it comes to mobility and relocation. You can literary carry the space bucket from one corner of the room to another, perhaps to look for better natural lighting coming through a window.
However, this doesn’t mean the grow tent cannot be moved just as easily. It actually can be assembled and reassembled, but you’ll take longer to do so.
Regarding flexibility, the grow tents are much better at it. That is, once you’ve completed building your space bucket, there isn’t much you can do to rebuild it in another way.
For instance, you might want to change the height of the lighting as the plants grow. However, this is not possible, you’ll have to deal with the height as it is. Unless you were creative enough to build the space bucket with removable upper parts. But this is not something most newbies can think of.
With grow tents, flexibility is guaranteed. You can change the arrangement of the components as you want.
Well, as you can see, it all depends on what you’d like. Some people are financially limited to buy a grow tent, especially getting the carbon filters and the expense of electric bills in running the fans can be too costly.
Therefore, for such an individual, the space bucket is the best option.
On the other hand, if you higher number of yields, then the grow tent is the best option. But you’ll have to incur the extra cost of maintaining the tent.
Basically, it is all about weighing your options, and I hope this article has been helpful in comparing the space bucket vs grow tent. In some cases, it is recommendable to have both the space bucket and a grow tent. This is to enjoy the best of both worlds.