Best 2×4 grow tent setup
We’ve grown many runs of cannabis plants in both cheap and mid-priced 2×4 grow tents. The small grow space doesn’t mean you can’t grow killer weed. We’ll review how many plants work best, what to expect for 2×4 grow tent yield, and how to maximize bud density quality. You’ll also learn to set up ventilation and circulation systems in your tent to ensure the proper environment for explosive plant growth.
The techniques discussed below will work regardless of which growing medium you’re choosing. We use coco coir because it provides fast, strong growth, but you can also use soil (the easiest if you’re just learning to grow weed), or any other method including hydroponic mediums such as rockwool, deep water culture, or ebb and flow systems.
Table of contents:
- 2×4 grow tent setup
- 2×4 grow tent reviews
- 2×4 grow tent kits
- 2×4 grow tent lighting
- Ventilation fan setup
- Circulation fan setup
- How to check for light leaks
- How many plants should you grow?
- Watering plants in a 2×4 tent
- Drying plants in your tent
Summary: What are the best 2×4 grow tents?
Best overall 2×4 grow tent
Gorilla makes tall, sturdy tents at a premium price point.
Best mid-priced 2×4 grow tent
AC Infinity Cloudline 642 tent
Strong, reliable tent that’s a great value for the money.
Best cheap 2×4 grow tent
A highly rated grow tent under $100, in 72″ and 60″ heights.
Read below for full reviews on these tents, as well as similar options available at these price points.
2×4 grow tent setup
For new growers, buying the equipment for a 2×4 grow tent setup can be done for under $500. If you want an LED grow light you’ll need to spend a bit more, since quality LEDs start around $500+.
2×4 grow tent yield depends a lot upon the quality of the lighting you’re using, and your ability to keep the environment in your tent at optimal growing conditions for weed plants. We’ll walk you through all of that below.
Keeping temperatures low enough in the small space of these tents can be a big issue if you use more powerful lights or have the tent located in a warm room. Your 2×4 grow tent setup will need to have proper exhaust ventilation to ensure you can keep temperatures in check.
You’ll need the following equipment to set up your grow tent’s lighting, ventilation, and air circulation systems:
- Grow light ballast, reflector hood, and bulb (400 or 600 watt) OR LED light
- Inline fan for ventilation (4″ or 6″)
- Carbon filter (4″ or 6″)
- Two clip-on fans for air circulation
- Hanging straps for grow light
- Flexible ducting (4″ or 6″)
- Thermometer/hygrometer with probe
- Programmable timer for lights
- Aluminum tape for ducts
If you’re just getting started and not sure how to properly size the equipment to your tent, consider getting a 2×4 grow tent kit.
2×4 tent features
Here are the features to look for when buying a 2×4 grow tent:
- Duct and cord openings: You need one duct opening at the top of your tent for your exhaust, and two more on the top sides if you plan on running air cooled lights with a separate fan.
- Ventilation panels with sealable velcro flaps at the bottom are needed for air intake during the vegetative stage. During flowering you’ll need to seal these off and introduce air through a lower vent hole.
- Zipper panels allow easy access to maintain plants, essential for training and maintenance. A 2×4 grow tent doesn’t need side/rear access, the 2 foot depth lets you reach plants at the far back corners easily. Zippers should be backed with light-proof material.
- Quality zippers are important — this is the biggest point of failure in cheap tents. When the zipper breaks the tent is useless for flowering since it won’t stay light-proof, so there is value in paying a little more for better zippers. The cheapest 4×2 grow tents tend to have cheap zippers as well,
so be careful.
- Sturdy tent poles and connectors provide a firm structure to support heavy grow light hoods and carbon filters. Even cheap 2×4 tents should be able to support your light fixture, exhaust fan, and filter easily. But cheaper tents usually have thinner poles and cheap plastic connectors so the tents are a bit more wobbly than the premium tents.
2×4 grow tent reviews
Here are some reviews of the best 2×4 grow tent models in three price ranges: premium, mid-priced, and cheap.
Gorilla 2×4 grow tent
Best 2×4 grow tent: Overall Winner
The Gorilla 2×4 tent is the best 2×4 grow tent you can buy, with a premium price to match. There are two models, the standard GGT24 tent and the cheaper LITE 2×4 tent:
- The Gorilla GGT24 tent with extension kit features include:
- 83″ tall
- 1′ extension kit included, and optional 2′ extension kit is available
- 19mm pole diameter
- Thick 1610 canvas
- Six 11″ ducting ports and two 3″ cord ports
- The standard Gorilla LITE 2×4 tent is a cheaper version. Features:
- 79″ tall
- 16mm pole diameter
- 210D canvas
- Six 11″ ducting ports and two 3″ cord ports
- Optional 1′ extension available
Gorilla tents are very solidly built. Thick interlocking poles form an all-steel interlocking frame for both the GGT24 and LITE models. Durable fabric, double-cinching duct ports, tightly reinforced seals, and industrial-strength zippers make this tent able to stand up to years of daily use.
Gorilla grow tents are the best choice if your grow space can accommodate a tall tent. They’re the only 2×4 grow tent that can be set up with extensions to give you space if your weed plants stretch unexpectedly, and the extra room allows you to increase the intensity of your light.
The premium quality of Gorilla tents comes at a much higher price point than competitors, so if you’re on a budget check out some less expensive options below.
AC Infinity Cloudline 642
Best mid-priced 2×4 grow tent
The AC Infinity Cloudline 642 tent is our pick for the best value in 2×4 grow tents. It’s very solidly built, at nearly half the price of the Gorilla tent. This tent’s dimensions are 48”x24”x72”.
- Very thick 22 mm diameter poles (thicker than Gorilla’s!)
- High density 2000D canvas prevents light leaks
- Diamond mylar amplifies light reflectivity
- Features controller mounting plate with no light-leak cable passthrough.
- Double-cinching vent openings
We’ve used a variety of AC Infinity products over the years and have been very happy with them. We checked out their 2×4 tent at a local hydro shop and were impressed with the overall stability construction. The pole thickness supports 150 pounds hanging from the ceiling, it’s very sturdy. The zippers seemed like they’d hold up to lots of daily use.
We use a 2×4 tent for vegetation and drying weed plants. When it comes time to replace it, this AC Infinity Cloudline 2’x4′ will be the unit we choose. It costs a little more than the absolute cheapest grow tents, but it’s a much better value due to the overall quality and stability.
Spider Farmer Grow Tent
33% more canopy than standard 2×4 tents
This Spider Farmer tent measures 28″ x 55″ x 80″, a bit larger than a standard 24″ x 48″ tent. It has 33% more canopy area, so you’ll get 33% more yield for the same amount of effort. If your space allows for it, the larger tent is well worth it. You could put two grow lights in here to really maximize bud development.
- Pro-grade grow tent from Spider Farmer-Easy control of light and temperature to create the best growth surroundings for your beloved plants
- Thick 1680D Oxford canvas and Diamond reflective Mylar
- The metal frame is made from hardened steel
- Heavy Duty SBS zipper
Spider Farmer recommends that you pair this tent with their SF 2000 LED grow light. This LED is a dimmable 202 watt light with high quality Samsung LM301B diodes. For a cheaper lighting option, you could also pair this tent with a 6oo watt HPS/MH air-cooled light fixture.
If you’re a new grower and need to buy all of your equipment to set up your 2×4 grow tent, consider getting the Spider Farmer 47″ x 24″ x 71″ complete grow tent kit, which includes the SF 2000 LED, 4″ ventilation fan and filter, and everything else you need to start growing weed plants.
Mars Hydro 2’x4’x6′
Best 2x4x6 grow tent for short ceilings
The Mars Hydro 2x4x6 tent measures 24″ x 48″ x 71″ and is very highly rated. Coming in just under 6 feet tall, this is a great choice if you have short ceilings and want a quality mid-priced tent.
It allows you to top-vent your exhaust fan and use the side duct openings for a separate fan to air-cooled HPS/MH lighting. Features include:
- Diamond mylar lining with double stitched 1680D canvas
- Metal corner adapters and poles
- Heavy-duty metal zippers with double layer black lining
- Two 6″ side duct openings, one 8″ top duct opening, and two 3″ cord openings
This tent pairs well with the Mars Hydro TSL 2000W LED grow light. This light consumes 300 watts of power and the rectangular shape provides even coverage for the sides of 4×2 grow tents.
You could also upgrade to the more expensive Mars Hydro SP6500 LED, a 650 watt light that delivers more than 2x the power to up to a 3×5 flowering area. The extra intensity will dramatically increase yields.
In general if you’re looking to use LEDs then go with the most expensive one you can afford. The extra yield will make it worth it.
If you need to buy a full tent setup, the Mars Hydro 2x4x6 grow tent is available as part of a complete tent kit with a 300 watt TSL 2000 LED grow light.
Best cheap 2×4 grow tent under $100
If you’re looking to grow weed as inexpensively as possible there are a bunch cheap 2×4 grow tents under $100 to consider:
- CoolGrows 24x48x72 or 24x48x60 grow tent
- Ohuhu 48x24x60 tent
- Vivosun 24x48x60 inch tent
- iPower 48x24x60 tent
- HANGKAI 48″x24″x60″ tent
A cheap 2×4 grow tent is great if you need a second tent for cloning and vegetation so you can run a perpetual harvest cycle where you always have new plants ready to flower. Cheap tents are good for mother plants as well.
If you’re planning to use it for propagation or vegetation you don’t need it to be lightproof. Which is good, because these tents aren’t. Make sure to repair light leaks, especially around seams. Zipper light leaks are harder to fix. Don’t put duct tape on your closed zipper, it will make the pull stick and break easier.
The zippers and overall quality on cheap 2×4 tents aren’t great, so they may not stand up to repeated daily zipperings. When the zipper goes, the tent is pretty much useless.
2×4 grow tent kits
If you’re just getting started growing cannabis and need to buy all of the equipment but aren’t sure what to get, consider a tent kit. The best 2×4 grow tent kits have everything you need to start growing weed (although the included LED lights for most kits seem a bit underpowered to reach the edges of the canopy).
Want to learn more? Check out our guide to selecting the best 2×4 grow tent kit.
Spider Farmer 2×4 Grow Tent Kit
The Spider Farmer 2×4 grow tent kit is 72″ tall with solid construction and high quality zippers. Features include:
- Dimmable SF 2000 LED grow light with Samsung LM301 diodes that consumes 200 watts
- 4″ inline fan, carbon filter and ducting
- Timer, thermometer/hygrometer, light hangers, and trellis net included
This kit comes with a Spider Farmer SF 2000 LED light. Its rectangular shape provides nice light coverage to the ends of 2×4 tents.
We’ve used a bunch of Spider Farmer products over the years and they are of good quality for the price.
Check out our guide to 2×4 grow tent kits to learn more.
2×4 grow tent lighting 73
Using a quality grow light is one of the most important considerations when planning a 2×4 grow tent setup. There are a few options available for 2×4 grow tent lighting, and the best option for you depends on your budget and how you intend to use the tent.
LED grow lights for 2×4 tents are more expensive than other options, so they’re not ideal if you’re trying to outfit your tent without spending a lot. But LED technology has come a long way in the past few years, and prices have dropped while quality keeps improving.
The best LED light for 2×4 grow tent use will be able to provide enough light intensity at the far edges of the tent to ensure strong bud development.
Advantages of LEDs:
- LEDs produce less heat than HPS/MH lights, which is helpful in small tents
- Light quality and spread leads to quality bud development
- Lower long term energy costs and no need to replace expensive bulbs yearly like with HPS/MH
- Rectangular designs can deliver better light spread to the corners of a 2×4 grow tent.
- Price: The best LEDs for 2×4 grow tent use are expensive, and you get what you pay for
- Cheap LEDs use low quality diodes and consume less power, delivering underwhelming results when flowering weed plants. Many cheap units can be used for clones, seedlings, and vegetation.
- Manufacturers ALWAYS stretch the truth on grams-per-watt yield.
- Lower power consumption means less yield. Pay attention to the light’s actual energy consumption versus the manufacturer’s claims of efficiency.
- A $200 LED that uses less than 200 watts of power can’t possibly be a true “1000 watt HPS replacement” as advertised.
Investing in a good LED is expensive, especially if you are a new grower and need to buy all of your equipment.
If you’re considering buying a 2×4 grow tent lighting as part of a complete grow tent kit, pay attention to the quality and the wattage of the LED. Some 2×4 LED tent kits offer lower quality lighting to keep prices down. TO maximize yield, you would be better off buying the same components separately along with the best LED light for 2×4 grow tent use that you can afford.
High pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) lighting is great if you’re looking to set up your tent as cheaply as possible. Use HPS for flowering weed plants and MH for vegetation.
- iPower makes several affordable models to consider, including a 600 watt cool tube set, a 600 watt air-cooled reflector set, and a 400 watt set.
- Vivosun also makes inexpensive 600 watt HPS/MH sets and 400 watt HPS/MH sets.
Conventional wisdom is that a 400 watt HPS is sufficient for 2×4 tents. We’ve found that this works ok for vegetating plants, but to get good light spread and penetration for flowering you really need a 600 watt HPS.
A 600 watt air-cooled fixture will increase 2×4 grow tent yield dramatically, with dense, frosty buds at the tent corners. We recommend getting a dimmable 600 watt unit which lets you reduce the amount of light (and heat) which is helpful when things get too hot in there.
Advantages of HPS/MH lighting:
- Strong light intensity produces dense, quality bud growth and yield
- Low price point which is great for new growers
- Dimmable fixtures let you reduce energy use and heat levels when needed
- The main drawback of HPS/MH lighting in a 2×4 tents is the heat they produce
- Use an air-cooled lighting hood and ensure adequate ventilation to maintain proper temperature
- Avoid using HPS/MH in a 2x4x5 grow tent setup, (or other short tents). Heat will be an issue, and you can’t maintain proper distance from the light to your plants’ canopy as plants stretch.
- Long-term costs
- A 600 watt HPS uses 2x the energy most LEDs for 2×4 tents
- Bulbs need to be replaced every year
- Cooling the fixture may require a second inline fan
When considering 2×4 grow tent lighting options, keep in mind the long-term cost of ownership. Over a 5 year span, energy and bulb replacement costs for HPS easily offset the higher purchase price of the LEDs. But if you’re looking to start growing weed in a 2×4 tent as inexpensively as possible, HPS and MH are the way to go.
You can get by with cheap bulbs in the $15–$25 range, such as the Vivosun or iPower bulbs. If you’re looking to improve bud quality and yield, the improved light spectrum of premium bulbs such as Eye Hortilux, Ushio, or Gruotvszak is a worthwhile upgrade. Like most growers we started out using the cheap ones and then upgraded over time.
You’ll need to address heat produced by HPS/MH lighting. Check out some tips on how to set up grow tent ventilation to improve your exhaust and intake systems. This article also discusses how to set up a single inline fan to both cool the light fixture while also exhausting tent air.
CFL/T5 fluorescent lighting
Fluorescent bulbs such as 125 watt CFL grow bulbs or T5 bulbs are a good 2×4 grow tent lighting option if you’re setting up a vegetation tent, for, clones, or for mother plants.
Benefits of CFL/T5 lighting:
- They don’t produce a lot of heat
- Can be placed very close to the canopy they don’t require a lot of vertical space.
- Inexpensive lighting solution for seeds, clones, vegetation, and mother plants
- Limited light intensity and usable light for plants
- Minimal light penetration
- Can’t be used for flowering
- Slower, less robust growth
- Bulbs need annual replacement
CFL grow bulbs and T5 fluorescent are great for short tents, such as a 2x4x5 grow tent setup. They’re gentle enough for young plants, and are useful if you want to make a 2×4 vegetation tent or mother tent.
Avoid using fluorescent lighting to flower weed plants. They just don’t produce enough usable light to bring out the genetic potential of your plants. Buds will be wispy and underwhelming. You’re better off running an HPS. Don’t waste 2 months flowering a plant to be disappointed, get a better light to start with and you’ll be much happier with the results.
Good CFL and T5 brands to consider include:
- The Hydrofarm Agrobrite FLCDG125D is a 125 watt CFL perfect for small tents.
- Two of these would cover a 2×4 grow tent nicely for propagation and veg.
- The light spread isn’t as even as a T5 would be across the width of a 2×4 tent though.
- The Durolux 2′ x 4′ T5 fixture has 8 bulbs using 432 watts.
- It provides even canopy coverage across your entire tent. This is an inexpensive T5 option.
- The Vivosun 8-bulb 2′ x 4′ T5 fixture is a bit more expensive than Durolux.
- Measuring 47.44″x23.81″x2.36″ it goes right up to the sides of your tent for excellent light coverage. Uses 432 watts.
- Also available in 4′ six-bulb, 4′ four-bulb, and 2′ four-bulb sizes. Less bulbs means a lower price, at the expense of light coverage.
Avoid using cheap household CFL bulbs to grow weed in a 2×4 grow tent setup. CFLs made for growing plants deliver usable light than household CFLs. If you’re tired of having to replace T5 bulbs yearly, consider LED replacement bulbs. Cheap LED T5s are available in 2-foot and 4-foot lengths, or you can choose premium 4′ lengths.
Remember above all, CFLs aren’t for flowering weed plants. 2×4 grow tent lighting quality matters. You’ll never get great results using fluorescent lighting or inexpensive LED lights in 2×4 grow tents.
2×4 grow tent ventilation setup
Proper 2×4 grow tent setup will provide plenty of ventilation to remove moisture released through cannabis leaves. Aim to turn over the air in your tent once every minute.
Fans are rated by CFM, how many cubic feet of air they remove each minute. Calculate square footage of your tent to determine proper exhaust rates, remembering that long runs and turns greatly reduce efficiency. Learn how much ventilation your grow tent needs to fine-tune your 2×4 grow tent ventilation setup.
4 inch inline fan recommendations
You can use a 4″ inline fan and carbon filter for 2×4 grow tent ventilation. Look for inline fans with a fan controller to fine tune airflow. All of these units have enough power to properly ventilate a 2×4 grow tent.
- AC Infinity makes the best inline duct fans. All are very highly rated, powerful, and whisper quiet.
- The best 4″ inline fan is the AC Infinity Cloudline S4.
- The AC Infinity Cloudline LITE A4 is a cheaper alternative that’s still powerful and quiet.
- The AC Infinity Cloudline T4 has a temperature/humidity controller built-in.
- The overall best low-cost choice is the 4″ Vivosun inline fan, also available as a fan/filter set. We’ve used a few of these over the years and they do the job just fine. Great value for the price.
6 inch inline fan recommendations
Get a 6″ inline fan if you’re planning to use an air cooled lighting hood or a cool tube hood.
- The AC Infinity Cloudline S6 is the best 6″ fan available. The best choice if you have the money.
- The AC Infinity Cloudline A6 is a less expensive alternative that’s a great value for the price.
- The AC Infinity Cloudline T6 has a built-in temperature and humidity controller.
- The 6″ Vivosun inline fan is the best low-cost option. We’ve used these in 2×4 and 4×4 tents and they do a great job.
Air intake fans
If tent sides suck in a lot you need to increase air intake. In vegetation you can open the lower tent flaps to let cool air in. In flowering you need to seal those flaps, so you can use a cheap 4″ duct booster fan to bring in fresh air. You may be able to avoid needing an intake fan in your 2×4 grow tent ventilation setup, but a booster fan and a short run of ducting are an inexpensive way to guarantee proper airflow.
Make sure all of your ducting runs are as short as possible and avoid lots of bends to maximize efficiency. Use heavy duty flexible ducting to avoid light leaks.
You’ll need a carbon filter to scrub odors from exhausted air. A 4″ or 6″ fan and filter combo will get you going.
- AC Infinity makes great 4″ and 6″ filters.
- Vivosun makes cheaper filters in 4″ and 6″ sizes that do a good job for less money.
Learn more about setting up ventilation in 2×4 tents
Proper ventilation is a must to create the optimal environment to grow cannabis plants and to avoid mold issues. Here is some additional info to help you set up your 2×4 grow tent ventilation system:
- Learn more about grow tent ventilation setup
- How to determine how much ventilation your tent needs
- Find the best inline fan for grow tents
- How to find the quietest inline fan
2×4 grow tent circulation fans
In addition to inline fans for ventilation, you’ll also need to buy fans for air circulation inside of your tent. For best results you want a steady breeze that causes your plants’ leaves to gently rustle.
This is best accomplished by using two circulation fans, one at the top and a second at the bottom of your canopy. To improve air circulation, make sure to remove lower growth that’s getting minimal light penetration, and defoliate large fan leaves so air can blow through the plant.
- Best low cost options: 6″ clip-on fans such as the Hurricane Fan of the Comfort Zone.
- More powerful options: Secret Jardin Monkey fans come in 16 watt and 30 watt models.
Small air circulator fans are your best option for under-canopy circulation, they’re powerful yet inexpensive. We’ve used both of these models were very satisfied with each.
- The 7″ Amazon Basics room circulator fan is the cheapest way to go. Very powerful for the money.
- The Honeywell HT-900 is another compact, powerful fan at a low price. Very highly rated.
- The 9″ Holmes oscillating table fan is the most reliable small oscillating fan available.
- Secret Jardin’s oscillating Monkey Fans clip nicely to 2×4 grow tent poles. But mine worked for under a month. Tons of lousy Amazon reviews have similar complaints. Buyer beware.
Learn more about circulation fans
- Grow tent circulation fan reviews
- Learn more about circulation fans
How to check grow tents for light leaks
Even the best 2×4 grow tents usually have small light leaks. Always test your tent for light leaks by standing inside it with the door shut in a well lit room. Look for pinhole leaks around seams, and cover them with black Gorilla tape to make them light-proof.
Check flexible ducting for light leaks too. Using heavy-duty ducting is a good idea, they’re much more likely to stay light-proof over time. Air-cooled lights are constantly being raised and lowered, increasing the brittleness of the thin foil on cheap ducting. To check ducting for light leaks from ducts, stand in a darkened room while the tent’s grow lights are on. If you see a few specks of light patch them with foil tape, or replace the duct if there are a lot.
Leaks in ducting connecting your filter to your fan will allow smelly tent air to bypass the filter, which will stink up your house. Heavy duty ducting is always a good choice, you’ll end up needing to replace the cheap stuff if you want a light-proof tent.
How many plants should you grow in a 2×4 grow tent?
Once you’ve gotten your 2×4 grow tent set up you’re ready to start growing. How many plants can you grow? Typically the answer is 2-4 plants. To maximize bud development in small grow spaces you’ll want to train your plants into a flat, even canopy. In a 2×4 grow tent how many plants you should grow depends on how large you allow them to vegetate to fill that canopy without overcrowding.
We generally flower out three plants at a time in our 2×4 tent using 3 gallon or 5 gallon pots. This is a nice balance of short 3-4 week vegetation time to reach the point where each plant can spread out in a roughly 24″ x 16″ space.
We’ve also had good luck growing two plants at a time in 5 gallon fabric pots, with each getting a 24″ x 24″ area. Four small plants would also work in smaller pots such as 3 gallon. We like to train plants out using a trellis net attached to a PVC frame in a Screen of Green (ScrOG) setup to make sure buds form across the entire tent. Learn how to set up a screen of green.
As long as you fill out the canopy evenly in a 2×4 grow tent you’ll increase bud sites and therefore yield. If plant count isn’t an issue where you live, you could run a Sea of Green (SOG) grow with many smaller plants in tiny containers. Or you could train out one monster plant to cover the entire tent.
Another consideration when evaluating plant counts for 2×4 grow tents is how many plants you’re allowed to grow legally. If you live in an area that allows limited plants you want to do a perpetual grow with as few as four (or even two) plants.
A perpetual harvest is the ideal way to grow weed in 2×4 grow tent setup, you’ll constantly have a fresh supply of tasty buds to smoke. Flower two plants at a time, first taking clones to grow out in a separate location. You’ll always have two new plants ready to swap in once your older plants are harvested.
How much can you yield in a 2×4 tent?
You should expect to yield about 12-16 ounces of weed in a 2×4 grow tent. There are many things you can do to maximize yields. Keep humidity and temperature levels in proper range, use strong lighting, train plants to achieve a flat canopy, dial in nutrient levels, and use proper watering techniques.
Make sure your lights are positioned properly to maximize coverage across your canopy. Learn how the inverse square law applies to grow lights. Indoor growers should lollipop plants to remove lower growth that isn’t receiving light. Proper defoliation can improve lower bud growth which will increase 2×4 tent yield. Try to grow cannabis strains labeled as heavy producers.
Learn more about ways to increase 2×4 grow tent yield.
Watering plants in a 2×4 tent
If you’re growing in soil, make sure to let soil dry out between waterings. Roots need oxygen, and constantly flooding your roots will harm your plant. This advice doesn’t apply for coco growers, who should water often.
There are a few ways you can water plants in a 2×4 grow tent.
1. Use plant elevators and saucers
The simplest way to do this for soil or coco coir grows is to use a 5 gallon bucket to mix your nutrients and water by hand. Use 3 or 5 gallon fabric pots that sit elevated on 13″ plant elevators in a 16″ plant saucer to catch the runoff. Suck up runoff with a small shop vac such as the Buckethead vac, a great value that holds a lot of water. Never leave runoff in the tent.
2. Use a 2×4 grow tray
If you’re growing in a tent near a drain, you can automate the runoff removal using a 2×4 grow tray. Use a double threaded bulkhead fitting to connect a drain.
3. Automated watering systems
More advanced growers can use an automated watering system. You’ll need to purchase a pump, watering rings, drip line and valves, and a few other parts. It is easy to set up, and the convenience of automation will save you hundreds of hours of work.
Check out how to set up a DIY grow tent watering system to learn more about setting up automatic drip watering systems using a 2×4 grow tray.
Drying cannabis plants in a 2×4 tent
The 2×4 grow tent is perfect for drying your weed plants after you harvest. You can hang branches off coat hangers, or run a piece of string across the top end poles. Two 2-foot mesh drying racks can fit in a 2×4 tent as well.
As your plants dry they’ll release moisture in the air. Use a humidity controller for your exhaust fan to maintain a humidity level around 50%. This ensures the optimal range for a slow dry while not risking mold.
You have a few options for humidity controllers, they’re either built into fans or sold as a separate unit.
- Humidity controller built into fans
- The AC Infinity 4″ fan with humidity controller. If you need to buy a new fan it’s worth considering, but they’re pricey.
- Standalone humidity controller unit:
- We use an Inkbird humidity controller with the cheapest 4″ Vivosun inline fan to dry in a 2×4 tent and it works well.
- To really save money opt to pair the Inkbird with a cheap 4″ duct booster fan.
You’ll want to maintain a light breeze at the bottom of the tent from your clip-on circulation fan to prevent moist pockets of air from forming, but don’t point it right at your buds.
Drying weed plants in a grow tent is a great solution if your ambient room air outside the tent is 50% or dryer. The released humidity will bring that up to the target 50% rH level, and the fan will exhaust as needed to keep it there.
If your room humidity is higher than 50%, you’ll need a dehumidifier outside the tent. You need to be able to introduce air that is dryer than 50% into the tent when the controller kicks on, otherwise you won’t be able to control humidity levels and you risk mold.
Best cheap 2×4 grow tents for drying weed
If you’re just using your tent for drying and don’t need it to be lightproof then you can go with the cheapest 2×4 grow tent options which usually cost under or around $100:
2x4x5 grow tents can be set up to dry weed easily. Keep lower screened flaps partially opened to allow for air intake, your biggest risk during drying is high humidity levels causing mold.
A cheap 2x4x5 grow tent setup is also good for cloning and vegetation so you can run a perpetual harvest cycle where you always have new plants ready to flower. 2x4x5 tents are good for mother plants as well.
The zippers and overall quality on cheap 2×4 tents aren’t great, so they may not stand up to repeated daily zipperings. Be very careful when opening and closing the main door, using your fingers to prevent the zipper from running into the light-proof flap on the inside of the tent. Never force a cheap zipper.
Summary: Best 2×4 grow tent setup
The best 2×4 grow tent setup will provide lots of light while maintaining a proper environment. 2×4 grow tent yield depends on good light quality and your ability to control temperatures.
New growers can buy equipment separately, or you can get a 2×4 grow tent kit to get everything all in one place.
- The AC Infinity Cloudline 642 tent is our pick for the best value in 2×4 grow tents. It’s a solid mid-priced tent, costing nearly half the price of the Gorilla tent.
- CoolGrows makes a decent cheap 2×4 tent for under $100.
In a 2×4 grow tent how many plants depends on your needs, but 2-4 plants works well. 2×4 grow tent lighting should provide adequate intensity and light coverage at the tent edges.
We hope you found this information helpful. 2×4 grow tent setup isn’t difficult, but it can be confusing for new growers and there’s a lot of stuff you need to buy. Once you’ve completed setting up your tent you’ll be ready to grow high quality weed plants for years to come. Happy growing!