Grow Tent vs Space Bucket – How to Choose
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If you’re growing weed indoors, there are 2 primary setups you can choose from.
You can grow inside of a grow tent or use a space bucket instead.
There’s pros and cons to each but if you have the space and the money, you should choose a grow tent.
If you want to get a small scale grow up as cheaply as possible then a space bucket might work better for you.
Here’s an overview of each grow setup and the pros and cons of each.
Grow Tent – Pros and Cons
A grow tent definitely costs more than a space bucket but comes with several advantages.
Grow Tent Pros
- More room for plants = bigger yields
- More room = less plant on plant contact = less risk of mold/pests
- Easier to set up power cords and carbon filters
- Reflective walls to maximize yields
- Zippered doors for easy access to water and check on your plants
- Metal supports for hanging grow lights
Grow Tent Cons
- More expensive than a space bucket
- Larger, harder to hide if you need a discreet grow operation
Basically if you can find a place for it and you can afford the extra cost, you should get a grow tent.
The biggest draw back to using a space bucket is that you can only fit 1 plant inside of it and you’ll really be restricted on space which will hurt your yields.
Space bucket yields are usually in the 1-2oz range which is pretty weak.
A moderate size grow tent like the 2’x4′ tent I use can easily fit 3 plants and get yields of 6+ oz per plant. This means a small 3 plant operation can yield over a pound of marijuana every 90 days.
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Space Bucket – Pros and Cons
If you don’t have the space or the money, a space bucket can be an easy way to get introduced to growing your own weed at home.
Be aware there are a lot of drawbacks to using a space bucket and you’ll have a much easier time as a beginner if you use a grow tent.
So with that warning out of the way, here are the pros and cons to using a space bucket.
Space Bucket Pros
- Very cheap to get started
- Small size = can be easily hidden
Space Bucket Cons
- Less space = lower yields (1-2oz per plant)
- Have to custom drill/cut all holes for running cords and carbon filters
- Walls don’t reflect much light unless you add mylar/tinfoil
- Can be a pain to water plant depending on how you configure your light and lid
- Requires additional tools for drilling, cutting and attaching equipment
The biggest problem with space buckets, and the reason I decided to go with a grow tent, is that you’re going to be extremely restricted on yields.
Space buckets are really only made to fit 1 plant and that plant will have very limited room to grow horizontally or vertically.
This means certain strains like Sativa, which grow much taller, will be difficult to grow in a space bucket.
Also you need to be pretty handy with a drill and saw to get a space bucket set up since you’ll be custom mounting every single component.
Grow tents come with support bars that make it easy to attach lights.
If you’re a brand new grower just looking to get setup and get your first grow under your belt, a grow tent will make your life much easier.
And when you’re a seasoned pro looking to max out yields and have a bigger scale operation, you’ll 100% want a grow tent.
So just bite the bullet and drop the extra $50-$75 that it costs and get a nice grow tent. You’ll thank me later.