Grow Tents vs Space Buckets

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Grow tents and space buckets are very useful ways to growing marijuana indoors. Each method is very different and requires certain techniques in order to have a successful yield.

In addition, both methods are proven ways of growing weed successfully if done properly.

Both grow tents and space buckets have their pros and cons. However, in the long run, grow tents are a much easier and more profitable way to cultivate marijuana.

Space Buckets

A space bucket is a regular 5 gallon bucket converted into a customized container for growing weed. They are a popular way of growing in cannabis-friendly states, especially for those who are limited in space.

In addition, a space bucket is a great way to keep your plants out of sight, away from nosy neighbors.

Space buckets are also a do-it-yourself (DIY) project. In fact, it is very difficult to find a space bucket that is sold in a shop or on the Internet. For the most part, if you want a space bucket, you have to make it yourself.

grow tents and space buckets

Fortunately, they are not too difficult to put together, if you have the time. The space bucket is basically made of up of two parts; the main bucket and the light top.

Proper ventilation is also necessary in space buckets as the carbon dioxide used by the plant in its photosynthetic processes depletes easily inside the container. Therefore, there should be continuous airflow inside the bucket to maintain a healthy flora.

Moreover, proper ventilation also helps dissipate the heat generated by the lighting system, preventing it from drying the plants.

Main Bucket – the main bucket needs to be large and durable. It should hold at least 5 gallons of soil. A power strip will also need to be attached to it.

image showing buckets of marijuana indoor

The power strip should be at least 12v. In addition, the bottom of the bucket needs to have numerous small holes so excess water can escape. Without the holes, your plant will get waterlogged, weakening the growth and sometimes killing the plant.

Light Top – the bottom of the lid is customized to hold growing lights for the plant. Many growers recommended using compact fluorescent lights (CFL) at 100 watts for the light top.

The lights will also need to consist of a variety of light spectrums such as cool white lights and warm white lights.


  • Low start-up costs
  • Can be easily hidden
  • Requires minimal space


  • Watering can be difficult
  • Lower yields (about 1-2oz per plant)
  • Attaching the lights to the lid can be very challenging
  • Tinfoil or Mylar for the interior walls is recommended for reflective light
  • Needs a carbon filter if you want to get rid of the marijuana β€œgreen” smell
  • Requires extra tools for construction, e.g. drilling holes, attaching lights and power strip, etc.

Grow Tents

A grow tent is a portable and reusable growing room. It is generally composed of sturdy canvas and has reflective interior material to boost the efficiency of the grow lights.

Typically, grow tents have enough ample space to hold one or two lights plus an area for growing. In fact, grow tents come in a wide array of sizes from 3’x3’x5’ to 10’x20’x7’.

In addition, grow tents comes in various shapes such as square, rectangle, and cone shape. The variable sizes and shapes also allow more control over the interior temperature and light.

grow tents and space buckets

Not only are grow tents portable, but they are also reusable. It fact, it has a lightweight design that makes it easy to relocate when needed.

Likewise, the same grow tent can be used for numerous years.

If you are all about production and high yields, grow tents are the perfect indoor solution to growing. Not only can you control the temperature to help your plants thrive, but you can regulate the air circulation and the amount of light.

For example, if you want to regulate the air flow, you simply place a fan where it is needed.

Bamboo scrog net under LED big light with young flowers of marijuana with self watering

What is more, grow tents drastically reduce pests that can greatly damage or kill your plants. Actually, pests are one of the biggest problems of growing plants indoors.

However, when your plants are in a grow tent, you can readily control the environment. In truth, the chances of any type of pest getting into the grow tent is very minimal.


  • Portability
  • Easy set-up
  • Extreme flexibility
  • Much larger yields
  • More room for plants
  • Quick return on investment
  • Easy to regulate temperature
  • Makes it easier to deter pests
  • Greater control over ventilation
  • Have supportive bars for easy light attachment
  • Zippered doors for easy access to water and check on plants


  • Initial cost is expensive
  • Harder to hide and conceal


The initial cost of a grow tent is a lot more expensive than a space bucket. However, you will have a lot higher yield and successful growth rate.

In addition, a grow tent offers a lot more flexibility and can save you time and money in the long run. For instance, when compared to a space bucket, you are less likely to lose you plant due to pests, temperature, airflow, and watering.

Overall, a grow tent is a superior option when growing marijuana indoors.