So you’re thinking of growing a variety of vegetables indoors with a grow tent? That’s awesome! We’re here to help!
Let’s start with the best vegetables to grow in grow tents.
Peppers – green, red, and/or chili peppers can all grow easily in an indoor grow tent, with tremendous yields. We recommend hydroponics for the best results, and 6-8 hours of light cycle per day (although check your seed source for more specific ranges)
Cauliflower – cauliflower, and it’s healthy green cousin broccoli, are both wonderful to grow indoors. They need lots of water and good airflow, but can provide tremendous yields with the best hydro equipment and overall environment.
Beans – green beans and white beans are some of the easiest to grow, and here’s a helpful tip: use a trellis or netting along with stakes to keep them under control and give them something to wind around, while avoiding crawling up to the hot lights. Although, if you use LED grow lights, you don’t have to worry as much about hot temps from the grow light, as they are very cool.
Tomatoes – tomatoes are one of my personal favorites for growing in a high quality grow tent. Tomatoes can yield a ton, have a million uses, and are relatively easy to care for. Just make sure you have a good grow tent setup and proper ventilation to discourage any mold or fungus.
Strawberries – delicious juicy strawberries are perfect for the height restrictions often seen with smaller grow tents. You can pack many into a small space, and you can even grow vertically in a custom setup for max utilization of grow space indoors.
You can even get creative and grow indoors from vegetable scraps. Andy Whiteley from Wake Up World gives us the following awesome advice:
Celery, Bok Choi, Romaine Lettuce & Cabbage
Similar to leeks, these vegetables will re-grow from the white root end. Cut the stalks off as you normally would, and place the root end in a shallow bowl of water – enough to cover the roots but not the top of your cutting. Place it in a sunny window position, occasionally spraying your cutting with water to keep the top moist.
After a few days, you should start to see roots and new leaves appear. After a week or so, transplant it into soil with just the leaves showing above the level of the soil. The plant will continue to grow, and within a few weeks it will sprout a whole new head.
Alternatively you can plant your cutting directly into soil (without starting the process in water) but you will need to keep the soil very moist for the first week until the new shoots start to appear.