So my girlfriend and I were both getting tired of not being able to open my bathroom door fully because of the ginormous grow rack I built to replace the Lowes one that collapsed from the weight of all my plants... So I downsized everything! Also I needed something that took less effort to take care of because of all the traveling I will be doing this summer and I figured refilling trays was easier than having to hand water a grow rack. Anyway... First a pic of the ginormous old setup and then the new setup.
The original Lowes grow tent that collapsed under the weight of everything.
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The grow rack I built to take its place that worked fine, but I mismeasured and it wound up about 6" too wide and too long. so it barely fit through the door...
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Step 1 was buy two 24" long hefty tubs with locking lids, 15 medium sized acrylic display cases from the container store for $1.80 a piece, and two typical seedling tray lids with air vents.
Step 2 cut out the proper size hole in the lid so that the lid will sit in there snuggly and silicone both sides. This is to make the entire setup airtight.
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Step 3: While the silicone dries drill holes in the lid and bottom of your 15 acrylic containers. The trick I have found to not cracking the acrylic is to have the drill bit going as fast as possible and apply minimal pressure, just enough to make a mark on the acrylic, each hole took about 30-60seconds.
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Step 4: Once all your holes are drilled arrange your new pots however you want in your tub.
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Step 5: I chose to use perlite as a base media for my sphagnum because it allows for greater airflow and minimal nutrient buildup. Also it doesn't really cloud up the water that will be sitting in the bottom of the container when the whole thing is set up.
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Step 6: Set everything up!
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A view of the custom lid.
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With customizeable vents!
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Add plants and 4ft, 4 bulb HO T5 light fixture and your setup is complete!
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The sundew container.
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The sphagnum container
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A few randoms shots
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I hope you guys enjoyed the basic tutorial and like the new setup we'll see what kind of temps I get soon.