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Moving Units: Berlin’s Homebox Makes Grow Tents for All

Homebox makes some of the best grow tents in the world. Homebox makes some of the best grow tents in the world.

Grow tents have been popping up all over for the past decade or so. It used to be that you had to construct your own grow room, and the old-fashioned way left you with a labor-intensive, clunky, inflexible space to grow your crops in. It functioned well enough, but it was nothing like what the people at Homebox have come up with.

Now you don’t need to convert your closet into a greenhouse or transform yourself into a carpenter to be a successful indoor grower. Grow tents like the ones from Homebox make it easy and efficient to set up a transportable growing apparatus that lets you do your thing.

We’re such big fans of Homebox that we tracked them down in their home office all the way in Berlin to pick their brains about their products.

ROSEBUD MAGAZINE: Where did the concept for Homebox products come from?

HOMEBOX: Ten years ago we saw a self-made grow chamber at a friend’s house in Holland, but it wasn’t portable and we couldn’t get it to Germany. That’s when the idea came to make a portable grow chamber that was easy to set up and move. That’s when the first Homebox was made.

The biggest advantage is that it’s portable. You can mount it and collapse it easily, and nothing gets destroyed. That’s the biggest benefit of the Homebox.

It turned out that people liked the idea very much, and in Europe there was nothing like it. Homebox hit the free market like a bomb. Everybody wanted to have one, and we couldn’t keep up with the demand.

Eventually, we started making different sizes and models to meet the various needs of so many people who want the comfort and convenience of growing with our products.

RB: Would beginners and experienced growers both use Homebox?

HB: We have very professional grow boxes that you can make very big. It’s no problem making them 200 square meters. And then we have small sizes, perfect for beginners. We have low-budget boxes, high-quality boxes, something for every part of the market.

Most of our products get sold to private growers who grow just for themselves, but we sell a significant percentage to commercial growers as well.

RB: What are the advantages of the Homebox over traditional grow room construction?

HB: The biggest advantage is that it’s portable. You can mount it and collapse it easily, and nothing gets destroyed. That’s the biggest benefit of the Homebox.

RB: How long will a Homebox last before it needs to be replaced?

HB: The Homebox brand is durable. We have customers still using the original products we manufactured 10 years ago. The white material is very good. It’s much better than all the silver ones on the market.

RB: Could you say some more about the white versus silver thing?

HB: In the States, people seem to prefer the silver boxes, but they’re made of highly toxic PVC, which is bad for the grower and the plants. We use PE, which is more expensive, but it lasts much longer and doesn’t put out harmful elements. The safety standards for our products meet the standards set for children’s toys. A baby could put this material in her mouth and chew it. It’s that safe!

RB: How do plants respond to the white material compared to the silver?

HB: The white material reflects 11% more of the PAR light than the silver material. PAR is photo-activity radiation, which the plants use. You need high-quality measuring instruments to measure that. The silver box gives you more reflection, but 60% of that radiation is just heat. The silver boxes keep heat in, which is not a benefit, as any grower knows.

RB: What’s the best lighting system to use in a Homebox?

HB: That’s difficult to answer because it depends on the market and the lighting systems available. The systems available in the States are different than what’s available in Europe. But in general, it’s best to use a remote lighting system with quite an open reflector where the heat can go out. In the States, they tend to use much bigger reflectors than what we use in Europe.

In the States, people seem to prefer the silver boxes, but they’re made of highly toxic PVC, which is bad for the grower and the plants. We use PE, which is more expensive, but it lasts much longer and doesn’t put out harmful elements.

What’s not good to use in a Homebox is a lighting system where the ballast is inside because the heat stays inside and you put a lot of weight on the roof.

RB: Is it easy to set up and take down a Homebox?

HB: Our most popular product, the Homebox XL, takes a maximum of 20 minutes when you do it your first time. When you have experience, it takes 10 minutes.

RB: Besides the grow units, Homebox makes some add-ons. Can you tell us a little about these products?

HB: We’re always developing add-ons to improve the Homebox experience. Equipment boards for all your electrical stuff, our drynets for simple drying of your plants. And our add-ons are always made so that you can use them in every kind of grow tent, not just Homebox grow tents.

Now we have a light-proof air inlet. We are the first grow chamber with a ventilation system that doesn’t let light in or out of your system. It’s very new and not on the market, but in May it will be available.

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Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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