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Monday, September 17, 2018 11:02:00 PM America/Los_Angeles By Jett The Heavy,

How to Adjust the Climate Control of Your Grow Room to Increase Yield (Part One)

bulk nutrientsIf you're ready to take your one-plant closet hobby to a larger operation, then you're going to need to make some adjustments. A larger set-up introduces more variables, which introduces more risk and a higher chance of overlooking something, particularly in reference to your climate.

The climate control of your operation is imperative to a healthy crop, or at the very least to producing a good yield. The larger your operation is, the more variables you'll have to consider in regards to your climate control. Use these steps to help create the perfect grow room climate for your crop.

Fine-Tune Your Lighting

Whether or not you're using a hydroponic system, everyone knows how important grow lights are to the setup. Too much or too little light, the wrong color bulb, frequency, and intensity all need to be considered. However, most growers have looked at every angle of their lighting, except one: heat. Even some experienced growers overlook the amount of heat that grow lights produce, and the effect that has on the plants. Too much heat can stunt plant growth, and placing the light fixture too close to the plant will just singe it. Your lighting directly affects your ambient temperature, so you're going to have to figure out a way to balance the two. Grow lights are usually fluorescent, HID, or LED, but some may cause growers to go well above their temperature window (typically about 20 degrees, give or take). So the type of light will also be a factor in figuring out temperature control.

Control Your Temperature

Temperature control goes well beyond the heat created by your lighting setup. Basically, you want your grow room warm enough so your plants don't freeze but cool enough so they don't burn. Generally, this temperature is somewhere between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. The heat that comes from lighting tends to keep things on the warmer end, so an experienced grower will use the lighting as a heat source and just worry about cooling. Small operations can probably get away with using a standard air conditioner, but that's not always going to work -- especially for the larger operations. The bigger your setup becomes, the more thought you're going to have to put into a large-scale cooling system. One or two window AC units aren't going to cut it, and you might have to consider something that can produce consistent and evenly distributed cool air to your entire crop.

Always remember to keep your plants healthy, and you might have to purchase bulk nutrients to keep up. Bulk nutrients allow you to keep your plants consistently healthy, without having to keep ordering so much.

In the next part of this article, air movement, humidity, and CO2 will be covered.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:59:22 AM America/Los_Angeles By Jett The Heavy,

Grow Lights 101: What They Are and Why You Can't Just Use a Regular Light Bulb From Your House

grow lightsGrowing indoors can be complicated, especially when you're a new grower. One of the biggest obstacles that many growers face right away is the which type of lighting to use.

Unfortunately, the light bulb from your nightstand lamp won't cut it -- you'll need specific grow lights for your plants.

What are Grow Lights?

Especially in terms of growing indoors, a grow light is an artificial light source intended as a substitute for natural light. In a hydroponic system, these lights are invaluable because they give the operation the flexibility of being able to see growth in just about any type of light environment. A grow light works at a different wavelength than the lights in your home, which are usually incandescent or fluorescent lights.

Should You Use a Grow Light?

If you want to see growth, then the answer is yes, you should. A typical house light bulb doesn't produce the same growth-stimulating light like that of a grow light. There are two major reasons why a regular light bulb won't work: the light spectrum, and heat. If you've ever touched a regular 60-watt light bulb that's been on for awhile, then you know how hot it can get. Normal light bulbs produce a significant amount of heat during use, which the plants don't like. People often put regular bulbs closer to the plant since they don't produce enough energy, but in doing so the light bulb ends up searing the plant. Plants with a hydroponic light setup will need between eight and 10 hours of high-intensity light each day to achieve optimal health. So, a plant that sits under a regular light bulb for 10 hours is almost guaranteed to scorch. However, different plants also thrive under different colors of light. On the light spectrum, blue light is often used for foliage production, while the red side of the spectrum aids in the budding process of fruits and flowers. So the right light will need to be used depending on the type of plant.

When it comes to a successful grow operation, grow lights are only a portion of everything that needs to be taken into account. Proper soil nutrients, the right plant support, and things like efficient drain systems are all needed for optimal growth

Setting up a hydroponic system? Check out our list of products that can help you succeed.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 10:39:37 PM America/Los_Angeles By Jeff Callison The Heavy,