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5 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Growing Space
The name of the game for indoor growing is control. The objective of the indoor farmer is to maximize the potential of each plant, this means supplying the necessities of plant life and improving upon them. Reigning in environmental factors can be said to amount to 75% of a grow’s success and as such is not to be taken lightly. Nature can a tough motha’ but we as amature botanists need to be much tougher, especially when in the planning stages of a grow. Being that our aim is control it is recommended that we work out of a grow tent to minimize any harmful variables, allowing our plants the simple joy of experiencing light as well as total darkness.
1 – Lighting
Improving on the sun, may seem like a tough pill to swallow for some but with a bit of confidence and know how, we can wring out the benefits while leaving behind some of its less than beneficial attributes for the health of our garden. The sun spurs on photosynthesis in plants, basically stirring them to life, but may also be the culprit in harsh temperatures and even burning. This is where we come in, knowing the dimensions of our grow space and materials such as the height of our pots can help us plan for a grow in which our plants can be kept at a safe distance from our hot lights, reducing the risk of doing them harm. During the Vege stage of growth our lights will be on at least 18 hours a day, mimicking the long days of summer. Keeping the canopy of our plants at least 12-18 inches away from are lights is a good rule of thumb for avoiding a serious burn. One thing to keep in mind that some pants will double in size during the flowering stage, this means our grow plan needs to account for the dramatic growth by allotting enough headroom between our plants and our lights.
2 – Temperature
Temperature and Humidity need to be regulated in our grow to stave off some pretty nasty plant ailments, primary of which is powdery mildew and pests which can destroy an entire grow in one foul swoop. It is important to understand that the ambient temperature in the space surrounding your grow needs to be controlled. Relying on you lights to do all the work won’t help you during the time they are off. Dramatic shifts in temperature can shock your plants causing them to halt their growth or even wither and die. Playing fast and loose with temperature can be dangerous we recommend keeping your grow temperature at 78 deg F with 60% humidity during the Veg stage and between 72 and 74 deg F with 50% humidity during the Flowering stage.This issue can be remedied with an ac system a heater and a dehumidifier.
3 – Ventilation
Air Flow in our grow is essential for a variety of reasons. A simple clip on oscillating fan can replicate a soft breeze that will gently rock our plants back and forth causing a toughening of the stalk, this will be our first defense against the added weight and strain on the plant as it grows and matures. Another aspect of ventilation is supplying your plant with fresh air. This can be achieved by pairing an exhaust fan to match the cubic feet of your grow. Remember the air in your grow needs to be exchanged fully once every minute.
4 – Odor
Mitigating odor in your grow is a must and can easily be achieved by investing in a properly paired carbon filter. Pairing a carbon filter with your exhaust fan can help pull odor, humidity, heat and undesirable particles out of the air in your grow. Remember the carbon filter needs to match the exhaust fans power as to avoid pulling particles through the filter and defeating the entire purpose of using one.
5 – Budgeting Space
Rushing into anything is almost assuredly a bad idea. Take the time to plan your grow before launching in. Budgeting space is essential to maximizing your grows potential. Our aim is to master our space and eliminate any unforeseen complications. By taking into consideration the amount of space necessary to seat our plants, position our lights, accommodate our ventilation system and account for plant growth is key. It is recommended that you sketch out your grow with each variable’s dimensions noted this will give you a working guide to what you can expect and protect you from running out of room.