To us, we can barely see it, where it hangs out on the edge of the visible light spectrum, but to our humble plants, far-red is a game-changer, manipulating both their morphology and ability to photosynthesize. Like UV light, far-red light is called by some the “forgotten” spectrum.
The age-old wisdom of providing your plants with different light spectrums depending on their stage of growth follows as such. A high amount of blue light is desirable for plants in the vegetative cycle as it promotes better root development and tighter internodal spacing, preventing overstretching.
Whether growing hydroponically or using a container system, choosing the right growing substrate for the application is critical. There are many different options available for growing substrates. What works best depends on the system used, the types of plants grown, and to some extent, personal preference.
The growing substrate is critical for the following reasons.
In the past decade, there has been a sharp increase in our interest in food production. We have gone from being largely uninformed omnivores to checking the labels on most things we buy. Beyond that, now we are aware of water scarcity concerns and working conditions behind imported foods.
Some say it’s important to dream big… and it is! But what if that dream was already made possible? What if producing healthy plants and fish was possible in a space as small as your closet? Aquaponics, similar to hydroponics, have plants growing in a medium without soil, where roots are constantly hydrated.
Many growers misunderstand ultraviolet light. They think that it will always hurt their plants. Or, they think that only UV-B is helpful in increasing the medicinal quality of plants. Both those statements are untrue. In this article, we’d like to tell you four reasons you should be growing with UV-A. Before that, though, a reminder on what UV is:
I know water cooling grow lights is an esoteric concept, as just about every other company in the world only makes lights that are air cooled. I decided to write a bit on this topic to help explain liquid cooling grow lights and why and when you may want to do it instead of air cooling.
Trying to find the best grow lights for your application can be an overwhelming process. In fact, researching the topic might leave you with more questions than you started with. After all, not all of us are qualified engineers or plant physiologists, and lighting system specs can get very technical very quickly.
our beloved plants are run by tiny machines. The stories of these machines are absolutely fascinating and worth a moment of your time to learn about. It’s should be noted that if these machines didn’t exist, neither would you.
If we are to understand the science of how LED’s produce light, we first have to understand something quite odd about electrons. Electrons can not do something that seems very simple – have “forbidden” quantities of energy.
They do. And it’s a fact that many LED companies outright lie about and we’re here to set the record straight. You might be surprised to learn that in a closed system (we’ll explain this later), they produce as much heat as high-pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), the extremely inefficient incandescent, or even a space heater of the same wattage.
There was a time when choosing a grow light was simple – all you needed to know was what brand and wattage you wanted. Things have changed. Drastically. The market has been flooded with grow light options and it can be quite challenging to figure out which light is best for you.
Learn how to use the right spectrum of light to get huge growth, abundant flowers, and massive fruit.
Plants are far, far more adaptable than we often give them credit. And, they have to be.