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Best Ways to Maximize the Use of LED Grow Lights

Grow lights are quite the investment, so make the most out of them.

K3 Series L600 Vegetative Indoor LED Grow Light
K3 Series L600 Vegetative Indoor LED Grow Light

LED technology advancement is a blessing to indoor gardening. They are able to give the perfect light to plants for them to photosynthesize properly and to get bigger quality yields. Also, they consume less energy but still gives bright directional lighting. If you want to know how to maximize the use of your growth lights, then you’ve landed on the right article. Here are a few tips on how to take advantage of LED grow lights‘ benefits.

Install multiple units in your grow area.

Doing so allows the light of the units to overlap. This then results in maximum light distribution. Not only are your plants getting the light they need, but you also get to save on electricity bills.

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Check the distance of the units from your plants. 

Remember that light generated by light emitting diodes give off almost no heat. That said, the units should be mounted lower than you would with other lighting systems such as fluorescent and HID so your plants would still get the heat they need. Moreover, you also need to make sure that the light is distributed evenly and can penetrate into the canopy.

Check the distance of the units from your plants
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Make sure to check the temperature of your grow room.

As mentioned, LED lights give off less heat, making them perfect for growers who live in warmer regions. That said, your grow room is going to be much cooler than they are with other lighting systems. If you live in areas where the weather is mostly cold, make sure that the temperature is set to an optimal level for your plants. This is especially so if you rely on the lights for the heat. You will then need another heat source to achieve the perfect growing temperature.

BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum
BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum

Make sure that you are setting the right spectrum of light.

It is common knowledge for growers that you will need different spectrums of light for the growth phases of your plants. Generally, they need light in the blue and red spectrums. However, leafy greens require all blue light wavelengths to develop well and grow healthy. On the other hand, the flowering plants need red light at the far red range, so the flowering phase gets shorter.

 

Do not overwater your plants.

Last, but not the least, avoid overwatering your plants. Again, because light emitting diodes generate virtually no heat and water does not evaporate, the soil tends to retain water. So make sure that you are giving them just the right amount of water. Note that when compared with outdoor gardens, indoor gardens use 80 percent less water, making LEDs all the more efficient.

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Why You Should Bring Your Garden Indoors

Why You Should Bring Your Garden Indoors

Here are the reasons why indoor gardening is getting more and more popular. 

Why You Should Bring Your Garden Indoors

If you live in the city where you have no yard or outdoor space to grow plants, indoor gardening is the way to go. And lucky for us, there is a vast array of plants that can be grown in the comfort of your home. Although nothing beats a beautiful outdoor garden filled with plants, herbs, and flowers, indoor gardening has lots of benefits as well. With that said, we have listed down the top reasons why you should try indoor gardening, regardless if you already have an outdoor garden or not.

You can grow any type of indoor plant all year long.

Maximize the growth potential any time of the year

Yes, it’s a never-ending planting season! There’s no problem with sunlight because you have LED grow lights to do the work for you. You also control the water, temperature, ventilation, growing medium, and nutrients. One great thing about the controlled environment is that you can also tweak the elements to maximize the growth potential of your plants any time of the year.

There will be no weather changes.

No weather changes that affect your plant growing

You won’t have to panic whenever there are unpredictable weather changes. There will be no dry spells that will wilt your flowers, no early frosts that will go full Queen Elsa mode on your plants, or hard rain that might turn into hail or a really wild storm to ruin your crops. They are all protected inside your home with the perfect controlled environment.

Your plants are safe from all types of predators. 

Your plants are safe from all types of predators

There will be no more invaders to destroy your crops! No need to worry about pests such as rodents, raccoons, insects, and other creepy crawlers that can wreak havoc on your dear babies. Don’t get us wrong, though, indoor gardens do get pests too. However, they are much fewer and easier to detect and remove.

 

You get to harvest food inside your home. 

Your plants are safe from all types of predators.

There is no need to buy basil or lettuce from the grocery if you already plant them inside your home. Cultivating veggies and herbs indoors are perfect for those who love to cook or those who plan to eat healthy and fresh foods. And because you can grow all-year-round, you can enjoy salads even in the colder months.

Indoor gardens give off positive vibes.

Indoor gardens give off positive vibes

Having greens inside your home can be very therapeutic. Gardening has already been scientifically proven as an effective anti-depressant. Cultivating plants allow us to focus on the external world, like the growing elements and the things you need to do to allow your plants to thrive. It takes your mind off of things that bother you like a recent heartbreak or stresses at work. Gardening then is perfect for those who suffer from anxiety, depression, and other emotional problems. Plus, just simply looking at gorgeous greens and flowers is utterly relaxing.

If you need growth lights for your indoor garden, do check out ChampionLED.com!

Benefits of Growing Hydroponically

Benefits of Growing Hydroponically

Get to know how hydroponics work and the benefits that come with it.

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Hydroponics seems to be an intimidating term, especially to people who are just new to indoor gardening. However, this method of growing isn’t too technical nor is it too complicated. It is actually a faster and easier way of growing fresh food in the comfort of your home compared to traditional methods. If you are interested to know more about this growing method, then you’re in luck. This week, we’ll turn the spotlight on hydroponics and the benefits of growing plants with this method.

Hydroponics planting setup

What is hydroponics?

According to Merriam Webster, hydroponics is the growing of plants in nutrient solutions with or without an inert medium to provide mechanical support. It began as a scientific study method focusing on plant nutrition mechanisms. Instead of having soil, the plants’ roots hang in water with a mix of dissolved nutrients. Nutrients get absorbed directly by the roots, which shortens the growth cycle of plants. In simpler terms, the nutrients are taking the shortcut to get to your plants faster.

growing plands on hydroponics planting method

What are the advantages of growing hydroponically?

The obvious advantage is reduced labor costs as there is no need for soil. That is why hydroponics is one of the cleanest and easiest ways of growing plants indoors. And if that doesn’t convince you to try growing hydroponically, here are the other benefits:

  1. You can grow basically any plant with this growing method.
  2. You get to save water because it gets recycled through the system.
  3. Your fully-controlled hydroponic system is pollution-free.
  4. Plants are healthy and produce fuller and higher yields.
  5. Plants are easier to harvest.
  6. Plants grow relatively faster, especially with the usage of the best LED grow lights.
  7. Insects and other pests are easy to get rid of, as well as the common plant diseases.
  8. No hassle of removing weeds.
  9. Hydroponic systems are portable and space-saving; their compact designs are perfect for homes with small spaces
  10. No need to worry about unpredictable weather such as dry spells, storms, or early frosts. That also means there is no seasonality with growing any type of plant.

Need a hydroponic system or growth lights for your indoor garden? Shop at ChampionLED.com!

 

 

 

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

Save money; pick vegetables and herbs from your indoor garden rather than buy them from the grocery store.

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

If you love to cook, nothing is more satisfying than harvesting your own fresh food in the comfort of your home. It’s also a great way to get family members to eat healthy, especially if they help with cultivating the plants. Growing vegetables and herbs all-year-round also won’t be a problem if you have LED grow lights and a decent grow space. For beginners, it is advised to start with easy to care for plants. And with that said, here are six vegetables and herbs that are easy to grow indoors.

Arugula

Arugula bulb

Arugula is one of the easiest vegetables to grow indoors. They can grow well over two feet, but if you plant them in small pots, they can grow the perfect size for salads. They also do not need deep soil, but if you want to grow plants with bigger leaves, your soil should be at least five inches deep.

Tip:

If you want a mellow spicy flavor, harvest when the leaves are young. If you want a stronger flavor, wait until the leaves are about six inches long and remember to cut at its base.

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes fruit

Cherry tomatoes are the most prolific type of tomato to grow. Because of their size, they’re easy to grow in a small container. They may also be grown the upside-down way if space is an issue. They’re an excellent source of vitamin C, and there are a lot of cherry tomato recipes your family would enjoy.

Tip:

Tap on the flowers once they open to help the plants fertilize, or you can use a fan to mimic the wind. Harvest the cherry tomatoes as soon as they ripen to encourage the plants to keep producing.

Peas

regularly harvest the pea shoots and pick the pods

Some say that you need supports like a trellis for the vines. However, peas still grow fine even without them. The seeds can be directly sown into the soil and need eight hours of light. For the plants to last for several months, regularly harvest the pea shoots and pick the pods.

Tip:

Peas are best eaten straight off the plant, just before their natural sugars turn to starch and lose their sweetness.

Basil

Basil plant at indoors

Basil is a staple in a foodie’s herb garden. It is easy to care for and gives off such an aromatic fragrance. These fragrant herbs are not just for cooking purposes; they can also be used as home decors or made into aromatic oils. Basil should be planted in well-drained soil because although it’s easy to grow, it’s prone to water stress. Proper drainage then is needed.

Tip:

Running a fan toward your basil plants will simulate its natural habitat. Do this for at least a couple of hours a day.

Oregano

oregano plants home ornaments

As with basil, oregano plants also make great home ornaments. They are also perfect for tomato-based pasta and sauces as they are flavorful herbs. Oregano can be sown by seed easily, and you can duplicate through cuttings as well.

Tip:

Plant oregano in some well-drained sandy soil to prevent root rot and they produce more oils with more exposure to light.

Peppermint

Peppermint prefer moist, rich, and well-drained soil

If you’re a tea drinker, you should plant peppermint in your indoor garden. It can soothe stomachache, can add a kick to your hot chocolate, and can add flavor to Mediterranean dishes. And as with basil, peppermint plants are a staple in a home cook’s herb garden.

Tip:

Mints, in general, prefer moist, rich, and well-drained soil, just like basil.