Signs Your Plants are Not Getting Enough Light

Watch out for these symptoms to prevent your indoor plants from suffering, or worse, dying.

Signs Your Plants are Not Getting Enough Light

We all know that plants need light to photosynthesize. And indoor gardens make do with grow lights to replace natural lighting. In this age, newer generations of these lights are able to provide artificial lighting needed for every stage of the plant’s growth. However, there may be times when some parts of your plants may still not be getting the sufficient exposure they need. Prevent this from happening, here’s a list of signs your plants are not getting the right light so you can make the necessary actions.

  • Leaves are falling – The leaves start to fall even when they look healthy.
  • The new growth looks different – The new growth looks different from how the previous growth looked like. The leaves may be smaller and have a faded green hue. New stems may also be elongated.
  • Plants are visibly growing towards the light – Plants are growing towards the light more noticeably than they normally would.
  • Leaves may also cup upward – You will notice the leaves growing upward.

Do note that getting overexposed to light bears almost the same signs as well:

  • The color of leaves is faded – The leaves look washed out
  • The leaves are drying up – And when these leaves dry, they will start to fall off.
  • The plants might wilt come mid-day – The plants will dry up at the time it’s receiving the most amount of light.
  • The leaves turn brown – The leaves may also have scorched patches.

If your plants are experiencing these signs, it’s time to take action. Are you using LED grow lights? If not, this might be the reason. LED grow lights have the full spectrum of colors needed for every growth stage of your plants. These lights have the blue light which is in charge of regulating plant growth, as well as the red light that stimulates both flowering and vegetative growth. You must also be sure to get the right size. A rather large grow tent would need not only one LED grow light, so consider getting two.

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Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption When Growing Indoors

Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption When Growing Indoors

Learn how to save energy this festive season.

Ways to Reduce Energy Consumption When Growing Indoors

The holidays are one of the best times of the year — you get to spend it with family, and you get to eat delicious dishes. However, it’s also that time when expenses double, and sometimes triple. Not to mention the increase in power bills because of the Christmas lights and other holiday decors that need power. And whether you are an indoor grower, this can pose a problem to your bank accounts. That’s why for this week, we listed down three ways on how you can use less power this holiday season.

Determine the ideal size of your garden to match your resources.

Determine the ideal size of your garden to match your resources.
Basil for your pesto fix

This is something expert growers know well; you should be able to estimate the number of plants you’ll need. For example, if you live alone and love pesto, you are probably growing basil leaves. Say you need a bunch of leaves for your cooking every week. That means you will probably need about six to eight pots of seedlings, as these plants take about a half and a month to grow. Now that you’ve determined the ideal size of your grow, make sure your resources match. You cannot use two large grow lights or two oscillating fans in a rather small grow tent. Always make sure that everything matches to avoid using more energy than needed.

Consider making the switch to LED.

Kind LED Vegetative Bar Light
Kind LED Vegetative Bar Light

LED grow lights, as we have always mentioned, is the most efficient type of lighting in the market today. It’s definitely the best investment any indoor grower can make because of LED’s top-notch efficiency. Not only do these lights emit less heat, but they also have the perfect light spectrum that plants need for photosynthesis and better growth. Lastly, it’s no secret that they consume less power as well, versus the traditional lighting like HPS, fluorescent lamps, and other old lighting units.

Get your grow tent a controllable air system.

Controllable air system for your grow tent
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To save on energy, it’s wise that you get a controllable air system for your grow tent. Having one is perfect with the sudden changes in temperature, and you won’t have to worry about the air system running in full force when it gets even colder this Christmas season. You can install an electric transformer that can lower the voltage for your extracting tube vent to let your vent run on various velocities when conditions allow it to.

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5 Tips for Controlling the Heat of Your Grow Tent

Here are heat control secrets from indoor growing experts.

5 Tips for Controlling the Heat of Your Grow Tent
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Being able to get the perfect temperature and controlling the heat can prove tough to some growers, especially the beginners. A little heat can cause problems and stress to some plants, that’s why controlling it is very crucial. And without further ado, here are five tips for heat control all of us growers can benefit from.

Make sure your fans are working properly.

SuperLocker 3.0 LED Grow Cabinet

As we all know, fans are important components of a grow tent. Without them, we won’t be able to control the odor, humidity, and temperature. Although some growers prefer air conditioners for heat control, fans are more recommended to cut costs down. Set up your exhaust fan in the highest cooling setting and it should be strong enough for your grow area. Make sure your oscillating fans are working correctly, and they should mimic the natural breeze. Note that these fans do not bring the temperature down in the tent, they move the air around and reduce hot spots.

Give them supplements

5 Tips for Controlling the Heat of Your Grow Tent

Some supplements can help your plants be more heat resistant and help them recover faster from heat stress. One of which is the seaweed kelp extract and is one of the best to use against heat stress. Many nutrients in the market already contain this so you won’t have to worry about finding this extract. However, you may also find a few brands in the market that sell pure sea kelp extract, which is also ideal for soil growers who prefer not to use mineral-based nutrients. Silica supplement also helps plants become more heat and cold resistant, as well as resistant to some plant diseases as well. This supplement also helps your plants get all the nutrients, and aid the soil in better absorbing the micronutrients.

Add CO2

5 Tips for Controlling the Heat of Your Grow Tent

Plants, as we know, need CO2 as part of the photosynthesis, and without it, they won’t develop and die. With more CO2, photosynthesis is increased, which means it can make your plants grow faster and produce bigger yields. Aside from that, carbon dioxide also makes your plants more heat-resistant. Adding CO2 is recommended in grow tents that have HPS or LED grow lights installed; otherwise, it won’t make any difference. You can either go with a CO2 generator or compressed CO2 in a bottle or tank.

Keep the roots cool.

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Keeping the roots cool makes your plants more heat-resistant. This is true whether you are a soil grower or a hydroponic grower. Keep the roots cool at around 21 degrees Celsius to make them recover faster from heat stress. Obviously, keeping them cool requires watering regularly, especially during hot weather. You can also add mulch on top of the soil to maintain the moisture.

Switch to LED lights.

Kind LED X Series XD75

And as we always mention, making the switch to LED grow lights is a huge investment. Because LEDs emit far less heat than other types of lighting, controlling temperature is much easier. And although they give off really bright lights at the right spectrums, they use less power. LED grow lights are also the best choice if your grow tent does not allow you to have an exhaust fan.

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Best Ways to Control the Odor From Your Grow Tent

Best Ways to Control the Odor From Your Grow Tent

Make your grow tent smell-proof with these simple tips.

California Lightworks LED Grow Lights

Having to grow indoors is a blessing to people who constantly need the plants they are growing. If you are one serious home cook with a love of pasta, basil is an essential herb, and you probably produce a lot of it, along with other fragrant spices in your indoor garden. However, basil is quite aromatic, and some people at home may not like it. Disinfectant sprays, wall plug-ins, and scented candles may mask the smell, but they can only do so temporarily. That said, we listed down a few simple tips from indoor grow experts that you might want to try.

Check the air circulation, temperature, and humidity levels of your grow room.

SuperLocker 3.0 LED Grow Cabinet

Expert growers suggest checking if the air is circulating through your grow tent. Without proper circulation, you won’t be able to maintain the humidity and temperature control. Remember that grow lights come in different types and emit heat differently. If you are using LED grow lights, heat won’t be a big problem as they

virtually emit none at all. As for the other types like HPS and fluorescents, you have to regularly check as temperatures can get really high, which will then cause the air not to circulate properly. With that said, check if the fans equipped in your grow room are doing their job. They should be able to move the air through the garden properly to keep odors and the temperature low.

Make sure your grow tent has carbon filters.

SuperCloset Deluxe 3.0 LED Soil Grow Cabinet

Activated carbon filters, in particular, are very effective in keeping odors away. They are also called “scrubbers” because they scrub the smell and contaminants of the air literally. The activated carbon attracts mold spores, dust, and other pollutants that are carrying the odors and they all get trapped in the filter. They work in tandem with a duct fan to circulate the odorous air through the filter or exhaust clean air out of the carbon filter. These filters already come with some grow tents or grow cabinets, but other growers prefer to make DIY filters.

Get odor neutralizers.

Ways to Control the Odor From Your Grow Tent

For small indoor gardens, getting odor neutralizers like gels and wax blocks is one effective way to mask the odors. These products bind with the smells of your plants and neutralize them. You’ll only have to place the product in the space next to your grow tent and not inside it. This is because they can alter the natural flavor and smell of your plants. Odor neutralizing sprays are also available, but make sure not to spray them inside the tent as the spray’s smell will stick to the plants. Also, these products are not recommended because they can only mask the odor temporarily. They are best used only in emergency cases.

Get a grow cabinet.

SuperCloset Trinity LED Grow Cabinet

Lastly, get a grow cabinet if your budget allows you. This type of grow room is designed to be air-tight and comes with all the complete components needed like filters and fans to make sure the odor stays inside the cabinet. This grow room is indeed an investment, as it costs more than your grow tent. However, if you really want a garden that can keep the smells confined inside, then a grow cabinet is the way to go.

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Ways to Cool Your Grow Tent

Ways to Cool Your Grow Tent

Does your grow tent heat up easily?

Ways to Cool Your Grow Tent
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Grow tents allow you to create the perfect indoor environment for your plants. However, there might be times when they are not so “perfect.” One of the problems that may arise is excessive heat. This is especially so if you are located in states with warmer climates. And if you can’t figure out why this is happening, you might have to make some changes in your grow area to help regulate the temperature.  That said, here are a few ways on how to combat too much heat in your grow tents.

Turn on the AC.

Ways to Cool Your Grow Tent

An AC unit is pretty helpful in setting the right temperature, especially during the warmer months. Having an AC will also make the maintenance of the perfect temperature easier. It will also help cool the heat emitted by your grow lights, CO2 generators, pumps, ballasts, and other machines.

Make the switch to LED!

K5 Series XL750 Indoor Growth Light

One of the factors that make your indoor environment heat up easily is your lights. Are your using an HPS or fluorescent lighting system? These lights emit a lot of heat and can become a big problem in the summer. That is why more and more indoor growers are making the switch. Getting LED grow lights indeed is a wise investment; aside from saving your plants from getting light burn and wasting your resources, you also get to save on power.

Lessen the number of your plants.

Ways to Cool Your Grow Tent

If you’ve already made the switch but it’s still warm in there, you might want to check on your plants. You are probably growing more than your grow tent can handle. Overcrowding your grow tent naturally will lead to excessive heat. That is why it’s important to do some research on how much plants your tent can accommodate. Of course, one good solution for this is to expand it or buy a bigger grow tent.

Add mulch and seaweed.

Ways to Cool Your Grow Tent

Lastly, adding mulch on top of the soil can help cool your grow tent. This is because it maintains the moisture, allowing the roots to be cooler.  On the other hand, seaweed is a good and affordable fertilizer that helps the soil retain its moisture, keeping it cool. And as an added bonus, seaweed contains vitamins that aid in plant growth and better development of your plants.

 

Kind LED K5 Series XL1000

What Makes Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 Special?

Find out why the Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 is a top seller.

Kind LED XL1000
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Kind LED XL1000 is one of the best lights in the market today. In fact, this unit has been voted the best LED grow lights of 2014 and 2015. If you’re currently looking for the perfect lighting for your expanding indoor garden and are curious as to why many growers prefer this unit, then read on.

Here are five of the many reasons why the Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 is a top seller:

Beautiful design

Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 Indoor LED Grow Lights Sleek Design

Unlike the other grow lights in the market, the XL1000 has a sleek, classy design. It’s not bulky, definitely not an eyesore, and somewhat eye-catching. It’s a rule that function must always come first before aesthetics, but you wouldn’t have to worry, as the XL100 has both of these qualities.

Fully customizable spectrum

Kind LED XL1000
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The adjustable spectrum allows growers to shift from vegetative lighting to flowering lighting. You can also control the spectrum for virtually any type of plant genus in greenhouse growing or in agriculture operations where crop rotation or crop zoning is done. The XL1000 also features sunrise and sunset modes where the lights mimic the sun to make the plants “wake up” and “sleep.” Lastly, the lights are dimmable on three different sets of LEDs, with increments of 1% to 100%. In other words, there are a million different colors and intensities that you can choose from.

Automated

Kind LED XL1000 remote
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The functions of the XL1000 are run conveniently from a handheld remote. You can control one unit and up to a hundred simultaneously from it as well. This is a big relief for large growers, as they would not need to climb a ladder, flip a switch or knob to change the spectrum while the lights are hanging above a wide area of crops.

Internal timing function

Kind LED XL1000
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The XL1000 boasts an internal timing function in which growers can program all light cycles without the need for separate bulky analog or digital timers. You can turn on all the blues at once, the reds, or the whites, or you can turn them all at once.  Also, these light cycles, including the featured sunrise and sunset modes can be changed using the handy-dandy remote mentioned above.

Ideal 3- and 5-watt diode combination

Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 Indoor LED Grow Lights

It has the perfect mix of both 3-watt and 5-watt diodes, creating the perfect amount of light for robust, lush, and large crops. The 5-watt diodes emit intense light that can penetrate through the canopy. However, they can run pretty hot. That is why the adding 3-watt diodes or adding the “sweet spot” efficiency of these diodes can give the perfect lighting without burning the leaves of your plants.

Is the XL1000 the perfect LED grow lights for your indoor garden? If so, shop now at ChampionLED.com!

 

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

We are debunking the myths that surround these lights once and for all.

K5 Series XL750 Indoor Growth Light

We all know that LED technology has done wonders for every household and every business ever since it became widely available. Because of its many benefits such as energy-efficiency, it is a no-brainer that more people are making the switch. However, there are still some people who still hold on to beliefs on these LED grow lights, especially the traditional growers, which leave them unimpressed with that LED lights can do. With that said, we listed down five most common misconceptions about these lights and debunk these myths once and for all.

LED grow lights are always purple, and therefore cannot provide plants the proper light they need.

Kind LED XL1000

Because of the red and blue light, a purple glow is emitted in most LED grow lights. Although these lights create this glow, it doesn’t mean that the red and blue light emissions cannot be adjusted. Lights with a full spectrum can be manipulated to a healthy amount of red or blue depending on the current growth phase of your plants. That is why always get units that have two full spectra and are adjustable. Alternatively, you can get one unit for your vegetative phase and another unit for the flowering phase.

These lights are so expensive, they can only be used commercially.

SuperLocker 3.0 LED Grow Cabinet

LED grow lights may be more expensive than your traditional HPS or fluorescent lights, but they are actually more efficient in the long run. In other words, they are a great investment wherein you are actually saving more money as time goes by. LEDs have about a lifespan of 50,000 and require less maintenance compared to HPS and fluorescent lights. And it’s not only the businesses that can afford these units; an individual can also afford these lights as many offer various financing options.

Because they emit less heat, they are too cold for the plants’ growth.

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

Regulating the heat in a grow room is not an easy feat. Expert growers say that the temperature should not go beyond 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using HPS lights, the heat immediately rises to the ceiling and is not adequately dispersed, which can then burn the plants. This is why less heat is better. You can simply adjust it with more practical solutions like proper insulation and humidity control. Having a reflective interior in your grow tent or grow room helps too, as this allows the light to get scattered, hitting all sides of the plants and not only the ceiling and canopy.

LED light is detrimental for the plants.

5 Common Misconceptions on LED Grow Lights

There is a belief that LEDs can negatively impact your plants and that traditional lighting solutions are better when it comes to giving the proper lighting to aid photosynthesis. However, new studies have already proved that LEDs can actually do better and are not bad for the plants. As mentioned earlier, they have full spectrum options that can be adjusted depending on the growth phase and also allows the plants to achieve photosynthetically active radiation whether with low or high daily light integral. In summary, LEDs can actually improve the number of yields, smell, taste, and appearance of your plants.

LED lights cannot be mixed with other types of light

SuperNova LED Soil Grow Cabinet

If you are still skeptical about the power of LED grow lights, there is no problem with combining them with other lighting solutions to check its effectivity. Some growers have already proved that a hybrid type of lighting has already shown some success. You get both the benefits of LEDs and HPS or fluorescent. That said, this is perfect for growers who want to experiment with the perfect lighting for their setup.

Want to try LED lights for your indoor garden? Head on to ChampionLED.com and pick the unit that fits your indoor garden needs.

 

 

How to Clean Your Hydroponic System

Tips to Maximize Your Hydroponic Yields

Get the most out of your hydroponic plants.

SuperPonics XL 12 LED Grow Lights

Hydroponics is one of the best ways to grow plants indoors because it has so many benefits. You get to grow basically any kind of plant with less mess and harvesting becomes much easier. But as with any indoor gardening method, there are some hacks that will allow you to maximize your yields. Of course, the results will still depend on the type of plant you plan to grow, the number, and resources, but there are general tips that you can follow. And without further ado, here are five ways to maximize your hydroponic yields:

Gorilla Grow Tent - features an Infrared blocking insulated roof

1. The inside of your grow room or grow tent should have reflective sheeting. Gorilla Grow Tents, for example, use diamond reflective technology that allows the light to get distributed evenly to all your plants. This allows the space to maintain the right temperature as well. With the right climate, plants tend to grow a lot faster.

Kind LED X Series XD75

2. Pick the best LED grow lights that are perfect for the size and number of your hydroponic garden. Make sure that the lighting units have adjustable spectrums for both the vegetative and flowering stages. LEDs are highly recommended because they emit less heat and are energy-efficient.

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3. Use an air pump and air stones to make sure that the nutrients of your plants and oxygenation of your reservoir are done correctly. Most hydroponic systems already come with these so it shouldn’t be a problem. Some brands offer durable pumps that run quietly but are extremely powerful.

SuperCloner 14-Site Hydroponic Cloner

4. Get an automatic pH dosing pump to maintain the pH levels. This will also make sure that the most essential nutrients will reach your plants.

Gorilla Grow Tent Shorty

5. Don’t forget to give your plants the right nutrients. As for storing them, keep them in a dry, dark space to avoid degradation. Do not store them in places where they can be exposed to sunlight!

Need to buy a new hydroponic system for your growing indoor garden? Check out ChampionLED.com and choose from a variety of brands and other indoor gardening tools. 

Kind LED X Series XC150 Bar Light

Why Buy the Kind LED X Series Bar Lights?

Check out the features of Kind LED’s bar lights with a revolutionary design.

Kind LED X Series XC150 Bar Light

Kind LED’s X Series bar lights are high-powered and are perfect for high bay, supplemental greenhouse, and indoor applications. Each unit boasts a revolutionary design that has wowed many growers. It uses the Perfect Blend Spectrum Technology which amplifies your plants’ quality, growth rate, size, and yield. Aside from all these, the X Series Bar Lights have many other features that may satiate your indoor growing needs. And without further ado, here are the reasons why an X Series is an excellent pick for those who need bar LED grow lights.

This Kind LED bar light has an optimized spectrum.

Kind LED X Series XC150 Bar Light
Vegetative spectrum
Kind LED X Series XC150 Bar Light
Flowering spectrum

The X Series Bar Lights as mentioned earlier use the Perfect Blend Spectrum Technology. The spectrum is available in both vegetative and flowering settings that provide the ideal lighting for both stages of your plants’ growth. The vegetative lights are biased on the blue end of the spectrum — for all your leafy greens and plants that need to stay in a vegetative phase before flowering. The flowering lights, on the other hand, are biased on the red end of the spectrum — for all supplemental lighting on plants that need intense light or as standalone flowering light for average light-use plants. Also, its perfectly-tuned photosynthetic photon flux density delivers optimal concentration and quantity of photon energy from the canopy down to the base of your plants.

The X Series lights are versatile.

Kind LED X Series XC150 Bar Light

Kind LED’s X Series bar lights are designed to be very versatile. You can hang these bar lights horizontally or vertically, and you can also mount them on racks. Aside from the various ways to install them, they are also versatile when it comes to its spectrum. As previously stated, it can provide light to both the leafy greens and fruit-bearing plants, whether it be in a greenhouse or a grow tent. The X Series can definitely take any plant to the next level and beyond.

These lights are water and dust proof.

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The X Series Bar Lights and other bar lights if Kind LED’s X Series are proud to have an IP65 rating that ensures safe usage in commercial greenhouses’ harsh conditions. This rating means that these lights are totally dust-tight and can also handle water from a 6.3mm water nozzle from any direction. Furthermore, the X Series lights are ETL listed, which means these products comply to North American safety standards. Talk about absolute safety!

Need we say more? If the X Series units have the features you are looking for in a bar light, shop them now at ChampionLED.com. If you want to see more options, check out the other units from known high-quality brands in the shop.

 

Kind LED K3 Series L300 LED Grow Light

Advantages of LED Grow Lights over HPS

Learn why the switch to LED technology is the right decision.

Kind LED K3 Series L300 LED Grow Light

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that LED lights have so many benefits not just for indoor growers but basically for everyone. Many have seen their benefits, even local officials that they have made the switch to LED street lights. As for growers, LEDs are better grow lights because of their many benefits. If you still use HPS grow lights, hear us out. We have listed down the advantages of LED grow lights over HPS grow lights and hope that you finally make the switch too.

LEDs are more efficient than HPS.

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Light_1

As indoor growers know, light emitting diodes are efficient in so many ways. They use less electricity and are more efficient with the power used, hence could save you money in the long run. Despite their use of less power, their brightness remains the same all throughout their lifespans.  On the other hand, HPS bulbs need to be replaced regularly to the brightness is maintained.

LED lighting units come with a built-in cooling system.

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Light

Unlike HPS lighting units. LED grow lights come with a built-in cooling system. The small built-in fans help scatter the hot air up away from the lamp and plants, making them run cooler without any risk of overheating. HPS bulbs need help with cooling, and you’ll need to vent out the hot air with a separate fan and ducting.

LED lights have the perfect color spectrum.

Kind LED X Series XD75 XD150 Bar Light

One of the best features of LED grow lights is that they have the perfect color spectrum that helps with the photosynthesis of the plants. Some plants also need different color spectrums in the different phases of their growth. The LEDs have color spectrums that can also be adjusted and customized, while the HPS only has one color, yellow, the ideal spectrum for the flowering phase and cannot be adjusted.

LEDs are plug-and-play.

Kind LED X Series XD75 XD150 Bar Light

LEDs have a plug-and-play design; you’ll just have to hang them inside your grow tent and simply plug them into a standard electrical socket. Installing them is as easy as pie! HPS lights, on the other hand, need a big external ballast and consumes more space.

Want to upgrade your indoor garden lighting? Check out high-quality LED grow lights of different known brands at ChampionLED.com!