Tips to Maximize Your Hydroponic Yields

Tips to Maximize Your Hydroponic Yields

Get the most out of your hydroponic plants.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

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.

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5 Things to Avoid When Using LED Grow Lights

Here are the common mistakes indoor growers make with LED lights.

5 Things to Avoid When Using LED Growth Lights

If you’re a first-time grower, making mistakes when growing is unavoidable. Plus, errors are part of the learning process. However, to save you time and money, it’s best to know which ones to do and which ones not to do. The usage of LED lights, in particular, also have some fair share of do’s and don’ts. And with that said, here are some of the common mistakes to avoid to grow healthy plants.

Placing the lights too near or too far

Your plants will suffer from too much heat if your LED grow lights are placed too near. Some of the signs to check is when the outside of the leaves start to turn brown and when they start curling up. If the lights are placed too far, the plants won’t be getting the proper light they need. Most growers would say that the recommended distance from lights to plants are about 12 to 18 inches.

Not adjusting the lights

When your plants grow, they, of course, grow taller. Some growers, believe it or not, forget about this. That said, keep in mind to adjust the height of your lights, keeping them at the recommended distance. Otherwise, you’ll get burnt leaves and efforts go down the drain. Expert growers recommend rotating your plants from time to time to avoid the leaves from leaning towards the light.

Insufficient light for the volume of your plants

Always consider the number of plants you are growing and the amount of LED wattage that you’ll need for them. You have to make sure that you have sufficient lighting. Otherwise, proper photosynthesis will not happen and will result in sad, unhealthy plants. Note that the average LED grow light emits about 32 watts to cover 1 square foot for flowering. So if you have four plants in a 4 x 4 grow space, the recommended LED wattage is 128.

Choosing the wrong spectrum

As mentioned, plants need sufficient lighting for proper photosynthesis to occur. With that said, you have to select the correct setting for each stage of your plant’s growth. Vegetative stage requires more light from the cool blue spectrum, while the flowering stage needs more of the warm red spectrum. Interchanging the two will hinder the plant’s development.

Not cleaning and maintaining your LED lights.

LED growth lights as you know are not cheap and are a huge investment. That said, they need to be taken care of properly and regularly maintained. Clean the lights correctly to save you the hassle of damaging them. Expert growers also recommend using a power stabilizer to equalize the incoming voltage, protecting the LEDs’ chips.

Need more LED lights for a grow space that is getting bigger? Shop at ChampionLED.com!