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Why Wear UV LED Safety Glasses

Do not forget eye protection when using LED grow lights.

Why Wear UV LED Safety Glasses

It goes without saying that protecting your eyes from UV rays is important. And this isn’t only from the sun, but also from devices that emit blue light. LED grow lights, for one, can be detrimental to our eyes which can ultimately lead to vision loss. That is why we have to be responsible indoor growers; wear the proper eye protection when tending to your plants.

Blue light

Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 Indoor LED Grow Lights

Blue light has a short wavelength which them means it produces a higher amount of energy. It pard of the visible spectrum. It helps regulate our biological clocks as well as help with certain brain functions like memory and cognitive performance. And the biggest source of blue light is our sun. Hence, going out at the time of day when the sun is brightest is not recommended.

Other sources that emit blue light include smartphones, tablets, PC monitors, and as mentioned earlier, LED grow lights. According to eye doctors, the high-energy blue-violet is the most harmful. This wavelength can damage the retina and be a factor for age-related macular degeneration or AMD which can then lead to central vision loss.

Symptoms

Headaches due to prolonged exposure to blue light

People will get symptoms when getting exposed to blue light for prolonged periods. Here are the tell-tale signs:

  • headaches
  • tired eyes
  • dry eyes
  • red eyes
  • eyestrain
  • difficulty focusing

Prevention

UV glasses

As prevention, do not forget to wear a pair of UV LED safety glasses when tending to your indoor plants. High-quality pairs can effectively block the harmful blue light. As for those who spend hours on their phones and PCs, make it a habit of wearing glasses that have special UV protection lenses.

Get a free pair of UV LED safety glasses when you purchase items $200 and above at ChampionLED.com!

 

5 Fruit Trees You Can Grow Indoors

Increase your healthy food intake with these fruits that you can grow inside your home.

Indoor Lemon Plant From Artful Farmer on Instagram
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In the previous article, we discussed five of the most fragrant herbs that you can grow indoors. This week, we will turn on the spotlight to fruit trees that you can actually grow in the comfort of your home. Growing these trees may not be as simple as cultivating smaller plants like herbs and leafy vegetables, but it certainly isn’t impossible. With that said, we picked five fruit trees that you can try growing indoors — figs, lemons, mulberries, olives, and peaches.

Let’s check them all out:

Figs

Fig trees make great house plants

Figs are a good source of antioxidants like Vitamin A and K, as well as calcium, and fiber. All varieties of this plant can fruit a lot if you plant them in a large pot as they have large roots. The Negro Largo variety (or Brown Turkey), for one, makes a great houseplant because of its beautiful oblong leaves. Figs can grow in a well-lit grow area but away from direct sunlight. It can grow quite big, so make sure to prune in the summer and winter.

Lemons (and limes)

Lemons and limes are easy to grow indoors

Lemons and other citrus fruits are excellent sources of Vitamin C. These plants also make beautiful indoor plants because of their colors — the fruit’s yellow and the leaves’ green. Lemons and other citrus plants like limes are easy to grow indoors. They do require eight to twelve hours of sunlight every day though, so if your grow room has no sufficient light, make sure that you have LED grow lights to provide them with the sunlight they need.

Mulberries

Mulberries are also a great source of Vitamin C

Aside from lemons, mulberries also are a great source of Vitamin C. They are also rich in calcium, iron, and protein, and make a great post-exercise snack. This tree needs a large, roomy pot and can grow really big. The regular tree can get up to 30 to 50 feet tall and wide! That said, the dwarf variety like the Dwarf Everbearing is the best one to grow indoors. As with lemons, the mulberry trees also need a bright, sunny and warm room.

Olives

Olives are great for cooking and cocktails

Olives are perfect for cooking and for cocktails. They also have antioxidant properties that can help mitigate the risks of cancer and heart disease. As for planting them indoors, they are easy to care for. These plants are self-pollinating and quite prolific as a tree can produce up to 20 pounds of fruit in a year. Olive trees also need a lot of sunlight, at least six hours a day. If you have grow lights, this shouldn’t be a problem. Do note, however, to get an indoor variety that will fruit, like the Arbequina and Picholine varieties.

Peaches

Peaches are a great source of vitamins and minerals

Peaches are a great source of fiber, vitamins A, C, and E, niacin, and other minerals. This fruit has low-calorie content too. The dwarf varieties of the peach tree like Bonanza and Nectarella make great indoor trees. They need to be placed in a warm, sunny room, especially when the fruits are starting to set. Peach trees love the warm weather so make sure that you take them out during this stage, or set your LED grow lights at the proper spectrum.

 

Top 5 Fragrant Herbs to Grow Indoors

Keep your home smelling nice with these herbs.

Top 5 Fragrant Herbs to Grow Indoors

A pleasant scent can definitely make one feel better. That is why most spas invest in expensive scent diffusers and humidifiers. As for your home, aromatherapy can be easily achieved by growing herbs, especially the fragrant ones. If you want to keep your living space smelling naturally nice, here are five aromatic herbs that can be easily grown indoors.

Mint

Mint is one of the fragrant herbs that you can plant indoors

Mint is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors, and it’s perfect for tea lovers. You can choose to grow spearmint or peppermint as both grow as easy as weeds would. Do note that peppermint’s mint effect is a lot more than the spearmint’s so if you have a small space, it’s best to go with the former. Whereas if your grow room is large, you can cultivate as many spearmint plants as you can. Mint can thrive even without much light, but it’s best to make sure that they get some every day.

Basil

Basil is an herb perfect for cooking

If you love to cook or are in love with Italian cooking, basil is a must-have herb in your indoor garden. Basil is so aromatic but is not as easy to grow as mint, especially in the cold months. However, there are varieties that you can choose that are good for indoor growing — Greek Miniature and Sweet Genovese. The latter, however, is a large variety, so it’s best that you have a huge pot and supplemental lighting like LED grow lights to help them grow into their full size. Aside from its culinary and aromatherapy uses, basil can also be used as a beautiful indoor plant.

Oregano

Oregano is also a staple herb in Italian cuisine

As with basil, oregano is also used to give Italian cooking a distinct flavor and is also easy to grow indoors. A hot and dry environment is the best condition for it to thrive; oregano needs about six to eight hours of sunlight. So if you have grow lights, it shouldn’t be a problem. The easiest variety to grow is the Greek variety.

Lemongrass

Lemongrass loves hot climates

Unlike the first three, lemongrass does not need to actually be “grown.” You’ll only need stalks with green centers with their bulbs still intact. Place them in a glass of water, just a few inches of it. After a few weeks, new roots will start to grow.  Of course, you can also plant them in pots, but make sure that the pots have enough drainage holes. This herb needs a lot of sunlight too, as lemongrass thrives in hot climates.

Lavender

Lavender is a beautiful herb to grow indoors

Lastly, is the ever pleasant-smelling lavender. It has culinary, medicinal, and crafting properties. It’s also one of the most beautiful indoor plants that you can grow at home. Lavender is a plant that loves heat, so make sure that you give it the right sunlight it needs. Again, if you have LED grow lights, it wouldn’t be a problem. Otherwise, make sure that it’s placed near a south-facing window where it can get bright light during the day.

 

Why Buy the Kind LED X Series X40 and X80 Bar Lights?

Get to know the specs of these bar lights from Kind LED.

Kind LED X Series X40 and X80 Bar Lights

Kind LED’s X Series is the company’s groundbreaking advancement in LED lighting technology. The X 40 and X 80 are said to be the most versatile bar lights in the market today. Both units have a wide-angle footprint, and the emits the ideal spectrum your plants need. This week, we will be highlighting the features of these LED grow lights and find out if these are the ones you need for your grow room.

It has the perfect blend spectrum.

Kind LED X Series X40 and X80 Bar Lights have the perfect blend spectrum

The perfect blend spectrum means that the units have an optimized spectrum. You can get a unit in flower or vegetative integrations, in two feet (the X 40) or four feet (the X 80) in length. As we all know, the vegetative ones are biased on the blue end of the spectrum, making them perfect for leafy greens and other plants that need to be in a vegetative phase before initiating the flowering stage. The flower ones, on the other hand. are biased on the red end, making them ideal for supplemental lighting for plants in the flowering phase that need a considerable amount of light.

These bar lights are versatile.

Kind LED X Series X40 and X80 Bar Lights have versatile applications

Kind LED’s goal is to design bar lights that are versatile. These lights can be hanged horizontally, vertically, or mounted on racks. They can be used in a commercial greenhouse or a grow tent. The X series bar lights are the best addition to seedling, propagation, mixed-light, supplemental, greenhouse, and other indoor growing applications.

The X 40 and X 80 have an IP65 rating and ETL listing.

The X 40 and X 80 have an IP65 rating and ETL listing

These lights are made to be dust-tight. Although not completely waterproof, the units can withstand a water spray from a 6.33mm nozzle from any direction. And because it has an ETL listing, the X 40 and X 80 are manufactured according to industry standards.

They have a long lifespan.

Kind LED X Series X40 and X80

As with the LED grow lights in the market today, the X series bar lights have an average lifespan of 50,000 hours. Aside from that, these units come with a manufacturer’s warranty of three years.

Is the X-series the unit you are looking for? Shop the Kind LED X Series X40 and X80 Bar Lights at ChampionLED.com!

 

Best 5 Vegetables to Plant Indoors

Start planting these veggies now!

Best 5 Vegetables to Plant Indoors

You don’t have to be a professional grower to grow your vegetables inside your home. Bringing your garden indoors is definitely a wise decision, especially if you love cooking for yourself and your family. And if you are looking for ideas on what to grow, we picked five veggies that are the usual ingredients in everyday cooking.

Potatoes

Potatoes are a staple in most American homes

Mashed potatoes, fries, potato salad — three of the American favorites! They are definitely a staple in most homes. If you agree, stop buying from the market; start growing them indoors. This decision will definitely make you save money in the long term. Taters can be grown in pots or planter pouches, but they’ll need a lot of light. This won’t be a problem if you are using a LED grow light in your grow area. Do note though that they grow big, so make sure your tent can accommodate them.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are perfect for lovers of the Italian cuisine

If you are in love with Italian dishes, you will definitely need lots of tomatoes. They are also quite nutritious as they can prevent constipation and protect the heart. Thank goodness, hydroponic systems paired with LED grow lights make them much easier to grow indoors. If your grow tent isn’t that big, grow the small variety so they won’t take up much space in your area.

Scallions

Scallions are a classic attractive garnish

Scallions are sweet onions that are milder and sweeter than the mature ones. They add flavor to dishes and are a classic mouthwatering garnish. Scallions are great substitutes for chives as well. They are very easy to grow because they are one of the plants that need less maintenance, making them perfect for beginner indoor growers. Scallions do not need as much light as the other vegetables as well so you can grow them outside your grow tent.

Spinach

Leafy greens like spinach is perfect for healthy eating

Keep your family eating healthy by growing spinach. This leafy green is a good source of several vitamins and minerals like vitamins B6, B9, C, E and K, calcium, iron, folic acid, magnesium, and potassium.  No wonder Popeye gets very strong after eating spinach! Leafy greens usually do well indoors all-year-round. However, note that spinach and moisture do not go well together. That said, grow them in well-draining soil with apt holes for drainage. Always check the humidity of your grow tent as well.

Herbs

Herbs are not only for cooking, but also for medicinal purposes

Last, but not least, are herbs. Herbs add more flavor to any dish and also have medicinal properties. Basil and oregano are great for pasta, rosemary for chicken, and parsley is an attractive garnish. These herbs also grow well indoors, but make sure that get enough heat. Too cold temperatures can cause them to wilt. Other herbs that are perfect for growing indoors are chives, lemongrass, mint, and thyme.

 

Pests – Every Indoor Growers’ Pet Peeve

Get to know the types of pests that can possibly infect your indoor garden.

Pests - Every Indoor Growers' Pet Peeve

Aside from light burn, pests are another pet peeve of indoor growers. That is why they do everything possible to keep these insects out of their grow tents. Prevention is key, of course, but there might be instances when it gets out of hand, and an infestation starts. Pests usually get into your grow tent by transfer — this could be via the tools you are using or even your clothes. That is why you should wear a set of clothes specifically for gardening time, wear gloves which you should dispose of after, and disinfect any tools you are going to bring inside your grow room. However, when you think an infestation indeed has started, eliminate immediately, as it’s much easier too in the early stages. Check the leaves for patchy discoloration and damage, as well as the insects, their larvae, eggs, and even feces.

Here are the five common types of pests the usually invade a grow tent:

Aphids

Aphid giving birth | ChampionLED.com
A female aphid giving birth (Wikipedia.org)

These small sap-sucking pests travel by transfer. They have soft bodies and can be black, brown, green, pink, or white. Although the common ones are the green and black aphids. They invade by biting the leaves and sucking the sap out. The result is holes that turn brown and leave a silvery track. They start sucking from the roots so always check them as well. Aphids can easily spread plant disease from plant to plant and kill your crops easily. Add a top dressing on your grow medium like stones or pebbles as prevention.

Fungus Gnats

Fungus Gnat from Americanpest.net
Fungus gnats are good flyers. (Americanpest.net)

These pests are small, dark flies that have short lives; they only live an average of 28 days, but lay hundreds of eggs. Their relatively large wings make them good flyers and just like the aphids, they first attack the roots. These gnats can easily pass on plant diseases which can kill your plant in just several days. In the case of infestation, add a top dressing of decorative pebbles or sand, which will prevent the eggs to get to the medium. You can also place sticky pads near the plants; hang them from your LED grow lights or put them directly above the soil to catch the flying ones.

Spider Mites

Spider Mites from PlanetNatural.com
Spider mites spin protective silk webbing, earning them the “spider” in their name. (Planetnatural.com)

Spider mites are less than a millimeter in size, lay white/transparent eggs on the underside of the leaves, and travel by transfer. Most of the species spin silk webs which protect their colony from the predators, earning them the “spider” in their name. These pests are responsible for tiny brown spots on the leaves of the plant. Spider mites thrive in a dry climate, so one effective way to slow down their infestation is by having high humidity in your grow area.

Thrips

Thrip from Almanac.com
Thrips puncture the leaves and suck the sap (Almanac.com)

These pests are small, have slender bodies, and can be brown or yellow. Some of these thrips can fly, while those that can’t are jumpers, and travel by transfer. They puncture the sap of leaves from the topside, they release a digestive enzyme to break down leaf cells so they can suck the sap. One indication of an infestation is a silvery and sometimes bronze trail making the leaves look scabbed. Dark specks on the leaves and fruits are the pest’s feces. One way to stop the infestation is to use sticky pads and place them surrounding your plants.

White Flies

White flies from Almanac.com
White flies have a moth-like appearance and have a size of 1 mm. (Almanac.com)

Lastly, we have the white flies. These airborne insects look like small moths and well, are white. They are just a millimeter in size and are relatives of the aphids. The feed on the undersides of the leaves by biting the leaf and sucking the sap. These then make the leaves look lifeless and spotty. Because they travel by flight, sticky pads are the answer. Gently shaking the plant to cause them to fly off your plant can be a good way to catch them with the pads. As for the young white flies that couldn’t fly yet, spray the underside of your plants’ leaves with neem oil.

For more indoor growing articles, follow this blog. If you need to buy some indoor growing equipment like LED grow lights and grow tents, head on to ChampionLED.com!

Champion LED Kind LED K3 Series L600

What Makes the Kind LED K3 Series L600 Special?

Get to know why this LED grow light from Kind LED is worth your buck.

Kind LED K3 Series L600 Indoor LED Grow Light
Source: YouTube.com | Kind LED Grow Lights

The Kind LED K3 Series L600 Indoor LED Grow Light is currently one of our best sellers. This comes to no surprise, as this LED grow light indeed is special. It has all the qualities that make the perfect lighting to any grow tent. It is high-powered but uses less power. The company says it’s one of the results of the years and years of their extensive research and development. Curious to know more? Read on.

Kind LED K3 Series L600

Has a 12-band spectrum

The Kind LED K3 Series L600 features a 12-band spectrum, allowing your plants the receive the right light for every growth phase. Each light emitting diodes in the spectrum also boasts a revolutionary “secondary optical lens” which allows for a maximum photosynthetic penetration right from the top, down to the base of your every plant. As a result, the “under canopy” production and yield increases.

Quiet, efficient, and effective

This LED grow light runs quietly, is power efficient, yet still effective in giving you the biggest and highest quality yields. Even if they utilize less energy, this does not affect the unit’s lighting performance. It features high-powered, three-watt LEDs running smoothly and quietly.

Runs with less heat

The Kind LED K3 Series L600 is made with extra large and thick, heavy-duty aluminum heat sinks that lessen the heat emitted by the lights. With this, you wouldn’t have to worry about your plants getting light burn or the trouble of purchasing extra fans to make the temperature cooler.

K3 Series L600

So if you want to get the kindest yields, spectrum, intensity, and quality, get the Kind LED K3 Series L600. The company also guarantees that this unit can outperform other three-watt setups, regardless of price and claims.

Is this the LED grow light your grow tent or indoor garden needs? Head on to ChampionLED.com purchase a unit now!

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.

For more indoor growing tips, follow this blog. And if you need to buy some stuff for your indoor garden, head on to ChampionLED.com!

 

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TrueSun 2x2: The Grow Light for Small Gardens

Why Buy the BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum?

Learn why these LED lights from BloomBoss are worth the investment.

BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum from Champion LED

If you want to enhance the light spectrum in your grow tent to increase your overall yield, you’ll need a particular type of supplemental lighting.  Traditionally, growers use fluorescent bulbs. But if you want to go eco-friendly, BloomBoss’ PowerPanel TrueSun LED is a great alternative. It can also be used in the propagation of seedlings and clones. And among these things, it has many features that any grower will need to grow the best yields. So for this week, we are turning the spotlight to BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum, and why it’s worth your buck.

BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum

This lighting unit saves on energy.

Like any LED grow lights, the PowerPanel LED has some amazing energy saving benefits. These lights’ lifespan can last up to 50,000 hours or more and need less maintenance, unlike the traditional fluorescent bulbs. This unit is comparable to one four-bulb, two-foot T5 fluorescent fixture that consumes 96 watts, but the PowerPanel LED consumes only 32 watts! Lastly, these eco-friendly lights do not contain mercury and are also recyclable.

The BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum has amazing features.

This unit, as we mentioned earlier, can provide supplemental lighting to promote faster growth and increase your yields as a standalone light. Its light-emitting diodes’ has bypass protectors on each of their chip which gives them a longer lifespan. Unlike traditional lighting, these grow lights also run cool at -4 °F~122 °F and operates silently.

This unit has a fun and ergonomic design.

Unlike other LED grow lights, the PowerPanel LED comes in a blue color which complements its bulbs. It only weighs 5.4 pounds and has a size dimension of 12 ¼ ” length x 12 ¼ ” width x 1 3/4″ deep. You also get a 10-foot cable power cord and a mounting kit that gives you many hanging options. Get to display your cool-looking grow lights under wooden shelving or hanging from rope ratchets.

Need the BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum for your grow tent? Shop this unit now at ChampionLED.com

 

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
Photo from Grove Organics

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.

Source: Royalqueenseeds.com