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.

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.

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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!

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What to Look for in a LED Grow Light Unit

Here are the qualities to consider when buying grow lights for your indoor garden.

What to Look for in a LED Grow Light Unit

So you finally made the switch from outdoor gardening to indoor gardening. Naturally, you’ll need some grow lights for your plants to thrive. And if you are not familiar with these, it’s best that you do some research or ask some expert growers. We’ll make the former easier for you; we have listed down the qualities that you should look for when shopping for these lights. Here are the things to consider to pick best LED grow lights in the market.

The right color spectrum

Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 Indoor LED Grow Lights

The unit should have the right spectrum of colors for the plants to be able to go through photosynthesis correctly. It’s best to have five colors — red, deep red, blue, and natural white. Red light is for the growth of stems and development of leaves. This hue is perfect for the flowering phase, dormancy period, and seed germination. The deep red also supports leaf growth and enables the plants to grow larger leaves.  The blue light affects the chlorophyll content, plant height, and leaf thickness. Lastly, the natural white light is used for viewing.

Daisy-chainable 

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Light

Having a daisy-chainable unit will make wiring other units a breeze. A daisy chain allows for a simple connection and scalability without worrying about different voltage levels. If you are planning to expand, however, get ones that are daisy-chainable to up to a thousand fixtures.

Programmable

SolarSystem Controller

A unit with programmable spectrum and modes will make everything easier for you. No need for bulky analogs and digital timers as you can do all these with a remote. Some units allow you to control one up to a hundred units simultaneously.

Quality build

SolarSystem 1100 UVB LED Grow Lights

The unit must be durable and made with high-quality materials that can last up to a decade. Check if it is made of materials that abide by the highest industry standards. This is important so there will be no need to replace and make changes to your set up after a short span of time.

Warranty

Kind LED K5 Series XL1000 Indoor LED Grow Light

Lastly, the unit should come with a warranty, as well as a return policy in case you purchased lights that are not compatible with your garden. Most brands offer a parts guarantee which is good because the unit can still work regardless of the busted part. Check for the brand’s policies on their website as well as the length of the warranty of the unit.

Remember, you get what you pay for. So if you want the best quality unit in the market today that can promise convenience and efficiency, invest in high-quality brands. 

Qualities of the Best Grow Tent

Pick out the best grow tent in the market; check out for these qualities.

Qualities of the Best Grow Tent

Grow tents revolutionized indoor gardening. They give so many benefits to growers including privacy, best conditions for growth, and more yields. Grow tents allow indoor gardeners to grow peacefully, without worrying about unpredictable weather or pests. That said, grow tents are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. You can find many of these tents on the market, but not all can deliver. That is why you should be picky when it comes to purchasing them. To help you get the best one in the market, we listed down the top qualities of the best and most effective grow tent that can give you the best yields.

It should be made of high-quality materials.

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You should check the material of the tent itself. It should be strong, dependable, and durable. There are different grades of materials so always go for the tent that it thick, so it sure is going to be light tight. Thick canvas material won’t be easily chewed on by pesky insects and bugs as well. Don’t forget to check the zippers and seams as well; they should not leak light. The zipper must be of high-quality, you don’t want zippers that always jam or breaks easily.

It should have a reflective inside material.

Gorilla Grow Tents diamond reflective interior

The inside of the tent should be of reflective material. It could be silver tone or white so they can reflect the light coming from your LED grow lights back to the plants. Without this lining, lighting won’t be distributed evenly to your crops. Gorilla Grow Tents use diamond reflection technology which allows them to produce more effective growing conditions.

It should be accessible.

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The zippered doors of the tent should allow the grower to easily access the inside. The more access doors, the better. Some have view windows that allow growers to easily monitor all the plants without actually opening the whole unit. A 360-degree wrap around access will also make it easier for growers to maintain the plants.

It should come with adequate ports.

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Plants will need proper ventilation so the tent should have ports for exhaust and intake ports at the top and near the bottom area. There should also be ports for cables and electricity. Aside from the number of ports, they should also be perfectly placed.

It should be sturdy.

Gorilla Grow Tent Interlocking Metal Frame

The frame needs to be sturdy enough to hold the heavy canvas material. The bars should be made of steel, as they are the strongest and most reliable frame. It’s also best to get ones with interlocking metal frames and connectors so they won’t go wobbly and worse, crash on you and your plants.

It should be expandable. 

Gorilla Grow Tent Extension Kit

Some plants grow tall, so you’ll need a tent that’s expandable. Some tents today offer extension kits that can expand your unit up to two feet taller. The best ones are the sturdy adjustable poles like that from Gorilla Grow Tents. Plus, a higher roof also allows large plants to yield bigger numbers of fruits and also allows the heat to rise up away from the plants.

Need new grow tents? Shop at ChampionLED.com!

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Growing Your Vegetable Supply Indoors 

Growing Your Vegetable Supply Indoors 

Never have to leave home again to buy fresh vegetables.

Growing Your Vegetable Supply Indoors 

Whether you are a serious home cook or a chef by profession, nothing is better than picking out fresh greens a few feet away from the kitchen. Those who have big backyards certainly do not have any problems growing, but it should not be a problem for those who live in the cities too. The solution here, of course, is indoor farming, Thanks to LED technology and hydroponics, growing greens, herbs, and fruits indoors is possible.

If you are planning to set up an indoor vegetable garden, then you stumbled upon the right article. Here are some basic points you need to know about growing your vegetable supply indoors for your cooking needs.

Pick the best location for your grow tent or grow cabinet.

Deluxe 3.0 LED Soil Grow Cabinet

Check the measurements of your chosen area to make sure your grow tent or grow cabinet can fit. Gorilla Grow Tents, for example, have sizes that range from 2 x 2.5 to 10 x 20. Grow cabinets, on the other hand, can range from a slim 15 x 24 to as big as 92 x 24. The area should also be as accessible to water and power, and should not be carpeted. The flooring should also be easily swept clean in case of messy accidents.

Pick the containers for your seeds, as well as growing medium.

Led Grow Lights for Grow Cabinet

Most grow cabinets already come with a hydroponic system, so you don’t have to worry about buying containers and growing medium. But if you’re going with grow tents, you might want to consider getting shallow containers with good drainage. As for the soil, choose a mix for seed starting, and not garden potting soil.

Install your lighting and ventilation systems.

SuperLocker 3.0 LED Grow Lights Cabinet

The most recommended lighting system to use for indoor gardening is LED grow lights. It’s a great investment because they can give the perfect lighting for growing your crops. These lights also allow for faster and higher quality yields. On the other hand, proper airflow and circulation are also necessary to successfully grow your greens. A small oscillating fan will do but this, of course, depends on the area size of your grow tent or cabinet.

Start planting!

Indoor Vegetable Gardening With The Help of Led Grow Lights Cabinet

Once everything is set up, it’s time to start planting! Grow cabinets have everything automated, and you can even leave your crops up to a week. Always check for signs of sprouts. When they appear, thin the seedlings with a pair of scissors and keep them about an inch apart.

Monitor the growth.

Monitoring Your Led Grow Lights Cabinet For Your Vegetable's Growth

Pay attention to the growth of your plants, especially those greens that may be more delicate than the others. Always check the color of the leaves; if they become yellow, that means they lack water and nutrients. Always check the moisture level as well so as not to drown your plants.

For more information about indoor gardening, do check out the other posts. But if you need to buy led grow lights, grow tents or cabinets, and other indoor gardening supplies, check out ChampionLED.com!         

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Urban Farming: Hydroponic Gardens in the City

Get to know more about hydroponic gardening.

Hydroponic Gardening With The Help of Led Grow Lights
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Urban gardening, specifically hydroponic growing may seem like a trend among the millennials. However, this is actually one of the best things that have happened to agriculture in the city. The population continues to grow, naturally, so does the demand for food. The Big Apple, for example, have many large “vertical gardens” that grow fresh herbs, micro greens, and garnish. These vertical gardens use hydroponic systems that benefit the many restaurants in the city.

What is hydroponics?

Urban Farming: Led Grow Lights and Hydroponic Gardening in the City

Hydroponics is growing plants in nutrient solutions either with an inert medium to provide mechanical support or not. It is a great way to garden indoors because it has a lot of benefits like easy harvesting, faster and healthier plant growth, and space-saving. No wonder many people who are in the food industry turn to these gardens for supply.

What can grow in a hydroponic garden?

Urban Farming: Hydroponic Gardens in the City

You can grow virtually any plant with hydroponics. Because of LED grow lights, proper ventilation, and a controlled environment, any type of greens, herbs, and flowering plants can be grown at any time of the year. However, it’s usually the small plants that are the best ones to grow. That is why most hydroponic gardens focus on growing basil, mint, tomatoes, cabbage, lettuce, and green beans — the usual greens needed for cooking.

Do you need pesticides for a hydroponic farm?

Plants that Grows in a Hydroponic Garden with Led Grow Lights.

Because you are in total control of the enclosed growth environment, it is much easier to keep bugs and pests out. If your garden is well-maintained, there is no need for any pesticides. These chemicals should only be used as a last resort too when the bugs become uncontrollable, which rarely happens. That is also why greens and herbs grown in a hydroponic garden are healthier to eat, versus the ones grown in fields.

Can I grow one in my apartment?

Trinity 3.0 LED Grow Cabinet

Although most vertical gardens are large and supplies to restaurants and other food businesses in the city, growing hydroponically can also be a hobby. You just have to get yourself a space-saving grow cabinet with a reliable hydroponic system and LED lighting. This hobby is perfect for those who are serious with home cooking and are true blue vegans who find it hard to find the greens they need.

Is hydroponic farming sustainable?

Importance of Hydroponic Gardening and Led Grow lights.

Yes, it definitely is. One of hydroponic farming’s benefits is it strengthens local communities by creating jobs and supplying healthy food to the people of the community. There is no need to travel from the city to a rural farm to get these greens, therefore saving time and gas. Plus, hydroponics is very much water-efficient. According to National Geographic, Dutch growers have reduced their water dependence in their farms by as much as 90%.

Want to try growing indoors? Check out ChampionLED.com for your indoor gardening needs, such as LED grow lights and grow tents from trusted brands.