Benefits of Using Grow Cabinets

Get to know the advantages of growing plants indoors with a grow cabinet.

SuperFlower 3.0 LED Grow Cabinet

If you’ve already tried indoor gardening with a grow tent, you may be interested in using a grow cabinet as well. The best benefit of this indoor gardening wonder is that it allows growers to set up a discreet garden inside your home and well yes, like setting up a new piece of furniture. Sounds interesting, right? If we turned the spotlight on to the tents last week, this week would all be about the grow cabinets and their incredible benefits.

It’s a complete package!

SuperTrinity LED Grow Cabinet Cloning Chamber

Grow cabinets boast an all-in-one design. It comes with fans and filters, reflective interiors, and LED grow lights. They also come with timers, pumps, pH adjusters, and even nutrients and grow media. Need secure ventilation, optimal lighting, and total automation in one package? Grow cabinets got you covered.

It saves a lot of space.

SuperNova LED Soil Grow Cabinet with Infracool Powder Coated Black

Unlike grow tents, these grow cabinets are not that bulky and do not take up that much space. They are usually narrow, like your typical cabinet, and stand just a few feet tall. One can fit in a hallway, kitchen, bedroom, garage, and even closets. They are made to be transportable and very easy to install and set up.

It controls smell.

SuperStar 3.0 LED Grow Cabinet

Just like the grow tents, grow cabinets are made with an enclosed design that traps the smell inside. This is perfect if you are going to place it in your bedroom. No one wants to sleep in a room that smells like soil or organic material. The carbon filters also help get rid of the odor so you can grow any plant in peace.

It has stealth features.

Grow Cabinet Triple Locking Doors

Because it looks just like any furniture in your home, you get to grow medicinal cannabis stealthily. They also come with a reinforced lock and key so no one can just open the cabinet and take a look inside. Aside from that, they are air-tight and light-tight, which makes them ultra safe from prying eyes.

It is a smart investment for any indoor grower. 

SuperNova LED Soil Grow Cabinet

When compared to grow tents, grow cabinets are pricier. However, do not be discouraged by that, as the latter is such an excellent investment for any serious indoor grower. All the features mentioned above offer such a high value you cannot find in any other. You also would not have to worry about buying all the other growing tools separately because they already come with the cabinet. And of course, they provide you with better, high-quality yields continuously.

Considering getting a grow cabinet? Check out ChampionLED.com!

Benefits of Grow Tents for Indoor Gardening

Benefits of Grow Tents for Indoor Gardening

Get to know why grow tents make indoor gardening much easier.

Gorilla Grow Tent Extension Kit

There are tools and supplies an indoor garden needs. And because it has become increasingly popular, more products are created to ease the growing process and to maximize yields. One of which is the grow tent. Now, would you consider getting one for your indoor garden? We would say yes, of course, because it has a whole lot of benefits if you are one serious urban gardener. This week, we listed down some of the many benefits grow tents provide indoor gardeners.

Maximizes lighting.

Gorilla Grow Tent

Because the interior walls of grow tents are made of reflective plastic, it gives a greenhouse effect, providing a suitable atmosphere for your plants’ growth. When you turn on your LED growth lights, it reflects back and forth on the plastic wall to the plants which of course, is better lighting. Also, installing your LED grow lights is not a chore; you’ll just have to set up the holders, attach the hood, and organize the wiring.

Efficient use of space.

Gorilla Grow Tent Lite Line

Grow tents are a blessing to people who live in the city. They would not need a big area to turn into an indoor garden because these tents consume minimal spaces. Their space-saving properties also make efficient use of water and light.

Control of pests.

Gorilla Grow Tent Lite Line

Indoor gardening is not 100% safe from predators such as flies, aphids, and spider mites. But because these tents are fully-enclosed, the chances of insects invading your grow space are minimal. Grow tents are designed to safeguard your plants from any bugs, and if your plants do get them, it’s much easier to remove these pests.

Eliminates bad odors.

Gorilla Grow Tent Lite Line

You won’t have to worry about your home smelling like soil that may annoy people you share your home with. Because grow tents have an enclosed design, bad odors get trapped inside. The air purification system filters the air and eliminates the smell. Also, carbon filters supply carbon dioxide to your plants.

Needs less maintenance.

Gorilla Grow Tent

Because you can set up timers for your growth lights, drip feeding, watering, and ventilation, grow tents require less maintenance. Total automation of the growing process also allows urban gardeners to have a worry-free vacation for days.

Want to get yourself a grow tent? Check out ChampionLED.com to find reliable brands of grow tents, as well as growth lights for your indoor gardening needs.

 

Best Ways to Maximize the Use of LED Growth Lights

Best Ways to Maximize the Use of LED Grow Lights

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

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

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

Install multiple units in your grow area.

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

multiple led growth lights for your indoor plants
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Check the distance of the units from your plants. 

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

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

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

BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum
BloomBoss PowerPanel LED TrueSun Spectrum

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

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

 

Do not overwater your plants.

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

Do not overwater your plants
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Need new LED lights for your indoor garden? Check out ChampionLED.com!

Why You Should Bring Your Garden Indoors

Why You Should Bring Your Garden Indoors

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

Why You Should Bring Your Garden Indoors

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

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

Maximize the growth potential any time of the year

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

There will be no weather changes.

No weather changes that affect your plant growing

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

Your plants are safe from all types of predators. 

Your plants are safe from all types of predators

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

 

You get to harvest food inside your home. 

Your plants are safe from all types of predators.

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

Indoor gardens give off positive vibes.

Indoor gardens give off positive vibes

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

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

Benefits of Growing Hydroponically

Benefits of Growing Hydroponically

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

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

Hydroponics planting setup

What is hydroponics?

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

growing plands on hydroponics planting method

What are the advantages of growing hydroponically?

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

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

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

 

 

 

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

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

6 Easy Vegetables and Herbs to Grow Indoors

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

Arugula

Arugula bulb

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

Tip:

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

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes fruit

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

Tip:

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

Peas

regularly harvest the pea shoots and pick the pods

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

Tip:

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

Basil

Basil plant at indoors

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

Tip:

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

Oregano

oregano plants home ornaments

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

Tip:

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

Peppermint

Peppermint prefer moist, rich, and well-drained soil

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

Tip:

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

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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.

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SolarSystem 1100 LED Growth Light

How to Choose LED Grow Lights

Here are things you should consider when buying a LED lighting system for your indoor grow space.

K5 Series XL750 Indoor Growth Light from Champion LED

We all know the LED lights are the best type of lights for indoor growing. But not all LEDs are the same, and there’s a wide range of models available in the market. You should be able to pick ones that are perfect for your grow space. Otherwise, you won’t be getting the results you are hoping for. Another thing is to be on the lookout for low quality or “fake” LEDs so you won’t be wasting an investment.

If you’re ready to go shopping for LED grow lights, here’s a checklist that might help you pick the lights for your needs.

Check for the materials used and the brand.

The materials used to make the LED lights should be high-quality. High-quality materials make these lights last up to 10 years. Check if they are US-made and abide by the highest industry standards. As for the brand, you have to pick one that is used by most growers and have a good reputation in the market. Pick brands that have spent time on research and development for innovating their products.

What plants are you growing?

The lights you are about to get should be suitable for the kind of plants you are growing. Generally, all types of LED lights, to some extent, would do, but some units are made for specific plant needs. This is in particular with the growth stages of the plant. There are some made specifically for the vegetative stage, and there are also units created for both vegetative and flowering stage. Cannabis is a plant that needs both, so if you are a medical marijuana grower go with lights that have an optimal spectrum of lights for both growth stages.

How big is your grow area?

One important factor to consider is the size of your grow space. This determines the number of units you’ll need, as well as the size. Measure the exact size of the area then compare to the lighting area size of the units you want to but. Generally, you’ll need 32 watts per square foot for plants that need high light, while plants that need low light need about 11 and 18 watts per square foot.

Check if the unit can deliver a full spectrum of lights.

Photosynthesis requires different wavelengths of light, meaning it needs a full spectrum of lights. To be more specific, your plants need light in the blue and red spectrums, as well as ultraviolet and infrared. Most LED lights have many individual spectra, allowing plants to photosynthesize perfectly. However, do note that some units only have limited spectra and are only used for a certain growth stage.

Check for warranty and return policy.

Always check if the units have a warranty and a return policy. This is helpful in cases when a grower decides that they are not happy with the product, or have bought the wrong kind of unit. Most known brands provide this too, and if you see a unit that doesn’t have these, they are most probably made of substandard quality materials or are fake LED lights.

Disclaimer: Marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Champion LED is merely advising on growing marijuana, and the use of LED lights for growers located in states where growing is legal. Champion LED also does not promote illegal sales or use of marijuana in any way.

How to Clean LED Grow Lights

Cleaning your lights is as easy as a piece of cake.

Champion LED SolarSystem 550 VEG LED Growth Light
SolarSystem 550 VEG LED Growth Light

Whether you are a seasoned or a year-round grower, cleaning and maintaining your LED grow lights is a must. If you are the former, cleaning them is only needed before usage. If you are the latter, it’s best to have a bi-monthly or quarterly routine. Doing so will help keep your lights working at maximum efficiency and will allow you to see what needs to be replaced or fixed. Without further ado, here are two ways on how to clean your lights.

Air duster

How to Clean LED Growth Lights | Champion LED
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Although LED lights do not attract that many bugs compared to a regular incandescent light, it can still attract a few of them. That said, your grow lights are not safe from insects, as well as dust and other particles. All you need an air duster or canned air to remove them. This product allows you to remove all the particles without wetting the lights or going through the hassle of disassembling them. Do remember to turn off and unplug before you start spraying away.

Glass cleaner

How to Clean LED Growth Lights | Champion LED

Standard glass cleaners are perfect for cleaning the glass under the LED lights. Spray some the glass cleaner into a soft lint-free cloth and gently wipe the surface. Carefully rub all the dirt away, but do not leave the cleaner on longer than three minutes. Allow it to dry before plugging it back in. As for the light itself, it’s also best to avoid using cleaners with chloroethylene or acetone because these products will cause the LEDs to fade.

Maintenance

Champion Led KIND LED Vegetative Bar Light B
KIND LED Vegetative Bar Light B

Cleaning your LED lights is uncomplicated, right? It’s the same with maintaining it. Here are a few things to remember:

  • Regularly check for dust particles and bugs.
  • Avoid exposing the lights to water as it may drip on the inside. Even wiping with a damp cloth can lead to leakage.
  • Do not use cleaners with harmful chemicals.
  • Do not hang decors or any tools in the lamp as it may exceed the carrying capacity.
  • Check the bolts and screws. If loose, tighten immediately to avoid the lights from falling off the ceiling.
  • Always turn off and unplug before cleaning to prevent electrocution.

Doing all these will further extend the long life of your grow lights.

Need new lights for your indoor garden? Check out ChampionLED.com to see a vast array of lights, from large indoor LED growth lights to vegetative bar lights.