Do not forget eye protection when using LED grow lights.
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 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.
People will get symptoms when getting exposed to blue light for prolonged periods. Here are the tell-tale signs:
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.
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Increase your healthy food intake with these fruits that you can grow inside your home.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Get to know the types of pests that can possibly infect your indoor garden.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Get to know why this LED grow light from Kind LED is worth your buck.
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.
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.
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.
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Learn why these LED lights from BloomBoss are worth the investment.
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.
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.
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Lengthen the lifespan of your lights with these practices.
We know that LEDs have a very long lifespan, compared to traditional lighting. However, you can make it last even longer with proper care. These lights may not need much maintenance, but it’s still best to check them out once in a while for any damage. Here are a few simple tips to lengthen the lifespan of your LED grow lights.
Use a power stabilizer
To prevent damaging your lights in case of power fluctuations, buy a power stabilizer. This device prevents the power drivers and other internal components to get damaged in case of power surges and spikes. One more thing to note, however, is to avoid plugging a power stabilizer into a power strip with many other devices. Doing so increases the chance of a short circuit, and worse, power outage. That said, it’s best to plug your power stabilizer in a dedicated outlet solely for it.
Keep away from water
LED grow lights, as with other electrical devices, should be placed far from any touch of water to prevent accidents such as short circuits and electrocution. In addition, make sure that your grow area or grow room is not high in moisture. Otherwise, water droplets might form on your lighting units and seep through electrical holes.
Regularly check the units
And as previously mentioned, it wouldn’t hurt to check your LED grow lights even if they don’t need much maintenance. That way, you’ll know if it’s time to clean them (learn how here), or if water droplets had already formed on their surfaces.
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Learn more about BloomBoss’ small but amazing LED grow light.
BloomBoss offers a small grow light that is perfect for a beginner grower’s 2×2 grow tent. The BloomBoss TrueSun 2×2 has a shape of a 90s portable radio, with a royal blue exterior and red switches. It has that retro-feel that can add a bit of fun into your indoor setup. Don’t be fooled by its small size though, as it can make you grow high-quality, robust yields as would the other larger LED grow lights in the market. With that said, we listed down the qualities we love about the TrueSun 2×2 and why you should consider getting it for your small indoor garden.
Here are five of the many amazing features of TrueSun 2×2:
Small but performs quite well!
The TrueSun 2X2 has a size dimension of 14.2 x 7.9 x 5.1 inches and weighs only 10 lbs. It uses 110 watts of power to light up its 44 high-intensity 5-watt LED chips with IR. It has two LED panels with an operating temperature of -4F to ~122F.
Significant cost savings
Compared to traditional lighting, the TrueSun utilizes less power which then allows you to save up to 50% energy costs every month. And because it uses less power, it has a low operating temperature that helps maintain the perfect climate in your grow tent.
Proprietary LED light spectrum
The TrueSun 2×2’s light spectrum is ideally tuned for indoor growing. It comes with three dedicated switches — Veg, Bloom, and UV, to give your plants the exact lighting they need for each growing phase. Plus, the proprietary lenses distribute the light evenly allowing it to reach all parts of your plant.
Although it’s small in size, it’s still made with high-quality materials. It comes with a heavy-duty cabinet, server-grade super-cool fands, and strong, sturdy hangers. Plus, it has a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours and more.
Makes Mother Nature proud
The TrueSun is environmentally-friendly because as we mentioned, it used less power, hence, smaller carbon footprint. You wouldn’t need to install a cooling unit because it emits less heat, and fewer cooling fans means less noise pollution. Lastly, it does not contain any traces of mercury, so it’s safe to dispose of when its lifespan ends.
And, here’s what you get when you purchase the BloomBoss TrueSun 2×2 LED Grow Light:
The unit, of course
BloomBoss heavy-duty rope hatchet hanging kit
12-foot universal power cord
BloomBoss TrueSun is also available in 3×3, 4×4, and 5×5. Remember to shop for the grow light with just the right size for your indoor garden to avoid getting problems like light burn. Shop for BloomBoss LED grow lights and your other indoor growing needs at ChampionLED.com!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.