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Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Indoors
Not Doing Homework - Before you start growing do your homework and do some research about the plant and growing techniques for the plant you want to grow indoors. Different plants have different requirements and growing techniques for maximum yield. Decide if you are going to grow with soil or hydroponically and get the appropriate items necessary for your growing method. Find out what nutrients you need and get everything prepared before you start.
Not Having Enough Light – Make sure you have enough light for your grow space. All of our LED grow lights have a recommended grow area coverage listed in the specifications page. For example, the G8-240 Watt LED Grow light has a coverage area of 6 square feet. You can combine LED grow lights with other growing lights and bulbs for added light. Keep in mind that the grow area coverage listed in the specifications is just a recommended size and the amount of light necessary will differ if you are growing very densely with bushy plants or if you grow with less plants in a given area.
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Not Considering the Final Size of Your Plants – Given your growing style, find out ahead of time how big your plants will finally get in height and width to make sure your have enough grow space for a successful grow. Make sure you will always have enough room for lights, electrical hardware, water reservoir, fans and other growing hardware. Remember to raise your LED grow light as your plants get taller so your plants are always reaching for the light. Always consider therecommended proper distance to hang your LED grow light. For example, the G8-450 Watt LED Grow Light should be hung 30-36 inches above the top of the canopy of your plants and should be raised as the plants grow and reach towards the light intensity.
Too Much Nutrients – Too much of anything can be a bad thing and this is especially true for nutrients added to indoor gardens. It is very disappointing to do everything correctly in your indoor garden but then give too much nutrients or the wrong nutrients and compromise your plants health and growth. Typically with LED grow lights, 30% less nutrients should be used compared to traditional HID growing systems. Nutrients, although providing much needed chemical compounds that help with plant growth and vitality also cause an external stress on the plant and this should be regulated very carefully. Do your homework and find out which set of nutrients you should give during different growth stages and how often and the amounts needed. If you start seeing less than ideal growth in your plants, give them a break from nutrients for a few days to isolate the cause and effect.
Not Giving Your Garden Daily Care – Visit your garden daily to make sure you examine all the different things taking place. You can head off problems from the start before they affect your crop to ensure maximum plant growth and yield. Examine the leaves to see if they are a nice green color or if they are yellow or spotted, indicating growth problems. Examine the top and bottom sides of leaves to check for small pests so you can stop them before they ruin your harvest. Check your water or soil for nutrient content and the acidity/alkalinity using a high quality pH meter. If growing in soil, check to see if you have enough water. You do not want to overwater as the roots need time to dry before re-watering. Drowning the roots by letting them sit still constantly in water will rot the root growth. Spending time in your grow room allows for quality control and provides an opportunity for you to learn to become a better and more experienced indoor grower.