Growing Indoors – Mistakes to Avoid

Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Indoors

Not Researching Enough – Before you start growing, do your homework and research extensively about the plant and growing techniques. Different plants have different requirements and growing techniques for maximum yield. Decide if you are going to grow with soil, hydroponics, or aeroponics and get the appropriate items necessary for your growing method. Find out what nutrients you need and have 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 on the specifications page. For example, the G8-240 Watt LED Grow light has a coverage area of 6 square feet or 3ft by 2ft. You can combine LED grow lights with other growing lights and bulbs for added light.

Not Considering the Final Size of Your Plants – Given your growing style, find out ahead of time how big your plants will be in height and width to make sure you have enough grow space for a successful grow. Allocate enough room for lights, electrical hardware, a 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. Be mindful of the recommended proper distance to hang your LED grow light.

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, then feed too much nutrients, or the wrong nutrients, and compromise your plants’ health and growth. Typically with LED grow lights, 30% fewer nutrients should be used compared to traditional HID growing systems. Nutrients, although providing much needed chemical compounds that help with plant growth, also cause stress to the plant and should be regulated very carefully. 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 and examine all the different processes. 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 and soil for nutrient content and the acidity/alkalinity using a pH meter.  If growing in soil, check to see if you have enough water. Do not over-water as the roots need time to dry before re-watering.  Spending time in your grow room allows for quality control and provides an opportunity for you to learn and become a more experienced indoor grower.