5 tips to improve your Grow Room
Whether you’re a beginner, a hobbyist or expert in your field, creating the perfect grow space for a new type of plant is always a case of trial and error with a finishing result that is super satisfying.
Luckily, to help with the guesswork, there are plenty of tips and tricks on the web from other passionate growers, to help you grow bigger and better plants all year round.
What’s even luckier is that we’ve collated five of the top tips to get you started. Although they may seem like small, trivial tweaks, they can actually make a huge difference.
So let’s dive in!
How to increase plant growth and flowering: Add additional lighting
While you might have done your research, and found the best type of grow light out there, there will always be a slightly shaded spot somewhere in the grow space. A reflective lining in your grow tent can help ensure light hits on top, and under the leaves but additional light can also benefit your plants.
( we have covered the different tent materials and the pro/con between them in another blog )
Supplemental lighting will help ensure all your plants are getting the amount of light they need to maximise on growth in the allowed grow space. It also helps you to create the right combination of light, so your plants can benefit from the best available light spectrum if you are mixing different varieties of lighting types.
There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to supplemental lighting, but we recommend LED grow lights that offer red and blue wavelengths. Red and Blue wavelengths are found within all manners of white emitted light, the difference in saturation of red/blue and other colours will vary across the selected colour temperature (CCT) of the light. Cold White (5000k and higher) will have a much higher amount of Blue wavelength, whereas 3000k will offer a high amount of red wavelength. Around 3500k is a good middle ground for both wavelengths for a single CCT, we have found a combination of both 5000k and 3000k gives you the best of both with no compromise. This will help promote strong leaf growth and flowering, as well as providing you with healthier yields.
White light of course adds the value of all colour wavelengths to ensure they aren’t missing out on any light that can aid in healthy plant development.
How to improve plant strength and size: CO2
As you are probably aware, CO2 is an integral part of photosynthesis. Using CO2 tanks, pads or bags can advance your plant’s metabolism, helping them to convert sugars into nutrients. This acceleration allows your plants to grow faster and stronger – meaning you can enjoy large and strong yields in less time.
While adding CO2 can allow you to expect better results, it is simply one part of the many factors that influence plant growth and is generally one of the later elements to focus on.
How to protect plants from pests: Apply neem oil
Nobody likes pests. And it always feels like once you’ve got them, you can’t get rid of them without damaging your plants. In actual fact, applying a healthy dose of neem oil to your grow tent every 10 days or so can keep pests at bay, reduce threat and prevent anything interrupting your plant’s growth.
What’s good about neem oil is that while getting rid of the pests you don’t want, it doesn’t kill the bugs you do want. It’ll also protect plants from fungi, too.
How to maintain a healthy grow space: Use environmental control systems
If you can stretch your budget for an environmental controller, you can easily remove a lot of the guesswork from garden maintenance. A plant’s growth cycle is a very delicate thing, with each phase requiring a different amount of light. With a controller system, you can plan in advance for every stage and create a schedule so your plants always have the perfect environment to thrive in.
How to improve airflow in a grow tent: Add clip fans
Adding small clip-on oscillating fans to the grow tent structure can instantly improve airflow while working with a larger ventilation system.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a lot to significantly improve your grow space to achieve bigger and better yields. A few tweaks to ventilation, lighting and CO2 and you’ll be good to go.