Category - Growing Tips for Beginners

Soil and Beneficial Microbes

Growing the Natural Way Plain old soil  is amongst the most natural things on this planet. It’s almost everywhere, with the only notable exceptions being deserts, the arctic regions, and the sea. Evolution and Soil The soil on planet earth has been created by the progression of millions of years of biological activity. When plants ...

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What do the different Macro and Micro Nutrients Do?

Every grower knows that plants need nutrients. A rich soil may be able to supply everything that a plant needs. Otherwise, the nutrients will need to be provided by adding them to the feed water. If you are using a high quality nutrient then it should be well-balanced and should contain everything that a plant ...

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How to Spec a Dehumidifier

When you’re looking to grow the biggest and best crops, environment is 90% of the battle – and humidity is one of the most important factors. As the name suggests, dehumidifiers reduce the moisture content in the air, getting relative humidity readings down to acceptable levels whenever they get too high. In this blog, we ...

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What happens when you dim your grow lights?

These days, there are many brands and models of HID (HPS and CDM / CMH) grow lights that have the facility to be dimmed. It tends to be only the cheap ones (with magnetic ballasts) that do not. Nearly all digital ballasts have a control for dimming, and many also have a “boost” function too. ...

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Christmas Cropping Guide

It’s that time of year again, and everybody’s pulling down their Christmas crops! If you’ve been following our advice and investing in the latest nutrients and grow gear, then you’ll no doubt be dealing with a bumper harvest, so you’ll have plenty of material to get through. Though we love growing trees at One Stop, ...

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When Should You Change your Grow Room Lamp?

Virtually all grow shops and hydroponics manufacturers will recommend that HPS (and other HID) lamps are changed out on a regular basis. But does this belief have its roots based in fact? And, actually after how long should an HPS lamp be replaced? For this test, we took a 600 watt Gavita Pro lamp (400V) ...

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How to Fit a Single-Ended HPS Lamp

In this guide, we talk about the key things to bear in mind when you fit a typical HPS lamp. Before you do anything, make sure that the wattage of your ballast matches the wattage of the lamp you are using, or there will be a massively increased risk of causing a fire or damaging ...

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How to Fit a Double-Ended HPS Lamp

In this guide, we talk about the key things to bear in mind when you fit a double-ended HPS lamp. Before you do anything, make sure that the wattage of your ballast matches the wattage of the lamp you are using, or there will be a massively increased risk of causing a fire or damaging ...

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How to Manage the Humidity in Your Grow Room

Getting your environment correct is the key to successful growing, and humidity is easily one of the biggest factors. Perfect it and you’ll see a huge impact on overall plant health. In this blog, we explain why humidity plays such a big role, and showcase the equipment that you need to get it spot-on. When ...

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Top Tips For Growing In Cold Conditions

Maintaining your plant’s environment is key to a successful grow, poor environments lead to poor quality and small yields. Keeping conditions within optimal ranges is one of the biggest challenges for growers, the UK climate is notoriously varied. However, colder months are ideal for growing, because it’s much easier to add heat than it is ...

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