Category - Growing Tips for Beginners

Grow Lights – Intro Part 2: The Light Spectrum

Welcome back, growers! In this next instalment, we will be delving into what colours of light we want a grow light to produce. This will explain the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ of the colour spectrum part of our grow light testing. First of all, let’s examine what we are going to look for in the output spectrum of a ...

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Grow Lights – Intro Part 1: All About Light For Growing

What Is the Best Light for Growing? It was not so long ago now (5-10 years) that it was accepted wisdom that the most cost-effective grow lights were fluorescent for small vegging plants – Metal Halide (MH) for medium-sized vegging plants and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) grow lights for larger plants in flowering/fruiting. Since then, ...

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Preparing your grow for the warmer weather

Summer is a-coming! Indoor growing can be a very absorbing hobby. However, it does come with it’s own fair share of obstacles that a grower will have to overcome in order to have a successful crop. One of the big ones is: how to to keep a grow going successfully during hot weather? Most people ...

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Using a silicon additive in your grow

Silicon – The Plant Strengthener Silicon additives have been around for quite a while now, and the benefits they bring are pretty much indisputable: stronger stems and branches, better resistance to dry conditions, plus better resistance to insects and fungi that must first puncture the surface of the plant in order to feed and take ...

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Seeds or cuttings? Which is best?

One of the first decisions to make before setting up There’s lots of decisions to make before starting your first grow, and one of those is how you are going to get your first plants. Either you can start fresh plants off from seed, or you can obtain cuttings from a plant. There are pros ...

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Grow Light Kits – How to choose the right one for you

Probably the most important and necessary part of an indoor grow set up is the Grow Light set-up. Unless you can grow in a greenhouse or a conservatory, then a grow light is pretty much an essential piece of equipment for the indoor grower. In fact, even in a greenhouse or conservatory, from mid-autumn through to early Spring, ...

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What is Organic Gardening?

We’ve all heard about organic gardening and the crops it produces such as organic vegetables and fruit. We’re told that it is more natural and healthier for us to eat as much of our food that has been grown organically as possible. But what exactly is organic gardening? What does “Organic” mean? Before we go any ...

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Light Height – How low can you go?

“How high should my light be above my plants?” is a very common question that we get in the shop. It depends a lot on the type of light that you are using. An array of fluorescent tubes or a CFL should only be about 6 inches or so above the tops of the plants. ...

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Keeping your grow going sweetly during cold weather

Plants and air temperature Plants like their air to be kept reasonably temperate. As the colder weather begins to draw in, it can be difficult to keep the air around your plants in the sweet-spot of 23C – 28C (28C being the absolute maximum temp you ever want at the tips of the plant without ...

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Hydroponics vs Pot Culture

Hydroponics vs Pot Culture One of the first things that a grower new to the whole indoor gardening scene, or looking into starting, always needs to decide is whether to go with pot-culture or to go with a hydroponics set-up. Pot culture involves growing plants in normal plant-pots and involves manual hand-watering. This type of ...

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