1. How to cool down your grow room over the Summer

    During the summer months, heat stress and pest / diseases become a major concern for hydroponic growing in your indoor garden. A lot of growers decide to pack it in for a few months, leaving a gap in the market for your fresh produce if you can keep growing indoors which others experience poor yields due to the heat.

    There's a few key products we'd recommend investing on if you want to grow all year round, alongside a few tips for getting the most out of your equipment.


    Upgrade to a LED grow light

    Choosing the best grow lights for summer heat stress is the first thing we'd do. Old-school HPS technology made it incredibility difficult to grow during the hotter months due to the higher operating temperatures the lamps put out.

    Luckily, we're in a position where LED grow lights are affordable and provide you with lower running temperatures, allowing you to kit your grow room out and keep those temperatures down for less power usage, making the switch to led lights even more viable.

    You can also run your lights at night, and keep them off during the hotter daytime period. This allow lights to be running during the coolest period of the day, rather than in the hot air, keeping your grow room at the ideal temperature.

    Most LED grow lights also offer you the ability to dim your output, giving you maximum temperature control in your grow room and keeping your heat output down. Pick a grow light which will allow you to grow all year round!

    Less heat = less heat stress, it's that simple.

    If you're finding your grow room temperatures are still too high on your plants canopy, you can look to raise the lights up away from them OR dim down

  2. The Easy and Cheap Way of Adding UV Light for Plants

    Harness the Enhancing?Power of UVB in your Grow! Ultraviolet light cannot be seen by the naked human eye but we can see the effects that it has. On one hand it can cause accelerated skin aging and even cancer. However, it can also stimulate tanning and vitamin D production. This is because our skin has […]

  3. Introducing Jiffy Pro7 Grow Media

    Jiffy Pro7 Media

    Jiffy are one of the biggest names in grow media. In the hydroponics world, they’re best known for their propagation plugs – Jiffy’s range of peat and coco pellets have been around for decades and are hugely popular among commercial growers. They’re made with the highest quality raw materials, they deliver excellent strike rates with quick turnaround times, and they represent great value for money.

    The Jiffy Pro7 takes this approach to quality and value and brings it to the later stages of your grow cycle. Everything in the Pro7 range is fully RHP certified - a certificate that is used in the professional horticultural industry as a badge of honour and a mark of quality. It allows growers working at extremely large scales to select media that will squeeze out the biggest yields possible. If the substrate has earned its certificate, you can be sure that it’s been through an array of tests to confirm that it is 100% consistent, stable and free from adulterants.

    Jiffy Pro7 Coco

    There are two

  4. Introducing Indica Nutrients

    Indica Nutrients

    Indica Nutrients have been formulated to make feeding time as simple as possible. Other ranges come with large numbers of bottles that can turn things into a chore, but the team at Indica have combined multiple products into single bottles to save you time and money. They only ever use the cleanest raw ingredients, combining mineral feeds with powerful natural extracts and growth stimulants, so you get the best of both the organic and hydroponic worlds.

    Base Nutrients

    Indica’s one part feed, The Messiah, can be used in any system or medium. Not only is it the most comprehensive one-part feed on the market (containing every essential nutrient and pH optimisation in a single product), Messiah also dechlorinates your tap water so that you don’t need to let it

  5. Put a Stop to Hermaphrodites, Once and For All

    When growing certain types of plants, it’s common for gardeners to keep male and female plants in separate locations. This allows the females to reach full maturity without getting pollinated, which in turn prevents the formation of seeds. The reason for this is that, when plants are not channelling energy into seeds, they instead channel it into generating flowers and fruits, which increases the flavours, aromas, and final weight of the end-product.

    In this kind of environment, Hermaphrodites are a relatively common issue that can cause a lot of damage. Hermaphrodites occur when male pollen sacks develop on female plants, causing them to self-pollinate. Some plants are more prone to developing hermaphroditic characteristics than others, which is usually attributable to poor genetics, though pretty much any plant can develop the issue if given a stressful enough environment.

    Luckily, Switch is an extremely low-cost way to solve an issue that can write off entire harvests, making it a very useful tool to have around. Adding a treatment in soon after the onset of flower (and once again

  6. Why You Need a Telos LED

    Spider-style, multi-bar LEDs, like the Maxibright Daylight, are all the rage at the minute. They do, however, come with a stumbling block, in that they can often be quite difficult to work around. The same properties that give spider-style fixtures great footprints and heat dissipation also make them more cumbersome. Leaning over them to adjust height settings can often require a step ladder, and the greater the number of lights in your grow space, the more of a problem it can become.

    That’s one of the main reasons why there’s a place for LEDs with compact form factors, and Telos LEDs are perfect for the job, which is one of the reasons why they’re so popular with professional horticulturalists.

    Introducing the Telos Mesh

    Telos grow lights are manufactured in the UK by a team of engineers who put high levels of care and attention into every aspect of every unit – nothing leaves the building without undergoing an array of tests. These things are really built to last – you could throw one down the stairs and it would still get the job

  7. Getting the Best Out of Your LEDs This Winter

    LED grow lighting has really come of age in the last couple of years, and most growers have made the switch from legacy HID to next-gen lighting systems. That's because LEDs are brighter, more efficient and feature spectrums that are closer to natural sunlight. It’s worth bearing in mind, though, that the extremely high efficiency levels of LEDs (up to an astonishing 2.9 umols per watt) come with a downside. When lighting runs more efficiently, less energy is lost as heat. During the summer, the excess heat produced by HPS lighting systems is a massive hindrance, but in winter it can be a big help. In this blog, we'll talk you through some of the ways to get around this issue and get the best out of your LEDs during the colder months.

    Add an Extra Heat Source

    This an obvious solution to the problem! Oil filled radiators provide the best bang for buck because they're so economical on power. Tube heaters are useful because they can be placed between plants. Your extraction system will then pull the heat up through the canopy (where it's needed). Fan heaters use more power, but they're more heavy-duty and will heat the room up more quickly.

  8. Why You Need Elite 91 - Flowers

    There’s a huge number of of bloom boosters out there, and with such a large selection it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. The team at Elite 91 have pulled it off by produced something truly innovative. They’ve included a long list of flower-enhancing ingredients that push fruit development to new levels. Perhaps the most interesting of the bunch is phosphite…

    Phosphite

    Phosphite is a reduced form of phosphate that speeds

  9. The Ins and Outs of Plant Success

    Ever-growing numbers of gardeners are experimenting with using microbes to improve growth rates and overall plant health. Though microbe-based additives are typically found in organic grow set-ups, they can, in fact, be utilised in almost any grow system or media type, as long as they are never used in conjunction with sterilising agents (like Silver Bullet).

    The Plant Success range is one of the best-selling microbe ranges out there. That’s because it’s built a reputation for delivering great results over many years, with an army of loyal customers. Cheaper products often underperform, containing fewer colony forming units (CFUs) than stated. Plant Success ensure that their products reach you with exactly what the label indicates.

    In this blog, we’ll talk you through the key additives and where to use them. One thing to note that’s universal is that you should always start as early as possible, especially if you’re using mineral based feeds. This gives the microbes time to colonise the rootzone, making them more effective in the long run. Starting halfway through the flowering stage will never have the same impact. A good rule of thumb is to get started as soon as your cuttings and seedlings are properly rooted.

    King Crab

    King Crab is a new addition to the range with a specific focus on nutrient uptake. The microorganisms it contains convert nutrients

  10. Introducing the Lumatek Zeus 1000w Xtreme PPFD CO2 LED Grow Light

    The Lumatek Zeus Pro grow lights are very impressive and have a great spectrum and footprint. With an output of 2.7 µmols/Watt they also boast fantastic efficiency.

    Considering that the very best HPS grow lights can only manage an efficiency of 2.1 µmols/Watt (and most only manage 1.9 µmols/Watt) the new Lumatek Pro LEDs have truly taken over by quite a margin!

    As if that weren't amazing enough, Lumatek have gone one step further and created an LED grow light that kicks out a whopping 2.9 µmols/Watt. That's about 40% more light for the same amount of electricity as an equivalent wattage HPS. The new LED grow light is called the Lumatek ZEUS 1000W Xtreme PPFD CO2.

  11. Nano 10⁻⁹ - Ground-Breaking Nutrient Formulations

    We’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time! The Nano 10⁻⁹ range is the brainchild of Ian Collins, the hydro innovator in charge at Global Air Supplies. Expectations were high and Nano 10⁻⁹ doesn’t disappoint, bringing something new and unique to the table. It comes as the result of a series of breakthroughs in nutrient formulation technology. The cutting-edge manufacturing process suspends certain nutrients at a nano scale, which makes them incredibly easy for your plants to absorb and transport. To move things up a notch, lysine is used as a chelator, pushing uptake rates to the next level. This extra lysine has added benefits, regulating growth, building proteins and stimulating responses to the environment. Interestingly, Nano 10⁻⁹ maintains pH levels at more stable levels than its competitors, which reduces the likelihood of encountering deficiencies. It’s also less prone to problems with lockouts and dropouts, ensuring that the complete spectrum of nutrients is fully available, so that your plants get everything they need.

    These formulas are fully patented, so the only place you’ll find this technology is here! You’ll notice that the range has been packed into fewer bottles than usual;

  12. The Return of the Dealer Day - Shogun Fertilisers

    Note that this Dealer Day has already taken place - keep an eye out on our Facebook and Instagram pages  for updates on the next one.

    After a long hiatus, Dealer Days are finally back! To celebrate, we had to make the opener a special one, so we'll be joined by the mighty Shogun Fertilisers. Join us on Friday July 30th at our Cannock store and on Saturday 31st in Stoke. If you haven't experienced a Dealer Day before, it's a chance to meet the people behind your favourite products and ask the questions you've always wanted to ask. More often than not, there are free goodies, special offers and even a bit of free food! Come and celebrate with

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