1. 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 […]

  2. 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.

  3. Why You Need UVA and UVB in Your Grow Room

    LEDs have come a long way in the last few years. We’ve reached a point now where lighting fixtures are outputting spectrums that are almost identical to natural sunlight, while running at jaw-dropping efficiency levels. So how do we carry on pushing things to new heights? The answer is lies with ultraviolet rays. The team at Maxibright have recently added UV bars to their range, making it easier than ever to experiment with UV in your grow space.

    What is Ultraviolet Light?

    Ultraviolet light (UV) is invisible to humans but is known to have profound effects for plants. UV can be divided into three rough categories.

    • UVA sits closest to humans’ visible range, lying at 315nm to 400nm. When you get a suntan on a hot day, the change in your skintone comes as a result of UVA exposure. 
    • UVA accounts for 95% of the UV light that reaches the earth from the sun.
      UVB sits at 280nm to 315nm on the electromagnetic spectrum. UVB is more damaging than UVA for humans, but it’s particularly useful for plants at the right exposure levels.
    • UVC has a very short wavelength, coming in at around 100nm to 280nm. It’s extremely dangerous and should be used with caution. Fortunately, UVC is filtered out by the earth’s atmosphere, so it poses no risk to humans day to day. Its destructive powers can be harnessed for use in sterilisation, as UVC has the most powerful effects on microorganisms.
  4. How to Grow Indoors Using LEDS

    How to Grow Indoors Using LEDS

    The latest generation of LED grow lights have now surpassed HPS lighting in terms of what can be achieved per

  5. How Have LED Grow Lights Got So Much Better Recently?

    A Little Bit About the History of LEDs 

    Technology, as we know it today, would not exist if it weren’t for semiconductor devices. There would be no laptop computers or mobile phones, not even a hand-held calculator.

  6. Athena - How to Use Powdered Nutrients

    A Guide to Using Pro Powdered Nutrients

    These days, most plant nutrients are bottled liquids. This makes them heavy and bulky for the amount of nutrients that they contain. Being pre-mixed with water also reduces their shelf life.

    Recently though,

  7. A Rough Guide to Using CO2

    Once you’ve got everything else in your grow room nailed down, adding extra carbon dioxide (CO2) will push things to the next level. CO2 is essential to the process of photosynthesis, which is the main driver for plant growth. For this reason, supplemental CO2 can really help to pile on weight at harvest time. It’s not uncommon for growers to see gains of up to 20%!

    One of the quickest and most direct ways to increase your plants’ access to CO2 is to use CO2 Fusion. CO2 Fusion is formulated with dissolved, inorganic carbon, which is sprayed directly onto leaves for maximum impact. At the same time, it opens up leaf pores called stomata, which further increases the effectiveness. We'd recommend running a test on your next set of cuttings – spray one half with CO2 Fusion and leave the other half, then look at the difference in rooting times and growth rates! We guarantee you’ll be back for more because the effects are profound.

  8. Introducing The OCD Range - Get Rid Of Smells In Style

    The OCD range has landed at One Stop! There's a lot of odour control products on the market, but OCD has stood out from the crowd since its launch in late 2019.

    It's time we jumped on the OCD train, so here's some of the reasons why we're so onboard.

    OCD uses "Deo-Max" technology which actively breaks down smells and stops them in their tracks. It's paired alongside essential oils to leave your area smelling fresh and fragrant.

    They do genuinely smell amazing and the essential oils really do make OCD

  9. Vapour Pressure Deficit - Understanding How Temperature and Humidity Affect Plant Growth

    During the course of learning to grow, almost every gardener will discover that air temperature and humidity can have quite an effect on their plants. In this article, we will be taking a good look at this very interesting and important topic. A good understanding of how temperature and humidity affect plant growth can give a gardener a real advantage in optimising their growing environment. And their plants will be all the happier (and more productive!) for it.

  10. Photosynthesis

    Photosynthesis

    Put simply, photosynthesis is a chemical process within a plant which makes food for the plant to live and grow.

  11. Know Your Water

    Adjust Your Water for Better Grows

    In this blog, we'll tell you how to push plant growth as far as possible by tailoring your nutrients to the water in your local area.

    All tap water is not created equal - waters from different areas come with varying levels of dissolved mineral content. You'll hear this referred to as 'water hardness'. The greater the level of minerals present, the 'harder' the water. Ever noticed a build-up of scaly white crusts on the inside of your kettle? Then you've got hard water.

  12. When is it Time to Upgrade your Extraction

    Is it time for a breath of fresh air?

    In recent years, many new options have arrived on the extraction system market. There are now choices of super-quiet or super-powerful duct fans, quieter and tougher ducting, and some advancements, such as increased bed-depth, in the options available for carbon filters.

    Perhaps you have already been thinking of changing your extraction system. Maybe the one you have is getting a little old, or noisy, or maybe it just isn't keeping temperatures down enough when the summer weather kicks in.

    The reasons you need an adequate

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