We all know that plants need light to grow. While sunlight is the best for starting plants from seed, today's technology offers electric lighting that can mimic the sun's rays and give your plants the nourishment they need. One of the best parts about growing indoors is you don't have to rely on good weather. Instead, you can customize your growing season and enjoy the fruits of your labour throughout the year.
There are three main lighting options for hydroponic gardeners; Compact Fluorescent Lighting, High-Density Discharge, and Large-Emitting Diode lights. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Stop by our Calgary hydroponics supply store and speak with one of our knowledgeable staff today to learn more about the best lighting system for you.
Fans, Filters & Pumps
Keeping your grow tent at an optimal temperature will help your plants flourish. Part of having an optimal growing area for them is ensuring you have the right fans, filters, and pumps for the area. Grow fans will help boost the productivity of your plants. A gentle breeze is vital in helping the stems of your plants grow stronger. Proper ventilation will also help maintain a healthy environment, eliminate odours, and circulate clean air into the growing area.
Filtration is another significant element of a hydroponics system. Hydroponic water filters keep the cultivation systems clean while removing any chemicals and dissolving impurities.
There are two main categories for cultivation systems: microfiltration filters and water filters for irrigation. The irrigation hydroponic filters protect the equipment while recycling the water daily. A hydroponic air pump adds dissolved oxygen into the water for the plants, while also preventing algae buildup and disease growth within the reservoir.
If you aren't sure where to start with your growing system, or if you have questions about products you have researched online, reach out to us. UGrow Calgary is the best choice for all hydroponic supplies and advice in the city.
Testers & Controllers
Hydroponics, aeroponics, and greenhouses all require a controlled environment to ensure optimal growth for vegetation. With the right equipment, you will be able to monitor temperature, pH levels, and TDS.
Additionally, you can also keep an eye on the ammonia nitrogen levels, nitrate nitrogen, alkaline, and more. Being able to control all of these aspects is one more essential step in seeing your indoor garden flourish.
By knowing the levels your plants are living at, you can then determine what nutrients or mediums you need to increase your garden's productivity. There are digital pH meters, digital pH combo meters, and manual testing kits.
What works for you will depend on what you want to grow, how you plan to grow it and, of course, your budget. If all the choices available feel a little overwhelming, stop by for one of our weekly workshops held every Saturday.