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Month: June 2016

Growing Cucumbers Indoors

Cucumbers are one of the most productive summer vegetables you can grow indoors. Growing cucumbers that have been bred solely for the greenhouse is the easiest way to achieve a successful crop. In a perfect environment they can grow very long (up to 20 inches or 51 centimeters). For the most part they taste sweet and their skins tend to be thin, with the exception of pickling cucumbers bred for indoor growing. Greenhouse cucumbers are quite high yielding and do not need pollination. It is also possible to grow outdoor cucumbers indoors, however, you will have to be the pollinator in that case. If you decide to grow a combination of indoor and outdoor cucumbers, be aware that unless your indoor space is completely bug proof, a stray flying pollinator might accidentally cross-pollinate your plants. The result might be a marvelous new hybrid—or something that looks bizarre and tastes bitter.

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Growing Indoor Fig Trees

Figs are an easy plant to grow in an indoor space. Figs in their native habitat reach from 15 to 30 feet (4.6 to 9 m) in height. Growing indoor fig trees is more manageable when they are grown in containers, since the limited root space results in natural dwarfing. As the roots fill the container, you’ll need to pot up the plant, and you will eventually need a very large pot indeed. Make sure that you can easily handle the final container, in case you need to move it around.

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Benefits of Growing Hydroponically

Hydroponics is a fast growing industry and is the future of gardening! The ability to grow food without soil, indoors or outdoors, makes growing plants hydroponically the ideal way to provide fresh food in areas that have no land space or where soil is sterile and unable to grow vegetation. Whether you’re a home gardener who would like to have fresh herbs on hand year round or a commercial food grower who would like to extend your growing season and profit margin, growing hydroponically offers many benefits.

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Environmental Control Tips for Growing Plants Indoors

Growing plants indoors with hydroponics allows you to provide yourself and your loved ones with fresh produce year around. However, just like outdoor-grown plants, those grown indoors must have a certain type of environment in which to grow. Humidity, air circulation, light and temperature needs must be met so plants can thrive in an indoor environment. Use these environmental control tips to provide the perfect indoor environment in which to successfully grow plants of your choice.

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Carbon Filters and How They Work

One of the biggest challenges that an indoor hydroponic gardener faces is the unpleasant odors coming from their plants or system. The best way to tame those plant odors and breathe easy is by using a carbon filter. Carbon filters can be used for both purifying water and air to remove toxins and odors for healthier, happier people and plants.

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HID vs LED Grow Lights

When it comes to growing plants indoors, there are two major competitors in the world of grow lights. Light Emitting Diode lights, or LED’s, and High-Intensity Discharge lamps, or HIDs. The big question is which one is better and which one will offer the biggest benefits to your crops. Well on the surface one of the most noticeable difference in lights is going to be the price. You can buy a 1000 Watt HID grow light for about $60. Right now the only true 1000 watt LED grow light on the market is the PhytoMAX 1000 and it MSRP’s at $3,099. At such a contrasting price point it’s important for growers to do their research and fully understand the benefits of growing with each.

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Cloning Plants with a Cloning Machine

Cloning plants may sound like a very complicated, scientific project, but it’s actually quite easy. Weather you want to stay more traditional and use rockwool cubes or invest in a cloning machine, any home gardener can clone a mature tomato plant and fill your indoor garden. Once you grow or buy the first plant you will be able to live off many generations of the same plant by cloning, for free! Follow these easy instructions so you can successfully clone tomato plants.

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Growing Indoor Plants with Fluorescent Lighting

An inconsistent light source will ruin any crop. When growing starting from seed it is very important that the seedling gets as much light as possible. Growing inside with fluorescent grow lights provides the perfect amount of light for seedlings and plants in veg. Fluorescent grow lights have a lower wattage than high intensity systems, making them perfect for seed starting, cuttings, transplants and every stage of plant growth. A T5 bulb is also the perfect choice for over-wintering a houseplant or two so they will remain healthy throughout the dark, cold winter. T5 fluorescent lighting emit very little heat, are energy efficient, easy to use and will help your plants grow strong from germination through harvest.

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Black Dog LED PhytoMAX: The Best LED Grow Lights

Black Dog LED is one of the oldest manufacturers of LED grow lights in the industry, and is continuously striving towards quality and innovation in their mission to create LED products that can successfully replace traditional grow lights. Their first products, created in 2010, were the first LED grow lights on the market to have a full spectrum of light, including both UV light, and NIR light frequencies. Black Dog’s new PhytoMAX series is their best grow light to date. The PhytoMAX line of LEDs is available in 5 different models (PhytoMAX 1000, PhytoMAX 800, PhytoMAX 600, PhytoMAX 400, PhytoMAX 200). Make sure you check out our video review of the Black Dog PhytoMAX 800. As a brand, Black Dog LED is committed to providing quality and innovation to their customers and continually searching for new product ideas and designs to offer to their consumers.

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Growing Vegetables Indoors with HPS Lighting

There are a few things plants must have in order to grow, water, oxygen and light are three of those must-have essentials. Growing vegetables indoors presents a challenge on how to deliver the optimum amount of light to growing plants without causing the utility bill to skyrocket, thus under-mining all the saving gained by growing vegetables at home. HPS lighting (high pressure sodium lighting) is a great light source that will help indoor-growing vegetable plants develop rapidly and produce abundantly, things that all gardeners want from their plants.

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Growing Tomatoes With an Indoor Grow Kit

Tomatoes are supper yummy but home grown tomatoes are heavenly! Imagine being able to have fresh tomatoes year round even during snow season. You can grow tomatoes that are totally organic, non GMO and healthy for your family easily in an indoor grow kit.

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Benefits of Growing With LED Lights

Light emitting diodKind LED Full Spectrumes, or LED’s, are commonly used to grow flowering and fruit bearing plants indoors, and has been found to be a very successful substitute for natural sunlight. LED lights are a good substitution to natural sunlight because they simulate the full spectrum of the suns natural light with a stronger focus on red and blue light.While most plants cannot survive under red light alone, the combination of red and blue does prove to be a suitable spectrum combination for them to thrive in. Red and blue wavelengths help to encourage the bloom and germination stages of a plants development. LED lights use much less energy than other grow light options and omit very little heat and UV light, allowing them to be placed closer to the plants without the need for heavy ventilation like traditional reflector and HPS setups. LED lights are compact and the absence of ventilation makes them very easy to move around if necessary.

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