If you’re thinking about starting a hydroponic grow room, or are looking for advice on how to maintain or improve an existing one, you’ve come to the right place. We at the BIG Shop have been running a series of blogs to help seasoned growers and those aspiring to earn their first green fingers alike - here are the major topics we’re covering;
- PH Levels
- Water treatment
Some of these issues have already been addressed – browse our previous blog posts for more details – but today we’re focussing our attention on a very important part of any hydroponic system:
Plants, like all living creatures, need to respire (breathe) in order to survive. You may well already be aware that plants photosynthesise in light by taking in energy, water (H2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce food (glucose) and oxygen (O2) – but it’s also essential that they can reverse the process comfortably.
Respiration is biochemically the inverse of photosynthesis, as it uses up glucose and oxygen to produce energy for their own use and releases carbon dioxide along with water vapour. This process provides plants with the energy to grow – which after all is the crux of any hydroponic system. Giving your plants nutrients is fine, but without the correct levels of gases to break down those nutrients into useful energy, their food source will be wasted.
In the wild, plants respire constantly but only photosynthesise in sunlight. They have, therefore, developed to photosynthesise at a more concentrated rate to make the most of the short space of time in which the process can be carried out. It stands to reason, then, that in a hydroponic growing system where plants are under lighting for longer than they would otherwise be, they photosynthesise more than they respire - meaning that the natural balance of gases with which their growing processes are at their most productive is not achieved without a little outside help. Put quite simply – a good supply of fresh air will increase your crop yield.
That’s where we come in – we stock a range of fans, filters, ducting, kits and accessories to make your extraction system as efficient as possible. Taking into consideration the heat output of your lamps as well as your available space will help you make the most of your setup. We recommend, however, getting the highest output fan within your budget, even if your setup is a small one – when run on low power a larger fan can still have a considerable output while keeping noise to a minimum. Take a look at our range of Torin High Output Acoustic Wooden Box Fans for several examples of this concept.
Don’t hesitate to contact us via telephone or email for some professional guidance and advice tailored around your specific requirements – air circulation is a massively important part of your hydroponic system, and it’s essential that you don’t neglect it.