The idea of starting your own indoor grow room is one that appeals to many, but to the more amateur and less experienced grower, the process of starting out from scratch is daunting. All those pieces of equipment – so much choice – so many chemicals! Here’s where we at The Big Shop step in to lend a hand with a few words of advice, continuing from last week’s blog, which you can read here. In the meantime, here are a few words about what you may need to get started...
The light set up of your growing system is probably the most important part – the process of photosynthesis in plants is how they grow, so the amount and quality of light is of paramount importance. A single 600w bulb should be enough to cover around 5 feet of growing space, if positioned at least 5 feet above the crop. More information on the importance of light can be found in a previous blog by clicking here.
Probably the second most important part of your grow room will be your air flow system. The use of a small fan or two to keep air gently flowing around your developing and growing crops is invaluable if you intend to maximise your growing potential, but even more important is the incorporation of an adequate extraction system. Find out more about this here.
Carbon Dioxide is an essential ingredient for plant growth and crop production, being another major contributor in the process of photosynthesis. Levels of C02 would normally drop in an enclosed area as your plants continue to use it up, and as a result their growth would slow and eventually stop. Replenishing and maintaining levels of carbon dioxide, therefore, can lead to dramatically increased growth, and similarly incremented yields as a consequence. For more details on the effects of C02, read more here.
Relays and Contactors
Your grow room equipment will need a steady supply of electricity, and it’s important that this is regulated to ensure safety. If lights are turned off during the day and turned back on overnight, for instance, the sudden activation of many high-powered lights could create a small surge if not properly regulated. At The Big Shop, we stock a variety of equipment to reduce the impact on your electrical supply.
This encompasses everything from the pH of your growing solution to the temperature of your grow room. In addition to the obvious potential pest problems, issues may arise regarding odours that may become problematic and should be dealt with. The Big Shop stocks everything the new indoor gardener needs to cope with these environmental issues.
Stay tuned for more advice on setting up your first grow room, including what nutrients and other such products would be required. Good luck – and happy growing from The Big Shop!