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Posted: May 18, 2016
Grow room pests?? Prevention is better than the cure!
Preventing bugs from entering your grow room is essential to maintain healthy plants. Especially during the summer months, when there are more and more insects, it is essential to protect your crop. The most vulnerable entrance for a grow room is the air intake system, because plants need a reasonable amount of fresh air, there has to be an opening to introduce this ventilation. Because some insects are really small, they can access most crevices with ease or they can get drawn in through the fan. The simplest method of blocking these pests is the Bug barrier. This simple accessory is composed of a super fine mesh which prevents insects (and dust particles) from entering the fan/grow room without greatly impacting the air flow. Attaching the Bug Barrier to the end of your intake ducting is very straightforward, they’re available in several sizes to accommodate your inline fan system and feature a velcro fixing system for a secure fit.
The bug barrier is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly technique to keep your Grow room bug-free!!
Additional bug prevention can be obtained by using the new Shield range of products. The diffuser produces aromas which repel the insects or additionally the sulphur vaporiser exterminates any pests which may have inhabited your plants.
Hindsight is a great thing though and if you’re already at the stage where the creepy crawlies have invaded your grow space, there are several things you can do.
Again, the Shield Sulphur Vaporiser can annihilate your creepy crawly enemies without any affect on your plant’s health.
Humidity and your Grow room
The quantity of water vapour in the air is called humidity and it is measured as a percentage.
Humidity is a significant factor for a healthy grow room.
The lower the humidity, the higher the evaporation pressure and the more water and nutrients your plant can absorb. However, if the evaporation pressure becomes too high, the plant will close it’s stomata to protect itself against dehydration. Consequently the plant won’t be able to absorb water anymore, and the growth will stagnate.
More humidity is required during the initial growth period than blooming period due to the younger roots being smaller. An advisable level of humidity for vegetative growth would be approximately 70% at 22 to 26 celcius. During the bloom period plants prefer the same humidity levels as in vegetative growth, although this high humidity can result in water accumulating on the plants and causing mould and rot. For this reason, it is advisable to lower the humidity in your grow room once clusters of flowers have formed. If high humidity is unavoidable, good air movement within your grow space will help to prevent moisture from being trapped. (link to floor circulator and pedestal fans)
A hygrometer is an instrument used for measuring humidity. There are various hygrometers but our favourite is the Digital thermometer/hygrometer. These can be hung above the plants in a clear area which is well ventilated.
The temperature of an area directly influences it’s humidity. The air is drier in the winter due to the cold temperatures but more moist in the warmer months of the summer.
Another factor which impacts on the humidity of an area is ventilation. Due to the humid air being drawn
During this period, it is important your plants have the best environment for flowering. It needs good air flow so good ventilation/air movement is necessary. In contrast to the previous growth stages, the flowering period requires a lower humidity so maybe consider using a dehumidifier to reduce the water vapour in your grow room. Monitor temperatures the same as throughout growth. The lighting for this stage should be 12 hours of light and 12 hours of dark to simulate Autumn which will speed up the process.
Using Nutrients during this time can also give your plants the boost they need and produce larger, heavier, healthier flowers in a shorter time. A fantastic product is Green Planet Finisher which delivers the essential components for flowering such as organic enzyme activators, vitamins, L-Form amino acids, fulvic acid, triacontanol and both simple and complex carbohydrates.
In conclusion, the blooming phase is a vital stage of the growth cycle which requires care and attention and should not be overlooked.
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