What does automated growing really mean
What does automated growing really mean when you are ready to get growing….
The Indoor gardening hobby is an exciting one. The visions of producing large lush herbs and flowers with automation is a very beautiful Utopian thought, especially nowadays with so many “automated” options to choose from, such as Super Closets inventory of grow cabinets and super grow rooms, the process can not only be rewarding but automated and hassle free. Although the terms “Automated” & “hassle free” can be a bit mis-leading…. as plants are living thing. No matter how much of the cultivating process can be automated they still need lots of love and care just like any other relationship where you want cultivate positive results.
There a few intimate details that if we keep in mind when indoor gardening, will assist you in cultivating the kind of return that we want from your garden. When growing indoors with controlled spacing we want to keep in mind of the proper times to switch lighting cycles. Since plants will triple or quadruple in size during the flowering stage, we want to make sure that we change to the flowering lighting cycle within an appropriate distance to your available space. So if you have 30’ vertical inches for example, you want to change your lighting cycle to flower when the plants are no more than 7 inches just to give enough leeway space.
Now, on that same front we want to be careful not to over expose the plants too much heat early on. T5 side lighting is a very popular option for indoor gardens in order to promote side and under growth. Yet, you want to have some patients when using these lights. You want to wait until the entire canopy of the plants is covering the whole area of your gardening space, or until you visibly see shade on the bottom of the plant from the light being blocked from a lush canopy. This usually take place around 2nd or 3rd week of flowering. It is then that the plants are mature enough to absorb that extra warmth given off by the T5 lights, instead of it escaping through the garden and causing temperatures to rise.
Another common detail that is often overlooked within indoor gardening is feeding schedule and quantity. It is recommended that you use your nutrients at a 75% strength ratio during the transplanting and vegetative stages. This allows the natural bio chemistry of the plant to develop and react in unison with the synthesized nutrients. (If you are using soil the same is recommended). The suggested feeding schedule for your indoor plants is 15 minutes fro every 6 hours.
At the end of the day we just have to remember that even with all the excitement of assistance with indoor grow, we should always be active with our plants. Paying attention to the little things that may ever so slightly make the atmosphere more comfortable. After all gardening is more than just dirt, water and light. It is a relationship with a living organism. And with all relationships. We get out what we put in.
A little extra TLC is highly recommended in cultivating productive relationships