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How to Measure Plant Lighting

Welcome back to the TESTLAB. I’m Doctor Watt, here to shepherd you through the lunacy of illumination. I’m here today with a new segment which we call “WYNTKA”, which breaks down as: what you need to know about. With today’s knowledge nugget being how science handles measuring light.

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TESTLAB: How We Measure Plant Lighting: What is PPFD, PAR, DLI, and Lumens?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 11:03:55 AM America/Los_Angeles

How to Measure Plant Lighting

Welcome back to the TESTLAB. I’m Doctor Watt, here to shepherd you through the lunacy of illumination. I’m here today with a new segment which we call “WYNTKA”, which breaks down as: what you need to know about. With today’s knowledge nugget being how science handles measuring light.

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Soil Reconditioning

Whether you’re an indoor grower reusing your soil or prepping your beds for next season, there are a number of ways to prepare your soil for reuse. Start by breaking up the soil. Then add humus, amendments and inoculants to add nutrients and life to your soil. Apply a little compost tea to kick it all off and your soil will be ready for another round of big harvests!

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Recharging and Rejuvenating Soil for Reuse

Friday, January 10, 2020 9:38:32 AM America/Los_Angeles

Soil Reconditioning

Whether you’re an indoor grower reusing your soil or prepping your beds for next season, there are a number of ways to prepare your soil for reuse. Start by breaking up the soil. Then add humus, amendments and inoculants to add nutrients and life to your soil. Apply a little compost tea to kick it all off and your soil will be ready for another round of big harvests!

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Basic Vented Garden

So here we’re looking at what we would consider a non-sealed room, meaning it’s an open-air room. Non-sealed means that there’s not an air conditioner that’s running the cooling capacity of the room, but it’s actually doing it through a vented reflector or just through a carbon filter. So, there’s air constantly coming in the room from outside and constantly leaving the room, exhausting the grow room air. So here’s our first diagram, it’s a basic vented garden. Let’s talk about some of the basic components of the garden.

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Basic Vented Garden

So here we’re looking at what we would consider a non-sealed room, meaning it’s an open-air room. Non-sealed means that there’s not an air conditioner that’s running the cooling capacity of the room, but it’s actually doing it through a vented reflector or just through a carbon filter. So, there’s air constantly coming in the room from outside and constantly leaving the room, exhausting the grow room air. So here’s our first diagram, it’s a basic vented garden. Let’s talk about some of the basic components of the garden.

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TESTLAB Led Grow Lights

Let’s take our first dive into the odd world of light-emitting diode. Because to understand LEDs, you have to forget everything you know about traditional gas discharge technologies. Because LEDs work completely differently.

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TESTLAB: How LEDs Work & The Spectrum King Test

Thursday, November 21, 2019 9:20:00 AM America/Los_Angeles

TESTLAB Led Grow Lights

Let’s take our first dive into the odd world of light-emitting diode. Because to understand LEDs, you have to forget everything you know about traditional gas discharge technologies. Because LEDs work completely differently.

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Rooted clone

Increase your propagation success by inoculating your medium appropriately. Broad-spectrum inoculants that include mycorrhizae and Trichoderma such as Great White Shark are outstanding...

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Proper Propagation Inoculation

Monday, November 18, 2019 1:33:37 PM America/Los_Angeles

Rooted clone

Increase your propagation success by inoculating your medium appropriately. Broad-spectrum inoculants that include mycorrhizae and Trichoderma such as Great White Shark are outstanding...

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Any tool you choose to use in your greenhouse should provide greater functions in your day-to-day operations. Uniform lighting and controlled watering systems are aspects that can highly affect your annual yields, but there are other factors to consider when managing crop profitability. Benches, for instance, can increase the function of any grow room. While growing plants directly on the floor is an option, circumstances must be just so to see pleasing results. Without a well-drained floor or constant maintenance of proper plant bedding, grounded plants are considered a higher risk, and in many cases, impractical.

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How Rolling Benches Create Cost-Effective Change

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 3:16:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Any tool you choose to use in your greenhouse should provide greater functions in your day-to-day operations. Uniform lighting and controlled watering systems are aspects that can highly affect your annual yields, but there are other factors to consider when managing crop profitability. Benches, for instance, can increase the function of any grow room. While growing plants directly on the floor is an option, circumstances must be just so to see pleasing results. Without a well-drained floor or constant maintenance of proper plant bedding, grounded plants are considered a higher risk, and in many cases, impractical.

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Trimming tips

Know Your Machine:  There are many different types and styles of trimming machines available now for both wet and dry trimming needs.  Each machine is unique and some will work better or worse for you depending on technique, strains, moisture content and other subtle variables but generally, they all work. 

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Top 5 Trimming Tips for a Happy Harvest

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:47:22 PM America/Los_Angeles

Trimming tips

Know Your Machine:  There are many different types and styles of trimming machines available now for both wet and dry trimming needs.  Each machine is unique and some will work better or worse for you depending on technique, strains, moisture content and other subtle variables but generally, they all work. 

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Tip of the Week

More Fans, Slower Speeds:  Rather than using just a few fans on high speed, add some extra wall fans and turn the speed down.  Air circulation is crucial to exchange CO2 at the leaf surfaces, but high winds can dry out or stress plants. You’re looking for Breezy, not Windy. 

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6 Circulation Fan Tips You May Not Know ... But Should

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:44:53 PM America/Los_Angeles

Tip of the Week

More Fans, Slower Speeds:  Rather than using just a few fans on high speed, add some extra wall fans and turn the speed down.  Air circulation is crucial to exchange CO2 at the leaf surfaces, but high winds can dry out or stress plants. You’re looking for Breezy, not Windy. 

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Tip of the Week

Potassium silicate is an outstanding supplement to help your plants make strong stems and harden cell walls to resist infection naturally.  But since it is an alkaline product, it can react with other fertilizers in your nutrient mix.  To avoid “clouding” or reactions that could cause some lockout, mix potassium silicate products such as Pro-Tekt and Armor Si FIRST when mixing your reservoir.  This will allow the alkalinity to fully dilute in solution before interacting with the other fertilizers, thus eliminating any cloudy effects or nutrient reactions.

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Mix your potassium silicate wisely

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:09:07 PM America/Los_Angeles

Tip of the Week

Potassium silicate is an outstanding supplement to help your plants make strong stems and harden cell walls to resist infection naturally.  But since it is an alkaline product, it can react with other fertilizers in your nutrient mix.  To avoid “clouding” or reactions that could cause some lockout, mix potassium silicate products such as Pro-Tekt and Armor Si FIRST when mixing your reservoir.  This will allow the alkalinity to fully dilute in solution before interacting with the other fertilizers, thus eliminating any cloudy effects or nutrient reactions.

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Importance of Lighting through Luxx Lighting

Light is a necessary component of the successful growth yields. Regardless of the size of the indoor operation, light matters. Even though light is vital to any production, often times a lighting system is left up to incomplete knowledge or guesswork. The fact of the matter is, with correct lighting, indoor yields can exceed current expectations. This, however, requires thorough planning for light fixtures.

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The Importance of Light Uniformity through Luxx Lighting

Monday, September 9, 2019 9:34:47 AM America/Los_Angeles

Importance of Lighting through Luxx Lighting

Light is a necessary component of the successful growth yields. Regardless of the size of the indoor operation, light matters. Even though light is vital to any production, often times a lighting system is left up to incomplete knowledge or guesswork. The fact of the matter is, with correct lighting, indoor yields can exceed current expectations. This, however, requires thorough planning for light fixtures.

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Sealed Room

Simply put, it's a grow room where there are no vents to the outside and the entire environment is controlled from within the room. This approach to cultivating opens the possibility of providing your plants with the perfect environment where the temperature and humidity can be controlled to a 'T' and headaches such as odor and powdery mildew can be properly controlled. A sealed room can also provide any business-minded individual the ability to form a dynamic foundation in which their business can scale quickly and efficiently.

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What's a Sealed Room?

Monday, July 29, 2019 2:23:20 PM America/Los_Angeles

Sealed Room

Simply put, it's a grow room where there are no vents to the outside and the entire environment is controlled from within the room. This approach to cultivating opens the possibility of providing your plants with the perfect environment where the temperature and humidity can be controlled to a 'T' and headaches such as odor and powdery mildew can be properly controlled. A sealed room can also provide any business-minded individual the ability to form a dynamic foundation in which their business can scale quickly and efficiently.

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Hydroponic Cultivation

For commercial growers, hydroponic cultivation is a way to provide plants with a nutrient-rich base, but without using traditional soil. Hydroponics enables the roots of a plant to get plenty of oxygen while directly intaking the necessary nutrient solutions. Instead of soil, materials like peat moss, perlite, and clay pellets, among others, help support the root system.

 

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Should You Be Using Hydroponic Cultivation?

Monday, July 22, 2019 12:47:57 PM America/Los_Angeles

Hydroponic Cultivation

For commercial growers, hydroponic cultivation is a way to provide plants with a nutrient-rich base, but without using traditional soil. Hydroponics enables the roots of a plant to get plenty of oxygen while directly intaking the necessary nutrient solutions. Instead of soil, materials like peat moss, perlite, and clay pellets, among others, help support the root system.

 

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