Grow Room Cleaning And Temperature Control Tips
Spring has sprung and the temperatures are climbing. The bugs are in breeding mode so this checklist will be a huge help to you. When the weather gets warm pests become a problem as well. They can really wreak havoc on your plants. Here is how you put a stop to the bug invasion –
Fumigate the grow room using a smoke bomb. Do it between crops. A good plan of attack is to use the Fortefog P Fumer. It will kill all types of common insects. You just have to make sure you have no plants in the growing area when you do it.
You should place some bug blockers on the intake fans. When you’re trying to keep the temperatures down and draw in cool air, you don’t want to be drawing in pests as well. A good bug blocker only costs around £8.95 a piece.
You can hang some sticky traps from plant branches, pot tops, or tent poles. This is a very effective way of capturing pests that make it through the other methods and end up close to your plants. It will amaze you at how many little pests these things pick up.
Do a Pest-Check Every Five Days
Even if you have all of the above mentioned methods working, there are still some pests that will sneak their way through. You can use a magnifying glass to get a closer look at your plants so you can spot them. Here is what you need to look for –
1. Spider Mites – These will show up as yellow spots on your plant leaves.
2. Leaf Miner – Imperfections in your leaves and loss of color.
3. Fungus Gnats – Small black flies that move quite slowly.
4. Aphids – Deformities in your leafs and stems with a sticky substance on your leaves.
5. Thrip Larvae – These show as silvery-gray trails across your leaf tops along with small black deposits.
And you should add in some ‘Spider Mite Predator’ sachets every 3 to 4 weeks. They release the predators slowly for about 2 weeks. With those in place a lot of problems are prevented from occurring. It only takes a couple of sachets for each plant and they’re cheap – £1.25 per sachet.
Starting a crop in the Spring means by summer your grow time will end. You need to maintain your target humidity and temperature (which will become harder as the season evolves) so pay close attention to the environment of your plants. It could be a wise move to invest in a humidity and temperature meter.
If you need it you should get yourself a bigger and faster extractor fan. Don’t wait until your plants are wilting from the heat to do this. You could find yourself smack dab in the middle of an important growing cycle and your plants will get in the way making it harder to change your fan. It’s a lot easier to just change it out early prior to beginning a new crop.
Buy Extra Fans to Increase Air Movement
There are some effective and cheap fans like pedestal fans and clip-on fans that really make a difference. They’ll boost the air circulation around your plants. You should also use a fan speed controller. Whenever the grow room gets hot you need to be circulating the air. When it’s cool, then not as much. When you have a speed controller you can control how fast the fan goes so you can keep the temperature where you need it.
You can find some fans that are temperature controlled. They will automatically speed up or slow down depending on the temperature of the room. These are the best ones and the easiest ones to use.
Keep your area sterile and clean and make use of the tips mentioned above and you can grow some great plants. Good grow room cleaning is a must-do if you want a good outcome.