Contrary to what many people believe, winter is a great time for gardening – Hydroponic gardening that is, using Mammoth Elite tents and such. Gardening can be incredibly fun during the winter too, providing us with a purpose during the gloomy and dark months when we can often feel sluggish, lazy, isolated and bored. Winter provides people with the perfect time to experiment growing new types of plants hydroponically whilst keeping warm inside.
In line with this, to get everyone prepared for winter hydroponic growing, today we are going to be providing some great tips…
Plants to grow in doors during the winter
One of the greatest benefits of growing hydroponically is that it allows for people to grow pretty much anything that they want all-year-round. Of course there are a few things that can’t really be grown, and things that are easier to grow that others, it is all about choosing plants that aren’t going to get you stressed out, especially if you are a hydroponics beginner.
Some of the plants that you should consider growing include; spinach, tomatoes, carrots, broccoli and Brussel sprouts.
Winter hydroponic gardening considerations
Although hydroponic gardening takes place indoors, plants grown in this way are still susceptible to changing seasons; therefore the following tips are incredibly important:
Lighting – Winter days are much, much shorter therefore plants rely far more on artificial lighting. This does mean higher energy costs however there are further tips available for example a great way to keep utility costs in check is to put your hydroponics grow lights on a timing cycle. Another great way to add more light, in addition to using grow lights is to ass ballasts and reflectors where possible.
Insulation – Because during winter plants require more light and therefore you need to use artificial lighting, you also should look to reduce the amount of heat and energy loss. Insulating your grow tent at this stage is vital and will allow you to save money. Your plants need to maintain a consistent temperatures as sudden temperature changes can be highly detrimental to growth. Never let temperature drop lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Humidity – In winter the air is much more arid – even inside. Home heating systems are known to dry out air, taking away its moisture. You should add a humidifier to your grow room to combat this problem, whilst being careful not to over-do the moisture otherwise you will subject your plants and grows to mould build-up.