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Realtors know that the three most important factors in a home’s value are: location, location, location. The same can be said of your indoor garden, whether you are a small-scale hobbyist or a commercial grand master grower.

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Experienced growers know that the most important factor in the success of their indoor crop is the genetics, or strain, of their plants. You can have the best, state-of-the-art grow room and plant nutrient program in the world, and put lots of time and effort into your garden, yet still produce only mediocre results if you choose the wrong strain for your expectations or growing style.

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Picking A Winner

When growing from seeds indorrs, most growers will pick a special plant that originated from those seeds and then maintain it as a mother, or donor, plant. This plant will provide cuttings for future crops. These “clones” from the original seed plant will be identical in every way to the original seed plant and can be propagated in large numbers by rooting the cuttings/clones from donor material.

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One size rarely fits all. That’s true with pants as well as plants. Choosing the right lighting system for your indoor garden is critical, and your decision on setup will have a big influence on your harvest.

Ready to begin? Let’s first answer a few questions, to make sure you’re heading in the right direction.

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MH or HPS?
Have both.

Since people have been growing indoors, there has been debate over which type of lamp is the best all-arounder: HPS (high pressure sodium) or MH (metal halide). Savvy growers will use the higher blue spectrum content of MH bulbs for vegetative growth and early flowering and then switch to the red/orange rich spectrum of HPS lamps for mid to late flowering. This means growers have to buy two different lamps and switch them periodically.

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I heard you were at Rosebud Magazine now. Glad to see it. I have been reading your column for a long time and have enjoyed learning more from your “Hydroponics Secrets” videos. Where I live, in Vancouver, B.C., the water seems to be of good quality for drinking; it’s around 30 PPM coming out of the tap. There is a lot of talk these days about using RO-treated water in hydroponics. I grow in soil and with hydroponic systems. Can I use tap water, or do I have to use RO-purified water to get good yields and avoid problems?

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PICKING A WINNER

When growing from seed indoors, most growers will pick a special plant that originated from those seeds and then maintain it as a mother, or donor, plant. This plant will provide cuttings for future crops. These “clones” from the original seed plant will be identical in every way to the original seed plant and can be propagated in large numbers by rooting the cuttings/clones from donor material.

The best crops comes from the best seeds.

Experienced growers know that the most important factor in the success of their indoor crop is the genetics, or strain, of their plants. You can have the best, state-of-the-art grow room and plant nutrient program in the world, and put lots of time and effort into your garden, yet still produce only mediocre results if you choose the wrong strain for your expectations or growing style.

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