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Hydroponics Gardening: Big Hydroponics Yields in Smaller Spaces

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When you have limited space or budget but big dreams about using hydroponics to grow massive harvests, you can enjoy the micro-garden approach that makes good hydroponics things happen in small spaces.

Start by selecting strains that tend to stay shorter. This helps keep plant heights minimal to fit your space, and avoids plants growing too close to lights, which can damage them.

In order to grow successfully in tight spaces, you have to provide high hydroponics light intensity in the correct light spectrum without increasing the internal temperature of the micro grow chamber too much. I used to recommend CFL, high output T-5 fluorescent, or LED. They’re good because light is adequate for veg phase, and they output very little heat. But I am not confident about their usefulness in bloom phase. It reminds me of when I read an article by respected hydroponics wizard “JC” in another magazine. He basically said, “With all due respect to our advertisers, LED hydroponics lighting doesn’t yet have what it takes to deliver the goods.”

In order to grow successfully in tight spaces, you have to provide high hydroponics light intensity in the correct light spectrum without increasing the internal temperature of the micro grow chamber too much.

CFLs, T-5’s and LEDs won’t carry you all the way through to harvest unless you have a lot of them on top and on the side, and you have very short plants. I recommend Chameleon plasma hydroponics lighting instead. It works well in all grow rooms, not just small ones, but are especially useful for situations in which you need intense light with less heat than HID hydroponics lighting generates.

Plasma lights generate some heat and you should have venting in all gardens anyway. You also need to keep the bottom of the plasma hydroponics lighting at least 14 inches if not more away from your plants. They deliver a noon sun’s worth of light whenever you have them on!

Your hydroponics garden needs air movement. Check out these vent fans and garden fans to see aeration equipment designed specifically for your hydroponics grow room and plants. Stale or moist air in growing environments almost always leads to rot and disease that can ruin your harvest.

Some growers use pre-fabricated grow tents, huts and compartments that come in a variety of sizes, have highly reflective interiors, are light tight, with vents, fans, pumps, irrigation tubing, ports, C02 gear and reflective materials built in or as options you can order.

They can be put up or taken down in a matter of minutes, which allows the grower the freedom to move mid-crop if necessary. Be careful about off-gassing from some of these units, which can harm your crops. Ask the manufacturer about that and about warranties. About 50% of these units that I’ve seen are not as light-tight or well-made as they’re advertised to be.

If you’re handy with tools, you can construct or convert a small space for your micro-garden. Or use pre-fabricated storage cabinets, some that are as large as sheds, that are available at most home building supply stores.

About 50% of these units that I’ve seen are not as light-tight or well-made as they’re advertised to be.

Getting grow cabinets or sheds not to leak bright light outwards can be a little tricky, but most are built well enough to at least prevent light from entering in. A sheet of black/white poly can be secured as a solid sheet just behind the cabinet doors. Attach an adhesive zipper and cut the opening. You will now have a light-tight growing environment.

You might be able to find an adhesive backed heavy duty zipper at your local building center or hydroponics shop; if not you can certainly order online or by mail. Make sure to line or paint the inside of your growth chamber with reflective surfaces that bounce light back to the plants for better growth.

Hydroponics gardening in small spaces can work for you. Take a look at these other hydroponics small space ideas, and remember that the key is to use SOG or SCROG to keep your plants small. You can get relatively large hydroponics harvests using small spaces!

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