If you have made up your mind to establish a grow room, the tips given below will be of help to you.
Table of Contents
- Choosing a space
- Drawing the design
- Cleaning the space
- Install reflective surfaces
- Cover the room
- Create a nice ventilation and exhaust fan
- Establishing the right temperature and humidity
- Establish the water connection
- Providing the lights
- Install any other equipment required in the room
- Setting up of the containers
- Planting of the seeds
Choosing a space
The preparatory stage is an important stage in the setting up of a grow room. During this stage, you have to decide on where to establish your grow room. There are a number of space options for indoor grow room to choose from and they include basement, spare bedroom, attic, closet, grow tent, PC and cabinet. No matter the space you opt for, you have to abide by the same principles. You will need water and light in your grow room and so a nice space should be one that has access to water and light.
Drawing the design
If you have finally decided on where to establish the grow, you have to draw the design of the grow room indicating where the lights, water, electrical supply and exhaust vents will be. Determine where the access will also be located. The work is half done if you have a nice drawing of the grow design.
Cleaning the space
Before setting up the grow room, you have to clean up the space removing all dirt and unwanted particles. Apply disinfectants and then vacuum the wall. This will help to prevent exposure of the plant to pests and diseases.
Hard floor is the ideal flooring option for a grow room. So, remove any carpet or rug floor cover on the floor.
Install reflective surfaces
Reflective surfaces which include mylar, flat white paint, foil, emergency blankets and light leaks are very important in a grow room because they help in circulating lights through the room and thus making it possible for the plants to get enough lights and grow in sizes and have better yield. So, you have to cover the walls of the space with any of these reflective surfaces. Each one has its pros and cons.
Cover the room
The next step in this preparatory stage is the covering of the room. This means that you have to close all spaces including windows through which light can gain access to the room. You can use a blind or curtain to block light from entering the room. You may even seal the window completely. Besides preventing light from gaining access to the room, it will also help to prevent outsiders from seeing the plant growing in the room.
Create a nice ventilation and exhaust fan
For your plant to grow well and give a high yield, it is important that you have a well ventilated space. Your plant can be suffocated by bad odor if there is poor ventilation or air circulation in the room. This is why it is important that you establish a nice air ventilation in the room so that your plants will get enough CO2 for its survival. The oxygen exhaled by the plant can go out of the room if it is well ventilated. Having a proper ventilation is much more than creating air space. You should also consider the amount of air your plants require in order to grow well. A nice location for the exhaust fan is the top of the room. Installed on such a location, the exhaust fan will be able to bring in enough air to the room. Besides, proper air circulation will give good odor control making odor detection impossible or difficult. To ensure that the smell of the plants is not released to the neighborhood, you have to fit carbon filter into the exhaust fan. You can also put deodorizer at a strategic position in your room to trap and checkmate the circulation of the odor.
Establishing the right temperature and humidity
For a normal and healthy growth of your plant, it is important that they remain under the right temperature and humidity. If the temperature and humidity are not normal, the plants’ growth will be affected and they will not give better yield as they will become a hermaphrodite. You can install a digital thermometer and hygrometer in the room in order to ensure that the temperature and humidity are suitable for the plants survival.
Establish the water connection
As mentioned above, your plants require water in order to grow well. So, you need to establish the water connection in the room. It is better for the water supply to be located inside the room rather than bringing water from outside.
Providing the lights
Lights are very important in the establishment of a grow room. The first thing to do when it comes to lighting is to decide which type of light to buy. There are different types of grow lights such as T12, T8 and T5. T12 has been banned in some countries due to its effect on the environment. So, you don’t have to use it. The more eco-friendly light is T5 grow light. It is more expensive than T8 but it gives more advantages. It has a long lifespan, consume less energy and generates more lights. So, you should consider installing T5 lights. Where to install the lights is another problem to deal with. It is more appropriate to install your lights on the ceiling of your grow room using adjustable connection. In this way, you will be able to keep the plants at the right position maintaining the right distance from the plants.
Install any other equipment required in the room
You may require other tools in the room. Such tools include the pH meter, thermometer, humidity meter and others. Some of these tools will help you to find out when the plants are not doing fine or when they are subjected to a poor environmental conditions that will affect their growth.
Setting up of the containers
This is a crucial stage in the establishment of a grow room. Buy your grow room containers and set them up following the instructions given by the manufacturer’s in the user manual.
Planting of the seeds
When you have set up the containers, it is now time for you to plant the germinated seeds, clones or seedling. After planting of the seeds, they will require about 12-18 weeks to grow to maturity and produce weeds which are ready to be harvested.
The above are the crucial steps to follow in order to set up a grow room for your plants.