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RVF Garden Supply Blog

New Product Spotlight - OxyClone 20 Site Clone System

Jason on 4/26/2013 @ 10:53am

OxyClone 20 Site System

 

The OxyClone 20 site cloner works on the principle of re-circulating super oxygenated water created by the OxyHead. The OxyHead draws in oxygen from the atmosphere and produces turbulence to continuously nourish... Read More.

A very economical cloning system for only $59.95!

OxyClone 20 Site Cloning System

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RVF Garden Supply Affiliate Program

Jason on 1/25/2013 @ 8:13am

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Choosing Your Grow Space

Jason on 12/4/2012 @ 10:24am

This article will cover the aspects of choosing your grow space and getting started setting up your indoor garden. There are a few aspects to consider when deciding on how to set up your grow room. Ventilation, Odor Control, Temperature, Water Supply, Electricity would be some to consider.

You will need to refresh the air in your grow room constantly with either an inlet fan or a output fan. Sometimes depending on your grow space you may need a fan blowing in and a fan blowing out to provide enough fresh air. For smaller spaces, say a 3'x3' or 4'x4' grow tent a smaller size 4” inline blow will work perfectly to suck used air out and also draw fresh air in through passive air intakes. This will work fine when using up to a 600 Watt Light. If you are going to use a 1000 Watt Grow Light you would want to use at least a 6” inline blower for your exhaust fan.

Depending on the plants you are going to grow you might need to have a odor control system in place for your grow room. A activated carbon filter generally will cover any odor control issues you may have. Just match the size of your carbon filter to the size of your fan by flange size and cfm. Say a 6” fan with a 6” blower. You can connect your fan directly to your blower or you can use a length of flexible ducting to allow you to place your filter remotely from your fan, say inside your grow tent with the blower outside or on top of the grow tent.

Temperature in your indoor garden should run about 75F. This is a very general guideline for a lot of plants. Depending on the equipment, grow light ballasts, fans, controllers, etc. that you have running temperature may be an issue. Fixing it may be as simple as using a 6” inline fan instead of a 4” inline fan or moving your ballast to another room. You may need to use supplemental air conditioning to keep your grow room temperature with tolerable levels.

It's definitely handy to have a water supply close to your indoor garden. Lugging buckets of water through the house is a pain in the butt. Maybe you can splice of your washing machine cold water spigot or have a half bath or whatever. Even for a smaller size indoor garden you will be using more water than you want to carry around. Water quality is very important to your plants health in your indoor grow room. Water quality varies greatly region to region and rural to urban. Some well water will straight up kill your plants and some will make them grow like jack's beanstalk. When in doubt just get a reverse osmosis system and you will know what your plants are getting.

You will need to assess your electrical usage on the electrical circuit your are going to use for your indoor garden. If you have a 150 Watt high pressure sodium grow light with 2 plants and a 4” fan you don't need to bother. But you can't just plug a 1000 Watt Light system plus blower, fans, hydroponics systems and other grow room equipment into the same circuit that's running your space heat. If you can use a dedicated 20amp circuit for your garden. This will easily power a 1000 watt grow room with accessories. Remember to never use more than 80% of the rated circuit. If you're not sure, consult an electrician. The last thing you want to come home to is a fire in your grow room. On a side note we do carry Flame Defender fire extinguishers that you can mount/hang in your grow room and they will activate at a set temperature to quickly extinguish any potential fire in your grow room.

If you have any questions about choosing  your grow space please email  them to  jason@rvfgardensupply.com

Happy Growing!

 

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New Product: Lumatek Air-Cooled Digital Ballast

Jason on 11/28/2012 @ 7:31pm

Lumatek 1000 Watt  We are pleased to anounce we now carry the Lumatek 1000 Watt Air-Cooled Digital Ballast.

This is ballast will run 1000 Watt 600 Watt or 400 Watt High Pressure Sodium (HPS) or Metal Halide (MH) bulbs.  Pair it with our Magnum XXXL reflector for 5' x 5' coverage for huge buds!

These high quality electronic ballasts are light weight and run very cool.

Upgrade your growroom today for better energy efficiency and longer bulb life!

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Rewards Program Announcement

Jason on 11/8/2012 @ 8:07am

We are pleased to announce the RVF Garden Supply Rewards Program at www.rvfgardensupply.com

What It Is
The Rewards program is a loyalty reward system. It provides the ability for shoppers to earn credits for purchases made. The credits can be redeemed by the shoppers on future purchases in the online store.

How It Works
The ecommerce system will begin to log credits earned by store members. The member can access their current Rewards credit balance by logging into their member account area.

The store member can easily redeem their earned credits. The redemption are noted on all invoices. The system keeps the running total and transaction history of all Reward credits earned and redeemed.

Earn a $2.00 credit for every $100.00 purchased on our site. So the more you spend the more you earn for future purchases at www.rvfgardensupply.com

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Hydro 101: An 8-step guide to successful indoor gardening

Jason on 10/22/2012 @ 3:08pm

1) The right environment

Having the right environment is critical for your garden. Key elements to a successful garden room include relative humidity, temperature, CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) and air circulation/exchange. The ideal humidity for a garden room falls between 40 & 60 percent. Some plants like higher humidity, but know that higher humidity can lead to problems with fungus and disease. Temperatures in your grow room should be between 68 – 75 F degrees. Temperature changes will lead to variations in humidity levels. Avoid drastic temperature changes over a short period of time. Your plants need CO2 to grow. Assuming you have good air circulation/ exchange, your garden room will naturally have between 300-400 PPM (parts per million) of CO2; higher CO2 levels should accelerate growth rates. If you choose not to supplement CO2 in your garden room, it is important to address the air circulation/exchange so that your plants will receive fresh CO2.

2) Start off with good water

The water you use for your plants will determine how well your plants will grow, regardless of what you add in terms of nutrients and supplements.PPM (parts per million) or EC (electrical conductivity) are the measurement of the salts in a solution. Neither PPM nor EC readings will tell you what is in your solution / water, but rather are indicators of the solutions ability to conduct electricity. Ideally, you want to start of with a low PPM or EC then you can add nutrients specified to your plants requirements. You can reduce the PPM of your water using a Reverse Osmosis (R.O.) unit then build your nutrient solution around what your plants need. pH (potential hydrogen) measures the acidity or alkalinity of your solution on a scale of 0 – 14. A solution is considered acidic below 7 and basic at 7 or higher. When working with hydroponics you typically want your pH to fall between 5.8 and6.2. When growing in soil or coco you want your pH between 6.0 and 6.8. The most important rule to remember with pH is to avoid extremes. Nutrient “lockout” occurs with high and low pH levels.

3) Choose a method

Ebb & Flow gardens flood and drain a tray of plants with a nutrient solution at regular intervals. A drip garden provides nutrient solution to the plant through tubes & emitters (drip stakes) to each plant. Aeroponic growing mists an oxygenated nutrient solution directly to the roots of a plant. NFT (Nutrient Film Technique) gardens create a slow moving nutrient solution -‘film’- that flows over the roots of the plants. Organics have become a preferred method of growing. Choose the size container you want, an organic soil/medium, an organic fertilizer and water by hand.

4) Choose a medium

Growing mediums act as the anchor for the plants root system. Some add nutritional value to your plants while others simply give the roots something to hold on to. Some mediums to consider are soil, soil-less mixes, coco, hydroton, rockwool/stonewool, or silica stone. Coco is available in both a loose and compressed form. Coco is made from the husks of a coconut, and it is very pH stable and provides good moisture retention and natural aeration qualities. Hydroton or clay pebbles are made from expanded, pH neutral clay. They tend to hold water well and have great oxygen to water ratio; this makes hydroton suitable for hydroponic and soil gardens. With proper sterilization techniques, hydroton can be reused. Rockwool is made from stone that is heated then spun into fibers. It is then compressed into starter cubes, grow blocks, or slabs. This medium has excellent oxygen to water ratio. Rockwool tends to have a higher pH, so flushing with 5.5-5.8 pH balanced water or a rockwool conditioning solution is recommended. Rockwool works best in an ebb & flow and drip systems. Silica stone is a rock that contains high levels of silicate which helps slow transpiration rates of plants. This is especially helpful in garden rooms that have temperatures above 85 F degrees. Silica stone is pH neutral and environmentally friendly. Like hydroton, silica stone can be reused and is suitable for hydroponic and soil gardens.

5) Nutrients

Like humans, plants require food (nutrients) to grow. Nutrients come in organic and synthetic varieties and are available in both liquid and dry form. Nutrients can be separated into two categories, macro and micro nutrients. The macronutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur. The micronutrients or trace nutrients include iron, manganese, boron, zinc, copper, molybdenum and chlorine. If the nutrients are deficient or are abundant you may see burning, curling or yellowing. You do not want to over or under fertilize. There are many different types of nutrients/fertilizers available on the market. You can purchase organic, synthetic (chemical) or a combination of both. Most nutrients/fertilizers will have an N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) on the front of the bottle. In the vegetative or growth stage the “N” will typically be higher. In the flowering or bloom stage the “P” will typically be higher. You may also consider implementing additives/supplements into your nutrient mix. Additives/supplements can bolster microbial activity at the root zone, increase size, flavor and aroma. When used together, nutrients and supplements will help you achieve maximum results.

6) Lighting

High Intensity Discharge (HID) is the preferred lighting in a garden room. The two types of HID lighting commonly used are HPS (High Pressure Sodium) and MH (Metal Halide). HPS lamps deliver more of an orange/ red spectrum, which is ideal for most plants in the flowering/bloom stage. MH lamps deliver more of a blue/green spectrum, which is ideal for most plants in the vegetative/growth stage. Another type of lighting ideal for plant growth is T5 lighting. T5 lighting is a high-output fluorescent light with low heat and minimal energy consumption. It is an ideal light for cuttings, mother plants and short growth cycles. All plants require light in order to grow and bloom. Most plants grow and bloom according to the amount of light they are given. In the growth or vegetative stage plants typically want 15-18 hours of light. In the bloom stage you reduce the amount of light your plants get to 10-12 hours. You want to make sure the light comes on and of at the same time everyday (just like mother- nature). The best way to accomplish this is by putting your light on a timer. Please consult your nearest hydroponic retail store for more information on which light is best for you.

7) Testing equipment

There are many different meters available for testing pH, PPM, EC, temperature, humidity, CO2 and light levels. Single meters are available as are combination meters that test and/or monitor your environmental conditions The important thing to remember is your garden will only be as good as the limiting factor. Water, nutrient, light, temperature, humidity, CO2 & circulation are the elements to a successful garden room. By “dialing in” these elements, you will ensure a successful and bountiful garden.

8) Optional Accessories

There are many items available to help your garden grow. Organics, controls, fans, blowers, plant stakes, relays, nutritional supplements and the lists go on. Consult with your retail supplier to discuss what the best accessories for your garden are. Happy Gardening!!

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