Growing plants is one thing, but growing strong, tall and productive plants is a whole other challenge. In order to be successful, plants need much more than just light and water. In order to keep them as happy as they can be, there are several other environmental indicators that should be maintained. These include:
- Dew point
- Barometric pressure
- pH balance
- Soil moisture
Paying attention to these measurements will help ensure you yield the healthiest, highest and brightest plants. Here are some tips for measuring each:
- Light – In order for plant chlorophyll to produce enough energy for the plants to grow, each species needs a specific range of the light spectrum. Knowing the range necessary for your plants will make their growth explode.
- Temperature – Plants want to match the native habitat from which they are from, and many have genetic roots all over the world. Closely monitoring temperature is a good way to keep them happy.
- Humidity – Humidity is the measure of the moisture content in the air around your growing space. It affects the opening and closing of stomata, which controls the gas exchange in your plants. They need to breath oxygen and inhale carbon-dioxide, and the humidity will control what rates they can do so.
- Dew Point – Surely you’ve seen fresh morning dew on plants outside. The dew point is the temperature that water condenses into liquid at the same rate as it evaporates into gas. It’s important to monitor for many plant functions.
- Barometric Pressure – Also known as atmospheric pressure, barometric measures the weight of the air directly above a single point; it can have various effects to change the pressure around your plants. Some people experiment with increasing the carbon dioxide in a hyperbolic chamber to increase the barometric pressure — they say it’s to increase plant growth.
- pH – pH measures the levels of hydrogen activity in your grow media and is extremely important for plant health. Levels lower than 7 are acidic, and levels higher than 7 are alkaline. Every plant has a specific pH they like to grow in and stabilizing the pH at the plant’s needs is a must.
- Soil moisture– Soil moisture measures the amount of water in the grow media, and it’s based on a percentage of pore space volume and the water filling them. At 0% soil moisture, there is no water at all in the grow media, at 100% the pore spaces are completely filled.
Your plants will reap many benefits from the proper measurement of these environmental indicators. There are many ways to measure these, and while you can buy individual measuring sticks for each, there’s a great new inclusive monitoring device that advanced growers are sure to love. Zigrow’s new product information is here. Happy growing!
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