HTG Supply in Cranberry Township PA is your Pittsburgh indoor gardening super store with every item you need to garden indoors in Cranberry, Pittsburgh or anywhere. We have a knowledgeable, friendly staff that can help you with any of your indoor gardening questions.
First you will want to find an area for your indoor garden that will have a relatively constant temperature year-round. Inconsistent temperatures will lead to fighting issues with plant sustainability. If you are considering an attic, garage or basement, a good investment would be a grow tent, that allows you to more carefully control temperature. No matter which area you choose, make sure you are efficiently using the space while leaving adequate room for plants, lighting, and ventilation. Heat in the garden will rise so make sure you choose an accessible exhaust up high up in the room and an intake down low in the room. A circulation fan will help to provide air movement and increased structure strength to plants as moving the air around is like exercise for plants! It will also be beneficial to have nearby access to water supply as it will only be more work to bring it to the site. If you are not growing in a hydroponic setup, it is very easy to set up a submersible pump and watering wand in a reservoir for easy feeding to potted soil plants. Check overhead height and support for equipment to ensure all lighting and ventilation will hang properly. Finding a highly reflective material like mylar, black and white poly, diamond foil or IR block to cover the walls will also greatly help reduce the loss of light output in the garden. Spacing the plants properly will always increase light penetration and overall production. With varying sizes of plants, it is good to space at least a square foot per plant or more depending on the plants mature size as a rule of thumb. Your plants will always show you what they need, they will turn a certain color if there is a deficiency, or start to droop, etc, so do some research and get familiar with identifying common plant deficiencies as it is important to identify problems quickly. There are steps you can take to help cancel out any problems that are happening in the garden. Most can be identified through a weekly check list.
Some important things to monitor for your indoor garden include:
- Humidity between 40 – 60 percent
- Temperature in range for plant type (not too hot, not too cold)
- Air circulation is active
- PH levels are in an acceptable range for soil or hydroponics
- Pest, disease, and Nutrient deficiencies inspection
- Lighting is at proper height, and there is enough lighting
- Cleanliness (no dead plant material or stagnant water)
- Check for mold in room
- Plants are watered and fed nutrients
Taking the time to confirm your Air, Light, Nutrient, and Water levels are on PAR will ensure you have a productive garden and achieve a better green thumb. This is just scratching the surface of what is needed for a successful indoor garden, please check back as we will be placing more detailed blog entries in the coming weeks. Please do not be intimidated, gardening indoors can be easy and very rewarding,