Tuesday, August 18, 2015

It's been a minute, bring it indoors!

Hey Gardeners! It's been a minute since I've had anything to say. What a crazy summer Michigan has had. Seems like it took a while to get here and then it's been over 90 for a week. Nothing says uncertainty than unpredictable temperature changes for your plants. Most plants that we grow, we are choosing to spend our time and effort into making them the best. Outdoor growing is great, fine and typical. However, if you want to ensure that you've got the maximized harvest of that plant, it has to be grown in a controlled environment. If we built a pyramid of importance, it would go Light on top, Environment in the middle and water quality on the bottom. Keeping your temperature swings to less than 20 degrees and not below 60 is best for maximizing your plants growth and flowering! Achieving these temperature swings may require air conditioning or water chillers. Plants need certain temperatures, humidities to transpire at their maximum efficiency. Vapor pressure differential is the combined measurement of the temperature and humidity of the inside of the plant compared to it's environment. The closer we can match the inside to the outside, the faster the water will move up the plant to the growing tips and move all those nutrients will it. VPD can be the make or break for your plants. Transpiration is key for using all the nutrient and light given to the plants. Check out for more information regarding VPD! John

1 comment:

  1. I want to set up a small boxed garden on my patio. Sadly, I am away from home most of each day. It would be great to be able to build a hydroponic system for my garden box. My hope is the be able to set the garden and forget it, until the vegetable grow.