Basics of indoor cultivation - part 2 - Grow Boxes

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IN the first part of this series Roots magazine about indoor cultivation, I focused on different types of lighting, influencing the temperature in the growing space and the relative humidity in it. Originally, I wanted to focus on various growing systems today, but I decided to first introduce you to the possibilities of growing spaces, especially the increasingly popular Grow Boxes.

With indoor cultivation, you can take care of your plants all year round, regardless of the season, thanks to the fact that you are able to influence the growing conditions yourself according to how it suits you. However, it is necessary to have a properly adapted space for this. Indoor growers use, for example, cabinets, small rooms (pantries), garages, attics and, more recently, mainly growing boxes, which are an affordable solution.

You will find an inexhaustible number of them on the market, they differ from each other not only in size, but also in reflective inner material or in their sophistication and practicality (I mean mainly outputs and inputs for ventilation, power supplies, but also sewing quality and the like).

When setting up such a space, you must keep in mind the basic needs of the plants, which are first and foremost. I am thinking in particular of:

  • Availability of water source

  • Nutrient availability

  • Plenty of light

  • Adequate ventilation and cooling (or heating)

  • Ventilation system

You will definitely not want to carry heavy bags with soil substrate, canisters, buckets or PET bottles full of water to the second floor and you will definitely not be pleased when your plants die due to excessive heat. Whether your growing space is large or small, you are going to grow a few herbs in the kitchen or a large number of plants for sale, whether your pets are flowering exotic and exotic plants or tomatoes and strawberries and you want to harvest them in December, nowadays it is practically no problem achieving your goal. You can easily find everything you need in the growing market.

Grow Boxes

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As I said before, today we will take a closer look at the growing boxes, which are also called Grow Boxes. These are mostly completely closed systems for growing plants in a relatively small space. In Grow Boxes it is possible to grow in various media - soil substrates from hydroponic systems to aeroponics.

Sophisticated systems are completely enclosed and include built-in lighting (I talked about the different types in the previous part of this series), inlet and outlet ventilation system with filters that capture unpleasant odors, or an automatic irrigation system.

Really tuned Grow Boxes also have a built-in air conditioner, which constantly maintains the required temperature, humidity or CO2 level in the room (we will talk about its influence on plant development in the future).

Parts of a growing box

Of course, Grow Boxes are not just empty cabinets, but they contain many components that help the healthy development of plants and also more comfortable cultivation.

Basic components of growing boxes

Equipment

Use

Carbon filters

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Active filters that clean the air and prevent the spread of odors from the box into the room

Artificial lighting

I paid more attention to artificial lighting during indoor cultivation in the first part of this series in Roots magazine.

Ventilation

Allows air circulation and adjustment of humidity and temperature inside the box.

Carbon dioxide production systems

They allow you to control the CO level2 promoting photosynthesis.

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These advanced technologies allow growers to maintain optimal conditions for selected plants. Other equipment of the Grow Box depends on the way you grow (already mentioned soil substrates, hydroponics, aeroponics…).

Because, of course, for financial and especially time reasons, I am not able to test all types of growing boxes, which are in abundance on the market, I asked the distributors of this growing equipment for help.

In addition to my tip, you will also find windows with texts in the article, in which the sellers themselves will introduce you to the favorites from their offer.

Slightly more complicated than buying an already finished set is assembling the growing box yourself. But even that is not impossible.

We will show you how in one of the next sequels. I wish you many growing successes and happy plants. And next time, perhaps the various techniques in indoor cultivation.

Author: Jindřich Krása

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