I’m A Newbie – What Should I Look Out For?

Do choose a strain that’s suitable for your growing environment

If you're growing a strain in an unsuitable environment, guess what happens? Not a lot of growing, that's for sure. Before you figure out what to grow and where you're growing it, do some research – even a quick Google search can do wonders.

Don’t mix pH down and pH up together

If you pour too much pH up into your water, then compensating with pH down to balance things, it can affect the nutrient ration in the solution. That’s because the combination of an acid (pH down) and a base (pH up) creates a salt, meaning you're adding unnecessary salt to your solution. 

pH fluctuations can also result in nutrient lockout, which means your plant can't access nutrients in the growing medium because of something in it (e.g. salt). And that means dead plants. Plus, pH up/down is  corrosive. Overdoing it may actually kill your plants. If you do go overboard by mistake, add fresh water to your solution to balance it out. 

Don’t obsess too much over pH

While keeping track of your pH is necessary, there’s no reason to fixate on pH levels.

All plants require a specific range, and don't actually do very well at one specific pH. That’s because your plants need a variety of nutrients and minerals. When you give your plants a pH range, it allows nutrients to be more readily available.

Do follow the nutrient guide

Nutrients don't have to be tricky, and BCNL worked hard to create the most accurate and efficient hydroponics nutrient guide so you can grow great yields. It's easy to follow, listing out exactly what you need and when you need it.

Don’t forget to check that all the appropriate switches are on

Not knowing your growing equipment can lead to trouble – or worse, dead plants. Make sure everything that should be switched on, is, like the fan or the air-pump. Be sure to follow any instructional guides that comes with your growing environment.

Do visit the BC Northern Lights forum

A lot of these tips were actually gathered from our official BCNL growers forum. There are plenty of threads discussing growing tips, hydroponics and more.