What Things Do I Need to Grow My Own?
BC Northern Lights has been around for a long time. We’ve done extensive research and testing to make sure everything we put into our grow boxes is not only efficient, but effective.
Each item included with our grow boxes has a function. To give you a better idea of what each part does, we decided to break it all down for you. And yes, if you're looking to build your own, these are the parts that you need if you’re growing from clones.
This will hold all your water and nutrients, as well as your plants' roots, so make sure this is clean, big, and can hold plenty of water.
Lid for hydroponic tub
The lid should fit snug over the tub, but not too snug, as you'll need to water and add nutrients to your plants weekly. The holes should fit the mesh pots that hold your plants.
These house your clones. Your clones should be transplanted into rockwool and placed into these containers. The pots will then sit in your tub lid and the roots will dangle into the tub which is full of water and nutrients.
400W HPS bulbs
We've found the most success with HPS bulbs for flowering. They seem to work really well with our grow boxes. Would a higher wattage mean quicker flowering? No, a bulb with too high of a wattage might burn your plants and unnecessarily use extra electricity.
H2O Pumps and adapters
The water pumps and adapters help pump water from the hydroponic tub into your irrigation whips, which feed into your rockwool where your plants sit.
Vent covers should be curved convexly so they can deflect light from the back of the unit. They should attach to the back of your grow box.
This is your ultimate growing medium. It retains water beautifully, which is crucial in the event your growing appliance's timer or pump goes out or there's a power outage. Rockwool also holds around 18% air minimum at any given time, giving your roots lots of oxygen. Lastly, it's a lot less messy than soil. One tip, though, is to always handle with gloves, as the fibres and dust from the rockwool can irritate your skin.
CO2 is important for your grows as it helps increase yields. The CO2 regulator helps manage the amount of CO2 that goes into your plants.
These guys carry your nutrients and water into your rockwool and actively feed your plants.
12” air stones and airline whips
Air stones are one of the most important items on this list as they're what aerates your water. Without aeration in the water, your roots will rot due to the lack of oxygen. Keeping the water moving will prevent this. Airline whips attach the air stones to the water.
Block covers prevent your rockwool from drying out too quickly, covering the rockwool and protecting them from the lights above.
Can filter and filter mount
If you're worried about odors, this is important. The filter is what'll help your grows stay discreet by minimizing your plant smells.
Because of all the heat your lights create, you're going to need something to cool your plants off. A fan that can attach to the inside of your grow box can alleviate your plants from overheating. Fans also encourage better air circulation and can help strengthen your plants by training them to withstand a breeze.
A surge protector will protect your growing appliance from any power spikes due to storms, power outages and anything else electrical-related that's not in your control.
pH up and pH down
pH is the acidity or alkalinity of your plant’s growing medium. Sometimes your pH levels may be a bit off. It's nothing to stress out about, but keep some pH up and pH down handy so you can balance things out.
Every week or so, you'll need to add water and nutrients to your hydroponic tub. A giant tub will be able to hold the amount of water you need to fill your hydroponic tub. Ideally, your mixing tub should have some sort of drain hose so you can fill it with control. Also, when you change up the nutrients, you'll need a chair so gravity can help the nutrient water go down the drain hose.
This is for when you need to measure out exactly how much nutrients you need to mix into your water. A syringe is good because you can be really precise, and not have to touch any of the nutrients by hand.